Overcliff-Undercliff Track
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

2 h 30 min to 3 h 30 min

4.4 km
circuit

↑ 499 m
↓ -500 m

Moderate track
Following the edge of the cliffs south of Wentworth Falls, this great walk features fantastic views of the cliffs and Jamison Valley. The walk visits some great lookouts, sandstone caves and the majestic Wentworth Falls. The Falls Picnic Area and Conservation Hut both make good spots to take a break. Make sure you duck your head passing through the caves on the Undercliff Track. 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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Conservation Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lyrebird Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Overcliff Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Jamison Valley covered in fog. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Jamison Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Undercliff Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Queen's Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Wentworth Falls Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Shortcut Track. | 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 (-33.7199986,150.3629813)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom
  • Turn on to Valley Road then drive for 1 km
  • Turn right onto Fitzgerald Street and drive for another 90 m
  • Turn right onto Fletcher Street and drive for another 130 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Conservation Hut, this walk follows the 'Valley of the Waters' sign down some timber and dirt steps passing a couple of picnic shelters. The track soon leads to the signposted intersection with the 'Short Cut Track' (still in view of the Conservation Hut).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 6 m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 2 m back from the start).
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Fletcher Street.
After another 25 m find the "Conservation Hut" (5 m on your right).
Conservation Hut
Conservation Hut

Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827.
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Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827.

At the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Nature Track turn right, to head along Valley of the Waters Track (a walking track).
After another 10 m pass the picnic table (25 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the "Cafe 92" (20 m on your right).
After another 5 m (at the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Short Cut Track) continue straight, to head along Valley of the Waters Track.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Overcliff Track) turn left, to head along Overcliff Track.
After another 170 m continue straight, to head along Overcliff Track.
After another 90 m find the "Lyrebird Lookout" (on your left).
Lyrebird Lookout
Lyrebird Lookout

Lyrebird Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout on the Overcliff Walk, south of the Conservation Hut in the Blue Mountains National Park. The lookout hosts a great view of Sublime Point (right) and Mount Solitary (centre). A welcome gap in the trees reveals this great view.
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Lyrebird Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout on the Overcliff Walk, south of the Conservation Hut in the Blue Mountains National Park. The lookout hosts a great view of Sublime Point (right) and Mount Solitary (centre). A welcome gap in the trees reveals this great view.

Lyrebird Lookout turn left, to head along Overcliff Track.
After another 640 m find the "Breakfast Point Lookout" (8 m on your right).
Breakfast Point Lookout
Breakfast Point Lookout

Breakfast Point Lookout is on the Overcliff Walk, west of Den Fenella Creek. The lookout has a short stone wall and great views across the Jamison Valley. The center piece of the view is out to Mount Solitary and beyond, there are also good views to Kings Tableland (left). This is a good spot to stop and enjoy the sweeping views of the majestic valley.
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Breakfast Point Lookout is on the Overcliff Walk, west of Den Fenella Creek. The lookout has a short stone wall and great views across the Jamison Valley. The center piece of the view is out to Mount Solitary and beyond, there are also good views to Kings Tableland (left). This is a good spot to stop and enjoy the sweeping views of the majestic valley.

Breakfast Point Lookout turn left, to head along Overcliff Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Den Fenella Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn sharp right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 285 m (at the intersection of Den Fenella Track & Overcliff Track) continue straight, to head along Den Fenella Track.
After another 7 m (at the intersection of Undercliff Track & Den Fenella Track) turn right, to head along Undercliff Track.
After another 650 m veer left, to head along Undercliff Track.
After another 80 m turn right, to head along Undercliff Track.
After another 35 m come to the "Eagles Nest Lookout - 50m" (20 m on your right).
After another 450 m come to the "Fletchers Lookout" (35 m on your right).
Then find the "Fletchers Lookout" (35 m on your right).
Fletchers Lookout
Fletchers Lookout

Fletchers Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout off the side of the Undercliff Walk, just north of the Wentworth Falls. The lookout provides a fairly close view of the top of Wentworth Falls and a great view into the Jamison Valley. There is a good distant view of Mount Solitary and Narrow Neck, and also great views of the surrounding escarpments.
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Fletchers Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout off the side of the Undercliff Walk, just north of the Wentworth Falls. The lookout provides a fairly close view of the top of Wentworth Falls and a great view into the Jamison Valley. There is a good distant view of Mount Solitary and Narrow Neck, and also great views of the surrounding escarpments.

Then pass the "Upper Wentworth Falls" (85 m on your right).
Then find the "Grand Stairway" (105 m on your right).
Grand Stairway
Grand Stairway

The Grand Stairway is a very memorable section of the National Pass in the Blue Mountains National Park. The stairway is reported to be 'the tallest outdoor staircase in Australia' and was built in the early 1900's by hand (and dynamite). This stairway, and the rest of the National Pass, was built by a team nicknamed 'the Irish Brigade' for the cost of £430 . Today, the Grand Stairway is well-maintained and provides walkers access to the valley below Wentworth Falls.
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The Grand Stairway is a very memorable section of the National Pass in the Blue Mountains National Park. The stairway is reported to be 'the tallest outdoor staircase in Australia' and was built in the early 1900's by hand (and dynamite). This stairway, and the rest of the National Pass, was built by a team nicknamed 'the Irish Brigade' for the cost of £430 . Today, the Grand Stairway is well-maintained and provides walkers access to the valley below Wentworth Falls.

Then find the "Middle of Wentworth Falls" (120 m on your right).
Middle of Wentworth Falls
Middle of Wentworth Falls

The National Pass crosses Wentworth Falls halfway down its long drop. At this crossing, NPWS have installed sandstone block bridges to improve access for walkers. There are a few side tracks that have been used to explore the area - beware of the slippery rocks and unfenced ledges. There is also a great view into the valley from where the water continues to fall on it long journey further into the valley. This is a lovely spot to cool down on a warm day.
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The National Pass crosses Wentworth Falls halfway down its long drop. At this crossing, NPWS have installed sandstone block bridges to improve access for walkers. There are a few side tracks that have been used to explore the area - beware of the slippery rocks and unfenced ledges. There is also a great view into the valley from where the water continues to fall on it long journey further into the valley. This is a lovely spot to cool down on a warm day.

The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Fletchers Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Top of Wentworth Falls. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
At the intersection of Undercliff Track & Wentworth Falls Track turn left, to head along Wentworth Falls Track.
Then find the "Queen's Cascades" (90 m on your right).
Queen's Cascades
Queen's Cascades

Queen's Cascades are a lovely set of falls on the Jamison Creek at the top of Wentworth Falls. The creek heads down the wide, two-stage cascades into a sandy pool. From the pool, the water flows between the stepping stones, under the fence and down the very tall Wentworth Falls. There are also great views to Sublime Point across the valley.
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Queen's Cascades are a lovely set of falls on the Jamison Creek at the top of Wentworth Falls. The creek heads down the wide, two-stage cascades into a sandy pool. From the pool, the water flows between the stepping stones, under the fence and down the very tall Wentworth Falls. There are also great views to Sublime Point across the valley.

After another 6 m head up the steps (about 7 m long)
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Weeping Rock Circuit & Wentworth Falls Track) veer left, to head along Wentworth Falls Track.
After another 185 m turn sharp right, to head along Wentworth Falls Track.
After another 30 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 155 m find the "Wentworth Falls Lookout" (10 m on your left).
Wentworth Falls Lookout
Wentworth Falls Lookout

Wentworth Falls Lookout, in the Blue Mountains National Park, is beside Sir H Burrell Drive. The lookout is fenced and has a large information sign about the area. There are some bench seats and great vistas. There is a view to Wentworth Falls (in the valley to the left), but the most captivating view is across the Jamison Valley to Mount Solitary. There are also great views of the Kings Tableland (left), Sublime Point (right) and Narrow Neck (far right) escarpments. This is a great place to enjoy the scope of this World Heritage listed area.
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Wentworth Falls Lookout, in the Blue Mountains National Park, is beside Sir H Burrell Drive. The lookout is fenced and has a large information sign about the area. There are some bench seats and great vistas. There is a view to Wentworth Falls (in the valley to the left), but the most captivating view is across the Jamison Valley to Mount Solitary. There are also great views of the Kings Tableland (left), Sublime Point (right) and Narrow Neck (far right) escarpments. This is a great place to enjoy the scope of this World Heritage listed area.

Then pass the sign (15 m on your left).
Then come to the "Wentworth Falls Lookout" (20 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 4 m veer left.
After another 115 m veer left.
After another 190 m pass the shelter (30 m on your right).
Then pass the BBQ (30 m on your right).
After another 30 m find the "Wentworth Falls Picnic Area" (25 m on your right).
Wentworth Falls Picnic Area
Wentworth Falls Picnic Area

The Wentworth Falls Picnic Area is in the Blue Mountains National Park on Sir H Burrell Drive (Wentworth Falls). The picnic area is host to a couple of wonderful lookouts and some good facilities. A large car park, toilets (wheelchair accessible), picnic tables, free electric BBQs, town water and information signs. This is a great spot to relax between walks in the area.
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The Wentworth Falls Picnic Area is in the Blue Mountains National Park on Sir H Burrell Drive (Wentworth Falls). The picnic area is host to a couple of wonderful lookouts and some good facilities. A large car park, toilets (wheelchair accessible), picnic tables, free electric BBQs, town water and information signs. This is a great spot to relax between walks in the area.

After another 40 m come to the "Jamisons Lookout" (65 m on your left).
After another 15 m find the "Jamison Lookout" (60 m on your left).
Jamison Lookout
Jamison Lookout

The recently renovated Jamison Lookout is on Sir H Burrell Drive, in the Blue Mountains National Park. The lookout has a wonderful view to the south, down the Jamison Valley to Mount Solitary and beyond. This is a great wheelchair-accessible viewpoint with a large information sign and bench seats. The lookout is fenced, and is located just below the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area.
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The recently renovated Jamison Lookout is on Sir H Burrell Drive, in the Blue Mountains National Park. The lookout has a wonderful view to the south, down the Jamison Valley to Mount Solitary and beyond. This is a great wheelchair-accessible viewpoint with a large information sign and bench seats. The lookout is fenced, and is located just below the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area.

Turn right.
After another 20 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 35 m pass the "Wentwarth Falls Parking" (20 m on your left).
After another 2 m continue straight, to head along Short Cut Track.
After another 430 m veer left, to head along Short Cut Track.
After another 150 m veer right, to head along Short Cut Track.
After another 100 m continue straight, to head along Short Cut Track.
After another 90 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Short Cut Track) turn sharp right, to head along Valley of the Waters Track.
After another 60 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Den Fenella Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Den Fenella Track & Overcliff Track Start heading along Den Fenella Track (a walking track).
After another 85 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 80 m come to "Den Fenella Lookout".
Den Fenella Lookout
Den Fenella Lookout

The Den Fenella Lookout is a small fenced lookout on a cliff ledge, near where Den Fenella Creek falls into the Jamison Valley. The lookout is at the end of the track and has a tall cliff above and below. There is a small tree on the ledge adding to the sense of depth. From here, there are great views to Mount Solitary (middle), Kings Tableland (left), Narrow Neck Plateau (far right) and Sublime Point (right). This is a great spot, well worth a visit.
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The Den Fenella Lookout is a small fenced lookout on a cliff ledge, near where Den Fenella Creek falls into the Jamison Valley. The lookout is at the end of the track and has a tall cliff above and below. There is a small tree on the ledge adding to the sense of depth. From here, there are great views to Mount Solitary (middle), Kings Tableland (left), Narrow Neck Plateau (far right) and Sublime Point (right). This is a great spot, well worth a visit.

About 30 m past the end is "Den Fenella falls (National Pass)".
Den Fenella falls (National Pass)
Den Fenella falls (National Pass)

The Den Fenella Creek falls down the cliff to this halfway point on the National Pass. Here, the timber platform and handrails, installed by the NPWS, allow walkers to cool off at the pass under the dripping water. As with much of this pass, there are great views into the valley.
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The Den Fenella Creek falls down the cliff to this halfway point on the National Pass. Here, the timber platform and handrails, installed by the NPWS, allow walkers to cool off at the pass under the dripping water. As with much of this pass, there are great views into the valley.

Continue another 0 m to find Den Fenella Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 170 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Fletchers Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Wentworth Falls Track & Undercliff Track Start (a walking track).
Continue another 30 m to find Fletchers Lookout at the end.
"Fletchers Lookout".
Fletchers Lookout
Fletchers Lookout

Fletchers Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout off the side of the Undercliff Walk, just north of the Wentworth Falls. The lookout provides a fairly close view of the top of Wentworth Falls and a great view into the Jamison Valley. There is a good distant view of Mount Solitary and Narrow Neck, and also great views of the surrounding escarpments.
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Fletchers Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout off the side of the Undercliff Walk, just north of the Wentworth Falls. The lookout provides a fairly close view of the top of Wentworth Falls and a great view into the Jamison Valley. There is a good distant view of Mount Solitary and Narrow Neck, and also great views of the surrounding escarpments.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 30 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Top of Wentworth Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Wentworth Falls Track & Undercliff Track Start heading along Wentworth Falls Track (a walking track).
Middle of Wentworth Falls (about 120 m back from the start).
Middle of Wentworth Falls
Middle of Wentworth Falls

The National Pass crosses Wentworth Falls halfway down its long drop. At this crossing, NPWS have installed sandstone block bridges to improve access for walkers. There are a few side tracks that have been used to explore the area - beware of the slippery rocks and unfenced ledges. There is also a great view into the valley from where the water continues to fall on it long journey further into the valley. This is a lovely spot to cool down on a warm day.
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The National Pass crosses Wentworth Falls halfway down its long drop. At this crossing, NPWS have installed sandstone block bridges to improve access for walkers. There are a few side tracks that have been used to explore the area - beware of the slippery rocks and unfenced ledges. There is also a great view into the valley from where the water continues to fall on it long journey further into the valley. This is a lovely spot to cool down on a warm day.

After another 150 m (at the intersection of Wentworth Falls Track & Weeping Rock Circuit) veer right, to head along Wentworth Falls Track.
After another 55 m come to the end.
A stepping stones.
"Queen's Cascades".
Queen's Cascades
Queen's Cascades

Queen's Cascades are a lovely set of falls on the Jamison Creek at the top of Wentworth Falls. The creek heads down the wide, two-stage cascades into a sandy pool. From the pool, the water flows between the stepping stones, under the fence and down the very tall Wentworth Falls. There are also great views to Sublime Point across the valley.
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Queen's Cascades are a lovely set of falls on the Jamison Creek at the top of Wentworth Falls. The creek heads down the wide, two-stage cascades into a sandy pool. From the pool, the water flows between the stepping stones, under the fence and down the very tall Wentworth Falls. There are also great views to Sublime Point across the valley.

About 30 m past the end is "Grand Stairway".
Grand Stairway
Grand Stairway

The Grand Stairway is a very memorable section of the National Pass in the Blue Mountains National Park. The stairway is reported to be 'the tallest outdoor staircase in Australia' and was built in the early 1900's by hand (and dynamite). This stairway, and the rest of the National Pass, was built by a team nicknamed 'the Irish Brigade' for the cost of £430 . Today, the Grand Stairway is well-maintained and provides walkers access to the valley below Wentworth Falls.
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The Grand Stairway is a very memorable section of the National Pass in the Blue Mountains National Park. The stairway is reported to be 'the tallest outdoor staircase in Australia' and was built in the early 1900's by hand (and dynamite). This stairway, and the rest of the National Pass, was built by a team nicknamed 'the Irish Brigade' for the cost of £430 . Today, the Grand Stairway is well-maintained and provides walkers access to the valley below Wentworth Falls.

About 50 m past the end is "Upper Wentworth Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 100 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Overcliff-Undercliff Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.4 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 3.3 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.5 km apart with the largest gap of 3.3 km.

Seat: There is one 2.8 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-6 m[toilet]
Shelter
3.3 km[shelter]
Toilet
3.3 km[toilet]
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