Wentworth Falls

With some of the most spectacular lookouts, waterfalls and bush trails in the Blue Mountains, the historic village of Wentworth Falls is a great base to explore the Blue Mountains National Park, whether that be simply admiring the sights or tackling them on an adrenaline-pumping adventures. 



Walk through history 

English naturalist, geologist and biologist Cahrles Darwin was quite smitten with this part of the Blue Mountains when he visited in 1836. He described the terraced Wentworth Falls as “exceedingly worth visiting”, while marvelling at the “grand bay of gulf… thickly covered with forest” below. You can now follow in the naturalist’s footsteps on the Charles Darwin Walk, starting from Wilson Park and continuing through open forest and hanging swamps to the pools and cascades that plummet into the Jamison Valley. Pack a picnic and finish your hike at the tranquil Wentworth Falls Picnic Area.  

Couple enjoying a walk along the Wentworth Falls Track, Blue Mountains National Park

Wentworth Falls Track, Blue Mountains National Park

Get back to nature 

Another popular lookout with incredible views to Mount Solitary is Lincoln’s Rock, a flat-topped clifftop on the Kings Tableland plateau, named after local mountaineer Lincoln Hall. Changing tones throughout the day with the movement of the sun, the landmark is a popular spot with photographers.

Morning fog over Blue Mountains National Park as seen from Lincoln's Rock in Wentworth Falls.

Lincoln’s Rock, Wentworth Falls

Nearby is the evocatively named Valley of the Waters, a track passing several waterfalls that provides access to one of the Blue Mountains’ most popular adventure activities – canyoning in the frigid Empress Falls with the experienced local guides of Blue Mountains Adventure Company. After your thrilling expedition, relax over coffee and Devonshire tea as you take in distant views at the NPWS-run Conservation Hut

Wentworth Falls Lake is a great spot for a family day out, with picnic and barbecue facilities and a children’s playground. Created as a water source for steam trains, the lake is now home to native and introduced water birds, crayfish and dragonfly nymphs. An easy walking circuit winds around the lake. 

If you don’t mind being up late, make the most of the unpolluted night skies in this part of the Blue Mountains, on a dazzling night tour with Blue Mountains Stargazing. Perfect for all ages, hear the stories behind the stars, planets and constellations, and peer out through a telescope at the moon, Saturn's rings and shooting stars. 

Tour guide pointing a laser to the stars with Blue Mountains Stargazing, Wentworth Falls

Blue Mountains Stargazing, Wentworth Falls

Fuel up

Stop off in the Wentworth Falls village for a coffee and scones at FED Blue Mountains or Bakery Patisserie Schwarz for bread and cakes. Or for a heartier snack, head up the highway to the award-winning Mountain High Pies, where sweet and savoury options range from chicken and green curry, to spinach and fetta and classic apple.  

Baked goods at Bakery Patisserie Schwarz, Wentworth Falls

Baked goods at Bakery Patisserie Schwarz, Wentworth Falls

Where to stay

There are many places to stay at Wentworth Falls,  such as the Valley of the Waters Bed and Breakfast, which boasts incredible views across the Jamison Valley, and Falls Mountain Retreat’s deluxe apartment-style accommodation in a tranquil garden setting. Book in for a yoga and wellness retreat at Happy Buddha Retreats or choose from a selection of secluded self-contained cottages, including the romantic Glen Isla

Self contained accommodation at Glen Isla Blue Mountains Accommodation, Wentworth Falls

Glen Isla Blue Mountains Accommodation, Wentworth Falls - Credit: Glen Isla Blue Mountains Accommodation

Getting there  

Wentworth Falls is a one hour and 20 minute-drive from Sydney, or 90 minutes by train from Central Station on the Blue Mountains line.  

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