The History and Walks of Kings Tableland

The Blue Mountains boast some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery, promising visitors stunning views of velvet mountains, dipping valleys, and lush vegetation. Throughout the region, there are plenty of things to keep you busy, whether you’re on the hunt for some wildlife spotting opportunities, or want to learn more about the rich history of the area.

The Kings Tableland proves to be a popular landmark in the Blue Mountains. It is basically the remains of an eroded sandstone layer that sprawls out for around 1,000m just south of the cascading Wentworth Falls. Forming the major southern spur of the spine of the mountain range, it marks the gateway to the Southern Escarpment, which is made up of tall sandstone cliffs that edge the Jamison, Megalong, Kanimbla, and Hartley Valleys.

You can find the Kings Tableland to the west of the Blue Labyrinth locality. Surrounding it, you’ll find plenty of beautiful hiking routes and a stunning selection of wild scenery to explore.

The Indigenous History of the Kings Tableland

Like most of Australia’s prominent natural landmarks, Kings Tableland has a history entwined with the Indigenous peoples who live there. Part of the region has been set aside as a camping and meeting place for the Gandangara people. The area set aside for them sits on an impressive sandstone rock platform, which boasts a shelter decorated with ancient rock art. This spot is thought to be the oldest Aboriginal site in the Blue Mountains, and contains unique engravings of native bird and animal species, like kangaroos.

If you’re looking to discover some of the immense history that embraces this part of Australia, this is the place to go. It is thought the Kings Tableland has been used as an Aboriginal gathering place for more than 14,000 years.

Today, the Kings Tableland walk – one of the most popular activities in the region – carves through one of the most historically important parts of the Blue Mountains. Here, you’ll find a real-life show of the Australian bushland that has survived for thousands of years.

Along the Kings Tableland walk, you can take a quick diversion out to Rocket Point, where you can soak up stunning views of Wentworth Falls in the distance.

The area is well worth a visit to learn more about Aboriginal history in these parts, and to experience some of Australia’s most picturesque scenery and oldest landmarks.

Visit the Kings Tableland on our Blue Mountains Tour.