Guide | Castle Head Walk (Blue Mountains)

Castle Head Walk in The Blue Mountains (2024)

Embarking on the Castle Head Walk in The Blue Mountains offers an extraordinary bushwalking adventure, accompanied by breathtaking views of the majestic mountains. Renowned for its sheer cliffs, this trail holds a special place as one of my preferred hiking experiences.

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Castle Head Walk (Blue Mountains)

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About Castle Head Walk

Revel in the stunning views of the Jamison Valley with the Castle Head walk. Situated on the Narrow Neck Peninsula, Castle Head features an ancient trig station. Renowned for its magnificent views and dramatic cliffs, this trail is a popular and well-known trek in the Blue Mountains.

Abseiling in the Blue Mountains is another exciting option on the Narrow Neck Peninsula. This adventurous activity is absolutely worthwhile.

How to Get to Scenic World?

By Public Transport

Regular train services connect Sydney Central train station to Katoomba train station. Upon reaching Katoomba, one can board a bus, as there are frequent bus connections between Katoomba and Scenic World. For additional details, refer to the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) website.

By Road

The distance from Scenic World to the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) is approximately 105 kilometers, and the drive typically takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  • Please note that the route includes toll roads.
  • Ample parking spaces are available at Scenic World for your convenience.

An alternative option is to drive to the Narrow Neck road and park your car at the trail’s starting point. The distance from Narrow Neck road to Sydney CBD is also approximately 105 kilometers, with an estimated driving time of around 1 hour and 30 minutes. The trail leading to Castle Head from the parking area on Narrow Neck road is a mere 5.7 kilometers.

Logistics of the Castle Head walk

Providing great views, the Castle Head walk is an easy hike to do in the Blue Mountains. The path is well-defined and relaxing.

  • Starting and Finishing point: Scenic World bus stop.
  • Total Distance: 15 kilometers return. If you can drive to the Narrow Neck road and commence the hike from the car park, the total distance can be reduced to 11.4 kilometers round trip.
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate (Moderate only because of the distance).
  • Type of Walk: Return.
  • Path (one way): Scenic World bus stop – Violet Street – Short Street Cliff Drive – Narrow Neck lookout – Locked Gate (5 kilometers from bus stop) – Castle Head path (there is a board).

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Hike to Ruined Castle
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Hanging Rock
Valley of the Waters Hike

Castle Head Walk (Blue Mountains)

Safety for solo female travelers

As a standard practice, it is advisable to hike with a companion. This ensures preparedness for unforeseen situations, particularly in mountainous terrain. While the towns and locations in the Blue Mountains are generally safe, exercise caution near the edges and refrain from standing close to cliff edges, especially during windy conditions, as they can pose significant dangers.

If you are traveling alone, then Meetup, one of the travel apps, is the best place to find hiking buddies.

Castle Head Walk (Blue Mountains)

Closing Notes

Including the Castle Head walk in your list is a must when contemplating hikes in The Blue Mountains. This picturesque trail offers stunning views of the valley and the mountains. Have you hiked this trail? Let me know by writing to me on

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