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march-fixer: Track 2088 in area near Australia, New South Wales ()
Echo Point, 3 Sisters and The Giant Stairway
Length: 11.5km, Creator time taken: 6h46m, Ascent: 670m,
Descent: 662m

Places: Start at Lon 150.311, Lat -33.7182, end at Start
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Right next to Katoomba, this high altitude, eucalyptus hazed track with rugged crags, sheer cliffs and awesome chasms is a beautiful spectacular walking experience. We left the YHA Hostel and headed over to Echo Point which looks out over the extensive Jamison Valley. There is a cliff walk all the way down to The 3 Sisters (pinnacles) and yet another fantastic lookout. From there the track heads STRAIGHT DOWN The Giant Stairway.

All along the way there are vistas that stop you in your tracks. This walk takes much longer that anticipated as there are so many photo stops. At the lower junction of the track, we swung left along The Dardanelles Pass Track. This track is still a good height up from the valley floor.

The track leads on, and up, along the Amphitheatre Track towards Leura Falls and Leura Cascades. Each of the lookout points along here will take your breath away. The sheer size and perpendicular drop of these cliffs is spectacular.

The track we took heads back up to the Cliff Road and it is a short walk back to the hostel.

(The track looks a bit disjointed and criss-crosses since the track goes back over itself as it descends down the cliff face or climbs back up again!).

Uploaded on: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 (12:09:45)
Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/track/2088/  
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