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Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.9 km WSW of Wentworth Falls
Length: 0.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 95 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 95 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

This is a walk that engages the senses, from Conservation Hut into the Valley of the Waters. The walk starts off with coffee aromas from Conservation Hut and winds down through the inspiring bushland, with a number of views along the way. The turn-around point of Empress Lookout doesn't have the greatest views but the sounds of Empress Falls roaring through the canyon are quite enjoyable. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout
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Conservation Hut
Int of Valley of the Waters Track and Shortcut Track
Int of Valley of the Waters and Overcliff Tracks
Int of Lyrebird Cliff Track and Valley of the Waters Track
Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks
Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Conservation Hut

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Conservation Hut
 
Conservation Hut +
 
Conservation Hut track head
 
Conservation Hut track head +
 
Stairs down from Conservation Hut
 
Stairs down from Conservation Hut +

 
Stairs into Valley of the Waters from Conservation Hut
 
Stairs into Valley of the Waters from Conservation Hut +
 
National Pass sign
 
National Pass sign +
 
Stairs between Queen Victoria and Empress Lookouts
 
Stairs between Queen Victoria and Empress Lookouts +

 
Empress Lookout
 
Empress Lookout +
 
Stairs down to Empress Lookout
 
Stairs down to Empress Lookout +
 
View from Empress Lookout
 
View from Empress Lookout +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 760m
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 270m of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 110m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 320m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 55m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 380m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 380m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 380m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 270m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 110m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Conservation Hut
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Conservation Hut
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Conservation Hut Alt = 893 m
Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827. More info

(0 km) Conservation Hut to Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 324 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -75 m
From Conservation Hut, this walk follows the 'Valley of the Waters' sign down some timber and dirt steps passing a couple of picnic shelters. The track soon leads to the signposted intersection with the 'Short Cut Track' (still in view of the Conservation Hut).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Valley of the Waters' sign down the steps, passing an information sign. After the handrail and more signs, the track passes a couple of faint tracks (on the left, leading to an old picnic area). Further down the steps, the walk comes the end of another handrail and a three-way intersection (signposted 'Overcliff Track' and 'National Pass').
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'National Pass - Valley of the Waters' sign down the timber steps. The track passes a few faint tracks (on the left, that lead to an unfenced view point). The walk continues down the steps, soon coming to an unsignposted intersection with the Lyrebird Cliff track (on a small sandstone rock platform).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the wooden steps to almost immediately come to the signposted intersection with 'Queen Victoria Lookout' track.

(0.32 km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks to Queen Victoria Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 24 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -17 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Queen Victoria Lookout' sign down the steps towards the handrail. Soon the track passes a small lookout on the left and, shortly afterwards, the fence leads to the rock platform and fenced 'Queen Victoria Lookout'.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Queen Victoria Lookout Alt = 803 m
The Queen Victoria Lookout is perched above the Valley of the Waters, south-west of Conservation Hut. The fenced lookout has views into the narrow section of the valley. The views are made more dramatic by the roar of the waterfalls below and the mists which frequent the area. Empress Falls are only just visible - the main views extend down Jamison Valley. Kings Tableland (left) and Sublime Point(right) dominate the views and the eastern edge of Mount Solitary and beyond is also visible.

(0.32 km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks to Empress Lookout
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 57 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -18 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the steps away from 'Queen Victoria Lookout' keeping the rock face to the right. The track soon passes under a sandstone overhang and then down more steps to come to the fenced and signposted 'Empress Lookout'.

Empress Lookout Alt = 801 m
Empress Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout, perched on a sandstone overhang above the Valley of the Waters Creek. There is a view down to part of the Empress Falls and into the canyon. The views are filtered through the surrounding trees. It makes for a good spot to catch your breath when walking into, or out of, the Valley of the Waters.

Catch the bus from Conservation Hut
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Conservation Hut
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 4.8 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 4.8 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 24.5 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 29.1 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 29.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout
Click to re-center search
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 25 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 30 km (to the NE)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 31 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
33 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 33 km (to the W)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 11 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Wind easing. Cloudy.
Wind easing. Cloudy.
7.4°C (feels like 2.3°)
22 km/h from the W
92% humidity     (as at 26/09:00am)
Sun      13°Wind easing. Cloudy.
Mon|13°Mostly sunny.
Tue|13°Partly cloudy.
Wed|12°Possible shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 26th of April 2015 11:00 AM
CLOSED AREAS
Burralow picnic area and campground is closed
  • ​Burralow picnic area and campground is closed due to slippery and dangerous road conditions.
  • Paterson Range fire trail and Tabaraga fire trail are both closed.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Richmond office on (02) 4588 2411 or the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Cahills lookout Katoomba
As a result of a recent bushfire, Cahills lookout remains closed until further notice. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Council on (02) 4780 5000.
Claustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Murphys Glen campground closed
Murphy's Glenn Fire Trail is closed due to wet and slippery conditions, there is no access to Murphys Glen campground. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Richmond office on (02) 4588 2411 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Murphys Glen campground, Murphys fire trail – Woodford to Murphys Glen campground, Murphys trail - Wentworth Falls to Woodford
Partial closure - Glenbrook Precinct - Blue Mountains National Park
The Glenbrook Precinct of Blue Mountains National Park is closed due to slippery road conditions and rising water levels on Glenbrook Creek causing the flooding of the causeway. There is no access to any walking tracks and fire trails in this part of the park, including Euroka campground and picnic area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Richmond Office on (02) 4588 2411 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Euroka campground, Jack Evans walking track, Blue Pool walking track, Murphys Glen campground, Red Hands Cave walking track - Blue Mountains National Park, Glenbrook - Nepean lookout, Murphys fire trail – Woodford to Murphys Glen campground, Murphys trail - Wentworth Falls to Woodford, Glenbrook Gorge track, Red Hands Cave, Woodford – Oaks trail, Tunnel View lookout, Mount Portal lookout, Euroka - Nepean River walking track, Jellybean track
Three Sisters walking track closure
National Parks & Wildlife Service are continuing works on the Three Sisters Walking Track between Echo Point and the Three Sisters. This is a major upgrade of this popular track, improving facilities for visitors. The next stage of works requires that access to the Three Sisters and the Giant Stairway be closed while new lookout structures are constructed and track works are underway. From March 16 the following attractions are closed:
  • The Giant Stairway is closed. No exit possible from Federal Pass to Three Sisters.
  • Lady Game lookout and Honeymoon Bridge are closed. There is no walking track access to the Three Sisters.
  • Three Sisters Track remains closed from Echo Point
Works will be ongoing for the next 3 months. The following alternative attractions are open:
  • Echo Point lookout with all views of the Three Sisters
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk to Leura. Diversions will be in place.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk towards Scenic World and Katoomba Falls.
Thank you for your patience while works are underway. We regret this closure is unavoidable during the Easter holiday period due to the nature and timetable of the works. Safety of our visitors is our priority. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Federal Pass, Prince Henry Cliff walk, Three Sisters - Honeymoon Bridge, Echo Point to Scenic World via Giant Stairway
Waratah Native Gardens
Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across The Gorge Walking Track. Closed areas include The Gorge Walking track in the Blue Mountains National Park. A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The Gorge Walking track is closed at the entry trackhead however the Waratah Native Gardens and picnic area located off Valley Ridges Road Berambing (west of Bilpin) has now been reopened. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Waratah Native Gardensp picnic area closed for maintenance
Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance, we apologise for any inconvenience. .Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury Area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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