RUINED CASTLE OVERNIGHT
Weekend escapes to the stunning Blue Mountains
We get it, adventuring is hard when you only have a short amount of time. That’s why we specifically run our Ruined Castle Overnighter only on weekends. Packed full of highlights, it’s an incredible bang for your buck tour that’ll have you home in time to meal-prep for Monday. No annual leave required!
Unfortunately, due to the recent bush fires in the Blue Mountains National Park, we will be unable to operate this tour for some time.
What will I see?
A lot! After you’ve finished scrambling up mountains, dashing over waterfalls and traversing colossal landslides, you’ll wonder how you fit it all into just two days! On this tour, you will climb not one, but two mountains, meander through lush tunnels of rainforest, and spend a night out underneath the stars!
Day 1: Depart Sydney, Leura to Ruined Castle | 8km (+2km optional afternoon walk)
Day 2: Mt Solitary Summit, Ruined Castle to Katoomba, return to Sydney | 14km
On Day 2, we will ride out of the valley in style on the World's Steepest Railway. It's a dramatic, and less physical end to the tour. If you have any concerns about this, you can also choose to hike out of the valley via the Fuber Stairs (45 mins approx).
What do I need?
Not much to be honest. We’re pretty proud of the all-inclusive nature of our tours, and all you really need is a decent pair of hiking shoes and some clothing. We don’t want you forking out $100’s for high-tech gear, which is why we provide all the life-saving essentials. We also have a series of hire gear available, if you’d like to have the best of the best!
What's Included on Ruined Castle tour
Two professional wilderness guides
One night camping; facilities include toilets and clean drinking water
Lightweight tent (twin-share) and compact sleeping mat
Sleeping bag with cotton liner
Hiking Backpack (70-90L)
Compact daypack for mountain climbs
One breakfast, two lunches, and one dinner (see Food on the Trail for more info)
Snacks, hot tea and fresh coffee on the trail
Group camping equipment included: stove, pots, tarp, etc.
Transport to and from Sydney in air-conditioned bus (luggage transfer included)
A one-way ride on the steepest railway in the world
All national park fees and track fees
Emergency communications and first aid kits
Maximum of eight guests
What fitness level do I need?
The Ruined Castle tour is our entry-level walk. We cover shorter distances each day, and both mountain climbs are optional, and only require a daypack (which is provided). In saying that, you are still expected to carry a backpack of approximately 10-14kgs in weight, and walk around 10kms. We highly recommend some pre-trip training, which will not only make your experience better but is also a great chance to just get fit and healthy.
To provide you with the best ‘pre-trip’ training, we consulted one of Sydney’s leading Personal Trainers, to develop a custom program specifically targeting the key muscles and fitness requirements for this hike. It’s a combination of both HIIT and strength training and will have you well on your way to success! The training program is included with all tour bookings!
We are also offering a 'pack-free' experience for this tour! Find out more here.
And as with anything in this world, if you have any questions, concerns, or queries, we really are the best people to speak to! Plus we’re super friendly and love a chat! Head on over to our Contact Us page for all the details.
2 Days I 26 km
Maximum Group Size 8
We are happy to include additional dates for private or large group bookings if the above dates do not suit. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss alternative departures.
Location and Map
New South Wales