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The Giant Stairway

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Address: Echo Point road | Echo Point, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
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Not as hard as advertised...

This had been named as a really difficult hike, but it doesn't have to be. Full disclosure, I took the Scenic railway down to save my knees, and I am in reasonably good shape... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Deborah F
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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This had been named as a really difficult hike, but it doesn't have to be. Full disclosure, I took the Scenic railway down to save my knees, and I am in reasonably good shape. Still, if you take lots of photos you should be able to manage tje upwards hike in well under an hour. I made it in 45... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This walk is not for the faint hearted, but if you are just a little bit doubtful, don't hesitate. You must do it. Don't think about the 900 steps down, down, down. Be amazed at yourself for being brave enough to walk out to the eldest Sister, then down her very long legs to the bottom of the Jamieson Valley.... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Will have to go back sometime - just too many people for my liking. The number of people made the actual stairs slow to negotiate.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've held an ambition to do the Giant Staircase for many years but for various reasons never completed it. I finally got the chance one lovely afternoon in January. I started at the top, right near the Three Sisters. The downward journey took me about 20 minutes and aside from being a bit hard on the knees (I'm 55 and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were offered advice that this was a good way to get to the National Park and avoid some of the crowds. I nearly gave up after a few minutes due to a bit of vertigo, but so glad I carried on and did the full 1,000 steps. You should definitely give it a go!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience but hard work. Worth the experience and the million steps. Very rewarding. A must do for the physically fit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

No.1 tip, go as early as possible and beat the crowds, it's a massively different experience when you're not surrounded by hoards of tourists. You can have two very different experiences on the Giant Stairway. Usually decided by how fit you are and the state of knees and hips. Having done the walk both ways (starting from Echo point going... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

This was a great experience to do the Giant Stairway. There can be a lot of people but it still is great to do. Love the views from the stairway!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We had intended getting out of the gorge by taking the "Scenic Railway" but decided against it when we saw that it was just a funicular railway. The only way up, therefore, was to climb "The Giant Stairway", which was somewhat daunting after a long walk. We soon realised that it wasn't as difficult as anticipated and the views were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Do it at your own pace, you get to see the Three Sisters close up. It is steep, but there are handrails

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