Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW

This lesser known short walk in the Blue Mountains passes through a very atmospheric canyon, and can be extended along the bottom of cliffs used by rock climbers.

Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

This was another new walk for me in the Upper Blue Mountains that exceeded expectations. It starts on the edge of town, and passes steeply through a narrow and deep canyon (actually a gap in the cliffs) called the Devils Hole. As you drop down you can take a short side trip to the left for views of the cliffs lining Narrow Neck Plateau. At the bottom of Devils Hole you turn left to view a scenic waterfall, and can then continue on along the bottom of cliffs used by rock climbers.

The track eventually peters out at a spot where I managed to get a clear photo of the Devils Hole and surrounding cliffs. Going this far is a moderate walk, and turning back at the waterfall makes it pretty easy, so long as you don’t mind steep and possibly slippery terrain. We used track notes in the guide book Blue Mountains Best Bushwalks. You start opposite 261 Cliff Drive Katoomba…

Devils Hole Track: The Scenery

Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Forest at the start.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
This was at the top of the Devils Hole.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Descending into the canyon.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Quite green in places. I imagine this walk would be slippery in the wet.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
There was a boulder wedged between the cliff walls.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
The view from a short deviation from the Devils Hole, exiting to the left as you descend. I think these cliffs are on Narrow Neck Plateau.

The photo below shows where you leave the Devils Hole for the above views…

Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
I’d asked Sophia to come back to where the side track leaves the Devils Hole for views of cliffs lining Narrow Neck Plateau.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
I liked this shot looking back up through the Devils Hole.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Forest at the bottom of the Devils Hole.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
More in my series of ‘bark photos of interest only to me’. This was a bit rougher than the usual bark I see in Australia. Not sure what the tree is.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
At the base of the waterfall.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
It’s possible to walk behind the waterfall, which we did on the way back, but here we are walking through it. Its been dry so there wasn’t all that much water.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Great colours in this section that was kept moist by water dripping from above. It almost looks like two photographs joined together.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Looking back at the waterfall: easier to see it in the sunlight.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
This area is called Waterfall Cave I think.

Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Flowers growing out of rock.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
The clearest shot I could get of the cliffs above me.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Old steps up onto the plateau. The bottom had been removed but somebody attached rope to allow access. The ladder looked a bit rusty so I didn’t try them out.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
These overhangs were evidently used by climbers, as there were things stuck in the wall and ‘ceiling’ of the overhang.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
This was a new flower for me.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Same flower as before I think but not yet opened.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
You can see the Devils Hole in the centre bottom of the cliff face. This was the only spot in the walk with a clear view back towards the canyon.

A couple of crimson rosellas were hanging out at the end of the walk when we were stretching…

Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
A crimson rosella.
Devils Hole Track, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
A crimson rosella. Some of the wing feathers were green.

Nearby Walks

There are heaps of really good walks in the Blue Mountains, and I’ve done a lot of them. You can read about my favourite Blue Mountains walks in a blog post I wrote, or browse through a list of all the walks I’ve done below.

Evans Lookout/Pulpit Rock/Popes Glenn/Braeside Walk, Blue Mountains
The eastern side of Blackheath is pretty spectacular, and the walk described here takes in the best of the cliff top views in the area. It includes the viewpoints of Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap that you can drive to, and also Pulpit Rock which is a short walk from Pulpit Rock Road. However there are ever changing views for as long as you are on the cliffs’ edge, and turning it into a partial circuit via Popes Glenn and the Braeside Walk adds some atmospheric variety.  (more…)
Federal Pass & Prince Henry Cliff Walk Circuit, Blue Mountains NP

This walk takes in some of the best bits of the Blue Mountains near Katoomba, and is highly recommended. You’ll enjoy views of cliffs, waterfalls and lush forest along much of the route, and definitely visit Bridal Veil Falls and Leura Cascades on your way down to or up from the Federal Pass.  (more…)

Fortress Ridge Track, Blue Mountains

There are a number of excellent walks which start on the unsealed (and rough) Mt Hay Road, near the Blue Mountains town of Leura. Over 12 years of regular bushwalking in the area I had often noticed cars parked at the side of the road about half way to the end, and wondered whether there was a track there. Well, Sophia and I finally checked it out and discovered the really excellent Fortress Ridge Track. Better late than never. The track undulates through heath and occasional tree cover to a view point over the Grose Valley and Lockleys Pylon, which is quite spectacular from this angle. (more…)

Grand Canyon Circuit, Blue Mountains

The Grand Canyon Circuit offers a fairly unique Blue Mountains experience, passing through the shadowy recesses of a narrow canyon carved out by Greaves Creek, near the town of Blackheath in the upper mountains. There’s lush rainforest vegetation, tall and dark cliffs, as well as more open sections with dryer vegetation. There’s also excellent views from Evans Lookout of the Grose Valley, looking like a smaller, forested version of that other (slightly more famous) Grand Canyon. Evans Lookout is outside of the canyon, but a part of the circuit walk. (more…)

Katoomba Landslide Circuit, Blue Mountains

The Katoomba Landslide section of the Federal Pass in the Blue Mountains appears not to get that much traffic, and I hadn’t done it before this trip in June 2019. Turns out though it is one of the most spectacular sections of this longish track beneath sandstone cliffs, as a landslide in the early 1930’s has opened up views over a nice corner of the cliff lined Jamison Valley. (more…)

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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