(0km) Conservation Hut → Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Valley of the Waters’ sign down the steps, passing an information sign. After the handrail and more signs, the track passes a couple of faint tracks (on the left, leading to an old picnic area). Further down the steps, the walk comes the end of another handrail and a three-way intersection (signposted ‘Overcliff Track’ and ‘National Pass’).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘National Pass – Valley of the Waters’ sign down the timber steps. The track passes a few faint tracks (on the left, that lead to an unfenced view point). The walk continues down the steps, soon coming to an unsignposted intersection with the Lyrebird Cliff track (on a small sandstone rock platform).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the wooden steps to almost immediately come to the signposted intersection with ‘Queen Victoria Lookout’ track.
(0.33km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks → Queen Victoria Lookout
Queen Victoria Lookout
(0.33km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks → Empress Lookout
(0.38km) Empress Lookout → Int of Valley of the Waters and Nature Tracks
(0.47km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Nature Tracks → Empress Falls Crossing
(0.56km) Empress Falls Crossing → Lodore Falls
(0.63km) Lodore Falls → Int of Valley of the Waters and National Pass Tracks
(0.66km) Int of Valley of the Waters and National Pass Tracks → Int of Valley of the Waters and Wentworth Pass Tracks
(0.76km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Wentworth Pass Tracks → Int of Robert’s Pass and Vera Falls Tracks
(1.3km) Int of Robert’s Pass and Vera Falls Tracks → Int of Vera Falls and Top Falls tracks
(1.77km) Int of Vera Falls and Top Falls tracks → Top of Vera Falls
(1.77km) Int of Vera Falls and Top Falls tracks → Int of Vera Falls and Bottom Falls track
(1.85km) Int of Vera Falls and Bottom Falls track → Hippocrene Falls
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads down the hill towards the visible falls, soon coming to the pool at the base of the Hippocrene Falls. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn left.
(1.85km) Int of Vera Falls and Bottom Falls track → Bottom of Vera Falls
Maps for the Vera Falls Track walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Katoomba||1:25 000 Map Series||89301S KATOOMBA||NSW-89301S|
|Katoomba||1:100 000 Map Series||8930 KATOOMBA||8930|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||No directional signs (5/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||No facilities provided (5/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
1km of this walk has short steep hills and another 750m is very steep. The remaining (140m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
1.1km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 590m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 190m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and the remaining 55m follows a smooth and hardened path.
680m of this walk is clearly signposted and another 620m has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (590m) Has no directional signs.
920m of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 590m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (380m) requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 1km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 870m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
920m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 590m has no facilities provided. The remaining (390m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
This walk heads down to the top of the cliffs, overlooking Empress Falls and the lower Valley of the Waters. The track down through the heath is quite nice, although it is nearly all stairs. The view from Queen Victoria Lookout is a stunning one. The noise of the falls can also be heard from the lookout, however the falls themselves cannot been seen from the lookout.
Total climbing: 94m
696 m Return
This is a walk that engages the senses, from Conservation Hut into the Valley of the Waters. The walk starts off with coffee aromas from Conservation Hut and winds down through the inspiring bushland, with a number of views along the way. The turn-around point of Empress Lookout doesn’t have the greatest views but the sounds of Empress Falls roaring through the canyon are quite enjoyable.
Total climbing: 95m
762 m Return
950 m Circuit
While not as spectacular as other walks in the Wentworth Falls area, this walk is not without it’s charm. Going from Conservation Hut to the Falls Picnic Area, this track does provide a great access route between two popular picnic and eating locations, and access to many of the walks in the area.
Total climbing: 42m
1.1 km One way
1.1 km Return
Venturing into the canyon of the Valley of the Waters along a slippery winding track, this walk demonstrates the beauty of the deep valley of Wentworth Falls. This walk explores the upper section of the track as far as Wentworth Pass. The walk passes several waterfalls, a great highlight especially in early morning when the falls form a mist over the valley.
Total climbing: 303m
1.5 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
1.9 km Circuit
Largely following the ridges around the top edge of Wentworth Falls, this track is incredibly beautiful. After taking in the great views at Edinburgh Castle Rock, the trail descends into the valley. Lillian’s Glen makes for a perfect spot for a break, then the trail heads into the Valley of the Waters before making its way back up to Conservation Hut.
Total climbing: 238m
3.1 km Circuit
Starting at Wentworth Falls picnic area, this scenic and historic walk explores many waterfalls, lookouts and cliff edges. The walk covers a large number of steps and runs beside fenced cliff edges, so walkers will need to be fit, and also comfortable with heights. After visiting some grand waterfalls, this walk follows the cliff line, then visits another series of lovely falls in the upper Valley of the Waters. After a few more lookouts, this walk brings you to the Conservation Hut, a great spot for a picnic or cafe meal.
Total climbing: 739m
3.6 km One way
Following the edge of the cliffs south of Wentworth Falls, this great walk features fantastic views of the cliffs and Jamison Valley. The walk visits some great lookouts, sandstone caves and the majestic Wentworth Falls. The Falls Picnic Area and Conservation Hut both make good spots to take a break. Make sure you duck your head passing through the caves on the Undercliff Track.
Total climbing: 399m
4 km Circuit
This walk offers fantastic views of the Jamison Valley and the surrounding cliffs. Take time to explore the historic and very scenic ledge halfway down the cliffs. There are beautiful waterfalls at both ends and recent track maintenance has made this walk easier and more enjoyable. Allow time to soak up the wonders of the cliffs and waterfalls of this area before returning to Conservation Hut via the Shortcut Track.
Total climbing: 773m
4.6 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
Featuring cascading waterfalls, breathtaking vistas and rugged rainforest, this walk demonstrates how much Wentworth Falls has to offer. It encompasses the beautiful falls in the Valley of the Waters, amazing views of Jamison Valley from the Historic National Pass and the cool forests of Wentworth Pass. Allow some time to watch and enjoy the cascading water at the bottom of Wentworth Falls.
Total climbing: 913m
4.8 km Circuit
This grand tour of the Wentworth Falls area explores many waterfalls, lookouts and cliff edges. The walk has a lot of steps and runs beside fenced cliff edges, so walkers will need to be fit and comfortable with heights. The walk explores the historic National Pass, Wentworth falls, the Valley of the Waters and many other highlights. There is an optional side trip to the Conservation Hut for lunch, before returning to the start via the Overcliff walk and Den Fennella. A great way to explore the majestic views.
Total climbing: 895m
5 km Circuit
This walk offers a great way to explore the magical, upper section of the Valley of the Waters. The walk starts and finishes at Conservation Hut, which has a great, picturesque cafe offering a meal or hot drink. The walk passes Empress Falls before diving deeper into the valley, then climbing out again at Wentworth Falls and returning along the plateau.
Total climbing: 692m
5.1 km Circuit
6.7 km Circuit
This is a wonderful circuit walk that starting at Wentworth Falls Train Station. You kick off with a lovely stroll down Charles Darwin walk to Weeping Rock where you soon come to Queen’s Cascades and the wonderful views in to the valley. Now we walk partway down the cliff on the Grand Stairway to follow the Historic National Pass exploring more amazing views and then some wonderful waterfalls on the way out of the Valley Of the Waters. Before following the Nature Track back towards the station there is a optional side trip to Conservation Hut if you want a lovely cafe lunch. This walk has a lot of steps so you do need to be fairly fit to enjoy it.
Total climbing: 903m
8.6 km Circuit
This walk passes some stunning waterfalls and views into the Jamison Valley, following the cliff edges around Wentworth Falls. The walk also takes in many magnificent highlights away from the cliffs, including Weeping Rocks, Edinburgh Rock, Lillians Glen and Wentworth Falls. This is a great walk, with the option of a lunch stop at the scenic Conservation Hut restaurant.
Total climbing: 658m
8.9 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
This walk from Wentworth Falls Station is a fantastic way to see a large majority of the Wentworth Falls cliffline. The track winds under and over the cliffs, giving different perspectives of the the Jamison Valley below and waterfalls along the way. Conservation Hut marks the turn-around point for this walk and is a great place to grab some lunch or a coffee for continuing back to the station.
Total climbing: 576m
9.4 km Circuit
The Wentworth Falls Station Loop takes in most of the upper tracks around Wentworth Falls. There are many scenic views near the cliffs, with a few highlights away from the cliffs such as Lillians Glen and the Conservation Hut. This walk takes some time, so be sure to bring a packed lunch or buy something delicious from the scenic Conservation Hut restaurant.
Total climbing: 1030m
9.5 km Circuit
5 hrs 30 mins
This is a great walk, both in size and spectacular views. The walk makes its way from Wentworth Falls train station and drops off the plateau, passing the cliffs and waterfalls of the National Pass trail. The track passes many falls, with Empress Falls arguably the most stunning. The walk then heads up to Conservation Hut, a great spot for lunch before continuing along the Over- and Undercliff Tracks back to the train station. An excellent walk.
Total climbing: 1093m
10.2 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
1.5 km Return
This great walk visits Weeping Rock waterfall on Jamison Creek and enjoys the great views from Fletchers Lookout. The walk starts from Wentworth Falls picnic area and explores a number of the well maintained and signposted tracks. Weeping Rock is a peaceful spot well loved by photographers. The view from Fletchers Lookout includes Mount Solitary, Kings Tableland and Wentworth Falls, and is a great place to rest before the climb back up to the picnic area.
Total climbing: 88m
1.4 km Circuit
This picturesque walk goes down to the cliffs at Den Fenella Lookout, this changing from dry bushland to temperate rain forest along the way. With a short but quite slippery path down to the lookout and then up to Princes Rock, walkers will see how beautiful the Jamison Valley really is. It is worthwhile taking a break on the rockshelf at Princes Rock to enjoy the view of the cascading Wentworth Falls before heading back up to the car park.
Total climbing: 106m
1.3 km Circuit
Starting at Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, this walk explores the drier bushland before following Den Fenella Creek into the small canyon. The walk heads downstream along the track with some steep stairs. The walk visits beautiful cascading waterfalls before coming to a great lookout over the Jamison Valley. The cooler temperatures at the lower end of this walk are very welcome on hot days. Enjoy the waterfall one more time before returning to the picnic area.
Total climbing: 130m
926 m Return
From Wentworth Falls Picnic area, this walk explores some great lookouts and their vistas. The views of Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary and the Kings Tableland are simply spectacular. This walk goes down a moderate slope, along a well-managed track to Princes Rock Lookout. Take your time on the walk back up and consider a picnic lunch back at the picnic area
Total climbing: 61m
746 m Return
This walk takes you to the dramatic views of Gladstone Lookout, past the Leura Golf Course. Gladstone Lookout has sweeping views of the many cliffs surrounding the Jamison Valley below, including the Kings Tableland. This is one of the less visited formal lookouts in the area, but still offers great views.
Total climbing: 195m
2.9 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
1.7 km Circuit
2.2 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
2 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
From Wentworth Falls Lookout, this walk goes down to the top of the falls and then onto Rocket Point Lookout. The walk provides many different perspectives of the spectacular falls from the many viewing points along the way. The alternate route adds a nice loop, before returning along the same track.
Total climbing: 125m
1.3 km Return
880 m Return
This is a wonderful walk down to the inspiring Lillian’s Glen. Starting from the road at West St, the track winds through some different types of vegetation, before arriving at the creek which is Lillian’s Glen. A place for the imagination to run wild before returning to civilisation.
Total climbing: 180m
1.6 km Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.