marges and elizabeth lookout glenbrook boy and girl holding hands
Marge’s and Elizabeth Lookout bushwalk, Glenbrook


Council is currently assessing walking tracks in the City and closing any considered at risk given recent unprecedented rainfall and the tragic landslip that occurred in Blue Mountains National Park, at Wentworth Falls on 4 April 2021.

All tracks in the Wentworth Falls and Valley of the Waters precincts in Blue Mountains National Park have been closed until further notice, following an announcement by NSW Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) on 5 April 2021. Council tracks that join the Valley of the Waters, at Charles Darwin Walk, are currently closed for restoration works, following flood events in 2020 and 2021.

The Blue Mountains have experienced multiple rockfalls and landslips since the natural disaster occurred last month. Council has also temporarily closed the following tracks:

❌ Terrace Falls Hazelbrook walking track (partial closure due to rockfall).
❌ Lapstone Zig Zag walking track (partial closure due to rockfall). A pedestrian detour is in place.
❌ South Lawson Waterfall Loop Walk (partial closure due to rockfall and landslip).
❌ Victory Track, Faulconbridge (partial closure due to a rockfall and landslip).
❌ Sections of Prince Henry Cliff Walk Leura have also been partially closed since 2000 and 2001 due to landslips and storm damage.
‼️A significant rainfall event is predicted later this week. NPWS has announced Blue Mountains National Park will close, except for Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap Lookout, from 9am 6 April 2022.

Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said: “I have asked Council to close any tracks that are in “at risk” areas in the City. Our hearts go out to those affected in this week’s landslip at Wentworth Falls, and their families and friends. It is an absolute tragedy.“This is a very difficult time for our City and community.

The amount of water that has hit the Blue Mountains in recent weeks is unprecedented. This is the third year the City has experienced major flooding. We have had a series of closures in the last week or so, due to rockfalls and landslips. We need locals and visitors to take extreme caution.”Those who are planning any walks in the Blue Mountains over the coming days, and into the school holidays, should:

✅ Follow all current weather advice.
✅ Plan only short walks, given conditions will be unpredictable.
✅ Follow current NPWS walking track alerts at and all Council walking track alerts at

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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

There Is No ‘Child Safe’ Bushwalk.
Always Supervise Children Closely On All Bushwalks

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
Duck Hole Track, Glenbrook
Victory Track, Faulconbridge
Jackson Park Track, Faulconbridge
Mid Blue Mountains
Waterfall Loop Track, South Lawson
Horseshoe Falls, Hazelbrook
Dantes Glen Walking Track Lawson
King’s Cave Linden
Upper Blue Mountains
Katoomba Falls Reserve Night-Lit Walk
Pool of Siloam, Leura
Charles Darwin Walk, Wentworth Falls
Fairfax Heritage Track, Blackheath
The Gully, Katoomba
Minnehaha Falls Track, Katoomba
Mermaids Cave Walk, Blackheath
Wentworth Falls Lake Walk, Wentworth Falls
Leura Cascades
Cox’s River Campground To Bowtells Suspension Bridge
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Blackheath / Megalong Valley

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 pleasant, flat 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 tire swing and spotting rare wildlife on the lagoon. Discover this child friendly Blue Mountains walk if you are looking for a very easy and pleasant nature walk.


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.

Birdwood Gully is definitely one of the favourite child friendly bushwalks in the Blue Mountains.


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

Marge’s and Elizabeth Lookouts are considered one of the most child friendly bushwalks in the Blue Mountains. 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 also used by mountain bike riders because there are plenty of tracks (including a black diamond trail) off the main fire trail.

marges and elizabeth lookout glenbrook family bike ride

If you stick to the main fire trail you’ll come to a fork that 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.


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.

Visiting Jellybean Pool is not a bushwalk, but rather, a lovely place within the National Park to visit with your family. There are plenty of tracks nearby (particularly to Red Hands Cave) that you can explore though if you would like to add a bushwalk to your visit.


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 might even find a bush shelter (or gunyah) to check out and a little waterfall. Towards the end of the walk, it will ascend up large steps to Lawson Lookout. The view is beautiful but supervise children closely up here as there are cliff edges around.


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

Duck Hole Track, Glenbrook

Duck Hole Track Glenbrook is a wonderful bushwalk for families that leads to Glenbrook Creek. There are so many surprises along the 4.5km return journey. You will discover amazing cliffs, ancient ferns, diverse landscapes, an aquamarine waterhole, a cave to explore, logs to balance and climb on, rocks to clamber over, trains to spot and so much more.

Enjoy exploring the beauty of the lower Blue Mountains on this wonderful family bushwalk in Glenbrook. You won’t be disappointed!


Victory Track, Faulconbridge

Victory Track Faulconbridge girl on a tree root swing

Discover the Sir Henry Parkes Victory Track Faulconbridge. It is a stunning moderate Blue Mountains family friendly bushwalk that transports you into a new world beneath the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Descend into the rainforest undergrowth of Sassafras Gully on the Victory Track, starting on Sir Henry’s Parade in Faulconbridge.

Be pleasantly surprised by the wonders of nature on the Victory Track. Explore and soak up the tranquillity of this idyllic child friendly bushwalk in the lower Blue Mountains.


Jackson Park Track, Faulconbridge

Jackson Park Faulconbridge little girl walking on the track

Jackson Park Faulconbridge contains a small playground, picnic area and large natural bushland areas accessed by bushwalking tracks. It is a great spot to enjoy a bushwalk, picnic, park play and discover more about our former Prime Ministers at the nearby Corridor Of Oaks.

The Jackson Park track is a short and easy 650 metre loop track created by five times NSW premier Sir Henry Parkes. It is a lovely family and dog (on leash) friendly track with plenty of native plants to explore and wildlife to spot.


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.

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

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. This is one of the most highly recommended child (and dog) friendly bushwalks in the Blue Mountains.


Horseshoe 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 picturesque 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! Be sure to check out this child friendly walk in the Blue Mountains!

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.


Dantes Glen Walking Track Lawson

dantes glen walking track lawson little girl sitting on a log looking at the waterfall

Dantes Glen Walking Track Lawson is such a wonderful family friendly walking track and location for bush play in the mid Blue Mountains. It is a moderate 2.1km return ‘there and back’ track with an elevation of 78 metres. Pack a picnic and enjoy this beautiful rainforest oasis with your children and dog, all with a stunning waterfall backdrop.


King’s Cave Linden

king's cave linden

A walk to King’s Cave Linden is perfect if you are after a short family walk, if you like to learn about Australian history or if you simply need to stretch your legs as you pass through the Blue Mountains.

King’s Cave is a magnificent ancient cave just off the highway in Linden. It is an easy (approx.) 400 metre ‘there and back’ return walk and the kids will love it!


Upper Blue Mountains

Katoomba Falls Reserve Night Lit Walk

katoomba falls reserve night lit walk

Katoomba Falls Reserve Night Lit Walk in the Blue Mountains National Park is a stunning experience attracting visitors to the region. It is a sensational 1.3km track that illuminates natural features including, Orphan Rock, Witches Leap, Katoomba Falls and Katoomba Cascades.

At certain vantage points, you may also see the Three Sisters lit up. If you are looking for a unique date night, a fun nighttime family adventure or just to simply breathe in the fresh upper Blue Mountains air, head to Katoomba for this amazing new bushwalk.


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 Blue Mountains 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.


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 child friendly bushwalk 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.

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. It is a wonderful child friendly Blue Mountains bushwalk!


fairfax heritage track blackheath blue mountains national park girl running

The Gully / Catalina Park and Old Raceway

Whilst The Gully, also known as Catalina Park, is one of the most child friendly places for a walk or bike ride in the Blue Mountains. It may not technically be considered a ‘bushwalk’, it is worth mentioning as a great spot to take the family for a mix of quiet bushland, a sealed walkway and bike path, and a loop track for walks and running.

The Gully is a disused racing track that is now used for recreational purposes. It is a loop track that is just over 2km and more suitable for children who can manage walking or cycling hills and navigating bark and other types of leaf litter on the track.


Minnehaha Falls Track, Katoomba

minnehaha falls track katoomba waterfall

Minnehaha Falls Track Katoomba (also known as Minni Ha Ha Falls) is a beautiful bushwalk in the upper Blue Mountains National Park that leads you 1.2km along Yosemite Creek to a majestic waterfall and an ancient swimming hole. The easy-moderate return walk is around 2.4km and takes about 40 – 90 minutes to complete, depending on your pace.


Mermaids Cave Walk Blackheath

Mermaids Cave Walk Blackheath stairs

Mermaids Cave Walk Blackheath is a short and spectacular Blue Mountains hidden gem. Just off Megalong Valley Road in Blackheath, you will discover a 100 metre walk and just over 130 steps down into the most incredible sandstone caves that tower above you. There is even a lovely waterfall that makes the experience even more surreal.

The tranquillity and awesomeness of this walk make it an essential stop if you are passing through Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains.


Wentworth Falls Lake Walk

wentworth falls lake walk sun shining on the water

The Wentworth Falls Lake walk is a beautiful, easy 3.5km around the lake and takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Find a little beach and a large variety of native flora along the way.

Whilst this is not technically considered a bushwalk (although there certainly are bushy parts to the walk) it is a lovely child friendly Blue Mountains walk for families.


Leura Cascades

leura cascades round walk waterfall

Leura Cascades Round Walk is a very pretty walk that is perfect for families. It is set in the lovely town of Leura in the upper Blue Mountains and is a short (about 1km) and scenic walk set in a watery wonderland. Allow between 30 minutes to one hour to enjoy this beautiful and easy to moderate track.


Cox’s River Campground To Bowtells Suspension Bridge

This is a wonderful bushwalk! To complete the easy 3km return walk from Cox’s River Campground to Bowtells Suspension Bridge, you will need an all wheel drive. The walk begins from Cox’s River Campground.

Children aged about 8 years and older might be okay to cross the bridge by themselves. Crossing the bridge is not recommended for young children.


Coachwood Glen Nature Trail

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail climbing tree vines

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail is an easy 600 metre circuit track set in the cool, dark rainforest of the Megalong Valley. Children will enjoy this fascinating walk 15 minute walk as they explore the incredible vines that climb and twist up artistically into the rainforest canopy, investigating a variety of colourful fungi, rock hopping across the creek and lyrebird spotting.


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 have to offer.

Thank You

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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