Leura Cascades Picnic Area
(0km) Leura Cascades Picnic Area → Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Creek Service Trail
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Leura Cascades’ sign across the footbridge to a ‘Y’ intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Prince Henry Cliff Walk To Gordon Falls’ sign up the timber steps. The walk continues along the bush track that steadily climbs to the top of the gentle hill, where it comes to an intersection with the Cliff Drive bush track.
(0.26km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Creek Service Trail → The Rock
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track winding around the valley down to the right for a short while, before coming to ‘The Rock’ lookout just off the track on the right.
(0.5km) The Rock → Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Bridal Veil Lookout Track
(0.6km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Bridal Veil Lookout Track → Bridal Veil View lookout
Bridal Veil View Lookout
(0.6km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Bridal Veil Lookout Track → Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Tarpeian Rock Track
(0.72km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk Tarpeian Rock Track → Tarpeian Rock
(0.72km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk Tarpeian Rock Track → Olympian Lookout
(1.23km) Olympian Lookout → Elysian Lookout
(1.47km) Elysian Lookout → Gordon Falls Lookout
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the hardened dirt path winding down towards the cliffs, dropping down a few sets of wooden steps and one steep metal staircase as it winds down through the bush to the cliffs edge at the Gordon Falls Lookout.
Gordon Falls Lookout
Maps for the Leura Park to Gordon Falls Lookout walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Six Foot Track||1:50 000 Map Series||Six Foot Track||NSW-six-foot-track|
|Katoomba||1:25 000 Map Series||89301S KATOOMBA||NSW-89301S|
|Katoomba||1:100 000 Map Series||8930 KATOOMBA||8930|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 610m has short steep hills. The remaining (170m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
1km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 440m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (330m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 920m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 860m is clearly signposted.
Around 1.5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 230m requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 1.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 600m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
260 m Return
This short walk starts from Cliff Rd in Leura and heads out to Tarpeian Rock Lookout, crossing over Prince Henry Cliff Walk. The lookout provides breathtaking views down the Jamison Valley and along the Kings Tableland to Mount Solitary. The floor of the lookout is interesting in it’s own right, with fascinating circular pattens.
Total climbing: 31m
432 m Return
Following Leura Creek down to a beautiful small waterfall, this is one of the prettiest short walks in the Leura area. Sit under the overhang and watch as the falls cascade down around you, then climb to great views of the Leura cliffline, before this circuit track leads back to the park.
Total climbing: 62m
844 m Circuit
This is a short walk out from the beautiful Leura Park. The walk heads past cliffs, the cascades, large ferns and even a historic bridge. The walk is a great one to do between meals at a picnic. Leura Cascades themselves are a great set of waterfalls, and worth taking the camera for.
Total climbing: 62m
844 m Circuit
This short walk from Cliff Drive, Leura, heads out to pretty Bridal Veil View Lookout. At the base of a staircase, the lookout provides great views of Bridal Veil Falls. There is also an optional side trip to Tarpeian Rock, which is well worth the extra time, providing great views up the Jamison valley.
Total climbing: 64m
954 m Return
The walk out to Copelands Lookout and back is a walk with some variety. The track winds down past some cascades, then past some views into the Jamison Valley and then another view of the cascades. This walk is capped off with the view from Copelands Lookout before returning to Leura Park.
Total climbing: 99m
1.5 km Return
From Leura Park to Gordon Falls Park, this diverse walk offers fantastic views of the Jamison Valley, as well as two great side trips down to some smaller waterfalls. Don’t be fooled by their size – they are quite beautiful. Be sure to allow extra time for the side trips (especially Gordon Falls), in order to sit and reflect as the water cascades around you.
Total climbing: 200m
1.8 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
This walk is relatively short and takes in some magnificent views. The walk visits Olympian, Bridal Veil View and Tarpeian Lookouts, which are all perched high on top of the cliffs. A great walk, exploring some of the quieter, but still very spectacular, lookouts in the Blue Mountains.
Total climbing: 170m
2 km Circuit
Starting at Australia’s most popular lookout and passing one of the most beautiful sets of waterfalls in this part of the park, this is one of the most breathtaking cliff walks around Katoomba. Signposted as part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, this walk passes stunning lookouts including Copelands, Burrabarroo and Honeymoon lookouts. Each of these offers surprise after surprise in their magnificence.
Total climbing: 204m
3.2 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
3.3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
With approximately equal parts cliff-walk and forest track, this track truly shows what the cliff edges of the Jamison Valley have to offer, especially at Tarpeian and Fossil Rocks. There is a beautiful descent into the valley, as well as the mystique of Leura Forest, and a number of great spots to take a break along the way. The walk finishes with an exciting ride to the top of Scenic World on the world’s steepest railway.
Total climbing: 697m
6.6 km One way
Going from Katoomba to Leura, this walk covers the top of the cliff line and most of the major lookouts. With brilliant vistas all along the way, the views of the Jamison Valley are truly amazing. Time should be set aside to dawdle along the cliffs and soak up the serenity of the cliffs.
Total climbing: 575m
6.8 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
Other Nearby walks
This short walk starts from, and returns to, the Carrington Park track head and winds down along the Prince Henry cliff walk to the Burrabarroo Lookout. There are great views across the Jamison valley and Leura Forest from the lookout. Being such a short walk to a great lookout, this is a great walk if you don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to see a great piece of the mountains.
Total climbing: 52m
582 m Return
This short walk starts from, and returns to, the Carrington park track head and takes you to the Bridal Veil Lookout, on the western side of the Leura Cascades. This lookout provides you with a spectacular view, just a short stroll from Katoomba. This is a great walk for those keen to start bushwalking. There are a couple of other possible side trips to lookouts along the way.
Total climbing: 69m
892 m Return
This walk is a fantastic way to see Leura Forest. The walk descends from Carrington Park, visiting Leura Forest and following a loop along the base of the cliffs and beneath the Three Sisters, before climbing back up to Carrington Park. This walk explores a variety of forests types and a few waterfalls. Leura Forest is a lovely picnic area, a great place to relax.
Total climbing: 674m
4.8 km Circuit
This walk starts from Carrington Park and winds down into the valley below, to Leura Forest. Leura Forest was a pleasure ground in years gone by, and now boasts a nice little picnic area with a shelter, picnic tables and seats. This is a great spot for lunch. Take some time to explore the forest before climbing back up the valley the way you came.
Total climbing: 432m
2.3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This walk explores the eastern end of Federal Pass track. Starting near Carrington Park, on Cliff Drive, the walk descends steeply, passing the Jamieson Lookout, Fern Bower and Lila and Linda falls. A couple more stair cases and the track comes to Marguerite Cascades. A side trip down to Laura Forest is also described, this is a nice spot to rest.
Total climbing: 368m
1.7 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This classic trail follows along the base of the cliffs from Leura to the Golden Stairs, passing many of the more popular sights of the Katoomba region. Travelling through beautiful forest environments, this is one of the longer walks in the area. Leura Forest and Kedumba Falls are both great places to sit and take a break along the journey.
Total climbing: 989m
8 km One way
Starting from Solitary Restaurant on Cliff Drive in Leura, this track heads down to the historic Copelands Lookout, providing great views across Jamison Valley. Copelands Lookout is a fairly large lookout with a natural sandstone floor and hand-built sandstone walls. This one way of enjoying great views of the Jamison valley without the hustle and bustle of Echo Point. The walk also offers an optional side trip to the Bridal Veil Lookout, where you can see the falls by the same name.
Total climbing: 57m
570 m Return
This short walk starts at Solitary Restaurant on Cliff Drive, and soon arrives at the lookout at Fossil Rock, with great views down the valley. If you are feeling a bit more energetic, there is an optional side trip to Bridal Veil Lookout, giving great views of the Bridal Veil waterfall. This walk can be topped off with a snack from the kiosk back up on the road.
Total climbing: 19m
150 m Return
The Federal Pass is an excellent track that guides you past much of Katoomba’s iconic scenery. The walk starts from Cliff Drive, in Leura, and winds into the Jamison Valley, exploring Leura Forest and passing the base of the Three Sisters. The walk follows the historic Federal Pass beneath Katoomba Falls, before you catch the Scenic Railway out of the valley (the last train up is at 4:50pm).
Total climbing: 433m
4.4 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
This is a great walk, with much to offer photographers and those who only have a day in Katoomba. The walk descends into the valley from Solitary Kiosk before climbing up the scenic (and steep) Furber steps and soaking up the views around the rim of the valley. A great way to take in both the valley and the cliff tops of Katoomba.
Total climbing: 1009m
9.4 km Circuit
5 hrs 30 mins
Starting near Solitary Restaurant in Leura, this walk heads into the bush passing Echo Tree Lookout. The track the follows the Prince Henry track to Federal Pass, soon coming to Jamiesons Lookout. Jamiesons Lookout provides a great view across the valley, with a bench seat to help you rest and take it in. Consider starting or ending the walk with a snack at Solitary Restaurant.
Total climbing: 21m
308 m Return
Lyrebird Dell is a glorious and culturally significant location in the Blue Mountains. This walk follows the shortest route to the picnic area in a large sandstone cave. You will find the cave nestled into the hillside beside a lovely waterfall. The cave enjoys a long history with the traditional owners and is home to an basic picnic area, making a great place to be still and enjoy this valley.
Total climbing: 38m
538 m Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/lptgfl
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
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