Scenic Railway to Ruined Castle

Download & Print Map and Notes

7 hrs 30 mins

12.4 km Return

963 m

Hard track
This is a very popular, full day walk, in the Katoomba Area, offering great views of the valley. The walk follows the edge of the cliffs, through the undergrowth, from the Scenic Railway to the Ruined Castle. There are great views to enjoy from the Ruined Castle. Arrive back in time to catch the Scenic Railway back up, or be prepared for the walk up Furber Steps, an alternate exit.

Maps for the Scenic Railway to Ruined Castle 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
Jamison 1:25 000 Map Series 89302N JAMISON NSW-89302N
Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series 89301S KATOOMBA NSW-89301S
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Scenic Railway to Ruined Castle bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Scenic Railway to Ruined Castle

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 12.4 km
Time 7 hrs 30 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 Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

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


2.7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 730m is very steep and the remaining 490m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 730m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (490m) follows a smooth and hardened path.


5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 730m has minimal directional signs. The remaining (490m) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

3.7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 2km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (730m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.


Around 6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 730m is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.


Around 6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 490m 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 Scenic Railway to Ruined Castle walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Scenic Railway to Ruined Castle walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Scenic Railway to Ruined Castle walk starts and 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



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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 🙂