Wentworth Falls Hiking Guide (Walks and Lookouts)

Last updated: November 29, 2021

Wentworth Falls is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Blue Mountains. The name refers to the beautiful 3-tiered, 187m high waterfall, but it is also the name of the town where the waterfall is located.

There are lots of different hikes to choose from in the Wentworth Falls area, some very short and others quite long and challenging. In addition to walks, there are also numerous lookout points with spectacular views to explore.

Deciding where to go and which track to conquer in Wentworth Falls can be a challenge in itself. This hiking guide aims to help you find the best walks and lookouts in Wentworth Falls so you can plan a great day out.

Update 2021:
Due to a rockfall event in November 2017, the National Pass walking track is closed between Valley of the Waters and Slack Stairs until further notice. The base of the waterfall can still be accessed via the Grand Stairway. Find the latest updates on the National Parks website.

Wentworth Falls dropping into Jamison Valley

How to Get to Wentworth Falls

Most walks in the Wentworth Falls area start and/or end at the Wentworth Falls or at the Picnic Area Conservation Hut.

Depending on which walk you’d like to do, or which lookouts you’d like to visit, it’s best to park your car at one of those two spots.

Note that the picnic area is the most popular location of the two and is also the closest to the waterfall.

Wentworth Falls Picnic Area is the starting point for the following walks:

  • Wentworth Falls Track
  • Princes Rock Walking Track

Conservation Hut is the starting point for the following walks:

  • Valley of the Waters Track
  • Nature Track

The following walks are loop walks and can be started from either location:

  • Wentworth Pass
  • National Pass
  • Overcliff Undercliff Track

1. Wentworth Falls Picnic Area

The Wentworth Falls Picnic Area is a destination in itself, with great facilities such as BBQs, tables and well maintained toilet blocks.

Wentworth Falls Picnic Area
Wentworth Falls Picnic Area

To get to the picnic area, take the Falls Road exit from the Great Western Highway and drive all the way to the car park at the end of the road.

This is where Falls Road flows into Sir H Burrell Drive that loops around the car park and the picnic area.

2. Conservation Hut

The historic Conservation Hut is a popular cafe located at the end of Fletcher Street in Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains. They offer breakfast and lunch and are opened daily from 9am until 4pm.

Originally opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, the Conservation Hut has been operating as a cafe since 1993 when the building was redeveloped.

Getting to the Conservation Hut is very easy. From the Great Western Highway, take the exit into Falls Road in Wentworth Falls, followed by a right turn into Fletcher Street.

The Conservation Hut has a reasonably sized car park that quickly fills up during weekends, but suburban street parking is available nearby.

3. Public Transport

Alternatively, you can travel by train to the village of Wentworth Falls on the other side of the Great Western Highway, and follow the Charles Darwin walking track to the waterfall.

This easy 2.4 km walk follows Jamison Creek with a few small waterfalls and beautiful scenery to enjoy along the way.

5 Best Lookouts in Wentworth Falls

There are a number of great lookouts in the Wentworth Falls area where you can enjoy some pretty amazing views of the waterfall and the nearby cliff walls and valleys.

Some of these lookouts are close to the picnic area, others require a bit of hiking to get to.

These are the 5 most popular lookout points in Wentworth Falls, all accessible from the picnic area:

  1. Jamison Lookout
  2. Wentworth Falls Lookout
  3. Fletchers Lookout
  4. Rocket Point Lookout
  5. Princes Rock Lookout
Map with lookouts in Wentworth Falls
Popular lookouts in Wentworth Falls

1. Jamison Lookout

Conveniently located right next to the car park along the footpath beside the Sir H Burrell Drive loop, the Jamison Lookout offers scenic views of the Jamison Valley towards Mount Solitary and beyond.

Jamison Lookout in Wentworth Falls
Jamison Lookout

While you can’t see the waterfall from this lookout point, the views are amazing enough to get you excited about what’s to come.

2. Wentworth Falls Lookout

Similar to the Jamison Lookout, the official Wentworth Falls Lookout point also offers Jamison Valley views but from a slightly different angle.

Wentworth Falls Lookout
Wentworth Falls Lookout

Located along the eastern side of the Sir H Burrell Drive loop, the Wentworth Falls lookout is the first major lookout that provides glimpses of the top of the waterfall. But despite its name, this is actually not the best place to see the waterfall in its entirety.

From the Wentworth Falls lookout point, the main walking track goes into the bush towards the Fletchers Lookout and the waterfall.

3. Fletchers Lookout

The small Fletchers Lookout offers a close view of the top of the waterfall in addition to panoramic views over Jamison Valley and the surrounding escarpments.

Fletchers Lookout in Wentworth Falls
Fletchers Lookout

The Fletchers Lookout is clearly signposted as a little side track from the main Wentworth Falls walking track.

4. Rocket Point Lookout

The Rocket Point Lookout is located on the other side of the waterfall, and can be accessed via a short loop walking track.

The start of this loop is close to the top of the waterfall, but many visitors to Wentworth Falls tend to skip this lookout because this walk isn’t very obvious. That’s a pity though, because the views from Rocket Point are fantastic and highly recommended.

Views from Rocket Point Lookout
Views from Rocket Point Lookout

After crossing Jamison Creek above the waterfall, look out for the small Rocket Point Circuit signpost to find the walk to the lookout.

The fenced Rocket Point Lookout sits high on a cliff and offers panoramic views of the waterfall and the valley below.

5. Princes Rock Lookout

The Princes Rock Lookout is perhaps the best viewing point in the area to see the waterfall in its entirety.

There are two ways to get to the Princes Rock lookout. The easiest and quickest way is via the Princes Rock walking track that starts from Sir H Burrell Drive, close to the Wentworth Falls lookout. It’s an easy 1 km descending walking path from there.

Princes Rock Lookout
Princes Rock Lookout

The other way to get to this lookout is via a section of the Overcliff Undercliff circuit walk (see further below).

Other lookouts that deserve a mention in this guide are the Queen Victoria Lookout and the Empress Lookout along the Empress Falls walking track.

These two lookouts are located in the western side of the Wentworth Falls area, and can be accessed via the National Pass and Wentworth Pass walking tracks and also the Nature Track.

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

8 Best Walks in Wentworth Falls

Below are the 8 most popular walking tracks in the Wentworth Falls area.

Note that the three loop walks (Wentworth Pass, National Pass, Overcliff Undercliff Track) each go into the valley at different depths. They re-join at the waterfall and at the Conservation Hut.

If you’re in a hurry and want to see the best highlights in a relatively short time, do the Princes Rock walking track followed by the Wentworth Falls track.

  1. Wentworth Pass
  2. National Pass
  3. Overcliff Undercliff Track
  4. Wentworth Falls Track
  5. Princes Rock Walking Track
  6. Valley of the Waters Track
  7. Nature Track
  8. Den Fenella Track

1. Wentworth Pass

The longest of the three circuit tracks, the Wentworth Pass, is a 5 km adventurous hike that can be started at the Conservation Hut or at the picnic area.

From the Conservation Hut, the Wentworth Pass makes its way through the upper section of the Valley of the Waters deep into the dense rainforest of the Jamison Valley via Empress Falls.

Wentworth Pass
Wentworth Pass

This track treats hikers to several creek crossings, waterfalls and lookouts before it rejoins the National Pass after climbing the Slack Stairs. From there it’s a short distance to the Grand Stairway which brings hikers to the top of Wentworth Falls.

From the waterfall, make your way to the picnic area, past the Wentworth Falls and Jamison lookout points, before returning to the Conservation Hut via the Shortcut Track.

Map of Wentworth Pass
(Wentworth Pass – click to enlarge)
Wentworth Pass
Distance: 5 km (circuit)
Time: 4 hours
Grade: Hard
Dogs: Not allowed

2. National Pass

Built with picks, shovels and dynamite at the start of the 20th century, the National Pass walking track has long been one of the most iconic hikes in New South Wales.

Starting at either the Wentworth Falls picnic area or the Conservation Hut, this 4.5 km circuit trail passes several lookouts with panoramic views of the famous Wentworth Falls and the Jamison Valley.

National Pass walking track in Wentworth Falls
National Pass

Some sections of this historic track are built into the side of the cliff, which only adds to the experience.

One of the highlights of the track is the Grand Stairway, a set of hand-carved stone steps that connects the top of the waterfall with the valley below.

As mentioned above, the National Pass is currently closed until further notice. The Wentworth Pass, however, is opened and is an excellent alternative.

Map of National Pass
(National Pass – click to enlarge)
National Pass
Distance: 4.5 km (circuit)
Time: 3.5 hours
Grade: Hard
Dogs: Not allowed

3. Overcliff Undercliff Track

The Overcliff Undercliff Track is the shortest of the three circuit tracks in the Wentworth Falls area.

Starting at the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, this track follows the edge of the cliff rather than going into the valley like the Wentworth Pass and National Pass do.

Overcliff Undercliff Track
Overcliff Undercliff Track

Several small lookout points along the way, such as the Lyrebird and Breakfast Point lookouts, offer great views of the valley below, and Sublime Point and Mount Solitary further away.

The Overcliff Undercliff Track is approximately 4 km in length, and consists of four sections (in a clockwise order, starting from the picnic area):

  1. Wentworth Falls Track
  2. Undercliff Track
  3. Overcliff Track
  4. Shortcut Track
Map and route of the Overcliff Undercliff Track
(Overcliff Undercliff Track – click to enlarge)
Overcliff Undercliff Track
Distance: 4 km (circuit)
Time: 2.5 hours
Grade: Moderate
Dogs: Not allowed

4. Wentworth Falls Track

Starting at the picnic area, the Wentworth Falls track is a short walking trail to the top of Wentworth Falls.

This track is perfect if you don’t have much time or if you’re simply not up for a longer, more challenging hike.

Wentworth Falls Track
Wentworth Falls Track

The Wentworth Falls track includes the major lookout points, so you get to enjoy great views of the valley and the top of the waterfall.

Once at the top of the waterfall, you can extend this walk by taking the Grand Stairway to the bottom of the falls, or you can stay on higher grounds and visit the Rocket Point lookout.

Map and route of Wentworth Falls Track

Wentworth Falls Track
Distance: 1.5 km (return)
Time: 1 hour
Grade: Easy
Dogs: Not allowed

5. Princes Rock Walking Track

The walking track to the Princes Rock lookout is the shortest in this list of Wentworth Falls walks but certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Waterfall views from Princes Rock
Waterfall views from Princes Rock

The walk officially starts at the picnic area on Sir H Burrell Drive and makes a descent towards the valley, between the Jamison and Wentworth Falls lookout points.

The destination, the Princes Rock Lookout, provides excellent views of the waterfall and the surrounding cliff walls and valley.

Map and route of the Princes Rock Track

Princes Rock Walking Track
Distance: 1.5 km (return)
Time: 1 hour
Grade: Easy
Dogs: Not allowed

6. Valley of the Waters Track

The Valley of the Waters walking track guides bushwalkers into the rainforest of the Wentworth Falls valley, with several small waterfalls and lookout points to explore.

This track is essentially the first part of the Wentworth Pass, up until the intersection where the Wentworth Pass makes a sharp left turn.

Valley of the Waters Track signpost
Valley of the Waters Track

At this intersection you have the option to extend this adventure by continuing straight heading towards Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls. Please note that this part of the walk is for experienced bushwalkers only as the track is not well maintained and it’s quite easy to get lost.

You can actually turn a visit to Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls into a 10 km round trip by continuing the trail until it re-joins the Wentworth Pass and National Pass. But again, this is only for experienced bushwalkers.

Map of Valley of the Waters track

Valley of the Waters Track
Distance: 1.5 km (return)
Distance to Vera Falls: 4 km (return)
Time: 1.5 hours (4 hours to Vera Falls)
Grade: Moderate / hard
Dogs: Not allowed

7. Nature Track

The Nature Track is the only walk in this list of Wentworth Falls walks that doesn’t get close to the famous waterfall.

With start and finish at the Conservation Hut, the moderately challenging 3.5 km Nature Track is a true bushwalkers delight.

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

Dense rainforest, small waterfalls, lookout points, this fascinating walking trail is named Nature Track for good reason.

Follow the signs from the Conservation Hut and enjoy this two-hour adventure in absolutely stunning natural surroundings.

Map and route of the Nature Track in Wentworth Falls

Nature Track
Distance: 3.2 km (circuit)
Time: 2 hours
Grade: Moderate / hard
Dogs: Not allowed

8. Den Fenella Track

The Den Fenella Track is a very short but highly enjoyable bushwalk between the picnic area and a scenic lookout point overlooking the valley.

Even though it’s only 1 km return, the walk is a real treat, with creek crossings, cascade waterfalls, lush rainforest and panoramic views to take in.

Den Fenella Lookout
Den Fenella Lookout

The highlight of this walk is the Den Fenella Lookout at the very end, from where you get to enjoy sensational views of the Jamison Valley and beyond.

Once you’ve finished soaking in the views from the lookout, simply retrace your steps back to the car park, or do some of the other walks in the Wentworth Falls area.

Map and route of the Den Fenella Track

Den Fenella Track
Distance: 1 km (return)
Time: 1 hour
Grade: Easy
Dogs: Not allowed
 

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2 Comments
  1. Can you combine the Wentworth Falls walk with the Princes Rock walk, and if so, how long would it take?

    Reply
    • Hello Lindsey, you certainly can combine those two walks.

      It’s best to first walk to the Princes Rock Lookout from the car park, and then continue on to the top of the Wentworth Falls waterfall. In total, this would take between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on how much time you’re going to spend at the lookouts.

      Hope this helps!

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