Federal Pass

Federal Pass was initially constructed by the Katoomba community. This trail, extending from Leura Forest to Katoomba Falls, follows the path of the former horse-drawn coal tramway line and now stretches all the way to Ruined Castle on the opposite side of Jamison Valley.

Tracing the historic route at the base of the cliffs from Leura to Ruined Castle, this walk takes you through forests, past waterfalls, and by the iconic Three Sisters. Federal Pass can be accessed at four different points, each requiring a challenging descent and ascent through the valley.

As you descend any of the staircases to join the historic trail, savor the stunning views of the dramatic cliff line. Traverse dense forests and encounter refreshing waterfalls, making it an ideal setting for a picnic. Don’t forget your binoculars if you’re interested in birdwatching.

For a thrilling conclusion, opt for a heart-pounding ascent via the stairs, or choose to cap off your journey with an exhilarating train ride to the top at Scenic World.

Be sure to check track conditions before walking.