Stand at the iconic Echo Point lookout at Katoomba. Look to your left: there’s the Three Sisters. Look straight ahead: you can’t miss the imposing Mt Solitary. Look just to the right of Mt Solitary: down the ridge, you can make out the jumble of rocks rising from the tree-lined ridge. That’s the Ruined Castle, a spectacular location for 360-degree views of the Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains.
About 14km (return) from the bottom of the Scenic Railway – or less if you come down the Golden Staircase from Narrowneck – it’s one of the most popular day walks in the Blue Mountains, and one that boasts some of the best views you’re likely to find anywhere in Australia. Especially when the weather is as good as it was last Saturday when ten of us headed out there.