Passes - Giant Staircase
|Track Type||1||Maintained tourist track.|
The Giant Staircase like the Furber steps is a tourist favourite as people challenge themselves in descending and ascending the 860+ steps (yes I remember counting them when I was a boy!). It is also popular because walkers can cross a bridge to the first of the three sisteThe stairs have recently undergone rennovation. Saftey railings were repaired and steps made safer especially in the lower sections.
The Stairway was the brainchild of local Ranger James McKay in 1908. Work started in 1916 but faltered in 1918. It wasn't until the 1930s when entrepreneur and photographer Harry Phillips took up the cause and in 1932 Katoomba Council completed the work.
Some great photos and the history of the making of the Giant Staircase can be found at The Giant Stairway of the Blue Mountains
- Cliff Drive, Katoomba
- Echo Point, Katoomba
- Dardenelles Pass
The Giant Staricase is a well trodden tourist track which descends from the Three Sisters to Dardenalles Pass. There are over 800 steps so those who are below peak fitness might want to make use of the seats provided to rest going both up and down. There are no navigational issues. Turning left at the bottom takes you to Leura Forest via Dardenelles Pass. Right takes you to Furber Steps and Scenic railway via Federal Pass.