Last updated: October 8, 2021
Often overlooked by tourists, Katoomba Falls is a beautiful segmented waterfall located between Echo Point and Scenic World in the Blue Mountains.
A short but picturesque circuit walking trail, starting at Scenic World, guides visitors through lush rainforest all the way to the waterfall, with panoramic views of Jamison Valley.
It’s one of the most enjoyable walking tracks in the Blue Mountains that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.
|Katoomba Falls Round Walk|
|Distance:||2 km (circuit)|
|Time:||1 hour (depending on stops)|
|Grade:||Moderate (some steep sections)|
About Katoomba Falls
Arguably one of the prettiest waterfalls in the greater Blue Mountains region, Katoomba Falls forms part of the Kedumba River which drops almost 150 metres into Jamison Valley.
Kedumba River is a 20 km long perennial river which rises at Lake Catalina in Katoomba. The river starts as a small creek flowing through parkland west of the Katoomba town centre, and then evolves into the popular Katoomba Cascades before it plunges into the valley as Katoomba Falls.
Visitors can get up close and personal with the beautiful waterfall that is Katoomba Falls by following the Round Walk trail starting at Scenic World.
The best way to get to the start of the Katoomba Falls Round Walk is by parking your car in the big car park at Scenic World, located on the corner of Violet Street and Cliff Drive (see map location).
Katoomba Falls Track Notes
The start of the Katoomba Falls Round Walk is located between the car park and the main entrance to Scenic World. See further below for a map.
Look out for the green signpost and make your way to the wooden boardwalk. This is also the starting point of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, a 7 km hike between Scenic World and the Gordon Falls lookout in Leura.
At the first intersection at the end of the boardwalk, keep going straight towards the Scenic World Valley Stations via the Federal Pass.
As the track winds its way down, slowly getting closer to the waterfall, you’ll soon arrive at the Vaniman’s lookout with excellent views of the Three Sisters, the Valley below, and the Scenic Skyway right above you.
1. Juliets Balcony
After another 150 metres the track makes a sharp left turn. The next major lookout point, Juliets Balcony, can be easily overlooked as it’s not signposted.
It can be accessed by climbing up a small staircase leading to a rock platform and fenced-off balcony area.
Juliets Balcony is your first real opportunity to witness the sheer beauty of Katoomba Falls, from top to bottom.
Because the panoramic views from the balcony lookout are so impressive, most visitors tend to stick around here for a while to take it all in.
2. Katoomba Waterfall
As you head back down from Juliets Balcony, turn right and keep following the track. At the next intersection, turn right and head south towards Federal Pass and Scenic World Valley Stations.
At the Rainforest Lookout, turn right and follow the track until you get to the intersection with Underfalls Walk.
This is the final stretch of the track that takes you all the way to the waterfall.
The views from here of both Katoomba Falls looking up as well of the huge valley on the other side are absolutely amazing.
3. Witches Leap
Once you’ve finished admiring the views, make your way back up to the same intersection and turn right towards Katoomba Cliff Drive.
Cross the wooden bridge over the creek and follow the track as it winds itself down towards Witches Leap.
Look carefully, as you may be able to recognise the witches profile in the rocks. Can you see it?
4. Reids Plateau
Continue on the main walking track to the top of the hill until you arrive at an intersection with three paths. The path to the right is a very short loop trail around Reids Plateau.
If you have a few spare minutes, this trail is definitely worth it as the views from the plateau are really good.
The path straight ahead is the Prince Henry Cliff Walk that leads to Katoomba Cascades, followed by Echo Point and the Three Sisters.
And the path to the left connects with the last section of the Katoomba Falls Round Walk, taking you back to Scenic World and the car park.
Map and Route
The round walk has lots of intersections with other walking tracks around Katoomba Falls, Scenic World and Echo Point, so there is a small risk ending up on a different walking track.
The below map should give you a good idea of the round walk and the sidetracks to the waterfall and lookouts. Use this map and the notes above to help you stay on the right path.