Katoomba Kiosk to Katoomba Falls
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

40 min to 45 min

1.3 km
return

↑ 125 m
↓ -125 m

Moderate track
This is a excellent return walk, starting from the Katoomba kiosk and winding down to the Furber Steps, where it continues along a well signposted side track to the Katoomba Falls lookout. As this walk starts and finishes at the Kiosk, it is can be a great place to grab some tucker before heading off on the walk, or for a coffee afterwards. 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 Kiosk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Parkland at Katoomba Kiosk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Heading down towards Reids Plateau. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
What a rest area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Following the Witches Leap track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Crossing the creek that flows from Witches Leap to Veras Grotto. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
example of forest in the area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
wandering through the forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Rainforest Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Heading down through the forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Following the under falls walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Katoomba Falls. | 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 (-33.7262787,150.3039261)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom
  • Turn on to Bathurst Road, BMD then drive for 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
  • Continue onto Katoomba Falls Road, BMD and drive for another 280 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Katoomba Falls Kiosk, this walk heads out the front doors and turns left following the side of the building, past the car park to the small park, which it crosses, passing the water fountain and the large information signs to the signposted intersection of the 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk' and the track heading to 'Scenic Railway & Skyway'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Katoomba Falls Reserve at the start.
After another 20 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the pay phone (15 m on your left).
Veer left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 75 m pass the "Blue Mountains National Park" (on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Katoomba Falls Track & Prince Henry Cliff Walk) turn right, to head along Katoomba Falls Track.
After another 50 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 35 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 100 m pass the "Witches Leap" (20 m on your right).
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Katoomba Falls Round Walk & Katoomba Falls Track) veer left, to head along Furber Steps (a steps).
Then head down the steps (about 40 m long)
Turn right, to head along Furber Steps.
After another 8 m pass the "Rainforest Lookout" (6 m on your left).
After another 6 m find the "Rainforest Lookout" (15 m on your left).
Rainforest Lookout
Rainforest Lookout

Unlike many lookouts in the area, Rainforest Lookout does not offer sweeping valley views. Instead, this lookout offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the canopy of the rainforest. Spend some time in the cool shade listening to the birds and Witches Leap creek passing by. A sign at the lookout explains that there once were wood-fired barbeques here for picnics, but removed due to the toll on the local environment.
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Unlike many lookouts in the area, Rainforest Lookout does not offer sweeping valley views. Instead, this lookout offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the canopy of the rainforest. Spend some time in the cool shade listening to the birds and Witches Leap creek passing by. A sign at the lookout explains that there once were wood-fired barbeques here for picnics, but removed due to the toll on the local environment.

After another 20 m (at the intersection of Furber Steps & Underfalls Walk) turn left, to head along Underfalls Walk (a walking track).
After another 45 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
Continue another 165 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 660 m to get back to the start.
About 10 m past the end is "Katoomba Falls".
Katoomba Falls
Katoomba Falls

The Katoomba Falls are among the most famous waterfalls in the the Blue Mountains region. The Kedumba River falls about 150 meters in 2 main stages. The Undercliff Track, from the Furber Steps, can be used to access the first landing of the waterfall. The Katoomba Falls can be viewed from most lookouts in the the area, including from the bottom of the falls at Cooks Landing on Federal Pass, or from the track running next to the Kedumba River at the top of the falls. These falls are also a highlight for the trip across the Scenic Skyway.
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The Katoomba Falls are among the most famous waterfalls in the the Blue Mountains region. The Kedumba River falls about 150 meters in 2 main stages. The Undercliff Track, from the Furber Steps, can be used to access the first landing of the waterfall. The Katoomba Falls can be viewed from most lookouts in the the area, including from the bottom of the falls at Cooks Landing on Federal Pass, or from the track running next to the Kedumba River at the top of the falls. These falls are also a highlight for the trip across the Scenic Skyway.

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Terrain
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Katoomba Kiosk to Katoomba Falls


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.3 km
Time 40 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 440 m apart with the largest gap of 1.1 km.


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