Discover Katoomba Cascades in the Blue Mountains

Last updated: October 8, 2021

The Katoomba Cascades form a small but picturesque water spectacle on the Kedumba River in the Katoomba area of the Blue Mountains.

Two short walks, starting at the cascades, lead to two different lookout points from where visitors can soak in fantastic views of the Jamison Valley.

Let’s find out more about the cascades and other things to discover nearby.

How to Get There

The Katoomba Cascades area has a dedicated car park along Cliff Drive at the large grassy area with picnic tables (see Google Maps location).

If you’re driving in from Katoomba, turn into Katoomba Falls Rd from Katoomba St, followed by a left turn into Cliff Drive. If that car park is full, you can try Katomba Falls Reserve a bit further down along Cliff Drive.

Please do note that this is a rather popular area in the Blue Mountains, and during weekends it can sometimes be challenging to find a parking spot.

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Katoomba Cascades

The picnic area just north of the cascades is conveniently located between Scenic World and Echo Point in Katoomba.

A small viewing platform at the picnic area right above the top of the cascades offers scenic views of the waterfall and the area below.

To go and see the water spectacle from close by, simply follow the walking path and the set of stairs going down.

Picnic area at Katoomba Cascades
Picnic area at Katoomba Cascades

Katoomba Cascades is a small waterfall on the Kedumba River, a 20km long perennial river which rises at Lake Catalina in Katoomba.

This river starts as a small creek flowing through parkland west of the Katoomba town centre, before it drops into the Jamison Valley via Katoomba Falls, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Blue Mountains.

Katoomba Cascades
Katoomba Cascades

The river then flows through the Jamison and Kedumba valleys, and ultimately joins Coxs River, which in turn feeds into Lake Burragorang.

From the cascades, you can follow the walking path along the river all the way to the point where the river drops into the valley (see further below).

Footbridge crossing Kedumba River at Katoomba Cascades
Footbridge crossing Kedumba River at Katoomba Cascades

An open area, with a bench and space to walk around, right in front of the cascades offers fantastic views of the water spectacle.

Just keep in mind though that it can get very busy there during weekends, so for the best experience it’s recommended to get there early in the morning.

Stepping stones in front of Katoomba Cascades
Stepping stones in front of Katoomba Cascades

There is also a small footbridge in front of the waterfall that offers fantastic views of the cascades on one side, and the flowing river on the other side.

Nearby Lookouts

Two very short walking tracks, starting from the Katoomba Cascades, lead to two different lookout points that both offer incredible Jamison Valley views.

Both these walking tracks form part of the iconic Prince Henry Cliff Walk, one of the most popular walking tracks in the Blue Mountains.

These two short walks are very enjoyable, so it’s highly recommended to visit both lookouts after exploring the cascades.

In the map below, the cascades and the two lookouts are marked as follows:

A: Katoomba Cascades
B: Duke & Duchess of York Lookout
C: Cliff View Lookout

Map of walks around Katoomba Cascades

1. Duke & Duchess of York Lookout

The first lookout, the Duke & Duchess of York Lookout, can be easily accessed via the short walking path directly from the cascades.

It’s a very easy to follow path (approximately 200 metres long) parallel to the creek through beautiful natural scenery.

Walking path along the Kedumba River
Walking path along the Kedumba River

Once you arrive at the lookout, the valley opens up right in front of you, with incredible views across the valley to Mount Solitary, Ruined Castle, and the Narrow Neck plateau.

If you stay at the lookout long enough, you may even get to see the brightly coloured Scenic Skyway’s cable car flying high above the valley, which is a pretty cool sight.

Katoomba Falls is somewhere below that lookout, but it isn’t actually visible. The panoramic valley views more than make up for that though.

Duke & Duchess of York Lookout
Duke & Duchess of York Lookout

From the lookout, there is the option to continue the Prince Henry Cliff Walk heading west, which ultimately connects with the Katoomba Falls Round Walk and Scenic World.

Otherwise, simply retrace your steps back to Katoomba Cascades and continue to the Cliff View Lookout.

2. Cliff View Lookout

The Cliff View Lookout is perhaps even more impressive than the Duke & Duchess of York Lookout, although the views are quite similar.

To get to this lookout point, make your way out of the Katoomba Cascades area and look for the Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Cliff View Lookout sign on Cliff Drive.

Scenic Skyway close to the Cliff View Lookout
Scenic Skyway close to the Cliff View Lookout

This is an easy 250 metres long wheel-chair friendly walking path which also passes the Scenic World Skyway East Station.

And that means you can see the Skyway cable car almost flying right above you, as you’re making your way to the Cliff View Lookout.

Cliff View Lookout
Cliff View Lookout

From the Cliff View Lookout, the Prince Henry Cliff Walk continues eastbound towards Echo Point and the Three Sisters, with a few more smaller lookout points to explore on the way.

Also read:
Our list of the best walks in the Blue Mountains.
 

Katoomba Cascades in the Blue Mountains

 
 
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