Wentworth Falls Circuit via the Charles Darwin Trail, Wentworth Falls, National Pass, Undercliff/Overcliff Track.
Located at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, the walk is on signposted, well made tracks with sandstone stairs cut into the rock face at some points. The walk is 10.2 km and may feel quite hard as there are many stairs up and down the escarpment. 300 metres descent. 310 metres ascent.
This is a world-class, classic walk with spectacular panoramic views of the Jamison Valley. The Charles Darwin Trail commemorates Charles Darwin’s visit to the area in 1836. This trail links the station to the Wentworth Falls Lookout.
Start and finish point
Wentworth Falls Station
Train to Wentworth Falls Station. Alternatively, drive to Wentworth Falls Lookout picnic area for a shorter walk which excludes the Charles Darwin Trail.
This is not a walk for young children, as the track is on a cliff edge and rocks can be slippery when crossing the waterfalls.
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From the lookout, the outbound route involves a descent of the Grand Stairway, a series of remarkable sandstone steps that were carved out of the cliff face in 1908. At the bottom of the stairs you cross the Wentworth Falls on a series of stepping stones. This makes a good morning tea stop.
Ignore the Wentworth Pass turnoff and proceed along the National Pass, which offers great views, hugging the cliff face on a ledge half way up the escarpment. The track leads to the ferny Valley of the Waters, where a series of waterfalls cascade down the cliff face.
Heading up the escarpment on a series of stairs, you eventually reach Conservation Hut, a cafe at the top of the cliff, where you may need to revive with lunch and a coffee.
There is the option here to return by the Shortcut Track, but the scenic option is the Undercliff/Overcliff Track, which follows the top of the cliff, linking several lookouts.
The route returns to the station along the Charles Darwin Trail.
Detailed track notes of various Wentworth Falls bushwalks are available on WildWalks website
Variations of the walk are given in Blue Mountains Best Bushwalks, Veechi Stuart, Woodslane Press, Sydney, 2007