Last updated: August 23, 2022
The short but scenic Charles Darwin Walk follows Jamison Creek all the way to the top of Wentworth Falls, with a few smaller waterfalls and creek crossings along the way to enjoy.
Well managed and equipped with several bridges and boardwalks, this easy and popular walking track is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and is a great way to reach the Wentworth Falls area.
Read on, and find out more about the highlights of this walk.
|Charles Darwin Walk|
|Distance:||2.4 km (one way)|
|Duration:||1 hour (depending on stops)|
Please note that the Charles Darwin walking track is currently closed due to flood damage and associated hazards. Find the latest updates on the Blue Mountains City Council website.
How to Get There
The beauty of the Charles Darwin walking track is that it connects the train station in the village of Wentworth Falls with the actual waterfall. This is ideal if you don’t have access to a car and want to visit Wentworth Falls by using public transport.
From the train station, head towards Wilson Park situated on the opposite side of the Great Western Highway (see map location).
A very recognisable arch-shaped entrance (see cover photo above) marks the start of the Charles Darwin walk.
If you’re travelling by car, there is lots of free street parking available along Falls Road, just after the exit from the Great Western Highway. Falls Road continues to the Wentworth Falls picnic area.
Charles Darwin Walk Track Notes
The walking track was named after Charles Darwin to commemorate his inland journey in 1836 when he crossed the Blue Mountains on his way to Bathurst.
He discovered the unique beauty of the Wentworth Falls area as he was walking along Jamison Creek towards the valley further south.
Starting at the big arch in Wilson Park near the tennis courts, the Charles Darwin walk follows Jamison Creek to the Weeping Rock and Queen’s Cascades, both very close to the top of Wentworth Falls.
The first section of the walking track is an easy and pleasant stroll through scenic and peaceful surroundings.
Several creek crossings, boardwalks and bridges guide hikers through this quiet area, which is undergoing extensive bush regeneration to remove weed species and promote native plant regeneration.
Weeping Rock is a small but pretty waterfall on Jamison Creek, named so because the creek falls over a wide rocky overhang before it cascades down into a flat pool area.
The track navigates alongside the waterfall via a staircase, offering hikers lovely views of the falls from close by.
The Queen’s Cascades are a set of small waterfalls right above Wentworth Falls. This is where the walking track crosses Jamison Creek before the water tumbles down into Jamison Valley.
The small waterfalls that form the Queens Cascades drop into a natural pool behind the stepping stones.
From there, the water flows between the stepping stones before it forms the impressive waterfall known as Wentworth Falls.
Optional: Rocket Point Lookout
Once you’ve reached the top of Wentworth Falls, it’s worth extending your hiking adventure by visiting the Rocket Point Lookout.
This secluded vantage point can be accessed via a short circular walking trail from the top of the waterfall.
After crossing Jamison Creek above the waterfall, follow the Rocket Point Circuit sign at the intersection to get to the lookout.
It’s a very easy 20 minutes walk, and the views of both the waterfall and the Jamison Valley are amazing.
Beware, Charles Darwin Track is currently closed. Has been for months. Travelled all the way from Parramatta on train to discover this. Ended up at Wentworth Falls instead.
Hi Louise, thanks so much for letting us know. We’ve added a note at the top of the article. Hopefully you were still able to have a great day out at Wentworth Falls.
Is the walking track still closed?
Hi Marsella, unfortunately it is and it looks like it will remain closed for the rest of this year at least.