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Cliff Top Circuit Walk - Wentworth Falls

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published November 21st 2020
The undercliff, overcliff and shortcut tracks
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Plenty of well marked tracks (image JW)

Beginning at the scenic Wentworth Falls picnic area, the Cliff Top Circuit Walk combines the Undercliff, Overcliff and Shortcut tracks and is a great introduction to the spectacular scenery of the Blue Mountains.

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Wentworth Falls picnic area (image JW)

The walk is classed as medium grade and is a 3.5km circuit that has an ascent/descent of 150 metres and takes about 2 hours to complete. The track is well maintained, suitable for all conditions and generally quite shaded.

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Stunning views (image JW)

Start walking from Wentworth Falls picnic area where there is a limited amount of free parking. Head down a set of stairs following the signs to Wentworth Falls. After 300 metres, you keep right on the track towards the falls.

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Over steps and under cliffs ( image JW)

At a T-junction after some stairs continue right along the Undercliff Track. The narrow sandstone ledge wends its way under dripping overhangs and utilises stepping stones over boggy swampy ground.

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Wonderful waterfalls (image JW)

Make sure you take all the sidetracks including the Eagle's Nest lookout and the stunning Den Fenella diversion. After the Den Fenella lookout, the track is now known as the Overcliff Track and it rises steeply towards The Conservation Hut.

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Steps and staircases (image JW)

The landscapes and flora are diverse and the views from the escarpments are stunning. You get a real feel for what the colonial explorers such as Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson experienced. The warm orange sandstone contrasts with the rich ferny and mossy greens of the damper areas. The track continues until you meet up with the ascent of the Valley of the Waters Track.

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Bush walks and bridges (image JW)

Call into the cafe at the Conservation Hut for a refreshing drink or something to eat before returning to the starting point. To complete the loop, take the level shaded but less scenic Shortcut Track back to the Wentworth Falls picnic area.

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Natural staircase (image JW)

[I][The track is easily traversed but keep children close at hand as there are a lot of unfenced steep drop offs!/I]
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Why? To enjoy the natural beauty of The Blue Mountains
When: Daylight hours all year round
Phone: 02 4787 8877
Where: Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, Falls Road Wentworth Falls
Cost: Free
Your Comment
A good walk and will give it a go.I am 77 and hope to make it in 2 hrs.
by amarb (score: 0|4) 62 days ago
Great article, Janelle :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|706) 62 days ago
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