Wentworth Falls

Macquarie Division / Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Rating: 3.5     Difficulty: 1.5
Wentworth Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Wentworth Falls was perhaps the most scenic waterfall in the Blue Mountains. It was certainly our favorite waterfall in this region though admittedly our sampling of waterfalls here was quite limited. It was a very tall waterfall with two main drops, where the upper drop was easily seen while the lower drop was mostly blocked from the cliffside viewpoints we were at (see photo above). Nonetheless, we felt lucky upon our November 2006 visit to the falls because it was flowing quite well at a time when we had feared the worst given Australia's multi-year drought. Moreover, the storm that was upon us had cleared just long enough for us to be able to see the falls instead of a bunch of clouds obstructing the view.

Speaking of timing, we had seen plenty of photographs in the literature showing the falls not flowing very well. We can't say how reliable this waterfall would be considering we only visited it on one occasion. We also don't know how it would flow compared with the nearby Katoomba Falls, which we actually visited twice - once in Spring 2006 and once in Autumn 2008 - under nice flows. However, I'd imagine our Katoomba Falls experience would be somewhat similar to the Wentworth Falls experience given that they weren't far from each other, and they seemed to be the major falls of the area.

Anyways, Julie and I had to walk from the car park near the corner of Falls Rd and Wentworth Rd (see directions below) to a pair of lookouts that allowed us to get decent views of Wentworth Falls. I'm sure there might be more lookouts in addition to the ones we checked out, but I'll only describe the ones we did. We actually had a choice of direction to go because Sir H Burrell Rd and the end of Falls Rd formed a loop. For minimum walking, start from the Falls Rd/Wentworth Rd intersection, then continue walking south on Falls Rd as it curves to the right to become Sir H Burrell Dr. The first lookout would be the Wentworth Falls Lookout on the left, but that did not yield the best views of the falls.

A short distance beyond the Falls Lookout on the Sir H Burrell Dr, there is a trail on the left towards the Princes Rock Lookout. After about 200m of walking that trail, which also included some stairs, the path ends at the lookout with the frontal views of the falls as pictured at the top of this page. This lookout also featured expansive vistas framed by the Princes Rock itself. Julie and I actually did this walk going in the opposite direction from the more straightforward route described above, but all throughout the walk to get to and from the Princes Rock Lookout from the nearest car park, there were other trails taking us closer to the lower waterfall, the nearby Queens Cascades, and the Overcliffe Track. However, since we didn't do those tracks given that most of the tracks were closed during our visit (which the unstable weather didn't help much either), we can't say more about them until we come back here and try again.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Closer look at the upper tier of Wentworth Falls from Princes Rock.  Note the lower tier which falls mostly out of sight on the bottom, which gives you an idea of how tall the falls isCloser look at the upper tier of Wentworth Falls from Princes Rock. Note the lower tier which falls mostly out of sight on the bottom, which gives you an idea of how tall the falls is
The weather momentarily cleared up enough for us to experience this vista from the Princes Rock LookoutThe weather momentarily cleared up enough for us to experience this vista from the Princes Rock Lookout
Wentworth Falls was about a 2-hour drive from Sydney, so day trips from the cosmopolitan city to the Blue Mountains (including the falls) could be a perfectly reasonable optionWentworth Falls was about a 2-hour drive from Sydney, so day trips from the cosmopolitan city to the Blue Mountains (including the falls) could be a perfectly reasonable option
A short drive to the west of Wentworth Falls led us to the town of Katoomba, where this view of the Blue Mountains as well as the Three Sisters and the SkyWay could be seen from Echo PointA short drive to the west of Wentworth Falls led us to the town of Katoomba, where this view of the Blue Mountains as well as the Three Sisters and the SkyWay could be seen from Echo Point
This was the sign we saw as we got to the end of the Falls RdThis was the sign we saw as we got to the end of the Falls Rd

This was the sign at the start of the track to the Princes Rock LookoutThis was the sign at the start of the track to the Princes Rock Lookout

This was the Falls Lookout view though there wasn't much of the Wentworth Falls to see from hereThis was the Falls Lookout view though there wasn't much of the falls to see from here

Finally, a nice view of Wentworth Falls (or at least the upper tier of it)Finally, a nice view of the falls (or at least the upper tier of it)

Wentworth Falls as the clouds started to close in againWentworth Falls as the clouds started to close in again

View of the cliffs from the falls lookoutView of the cliffs from the falls lookout

When the clouds pretty much clouded the view of Wentworth Falls, that was when we leftWhen the clouds pretty much clouded the view of the falls, that was when we left

Julie noticed this bug on the way out of the Wentworth Falls, where we couldn't tell if it was a centipede or millipede or somethingJulie noticed this bug on the way out of the falls, where we couldn't tell if it was a centipede or millipede or something


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The Wentworth Falls township is about 100km (1.5-2 hours drive) west of Sydney CBD (Central Business District, or the city centre). Take the Great Western Hwy (M4/A32) towards Penrith, which then becomes Hwy 32 as it winds upwards into the Blue Mountains.

While still on Hwy 32, look for Falls Road on the left (heading south) while in the Wentworth Falls town. Follow this road to its end (about 1.5km later) where I recalled there was some signage ultimately leading us to one of a couple of small car parks and lookouts (or walks to them).

If headed east on Hwy 32 from Katoomba or Leura, then turn right onto Valley Rd. Follow Valley Rd (which becomes Fletcher St after 1.2km) for about 1.7km to Falls Rd. Turn right onto Falls Rd and take it to its end.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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