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Furber Steps & Katoomba Falls
3 Sisters, Blue Mountains, Australia.
Rainforest, waterfall, views, beautiful cliff overhangs.
The City in a National Park - World Heritage Region


Please take extreme care near lookouts & cliffs! 
Carry drinking water, use sun protection.

Furber Steps, & connecting tracks, offer the best views of the Katoomba Falls. They are also the closest stairs to the Scenic Railway & old coal mine, their base being only a few minutes walk from the bottom station & an effortless yet spectacular ride back to the top.

Explorer Bus - Leura Cascades - Stop 15

Rock Climbing

Points of Interest & Access 

  • Access from near the Katoomba Falls Kiosk, situated on the Cliff Drive & Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
  • Views of Three Sisters, Kings Tableland.
  • Rainforest.
  • Numerous lookouts.
  • Witches Leap, a small waterfall in a rainforest filled gully.

Harry Phillips shot this photo on the completion of the project. The natural vegetation has long since grown back, but here we can clearly see the route of the stairs down the cliff face. 

Furber Steps were constructed in 1908, to replace the precarious bush pole steps of the original Federal Pass. Thomas Furber, a Lands Department surveyor with an interest in conservation, was mainly responsible for obtaining a government grant of 140 for the work.


Historic postcard of Katoomba Falls. Apparently shot from near Furber Steps, it is thought to date from the 1914-1923 period.

There are two main drops, the upper & lower, along with cascades. The stairs shown above descend the lower portion. The descent from the top to the mid-point is via a moist rainforest gully, hidden from the sun by the tree canopy & cliffs.

Below the falls, the Federal Pass walking track crosses the creek at Cooks Crossing.  

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Carry a bag for rubbish, avoid damaging anything!

More Info

Bushwalking in the Katoomba & Leura Area, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. Aprox. $4.00 from information centres & local shops

In 2001, this area was officially named "Harrys Amphitheatre", after Katoomba businessman, tourism promoter & well known identity, the late Harry Hammon.


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