A guide to the Blue Mountains waterfalls

A guide to the Blue Mountains waterfalls

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 11/06/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

The Blue Mountains arguably have some of the most stunning waterfalls in New South Wales.

The Blue Mountains truly do have some of the most beautiful waterfalls. Most of them are surrounded by the lush forest or are right by some cliff falls.

The best time to see any waterfall is after a lot of rainfall, this will show off how impressive some of these waterfalls are!

Katoomba Falls

Many people may say that Katoomba Falls is perhaps one of the most stunning waterfalls to see within the Blue Mountains. The waterfall drops almost 150 metres into Jamison Valley, and you can also view it from some of the rides at Scenic World.

Katoomba Falls is between Echo Point and Scenic World, which is easy to walk if you’re coming from either location. From Scenic World is where the Katoomba Falls Round Walk starts which is around two kilometres long, taking about an hour.

Most of the trail is moderate with some easy sections. This walk will allow you to get close to the beautiful Katoomba Falls where you can take some breathtaking photos.

Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Katoomba, Blue Mountains. The Wentworth Falls track is about 1.4 kilometres return which can take around an hour to complete. The walking track has moderate difficulty but is generally suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

The walk starts from the picnic area and takes you through the forest and stops by Fletchers Lookout for amazing views. You will soon arrive at the top of Wentworth Falls, making the journey well worth it.

Empress Falls

Empress Falls is a beautiful waterfall within the Blue Mountains over in Wentworth Falls. To see this waterfall, you will need to follow the Empress Falls Walk. The walking track is a kilometre return which will take you around an hour.

The walk starts from the old Conservation Hut on Fletcher Street and is moderate so it’s suitable for most people. The walk does have some steep sections, making it easier to go down to the waterfall but rather difficult to walk back.

Leura Falls

Leura Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls in Leura due to the convenient picnic area right nearby. The kilometre return track takes around an hour. The walking track starts from the picnic area and by Leura Falls Creek before you reach the waterfall itself.

If seeing some of these waterfalls is on your list to do while in the Blue Mountains, you can book a tour here. On this tour, you’ll get the chance to see Wentworth Falls and even the incredible Katoomba Falls.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.