Carrington Park to Marguerite Cascades
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

1 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min

2 km
return

↑ 276 m
↓ -276 m

Hard track
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. 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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Carington Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Coming down from Carington Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Forest Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Jamison Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Eastern end of Federal Pass. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Shady chair of Federal pass above Fern Bower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Top of Fern Bower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Fern Bower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Below Fern Bower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Federal Pass track abot Lila Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stair case on Federal Pass. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Intersection above Lila and Linda falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Federal Pass heading under the cliff. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lila Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lila Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stair case bellow Lila Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Federal pass track above Marguerite Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Marguerite Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridge and track at base of Marguerite Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridge below Marguerite 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 (-33.7202004,150.3176958)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Carrington Park, the walk crosses Cliff Drive and goes down the stairs and past the sign for 'Blue Mountains National Park'. The walk continues down the stairs until reaching an intersection signposted with the way to 'Echo Point' or 'Leura Cascades'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 30 m pass the "The Rooster French Restaurant" (40 m on your right).
Veer left.
After another 6 m pass the "Carrington Park" (6 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the picnic table (25 m on your right).
Then pass a seat (20 m on your right).
After another 25 m turn sharp left.
After another 35 m pass the playground (45 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 125 m turn right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Jamieson Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 30 m turn right.
After another 30 m pass the "Federal Pass" (on your right).
After another 60 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 285 m pass the "Lila Falls" (9 m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 140 m pass the "Linda Falls" (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Leura Falls. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 50 m pass a seat (6 m on your left).
After another 50 m come to "Marguerite Cascades".
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Leura Forest. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 990 m to get back to the start.

An optional side trip to Jamieson Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
About 25 m past the end is a seat.
"Jamieson Lookout".
Jamieson Lookout
Jamieson Lookout

Jamieson Lookout is a fenced lookout at the east end of the Federal Pass track, and just off Prince Henry Cliff Walk. The lookout has a bench seat and provides great views up the Jamison Valley, along Kings Tableland escarpment and past Mount Solitary. The lookout is perched up on a large rock buttress, giving views unobscured by trees.
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Jamieson Lookout is a fenced lookout at the east end of the Federal Pass track, and just off Prince Henry Cliff Walk. The lookout has a bench seat and provides great views up the Jamison Valley, along Kings Tableland escarpment and past Mount Solitary. The lookout is perched up on a large rock buttress, giving views unobscured by trees.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 20 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Leura Forest.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 95 m veer left.
After another 160 m come to the end.
About 10 m past the end is a shelter.
About 60 m past the end is "Leura Forest".
Leura Forest
Leura Forest

Leura Forest is a great picnic area in the Jamison Valley at the junction of the Federal Pass and Dardenelles Tracks. This place was home to a popular tea house (also known as 'Lady Carrington Dining Hall') from the late 1800's. Today walkers can still enjoy the historic rotunda and the foundations of the original tea house. The picnic area provides a great rest spot under the shade of the lilli pilli and coachwood forest.
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Leura Forest is a great picnic area in the Jamison Valley at the junction of the Federal Pass and Dardenelles Tracks. This place was home to a popular tea house (also known as 'Lady Carrington Dining Hall') from the late 1800's. Today walkers can still enjoy the historic rotunda and the foundations of the original tea house. The picnic area provides a great rest spot under the shade of the lilli pilli and coachwood forest.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 255 m to the main route.

Side trip to Leura Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 125 m come to the end.
About 35 m past the end is "Leura Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 125 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Carrington Park to Marguerite Cascades


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 2 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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
Shelter: There is one 990 m (plus an extra 305 m along side route) from the start.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 400 m apart with the largest gap of 1 km.


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Shelter
990 m[shelter]
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