Katoomba Night-lit Walk
The Katoomba Falls Reserve Night-lit Walk is now open!
Situated in the World-heritage Listed Blue Mountains, the 1.3km walk gives visitors access to an exciting night-time viewing experience. The walk includes renowned natural features such as Orphan Rock, Witches Leap, Katoomba Falls, Katoomba Cascades, and from certain vantage points you can also see the Three Sisters lit up.
The experience connects other previously lit areas, and has new lighting from the top of the Katoomba Falls Kiosk car park, around Reid’s Plateau and down to the Duke and Duchess lookout.
All the lights turn on at dusk and flood lights are turned off at 10.30pm and path lights at 11pm.
Blue Mountains City Council Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “This project provides a wonderful new experience for locals – and visitors – to experience our World Heritage Area at night. I strongly encourage you to take your family and friends to see it.”
All lights are energy efficient LEDs. The total connected energy load at the Reserve is also now well below that of the original lighting on the site and this type of lighting also requires substantially less maintenance and repairs which translates to a significant cost saving for Council.
Distance: 1.3km. Time: Up to 60 mins return
No Bookings required (The walk is free)
Access: You can start the walk from two places – The main Katoomba Cascades carpark or from beside the old Katoomba Kiosk.
A huge amount of planning and development work has also gone into creating sympathetic lighting at the site to highlight the area’s spectacular natural features without causing unnecessary light pollution for wildlife or local residents.
Thirteen floodlights highlight the main focal points at the site with another 390 individual lights illuminating the footpaths. All lights are energy efficient LEDs. (Due to the usage and location, Reid Plateau has not been part of Council’s current solar roll out.)
However, as part of Council’s commitment to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2025 we are actively working towards a renewable electricity Power Purchase Agreement that will deliver 100% renewable energy for all of Council’s electricity use.
For more information, visit https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/katoomba-falls-reserve-night-lit-walk.