3 hrs 45 mins

4.4 km One way

433 m

Hard track
The Federal Pass is an excellent track that guides you past much of Katoomba’s iconic scenery. The walk starts from Cliff Drive, in Leura, and winds into the Jamison Valley, exploring Leura Forest and passing the base of the Three Sisters. The walk follows the historic Federal Pass beneath Katoomba Falls, before you catch the Scenic Railway out of the valley (the last train up is at 4:50pm).

Maps for the Federal Pass walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series Six Foot Track NSW-six-foot-track
Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series 89301S KATOOMBA NSW-89301S
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Federal Pass bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Federal Pass

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 4.4 km
Time 3 hrs 45 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


3.1km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 380m is flat with no steps and the remaining 200m is very steep.

Quality of track

4km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 410m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 300m follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 20m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 3.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 910m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 4.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 4.7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 4.7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Federal Pass walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Federal Pass walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Federal Pass walk starts at the Int of Cliff Drive and Prince Henry Cliff Walk (gps: -33.721566, 150.31951)
Your transport options to Int of Cliff Drive and Prince Henry Cliff Walk are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

The Federal Pass ends at the Scenic World (gps: -33.728585, 150.30095)
Your transport options to Scenic World are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/fp

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂