Situated in the Blue Mountains National Park lie numerous lookouts overlooking exquisite cliffs and luscious greenery, all of which have been untouched besides the carving of hike trails. Wentworth Falls is renowned for the waterfalls in the Blue Mountains region; its silky, silver streams tumbling down jagged rocks from Jamison Creek is very beautiful.
It is unquestionable to ponder why the Blue Mountains National Park is one of Australia's most favoured and popular destinations as the views from these lookouts are most stunning. Taking a friend, we sat through an approximate two hour train ride from Central Station on the Blue Mountains Line to witness the attractive views that Wentworth Falls has to offer.
Once we reached Wentworth Falls Station, the bus 685 took passengers (Wentworth Fletcher St Near Falls Rd) nearby the entrance of the Blue Mountains National Park which holds the location of Wentworth Falls, Princes Rock Lookout, Fletchers Lookout, Jamison Creek and other hiking trails. Following the one way road will lead you to one of the most open views; Wentworth Falls Lookout shows vegetated covered mountains paired with rocky outcrops. To the left of the view, Wentworth Falls cascades down the ragged cliff like clear white ribbons, crashing onto the rocks below.
Continuing our trek, we hiked down the steps which is conveniently on the right of Wentworth Falls Lookout, allowing access to another platform to view the mountains on a lower altitude, at Princes Rock Lookout. From this perspective, it permits viewers to observe the bottom of the waterfall from Wentworth Falls and on a more 'balanced' height to see the mountains more slightly in proximity than Wentworth Falls Lookout. The platform at Princes Rock Lookout is split into two, where the leftmost platform shows the waterfall and the rightmost viewing platform offers the view of the mountains/greenery.
Climbing up the stairs to the Wentworth Falls Track leads to our next destination, Jamison Creek (where the waterfall begins its drop off) and Fletchers Lookout. Descending the steps to Fletchers Lookout was spacious, there were lengthy steps and a wide walkway to allow room for those coming from and to Jamison Creek. Fletchers Lookout was very close, and unexpectedly, the view was just as stunning; however, the viewing platform was much smaller than the others and can only permit a maximum of two people.
Walking up from Fletchers Lookout and turning right will lead to the tipping area of the waterfall, which is Jamison Creek / Wentworth Falls. The area was sporadically crowded but when we arrived and started crossing, the location was less populated. The stepping stones across the creek offers two views; the leftmost view was of the waterfall and the rightmost view shows the highest end of the 100m cliff/drop. If visiting, please be careful of where you step; there will be a sign (before you enter the stepping stones of the creek), 'DANGER - Do not cross barrier: The rocks around the waterfall are slippery, even when dry. You are close to the edge of a 100m high cliff'.
Transport to Wentworth Falls is accessible by car, parking is available at Wentworth Falls picnic area and also flush toilets, picnic tables, gas/electric barbecue (no charges apply) and wheelchair accessible facilities (toilets and designated parking spots) are available. When content with your last destination, the Charles Darwin track will conveniently lead you in the direction to Wentworth Falls village, where the station will be. It takes an approximate 40 (fast paced) minutes to walk, but the track was lovely and was an easy trek with wooden planks to support your walk. In fact, Charles Darwin walked on the same track in 1836. The track follows the upstream movement of Jamison Creek and possesses shallow waterholes, two-three small caves and bridges.
Overall, this was such a pleasure to hike through; I will most definitely visit these areas again and hopefully introduce the beautiful locations to other friends! I highly recommend this walk, it consists of easy hikes, efficient access to all the sites I mentioned and showcases the very best of the Blue Mountains National Park.
ALTERNATIVES: Visit Den Fenella Lookout and Breakfast Point Lookout via the Undercliff Track (which passes Princes Rock Lookout)
TIPS: Wear shoes that have 'grip', the steps and stones you'll step on will most likely be slippery. Always bring water, wear sunscreen and when you first enter the grounds of the national park, be sure to visit the bathroom at Wentworth Falls Picnic Area as those were the closest.
The best time to visit Jamison Creek and Wentworth Falls is best when it has been raining in the early morning or the day before. Luckily, on the day I visited, it was raining in the morning and so the waterfalls appeared to be 'fuller' in body.
Bring a light jacket or extra clothing; the weather is much cooler than Sydney's usual temperature. If you have a tendency to be cold, make sure to bring a jumper/jacket or anything to keep you warm.
Take two to three people with you when you hike, especially on the hike trails. Although the region is populated with locals, international and domestic tourists, it is best to take companions just in case of an emergency. Have a GPS or Google Maps on fully charged phone in case you are lost.
Map of Princes Rock Lookout to Fletchers Lookout and Wentworth Falls Lookout
Google Maps of Princes Rock Lookout and Wentworth Falls
Wentworth Falls Lookout to Princes Rock Lookout according to the official map at the Blue Mountains National Park pose the two sites vertically from each other whilst Google Maps position the two locations horizontally from the other. Based on my experience, the map at the national park was correct and the walk from Princes Rock Lookout to Wentworth Falls Lookout was by ascension. However, if you are confused and wanting to go to Princes Rock Lookout from Wentworth Falls Lookout, there is a sign indicating to where the site is. The trail sign is also beside the large map of the Blue Mountains National Park at Wentworth Falls Lookout.