The best places are those you can discover on foot. To see the majesty of the historic town of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains of Australia will give you stories to talk about for years. Beauty permeates from the natural setting of Blue Mountains National Park as well as the Victorian structures around the town. Whether or not you are looking for a great hike or a walk through history, taking Wentworth Falls by foot is enlightening and fun for everyone.
About Wentworth Falls
For 130 years, the area of Wentworth Falls has been a popular tourist destination for a number of reasons. The storybook setting of the town makes it a popular spot for weddings and honeymooners. Moreover, the location is quiet and relaxing. Most of the establishments in Wentworth Falls are family-owned and operated. The coffee shops and restaurants are small but offer some of the best, homemade flavors in the region. Or take advantage of the park and barbeque section of Wentworth Falls Lake.
For those who want to do more than walk through the wilds of Australia, Wentworth Falls hosts some fantastic golf courses. But that said, some of the best turf has been set aside for hikers of every skill level.
Blue Mountains National Park encompasses the area around Wentworth Falls. It is always open, save for extremely inclement weather or fire dangers. Do note that accessing the park and many of the trails within requires an entrance fee (8 AUD per vehicle) if heading in through the Glenbrook attractions area.
Several tracks have hidden wonders, so to speak. You will be amazed by the natural beauty as well as remnants of the past. The following trails have been arranged by difficulty on a scale of 1-4, starting with the easiest first:
- Kings Tableland Walk – [Grade 2] Though not a challenge for seasoned hikers, this track brings you through an over 14,000 year old Aboriginal Gathering Place. Passing through there, you will continue onward to Rocket Point. It’s about 45 minutes in length and can be sequenced with Wentworth Falls track or several other trails throughout the national park.
- Queen Victoria Lookout – [Grade 3] Not difficult to get to from the Conversation Hut. However, the views are spectacular from the rocky platform.
- The Wentworth Falls Track – [Grade 3] Short but steep that brings up to the Jamison and Wentworth lookouts then descends to the cliff-edge of Fletchers lookout. There you can see the Wentworth waterfalls. Afterwards, keep descending to come to a shallow pool along the Jamison Creek. You can leave the way you came or try the National Pass, which brings you to the historic Grand Stairway. Excluding the National Pass, the walk takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Include the National Pass for a 4-5 hour trip.
- The Prince’s Rock Track – [Grade 3] Full of history! The trail moves from the Wentworth Falls picnic grounds to a path that has been around since the 1890s. Along the route are old water fountains. Upon reaching a stone lookout, you can see Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary and the Kings Tableland. At the end of the track, which is about 30-60 minutes in length, is the Conversation Hut, where you can grab a bite to eat.
- The Valley of the Waters Track – [Grade 4] Starting at the Conservation Hut, you can follow the Valley of the Waters’ sign. Go in the opposite direction of the Lyrebird Cliff trek. This track brings you through the Queen Victoria lookout region and farther, over slippery rocks and around dozens of waterfalls. You will return close to where you entered, near Wentworth Falls Pass.
Because you are heading into the bush—where some dangerous animals and plants live—it’s important to make sure you are prepared. The Blue Mountains wildlife departments put together the Think Before You Trek website for planning bushwalks in Australia. Once you know you are prepared, remember to bring a picnic blanket and some snacks. When you see the views from the platforms and hilltops, you will not want to leave! So sit back and relax for a bit then continue on.
Visit the Official Website of Wentworth Falls for more historical info, maps and general knowledge about the town and region: http://www.wentworthfalls.org.au/
For more details about the park, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre. They are open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, except for Christmas Day.
Phone: (02) 4787-8877