Five Waterfalls Walk, South Lawson

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The Blue Mountains of NSW are a sensational place for bushwalking with kids. Immersing ourselves in this exquisite backyard of tracks and natural beauty is also one of the best ways to restore our mental and physical wellbeing. Out of the hundreds of tracks to explore, we have selected a few of our favourite bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains that are easy enough for children just starting out in their bushwalk adventures.

On the way to pool of siloam leura
On the way to Pool of Siloam, Leura

Before you grab your little ones, backpacks, drink bottles and walking shoes, ensure that you check all of the relevant safety requirements for the particular track that you are walking. Bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains are all different and require a different level of preparation. Please read our tips for keeping children safe on bushwalks. It’s a good idea to also download the NSW National Parks app and check out the Think before you TREK advice on the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Please use the quick links below to find your favourite bushwalk or scroll through to browse them all.

Lower Blue Mountains
Glenbrook Lagoon, Glenbrook
Birdwood Gully, Springwood
Marge’s & Elizabeth Lookout, Glenbrook
Jelly Bean Pool, Glenbrook
Fairy Dell, Springwood
Mid Blue Mountains
Waterfall Loop Track, South Lawson
Horseshoe & Glow Worm Nook Falls, Hazelbrook
Upper Blue Mountains
Pool of Siloam, Leura
Charles Darwin Walk, Wentworth Falls
Fairfax Heritage Track, Blackheath
Coming Soon
Duck Hole Track, Glenbrook

Best Bushwalks for Kids in the Blue Mountains

Lower Blue Mountains

Glenbrook Lagoon, Glenbrook

Glenbrook Lagoon, bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains
Glenbrook Lagoon

The Glenbrook Lagoon Loop walk is an easy 45 minute introductory Lower Blue Mountains walk around the Glenbrook Lagoon. It is not really a ‘bushwalk’ but a lovely, pram-friendly wetlands walk to do with children. There are some lovely things to do and see along the way, including searching for fairy doors, playing on a a tire swing and spotting rare wildlife on the lagoon.

Finding the track

The start of the track is on Glenbrook Road (but you could start anywhere along the circuit). Take care with traffic along Glenbrook Road near the start and end of the track – keep your children close around the roads.

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The Glenbrook Lagoon Bushtrackers Map for your children to practise their map reading skills.

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Birdwood Gully Springwood

Birdwood Gully walk, Springwood, bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains
Birdwood Gully walk, Springwood

Another one of our favourite bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains is the Birdwood Gully/ Madolin Glen track. It is a medium grade 2.6km bushwalk in Springwood that takes around 1 – 2 hours to complete. It is a sensational bushwalk for kids to explore and soak up the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains and discover incredible sights along the way.

From little bridges and waterfalls to massive sandstone overhangs, ferns carpeting the ground, huge grass trees, glow worm caves and running creeks – this track is paradise and will leave your most reluctant bushwalkers relishing in the sights in awe and wonder.

Finding the track

You can access Birdwood Gully/Madolin Glen track from Lucinda Ave, Boland Ave or Bednall Road, Springwood.

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The Bushtrackers maps exist to make bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains fun, easy and educational. Print the Birdwood Gully Bushtrackers Map for your children to practise their map reading skills.

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Sandstone overhangs, Birdwood Gully walk, Springwood, bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains
Incredible sandstone overhangs in Birdwood Gully

Marge’s & Elizabeth Lookout, Glenbrook

Marge’s Lookout, Glenbrook, bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains
Marge’s Lookout

We highly recommend this trail for beginner bushwalkers exploring the Blue Mountains for the first time. It is a relatively flat fire trail that takes you to two lovely lookouts over Penrith Valley and Sydney. This area is used by mountain bike riders because there are plenty of tracks (including a black diamond trail) off the main fire trail.

If you stick to the main fire trail you’ll come to a fork which will take you left to Marges Lookout or right to Elizabeth Lookout. Marges Lookout is 1.3km from the Knapsack Reserve car park and Elizabeth Lookout is 1.1km. This trail is easy enough to do with children of all ages.

Marge’s Lookout and Elizabeth Lookout, bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains

Finding the track

Start your walk from Knapsack Reserve on Burnett Street, Glenbrook – the carpark is past the Knapsack Park soccer fields on the right. Drive slowly as there are usually children around.

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Jelly Bean Pool, Glenbrook

jellybean pool glenbrook

Jellybean Pool is very popular with locals in the warmer months, with its sandy beaches, shady rock platforms and impressive sandstone boulders. It is a great swimming spot but the depth of the pool varies so always supervise your children.

If you have a NSW National Parks pass on your car, you won’t need to pay the $8 per car entry fee to access Blue Pool and Jellybean Pool. The gates open at 8:30am and are locked at 7pm during daylight saving and at 6pm the rest of the year.

Finding the track

From Glenbrook train station, follow Burfitt Parade and then Bruce Road for 1.2km. As you enter the National Parks entrance gates, continue through the gates, following signs to Jelly Bean Pool. This is not a bushwalk, but rather, a lovely place to visit with your family.

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Fairy Dell, Springwood

Fairy Dell, Springwood, bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains
Fairy Dell walk, Springwood

This easy-medium grade 800m walk only takes about 30 mins to an hour and is like something out of a rainforest fairy tale with its fern floor. It winds its way down the Magdala Gully through a shaded ferny paradise before ascending up to the beautiful Lawson Lookout for a sensational view across the valley.

The kids will enjoy exploring along the way on this mostly ground level walk. They will even see a Bush Play Group den to check out and a little waterfall. Towards the end of the walk, it will ascend up large steps to Lawson Lookout.

Finding the track

Start the Fairy Dell walk from Springwood Road, Springwood, where you will see the Fairy Dell sign. Walk down to the Fairy Dell Reserve Picnic area where you will see the start of the walk.

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Bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains are made more fun with a map made by kids, for kids! Print the Fairy Dell Walk Bushtrackers map for your children to practise their map reading skills.

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Lawson Lookout, at the end of the Fairy Dell track, bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains
Lawson Lookout, at the end of the Fairy Dell track

Middle Blue Mountains

Waterfall Loop Track, South Lawson

The Five Waterfalls Track in South Lawson is one of our favourite and most picturesque bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains. This track is an easy-medium grade 3km track that takes around 1.5 – 2 hours. There’s a 125m ascent so plan to take breaks at each of the five beautiful waterfalls.

On a warm day, children – and dogs! – can enjoy playing on the peaceful beach areas and there is usually ample water to splash in (if we are not in a season of drought). There is an abundance of flora and fauna to explore. So bring your picnic and get your camera ready for the exquisite beauty of this luscious trail. There isn’t a lot of phone coverage and on wet days take care when walking on slippery rocks and down steep stairs.

Waterfall Loop Track South Lawson,bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains

Finding the track

The start of the track is opposite Livingstone Street, South Lawson.  Lawson train station is only 1km away.

What to bring

The Bushtrackers maps exist to make bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains fun, easy and educational. Print the Waterfall Loop Track Bushtrackers map before you leave, for your children to practise their map-reading skills.

Wear sturdy, non-slip hiking boots where possible because some steps and rocks are slippery when wet.

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Horseshoe & Glow Worm Nook Falls, Hazelbrook

Horseshoe and Glow Worm Nook Falls, Hazelbrook, bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains

This is another one of those bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains that your children will love! It is a short and pictureque walk that presents you and your family with gorgeous waterfalls amidst a Blue Mountains wonderland.

There are four waterfalls to explore along this track but you can choose to turn around after any of them, depending on the age and stamina of your children. This walk is best after rainfall but extra adventurous with the mud along the track!

Muddy puddle after rain on our way to Horseshoe Falls,bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains
Muddy puddle after rain on our way to Horseshoe Falls

Finding the track

Horseshoe Falls track begins on Oaklands Road in Hazelbrook. Park along the road and look for the sign above.

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The Horseshoe Falls Walk Bush Trackers Map for your children to practise their map reading skills. This map goes only as far as Horseshoe Falls.

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Upper Blue Mountains

Pool of Siloam, Leura

pool of siloam leura bushwalk waterfall
The Pool of Siloam, Blue Mountains National Park

The Pool of Siloam is a tranquil waterhole and waterfall that starts at Gordon Falls Reserve, Leura, in the upper Blue Mountains. Here, you will find artificial cave and picnic areas, car parking, play equipment, toilets and electric barbeques.

The Pool of Siloam is a gorgeous spot to take your family. There is a lovely waterfall, surrounded by a moss and fern-filled gully, with majestic sandstone cliffs. The shallow, sandy pool is the ultimate outdoor playground for children to play, explore, splash, skim stones across the water, step across the picturesque sandstone steps and truly enjoy exploring nature in a fairy tale setting.

stepping stones, The Pool of Siloam, Blue Mountains National Park, bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains
Stepping stones across the Pool of Siloam gully. Great fun for the kids!

It takes around half an hour to complete the approximately 450 metre round trip. Allow time for your kids to enjoy time playing in the gully. This is a beautiful spot for families to discover together and is a quick walk that you can squeeze into your day trip to the Blue Mountains National Park.

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Charles Darwin Walk – Wentworth Falls

NOTE: This walk is currently closed for maintenance.

wilson park wentworth falls charles darwin walk

This is an easy, ideal family walk in the Blue Mountains, suitable for all ages. It leads from Wentworth Falls Train Station, following Jamieson Creek, all the way to the top of Wentworth Falls. You will encounter a variety of bridges, waterholes and boardwalks along the way and dogs on leashes are allowed on the route as far as waypoint 4. It is a well maintained, scenic walk with various lookouts and smaller waterfalls to view along the way too.

Finding the track

If you’re travelling by car, there is a lot of free street parking available along Falls Road, just after the exit from the Great Western Highway and there are toilet facilities here too.

You could easily make a day trip in Wentworth Falls , including the walk and a picnic and play at Wilson Park.

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The Bushtrackers maps exist to make bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains fun, easy and educational. Print the Charles Darwin Walk Bushtrackers Map for your children to engage in map reading.

Fairfax Heritage Track, Blackheath

fairfax heritage track blackheath

The Fairfax Heritage Track Blackheath is the most pram friendly and wheelchair accessible track in the Blue Mountains. The path is tarred, smooth and not overly undulating. If you want a combination of spectacular views, family-friendly and diverse vegetation to explore, then this is the walk for you.

Finding the track

The Blue Mountains Heritage Centre is at 270 Govett’s Leap Road, Blackheath 2785. The Fairfax Heritage Track winds 1.8km (one way) from the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre around to Govetts Leap Lookout. You can start the walk at either end and return the way you came, making the walk a 3.6km return walk. If you begin the Fairfax Heritage track from Govett’s Leap Lookout, where the main carpark is, it is only 500m on an unsealed path back to the carpark.

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The Fairfax Heritage Track Bushtrackers Map for your children to practise their map reading skills.

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MORE FAMILY-FRIENDLY BUSHWALKS COMING SOON…

Duck Hole Track, Glenbrook

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The Duck Hole Track Bushtrackers Map for your children to practise their map reading skills.

We hope that you find this list of bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains helpful and that you love exploring the beauty that the Blue Mountains has to offer.

Thanks

Special thanks go to the Stronger Families Alliance in partnership with the Blue Mountains City Council for creating the Bushtrackers Guides and Maps. These are an excellent resource for families to teach children how to safely enjoy bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains.

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