Have you been to the Blue Mountains recently? If not, make sure you pencil in a weekend to visit the beautiful historic town of Wentworth Falls.
It is an absolutely amazing section of the World Heritage Listed Greater Blue Mountains National Park. It is much smaller and less touristy than Echo Point at Katoomba, but it offers some spectacular lookouts, excellent walking tracks and of course, boasts the magnificent Wentworth Falls, waterfall itself.
Wentworth Falls is located 100km west of Sydney, on the Great Western Highway. Turn left at Falls Road and follow it in until you reach the car park and picnic area. 300m down Sir H Burrell Drive (to the left of the car park) is the Wentworth Falls Lookout, there are some bench seats and a large information sign board with maps of all the trails.
Note: The toilet amenities, Wentworth Falls Lookout and picnic area are wheelchair accessible.
Views of the Jamison Valley from Wentworth Falls Lookout
Look at that spectacular view of the Jamison Valley with all its splendour extending to the Kings Tableland escarpment and Mount Solitary. What's even BETTER is standing on the rock platform at the top of Wentworth Falls before its magnificent drop.
The Queens Cascade and Fletchers Lookout track will take you there. It is a 1.4km moderate track with steps and will take approximately 45 minutes (one way).
The start of the track is just to the left of the Wentworth Falls Lookout, follow the log steps downhill, at the intersection take the 'Wentworth Falls - National Pass' route, then follow the 'Fletchers Lookout' route. This will take you down to the fenced lookout area which provides a close view of the top of Wentworth Falls and the surrounding Jamison Valley.
View of the top of Wentworth Falls from Fletchers Lookout
Follow the path back up to the previous intersection and recommence the route to 'Wentworth Falls - National Pass', the track will begin to wind downhill until you are walking alongside Jamison Creek. You will then reach a set of steel staircases which will open up to a fenced rock platform.
You have arrived at the beautiful Queen's Cascade falls created by Jamison Creek's downstream flow onto a wide two-tier rock platform cascading onto the sandy rock pool below, then flowing between the stepping stones, under the fence and down the tall Wentworth Falls.
Cross the stepping stones over Jamison Creek, you will reach the historic 100 year old 'National Pass' trail. (Maybe another day)
This short track is great for the whole family, I took my 4 year old son and my tiny 4 month old son (thanks to ergo baby carrier) - It is a great way to get the kids outdoors and in touch with nature, as well as having a great day out.
My son jumping the stepping stone on the 'National Pass' trail side