Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
Published April 5th 2016
It’s Worth Falling For
The Blue Mountains
To define the Blue Mountains of New South Wales in the shortest possible way, I would say - nature's horde. It is a secure deposit of mountain trails, waterfalls, rocky crevices, pools and other beauties safely enfolded by bestial greenery. The immensity of the valley is such that it is wise to explore one section at a time. Though the Three Sisters and the bluish green vista symbolize Blue Mountains National park, the impressive waterfalls give a fair competition in drawing visitors.
The Upper Cascades of Wentworth Falls (Image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
Amongst all, Wentworth Falls is the most gorgeous waterfall of the Blue Mountains. The trail running from the upper section to the lower part of this tiered fall is just a chunk of the lengthy National Pass trail. Formed by the aqueous volume of Jamison Creek, the water reaches the valley floor in two distinctive segments and multiple cascades. The pools formed by the cascades are a welcoming respite for hikers and picnickers from the sun's wrath. But given the slippery rock surfaces, one has to be careful after a heavy downpour has hit the mountains.
A smaller cascade beside the National Pass trail (Image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
The trail to the waterfall starts at Jamison Lookout descending gradually to the upper segment and then plummeting through steep staircases to the lower one. When we visited, our sole purpose was to click some quick shots at the upper cascades and the pool before heading back but it was tough to resist the grandeur and charm of the place. So we ended up covering the entire drop. The trail is narrow and barred by iron railings to support the downward hike and prevent accidents. Frills of rocky grooves run across the length of the descent. Years of erosion has left notches pock-marking the rugged mountain wall.
All huffy-puffy by the end of our short but strenuous hike, we were overjoyed to see the view from below. It was hard work well paid. As it was late summer, heavy rains were yet to quench the thirsty expanse of the waterfall. The water therefore, drizzled onto the rocks. The wind blown wisps of moisture felt ethereal on our exhausted faces. It couldn't have been better.
The cascading lower section (Image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
If you plan on taking the train, then you can follow Darwin's track starting near Wentworth Falls Station to Wentworth Falls Lookout walking about 2.7km. If you take a bus from the station, then on getting down at the Falls Road and Fletcher Street intersection, the walk would be shortened to a kilometer. If driving your own vehicle, then you can park in the free parking lot of the one-way loop at the end of Falls Road.
A Skink basking in the afternoon sun (Image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
I wrote a song called 'The Valley of the Waters'. Wirds: S.Bennett/D.Kevans. Music:S.Bennett. I inow this place in Wentworth falls very well because thats what my song is about. Its about the waterfallls. I have walked the valley of the waters a few times,it takes quite a few hours. The song is on utube and the choir called Loosely Woven recorded this song with me singing the song. Check our Loosely Woven, Sonia Bennett Showcase. The Valley of the Waters. Enjoy. Sonia Bennett singer/songwriter/botanical artist.