Horseshoe Falls Track in Hazelbrook (Discover Four Waterfalls)

Last updated: February 13, 2024

Horseshoe Falls in Hazelbrook in the Blue Mountains is a scenic waterfall on Hazelbrook Creek, situated within Horseshoe Falls Reserve.

An exciting dog-friendly bushwalking track leads to this waterfall and three other waterfalls, including Oaklands Falls and Burgess Falls.

In this article, we’ll share everything you need to know about this track, including how to get there, where to park, and how to find all four waterfalls.

We liked Horseshoe Falls so much that we have included it in our guide to the most beautiful waterfalls in the Blue Mountains.

Horseshoe Falls Walking Track
Distance: 3.5 km (return)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Grade: Easy / moderate (rough surface)
Dogs: On a lead

How to Get There

This walking track is also known as the Burgess Falls Walking Track, as Burgess Falls is the final destination of the walk. It is located within Horseshoe Falls Reserve in Hazelbrook.

The start of the walk, and the main access point to the reserve, is located along Oaklands Road, easily accessible via the Great Western Highway.

There is no designated car park for this walk, but most visitors park on a large patch of grass next to the start of the walking track (see map location).

When parking, please be mindful of other traffic. This parking area is located along a bend in the road, and if you’re not familiar with the area, it’s easy to lose focus and not be aware of other cars around.

If you do choose to park there, it’s recommended to drive southbound so you can make an easier and safer left turn into this parking area. Alternatively, try free suburban street parking nearby.


Here is a map of the Horseshoe Falls Walking Track, starting from Oaklands Road, with the following waterfalls marked:

  1. Fairy Falls
  2. Horseshoe Falls
  3. Oaklands Falls
  4. Burgess Falls

Map of the Horseshoe Falls Walk

Horseshoe Falls Track Notes

The walking track to and beyond Horseshoe Falls is a moderately challenging bushwalk that falls outside the boundaries of the National Park.

This means that the walk is managed by the Blue Mountains City Council, which means that dogs are welcome to join, but they must be on a lead.

Due to the location of the track in a gully environment, it can get very muddy, even after only mild rain. Good hiking shoes are recommended, not just to deal with the mud but also to be able to navigate the uneven path better.

As mentioned, there are four scenic waterfalls to be discovered along this walk. It’s worth noting that while the track is reasonably well signposted, there are various intersections where things can get a bit confusing.

Horseshoe Falls Reserve (start of the walk)
Horseshoe Falls Reserve (start of the walk)

1. Fairy Falls

Once you’ve parked your car, look for the start of the walk at the Horseshoe Falls Reserve signpost. This is where the walking track goes straight into the bush.

The track soon arrives at a modest picnic area with a table and benches, after which it crosses Hazelbrook Creek.

Path to Horseshoe Falls
Path to Horseshoe Falls

After a few hundred meters of hiking through the bush, you will see a sign that says Horseshoe Falls with an arrow pointing to the left.

When you turn left here and walk further down towards the creek, you will see the first waterfall. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is Horseshoe Falls (which is kind of what the sign said), but it isn’t.

Fairy Falls in Hazelbrook
Fairy Falls

We call this waterfall Fairy Falls, but this is not the official name. Various sources on the Internet say this is Fairy Falls; others refer to it as an unnamed waterfall.

Regardless, it’s a pretty waterfall and a great introduction to what’s to come.

2. Horseshoe Falls

Once you’ve finished exploring Fairy Falls, you have two options.

You can continue on the main track to Horseshoe Falls, Oaklands Falls, and Burgess Falls. Or you can follow an alternative path that runs slightly closer along the creek.

Remember that sign we mentioned? That sign referred to this alternative path, not to the waterfall that we call Fairy Falls. A little confusing, yes.

Horseshoe Falls in Hazelbrook
Horseshoe Falls

Whichever path you choose, both will eventually lead to Horseshoe Falls, so it doesn’t matter which path you follow. However, the main path higher up is perhaps somewhat easier.

Horseshoe Falls is signposted, but this particular sign can also lead to a bit of confusion.

Sign for Horseshoe Falls
Sign for Horseshoe Falls (also confusing?)

Horseshoe Falls is at the left of that sign. And again, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this waterfall is Glow-Worm Nook Falls. But no, this waterfall is Horseshoe Falls.

This sign is trying to say that Glow-Worm Nook Falls is located beyond Horseshoe Falls. It can be found if you walk along the path behind Horseshoe Falls, underneath the rock overhang, and then up the hill via the staircase.

We didn’t follow that path to Glow-Worm Nook Falls, so we can’t say much about it, but apparently, the track to there is a bit more challenging, according to various sources.

3. Oaklands Falls

Once you’ve finished admiring Horseshoe Falls, it’s time to find Oaklands Falls. Retrace your steps to where you saw that Horseshoe Falls sign, and keep walking on the track to Oaklands and Burgess Falls.

This section of the walk is quite scenic, as it goes through a forest with beautiful high trees. The path here is also quite easy to follow.

Oaklands Falls in Hazelbrook
Oaklands Falls

Oaklands Falls is the third (or fourth, if you had decided to go to Glow-Worm Nook Falls) along the walking track.

It’s a beautiful one, and, similar to Horseshoe Falls, you can walk underneath the overhang behind the waterfall, which is quite a unique experience.

4. Burgess Falls

Back on the main track, we’re now getting very close to the fourth and last waterfall, which is Burgess Falls.

This is the least impressive waterfall along the walking track, but still very much worth the effort of going there.

Burgess Falls in Hazelbrook
Burgess Falls

Burgess Falls was named after Lance Corporal Edward Allan Burgess who was killed in action in Belgium in 1917 during the First World War.

He was a local of Hazelbrook, and a plaque was dedicated to his memory by the residents of Hazelbrook in 1918.

From Burgess Falls, retrace your steps to get back on the main walking track.

What About Glow Worms?

Horseshoe Falls is beautiful in the daytime, but it becomes a very different spectacle when the sun sets. This is when the glow worms come out, and they can create a beautiful light show.

You can find the glow worms in the rock overhang behind the waterfall, and seeing these glow worms while it’s pitch black in the bush is quite a unique and surreal experience.

If you do decide to go there after sunset, make sure you bring a torch, as it does get very dark on the track at nighttime. It’s a no-brainer.

Once you get to the cave, turn off all your light sources, and you will see the glow worms appearing.

If you’re keen to do this and don’t yet have a torch, read our torch buying guide with reviews of some of the best compact torches available today.


Horseshoe Falls in the Blue Mountains



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