Last updated: August 19, 2020
But Sydney’s most popular day trip destination is also home to several beautiful waterfalls, some easy to access and others a bit harder to find.
We have explored seven scenic waterfalls in the Blue Mountains that you can get very close to with a bit of bushwalking involved.
7 Scenic Blue Mountains Waterfalls
Some of the below waterfalls even have natural swimming holes at the bottom, which makes for a great outdoor adventure.
Before heading out to visit any of these waterfalls, make sure you check the latest alerts on the NPWS website to see if there are any closures.
1. Katoomba Falls
Tucked away between Echo Point and Scenic World in the Katoomba area of the Blue Mountains, Katoomba Falls drops almost 150 meters into Jamison Valley.
A short but picturesque circuit walk starting at Scenic World guides visitors through lush rainforest all the way to the waterfall with panoramic views of the valley and beyond.
The start of the Katoomba Falls Round Walk is located between the car park and the main entrance to Scenic World. This is also the starting point of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, a 7 km hike to the Gordon Falls lookout in Leura.
The path to Katoomba Falls includes several lookout points which provide excellent views of the waterfall in its entirety.
2. Wentworth Falls
The name Wentworth Falls refers to the famous 3-tiered, almost 200m high waterfall, but it is also the name of the town where the waterfall is located. It is one of the most popular bushwalking destinations in the Blue Mountains region.
Wentworth Falls is by far the most impressive and highest waterfall in the Blue Mountains, especially after a period of heavy rainfall when large amounts of water drop into Jamison Valley.
There are various walking tracks to choose from in the Wentworth Falls area, some very short and others quite long and challenging. In addition, there are also several lookout points that offer spectacular views of the waterfall and the valley.
Read our extensive Wentworth Falls hiking guide for the best walking tracks and lookout points in the area.
3. Victoria Falls and Cascades
Victoria Falls is a stunning cascade waterfall on the Victoria Creek that drops 20 metres from a spectacular rock overhang.
The Victoria Falls lookout, perched on a cliff edge high above the Grose Valley, is the starting point of a short but very steep bus walking track to Victoria Falls and the nearby Victoria Cascades.
The Victoria Falls Track is one of the lesser known walking tracks in the greater Blue Mountains region, yet it has so much to offer.
Two scenic waterfalls, one beautiful lookout point and a great workout is what you get to enjoy when you follow the steep walking track down into the Grose Valley.
4. Empress Falls
A short walking track starting at the Conservation Hut in the Wentworth Falls area brings visitors up close and personal with Empress Falls, one of the most underrated waterfalls in the Blue Mountains.
Several lookout points along the track to Empress Falls offer panoramic views of the Jamison Valley and the high cliff walls surrounding the Valley of the Waters.
The views from the Queen Victoria lookout are the best, and reach as far as Mount Solitary straight ahead and Kings Tableland and the Lincoln’s Rock lookout on the left.
The track continues beyond Empress Falls following the path downstream along the creek where two more waterfalls await you. Both Sylvia Falls and Lodore Falls are pretty cascade waterfalls that are very much worth the extra effort.
5. Federal Falls in South Lawson
The quiet and unpretentious South Lawson Circuit Walk is a 2.5 km walking track that treats hikers to four picturesque waterfalls, with the Federal Falls arguably being the prettiest.
Located 14 km east of Katoomba, Lawson is a quiet, historic town in the Blue Mountains with its own train station on the Blue Mountains Line. The train station is less than 1 km away from the starting point of the circuit walk.
The four waterfalls along the walking track aren’t tall or majestic by any means, but they are unpretentiously pretty. The scenic and quiet surroundings of the area also add to the experience.
The circuit walk itself is over a century old, and is one of the very few walking tracks in the Blue Mountains where dogs are more than welcome.
6. Leura Cascades
The short walking track along Leura Falls Creek through a rainforest environment provides excellent close-up views of Leura Cascades, a series of small but scenic waterfalls.
At the end of the path is a beautiful lookout point with incredible views of Jamison Valley. From that lookout you have the option to extend your walk deeper into the valley to get even better views of the waterfall where the creek drops into the valley.
Make a day of it and have a picnic at the popular Leura Cascades picnic area, which provides tables, seating, toilets and plenty of shaded sections. An interesting fact is that this picnic area used to a public swimming bath.
This bath, with separate sections for women and men, was built at the start of the 20th century as part of a larger development project with the goal to make the Katoomba area more appealing.
7. Govetts Leap
Often referred to as Bridal Veil Falls, Govetts Leap is a beautiful waterfall close to Blackheath which can be viewed from the popular Govetts Leap lookout point.
It’s not a very wide waterfall, but it’s the height (180 metres) and the surrounding valley and high sandstone cliff walls that make Govetts Leap such an impressive sight in the Blue Mountains.
There are two walking tracks that can bring you closer to this waterfall. The easiest, and shortest, leads to the top of the waterfall and a lookout point close by.
The second, much more challenging, walking track goes deep into the valley all the way to the bottom of the waterfall.