The History and Surroundings of the Incredible Furber Stairs

The Blue Mountains are a spectacular part of Australia, boasting incredible soaring peaks flecked with dense green jungles and dipping valleys with majestic rivers and even more magical waterfalls.

It’s an area of true natural beauty and one that a lot of tourists visit in search of wild Australian beauty and to be surrounded by the ancient landscape of the country. Throughout the Blue Mountains National Park there are numerous landmarks, from waterfalls and rock formations to hikes and walks.

Whether you’re a keen hiker or not, you should definitely check out the Furber Steps. These are one of the best-known landmarks in the region and sit amongst the incredible backdrop of Jamison Valley, surrounded by lush greenery and breath-taking, jutting mountains.

It’s not an easy walk, but well worth the effort for the views across the valley. As you descend down from the Scenic Railway (another famous hotspot in the region), you’ll find yourself immersed in a picturesque snapshot of rainforests and waterfalls and might even catch a glimpse of some of Australia’s native wildlife.

There are a number of detours you can take along the path to really make the most of the experience – seeing the mesmerising Katoomba Falls is always a popular highlight, and then there’s the chance to hop on the Scenic Railway itself in order to make your way back up to the top. If you like, you can challenge yourself to hike back up the Furber Stairs, but this is only recommended for the fit and healthy as it’s a particularly steep climb!

The bottom of the stairs link up with the well-traversed Federal Pass which crosses through the forest at the foot of Jamison Valley and works its way over towards Katoomba Falls. It’s the perfect route to take if you’re looking to hit all the major attractions in the Blue Mountains and is the closest mountain walkway to the Scenic Railway, which is worth a peek even if you decide not to take a ride.

Check out our Blue Mountains Day Tour if you’re in the area.