The Nature Track in Wentworth Falls

Last updated: June 12, 2024

The short but scenic Nature Track in Wentworth Falls is a spectacular 3.5 km circuit trail that starts and ends at the Conservation Hut.

This often ignored but highly enjoyable walking track follows the edge of an escarpment before descending to lower grounds, where it takes in a section of the Valley of the Waters.

In this article, we will share the many highlights of this moderately challenging hike, including insider tips.

Nature Track
Distance: 3.5 km (circuit)
Time: 1.5 hours
Grade: Moderate (some steep sections)
Dogs: Not allowed

How to Get There

The Nature Track is a circuit trail that starts and ends at the Conservation Hut on Fletcher Street in Wentworth Falls (see map location).

By car:
From the Great Western Highway, turn into Falls Rd, followed by a right turn into Fletcher Street. The Conservation Hut is located at the end of Fletcher St.

The small parking area at the hut fills up quickly on the weekends. If it is full, you can try parking on one of the nearby suburban streets.

By public transport:
Catch a train to Wentworth Falls and walk to the Wentworth Falls picnic area from the train station.

From the picnic area, follow the Short Cut Track that leads directly to the Conservation Hut. If that’s a bit too much hiking, there are also local buses that service Fletcher Street.

Below is a map of the walk.

Map of the Nature Track in Wentworth Falls

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Nature Track

Opened in 1894, the Nature Track winds its way down into a section of the Valley of the Waters through various habitats and ecosystems.

It’s a moderately challenging hike with lots of steps and some steep sections. We recommend wearing comfortable hiking shoes; on warm days, bring a bottle of water.

1. Start of the Walk

While most walking tracks at the Conservation Hut head south towards Jamison Valley, the Nature Track goes in the other direction.

Start of the Nature Track in Wentworth Falls
Start of the Nature Track in Wentworth Falls

To find the trailhead, look for the path and Nature Track signpost right next to the car park.

The first section of the Nature Track runs parallel to Valley Rd until it makes a left turn towards West Street. This section isn’t very exciting, but it’s a nice warmup for what’s to come.

Nature Track Circuit signpost
Nature Track Circuit signpost close to West Street

Just before it hits West Street, the path heads into the bush at an old signpost that mentions Nature Track Circuit and Edinburgh Castle Rock.

2. Edinburgh Castle Rock

The track continues along several sections with timber steps, metal stairs, and small bridges before it hits an intersection with a little side trail to Edinburgh Castle Rock.

Edinburgh Castle Rock signpost
Edinburgh Castle Rock signpost

Known as an old Aboriginal cultural site, Edinburgh Castle Rock is an unfenced lookout point formed by a uniquely shaped rock formation.

Views from Edinburgh Castle Rock
Views from Edinburgh Castle Rock

While not spectacular, the panoramic views of the valley and escarpments from this lookout are a good warm-up for what’s to come.

3. Lillians Glen

From the intersection, the Nature Track continues southbound towards Lillians Glen, past a few steep sections with several sandstone overhangs and rock walls.

Lillians Glen
Lillians Glen

Lillians Glen is a picturesque section where the walking track crosses the Valley of the Waters Creek. A set of stepping stones makes it easier to cross this small water stream.

4. Empress Canyon

The track continues towards the beautiful Empress Canyon, a popular destination for canyoning and abseiling.

If you’re keen to do this canyoning adventure one day, including abseiling down Empress Falls, you can either head into the canyon with your own gear or join a commercial tour.

Empress Canyon
Empress Canyon

At Lillians Bridge, the path continues straight ahead and uphill towards a few popular lookout points, leaving the canyon and valley behind.

If you have extra time to spare, we recommend visiting the Gladstone Lookout via the Lillians Bridge Track.

To get there, cross Lillians Bridge and keep hiking until you see a junction where you need to turn left to visit that lookout. In total, this detour would be an extra hour of hiking.

Nature Track and Empress Falls junction
Nature Track and Empress Falls junction

Another option is to extend the Nature Track by including the Valley of the Waters Track, a fantastic walking trail along the Valley of the Waters creek, past Empress Falls, Sylvia Falls, and Lodore Falls.

To do that trail, keep walking straight ahead at the junction with the National Pass. Otherwise, to continue on the Nature Track, head up the stairs towards the Empress Lookout.

5. Empress Lookout

The reward for climbing up the various staircases is two fantastic lookout points that offer panoramic views of the Empress Canyon and the Jamison Valley.

Empress Lookout
Empress Lookout

The fenced Empress Lookout is located on a sandstone overhang. It offers views of the Empress Canyon and the Empress Falls waterfall, albeit obscured by the many trees surrounding the lookout.

6. Queen Victoria Lookout

The next lookout point is only a short stroll further away. Queen Victoria Lookout offers breathtaking views of the Jamison Valley and its escarpments.

Queen Victoria Lookout
Queen Victoria Lookout

On a clear day, you may be able to identify Lincoln’s Rock, Mount Solitary, and Sublime Point in the distance.

From the Queen Victoria lookout point, it’s a short but steep final stretch back to the Conservation Hut and the car park.

Read our comprehensive Wentworth Falls hiking guide to read more about all the walks and lookout points in this popular area in the Blue Mountains.
 

Nature Track in Wentworth Falls

 

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