This is a unique small shrub with a beautiful flower. It has a small kernel underneath and when the flower wilts away the little kernel takes the shape of a devil. It is quite rare in the Blue Mountains but we know where a Mountain Devil shrub is growing.
This is a magnificent flower and is very hardy. After a bush fire they quickly show there beautiful foliage, a red light in the burnt forests. They are a very resilient as a cut flower and they hold their stature for nearly 10 days in a vase.
For thousands of years the Blue Mountains have been devastated with bush fires these are caused by dry lightning strikes due to the heavy ironstone content in the rocks and soil of the Blue Mountains.
This ironstone acts as an earth to the lighting charges in the air creating a spark on the ground and the fire takes off.
There have been some huge fires in recent years and only 6 years ago a total of 210 homes were destroyed at Winmalee. The Eucalyptus trees with their high oil content just burst into flames in the hot summer. It is very difficult to control this type of bushfire and enormous resources are used to save property and the residents of the Blue Mountains.
There over 20 Rural Fire Brigades all man by volunteers spread over the mountains. Each year their work is exceptional, and many homes and properties have been saved by the heroic efforts of these volunteers. In the last 10 years there have been two large fires one at Winmalee where over 200 homes were burnt to the ground.
This walk is excellent and is in a great location. If you are up for a great walk of around 30 minutes you will love this. Some beautiful rain forest scenery and you can even take a detour to the midway point of the Katoomba falls. It is is always dark and sinister when you walk
The Ruined Castle Walking Track connects with the Federal Pass in Katoomba, guiding bush walkers towards the Ruined Castle, one of the most iconic landmarks in the Jamison Valley.
The track begins at the famous Golden Stairs and slowly descends into the valley until you start your climb up the Ruined Castle, an impressive rock formation from where you can enjoy panoramic views across the valley and beyond.
Distance: 8 km (return)
Time: 4 hours
Grade: moderate / hard