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Katoomba Cascades

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Published February 21st 2021
Tucked away on Cliff Road is a stunning cascade
Nestled between Scenic World and Echo Point in the Katoomba region of the stunning Blue Mountains, and hidden away just off Cliff Road, Katoomba Cascades can be found.

Katoomba Cascades is a small picturesque waterfall set in a wide rocky amphitheatre, surrounded by lush Australian rainforest and located on the Kedumba River.

The beautiful and tranquil Katoomba Cascades

Tucked away next to Katoomba Falls Park, Katoomba Cascades can be easily accessed via a short walk. The moderate, grade 3 walk heads down a set of stairs that led to the Cascades' base. Here you will be greeted with sheltered spots and a seat bench, a set of stepping stones and a small footbridge.

The stairs leading down to the Cascades and Lookouts

The walk takes around 10-15 minutes return and is suited for most fitness levels and is family-friendly.

Katoomba Cascades can also be seen from a small viewing platform at Katoomba Falls Park's picnic area, where the top of the Cascades can be seen.

The Katoomba Falls Park picnic area

Katoomba Cascades walk absorbs the awe-inspiring scenery, including lush rainforest and trailing ferns, as well as one of the best views in the Blue Mountains.

Katoomba Cascades can be seen from the stairs leading down to the base of the Cascades

The stepping stones lead to another walk, passing the Kedumba River into the valley, making its way to lookouts and eventually connecting to other walking trails on the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

The kids had a blast crossing the stepping stones.

From Katoomba Cascades, the short walks lead to the Duke & Duchess of York Lookout and the Cliff View Lookout, where breathtaking views of Jamison Valley can be admired.

You can retrace your steps (10-15minutes walking time), or from the Lookouts the walk continues to the Upper Katoomba Falls Lookout, Witches Leap, then to Vera's Grotto, and the Middle and Lower Katoomba Falls Lookouts. This walk takes around 2-2.5 hours.

The Boardwalk leading to the spectacular Lookouts as well as the Prince Henry Cliff Walks

The small footbridge offers views of the Katoomba Falls from one side, and beautiful Kedumba River views from the other side.

Kedumba River is a 20km long perennial river that rises at Lake Catalina in Katoomba. The river starts from a small creek that flows through parkland in the west of Katoomba's town centre, before dropping into the Jamison Valley via Katoomba Falls (one of the most scenic waterfalls in the region).

The footbridge sitting above the tranquil waters of Kedumba River

The river flows through Jamison and Kedumba valleys, joining Coxs River which feeds into Lake Burragorang.

Katoomba Cascades makes a perfect short break stop as well as an ideal spot to dip your toes and enjoy a scenic, tranquil picnic at the base of a stunning waterfall.

Getting there:

Katoomba Cascades is around a 1hr 45mins drive from Sydney, or just 15 minutes drive from Wentworth Falls. There is a carpark with a few dedicated spots at Katoomba Falls Park.

The Cascades can also be accessed by the Explorer Bus- Stop 8.

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Why? A gorgeous natural attraction
When: All year round
Where: Katoomba Falls Park, Cliff Drive, Katoomba
Cost: Free
Your Comment
What a beautiful location and beautiful photos. It is in a beautiful part of the world and well worth a special trip there to experience it.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1643) 2 days ago
What a beautiful place for hiking
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|1981) 1 day ago
Certainly is! Thank you, Neil Follett :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|715) 1 day ago
It is! Once you pass the Boardwalk, the walks are amazing. Thank you, Gillian Ching :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|715) 1 day ago
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