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.

Lincolns Rock, Blue Mountains
Not a hike but a very short stroll from the street, Lincoln’s Rock offers wide open views of the Jamison Valley and is an alternative to the more famous spots such as Echo Point in Katoomba. I also wanted to include it in the blog because there were inversion clouds in the valley, and I don’t get to see them very often. I regretted not getting up earlier as I expect the scene would have been more spectacular. There are some walking tracks nearby, (see the link to Google Maps), but we walked up Mt Hay on this day.

Lincolns Rock: The Scenery

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Lincolns Rock, Blue Mountains
Me looking yonder; at Lincoln’s Rock.
Lockleys Pylon / Du Faur Head, Blue Mountains

We’ve done the Lockleys Pylon / Du Faur Head walk many a time. Walking through attractive heath vegetation allows for open views for the most part from start to finish, taking in the shear sided cliffs of the impressive Grose Valley from the opposite side of the valley to walks near Blackheath (such as walking to Pulpit Rock). Definitely a good scenery to effort ratio.  (more…)

Three Creeks - Martins Lookout Circuit, Blue Mountains

This walk in the Lower Blue Mountains is more attractive than my photos suggest; basically it’s more atmospheric than photogenic. It passes through various forest types and takes in numerous pools and waterfalls. The steep side trip (and mini circuit) to Martins Lookout is worth it, and a good spot for lunch. (more…)

Martins Lookout to Lost World Lookout, Springwood, Blue Mountains NSW

A short walk with lots of climbing, starting up high at Martins Lookout, dropping down steeply to Glenbrook Creek, and ending up high again at Bunya Lookout and later Lost World Lookout. The views are good if not mega, and there’s a few interesting rocks and plants along the way. A good option in the lower mountains for half a day’s walking with some decent climbing (about 500m of ascent/descent all up). (more…)

Mt Hay Track, Blue Mountains

It took us a while to do this walk for the first time because the nearby Lockleys Pylon Track is so great that we kept doing that. Ascending Mt Hay is a really excellent walk though, and quite short. It’s a longer drive to the start than Lockleys Pylon, but visiting nearby Butterbox Point is another excellent short walk that can be done in the same outing. You can also continue past Mt Hay to visit the more remote Venus Tor. Views of cliffs and deep valleys on all of these walks. (more…)

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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