Valley of the Waters to Wentworth Falls

MODERATE 61 reviews

Valley of the Waters to Wentworth Falls is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 944 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This is a very popular trek that hits two famous spots in Blue Mountains National Park! Easy enough for the whole family but it will definitely get your blood flowing. Start at the beautiful Valley of the Waters walking downhill to Sylvia Falls and Empress Falls, and then continue southeast to the equally incredible Wentworth Falls. You can take either the Overcliff Walk or the National Pass Track to Wentworth Falls. The route shown on this page has the hiker taking the Overcliff Walk to Wentworth Falls and back.

Awesome after a good rain had a blast.

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2 months ago

Great trial. It is 5.5 miles, though, not 3.6. Big miss on this mileage. Incredible views and well worth the effort. For real though, plan on 5.5 miles and at least two hours of moving pretty fast. Zero idea why it only notes 3.6 on the app.

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5 months ago

Much of the trail closed for renovations til 31 Dec https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/blue-mountains-national-park/local-alerts

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6 months ago

amazing one of the best love it

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muddy
7 months ago

This is an excellent trail with awesome views, highly recommended

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7 months ago

Beautiful views of Wentworth Falls. You start at the top and make your way down to the bottom of the falls. We stopped there and turned around (at the bottom) because we saw more stairs and weren’t keen on exhausting ourselves completely! Stairs down were a workout and we wanted to hit a few other trails in the park that day.

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7 months ago

Great hike, but my tracker clocked almost 10 km. The loop is definitely not 5.5km. It's also marked as moderate which I would argue with, my knee almost buckled down at the end of the hike as there are hundreds of, often super steep, steps to climb. Definitely worth exploring just be prepared for a longer and harder hike than indicated. Also with the exception of the falls themselves, that were quite crowded, the rest of the track is deserted so you can really enjoy the nature without hordes of people everywhere.

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closed
7 months ago

the national pass is closed, but you can still do Wentworth pass and connect the loop back

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7 months ago

Such a beautiful walk filled with lots of waterfalls along the way. It does have a few little creek crossings and a couple areas not clearly marked. If your a keen hiker I would 100% recommend this walk. Just make sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes as some of the creek crossings are a bit slippery!

9 months ago

The placement of the trail makes this a real outstanding walk! some great photos to be had

10 months ago

Awesome trail with stunning views and a waterfall on the way.

The track was closed because of rock fall danger.

hiking
11 months ago

Very beautiful. Can't remember the details as it was in 2016 - did the area, and it was worth going! I have nice pictures from there :) Accessible by train too if you didn't get a car

Fri Nov 23 2018

Great walk. Can be challenging under foot. Lots of narrow stairs

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Sun Nov 11 2018

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Sun Nov 11 2018

Sat Jun 23 2018

Cool spot to go.

Wed Feb 14 2018

Happy Place #3 Valley of the Waters Walk

hiking
Mon Oct 09 2017

This is without a doubt my favourite trail so far in the Blue Mountains. It's accessible on foot from the Wentworth Falls train station (just over 2km), which is nice. The Valley of the Waters is absolutely stunning. I had been hiking in very dry areas over the previous few days, so it was lovely to see so much water. I went down through it, but I imagine that coming up it and seeing the series of waterfalls and cascades is even more spectacular. The walk on the valley floor is quite enjoyable. There are some nice little climbs and twists in the trail, and it's set in fairly heavy rain forest. Wentworth Falls is absolutely spectacular. There's a pool beneath it in which you can swim, and there are a couple of sandbars which allow you to traverse the pool in fairly shallow water (about 1m deep). I spent quite a while here simply because it was so peaceful and beautiful. The waterfall is almost hypnotic. The climb up the stairs on the way back up the cliff from Wentworth Falls is quite tough, but not as difficult as the Golden Staircase or the Furber Steps over in Katoomba. The trail along the top of the cliffs back to the Conservation Hut (where you start) is decent as well. Nothing special, but some picturesque views out over the valley. Including the journey to and from the train station, the hike overall took me about 4 hours. I was carrying 1.5L of water which was just enough given that there are water taps at the Conservation Hut. Definitely recommend wet weather gear here - it was a bright sunny day when I started but just as I finished up it was beginning to rain. The only downside to the trail is that it seems to be very popular, so there are a lot of people on it. Combined with the fact it is very narrow (most of it is single file) and I like to move fast, I found it rather frustrating getting stuck behind people or while giving way to people coming the other way.

Sat Sep 16 2017

This walk combines waterfalls, cascades, cliffs and spectacular views. For a fairly short walk it provides a beautiful cross section of blue mountains scenery. It drops a bit further into the valley than the National Pass loop and then climbs up from the lower Wentworth falls via some ladders to the mid level of the falls and then up stairs cut in the cliff to the top. The first part of the walk and the section from mid Wentworth falls up can be quite busy but one of the nice things about going down to the lower Wentworth pass is that this section of the walk is normally very quite.

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Tue May 30 2017

Absolutely amazing! Apparently there was quite a bit of rain last week and we saw more waterfalls than I've ever seen on a hike. Add into that the magnificent scenery with cliffs and valleys and overlooks and this is one of our best hikes ever. We went from the conservation hut along the national pass trail to Wentworth Falls then went into the town along the Charles Darwin trail which was a very relaxing end to our trip and puts you a block away from the train station. The steep climb up at the end was tough but very safe. Just take your time and rest when needed and it will be no problem. .

hiking
Thu Dec 08 2016

Great trail, however I would suggest that its more than moderate difficulty as it has some extremely steep stairs and paths. Especially down to the Empress Falls. The views are fabulous though so well worth the effort.

Sun Oct 30 2016

stunning view and perfect if you're looking for a little workout during enjoying nature

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