Katoomba Cascades
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

10 min to 15 min

225 m
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Moderate track
This short walk starts at Katoomba Falls Park, on Cliff Drive. The track heads down to the popular Katoomba Cascades. There is some shade and a bench seat at the base of the falls. There are a few spots to enjoy a snack or get the feet wet on a hot day. An optional side trip can extend the walk to follow the Kedumba river to the spot it falls into the valley, a few hundred meters below, providing excellent views. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Katoomba Falls Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Steps from Katoomba Falls Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff walk near Katoomba Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stepping stones across the Kedumba River at the base of Katoomba Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Katoomba Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Kedumba River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Chair and shade at Katoomba Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Katoomba Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7263693,150.3062768)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to Parke Street, BMD then drive for 105 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Bathurst Road, BMD and drive for another 165 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Gang Gang Street, BMD and drive for another 105 m
  • Turn right onto Lurline Street, BMD and drive for another 1.4 km
  • Turn right onto Goyder Avenue and drive for another 140 m
  • Turn left onto Katoomba Street and drive for another 10 m
  • Keep right onto Katoomba Falls Road and drive for another 325 m
  • Turn left onto Cliff Drive, BMD and drive for another 125 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk heads away from the 'Cliff View Lookout' sign, keeping the road on the right of the footpath. The path heads into open parkland, around the edge of the park and down the wooden steps to the bottom, where the walk comes to the Kedumba River crossing, just downstream of the Katoomba Cascades.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Katoomba Falls Reserve at the start.
After another 10 m turn right, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 65 m find the "Katoomba Falls Park" (15 m on your right).
Katoomba Falls Park
Katoomba Falls Park

The Katoomba Falls Picnic area and park is found at the corner of 'Katoomba Falls Rd' and 'Cliff Dr', Katoomba. The south and western edge of the park is lined with a fence protecting the small Kedumba River, just above Katoomba Cascades. There is a fenced (1.2m high) viewing platform at the top of the cascades, and a smooth/flat conrete footpath leading to it. The park is also home to a series of 8 picnic tables. There is a car park for around 17 cars on Cliff Dr, as well as a separate signposted mobility parking bay at the south-eastern corner of the park. A pleasant picnic area.
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The Katoomba Falls Picnic area and park is found at the corner of 'Katoomba Falls Rd' and 'Cliff Dr', Katoomba. The south and western edge of the park is lined with a fence protecting the small Kedumba River, just above Katoomba Cascades. There is a fenced (1.2m high) viewing platform at the top of the cascades, and a smooth/flat conrete footpath leading to it. The park is also home to a series of 8 picnic tables. There is a car park for around 17 cars on Cliff Dr, as well as a separate signposted mobility parking bay at the south-eastern corner of the park. A pleasant picnic area.

After another 40 m come to a ford.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Kedumba River lookout. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 115 m to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Katoomba Cascades".
Katoomba Cascades
Katoomba Cascades

Popular with locals and visitors alike, these picturesque cascades are on the Kedumba River. The cascades are nestled in the bend on Cliff Drive, near Katoomba Park. There are stepping stones across the creek at the bottom of the falls and a bench seat in the shade. There are a few small clearings where visitors can sit and enjoy the falls.
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Popular with locals and visitors alike, these picturesque cascades are on the Kedumba River. The cascades are nestled in the bend on Cliff Drive, near Katoomba Park. There are stepping stones across the creek at the bottom of the falls and a bench seat in the shade. There are a few small clearings where visitors can sit and enjoy the falls.


An optional side trip to Kedumba River lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After 175 m find the "Kedumba River lookout" (5 m on your right).
Kedumba River lookout
Kedumba River lookout

This unnamed, fenced lookout is at the bend in the track along Kedumba River, at the top of Katoomba Falls. The lookout gives great views across the valley to Mount Solitary and Narrow Neck. There are also glimpses of the Katoomba Falls as it drops away, far into the valley below.
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This unnamed, fenced lookout is at the bend in the track along Kedumba River, at the top of Katoomba Falls. The lookout gives great views across the valley to Mount Solitary and Narrow Neck. There are also glimpses of the Katoomba Falls as it drops away, far into the valley below.

After another 5 m come to the end.
About 25 m past the end is "Katoomba Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 180 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Katoomba Cascades


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 225 m
Time 10 min to 15 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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