It has been years since I’ve made a visit to the Blue Mountains. The last time I went, was during my early days as part of my school excursion from what I remember. Clearly too long along that I don’t even have a clear memory of !
Personally, I didn’t want to venture too fat into the Blue Mountains. I wanted to visit the forefront of this before exploring deeper and deeper later on in the year or near future. For this reason, I decided to do the Wentworth Falls track which would give me a beautiful view of the mountains as well as Wentworth Falls itself.
Best parking here is either at the car park at Wentworth Falls picnic area, or on the streets nearby. We parked on Falls Road, close to the intersection of Sir H Burrell Dr which is only 2-5 minutes away from the park.
At the park, you’ll see your first lookout – Jamison Lookout which has spectacular views of the mountains. On your left before you get to the Jamison Lookout area, there’s a guide map of the different tracks to take from easy to hard and the distances for each track. Short walks are available but you probably won’t get the chance to see too many of what this area has to offer! But even saying that, we spent half a day there (about 4-5 hours), but we didn’t cover much either! Blue Mountains is a big place 🙂
Initially, we decided to take the Princes Rock lookout which I think was only going to take us apoor imagery 45 minutes to an hour on a 1.4km track return. But as we ventured further, we just kept going and didn’t even think to stop and turn back.
You walk past the maps at Jamison Lookout and there should be a sign post directing you to the Princes Rock Lookout. Follow this and descend past 200 steps till you get to a cliff-edge lookout- Fletchers Lookout. Follow this track and you’ll soon get to Princes Rock lookout.
Here, you can either choose to go back, or continue further to join the National Pass, which is a hard track if you want to complete it. Don’t forget like most tracks, you can choose to return whenever you like on any track!
Princes Rock lookout:
So you can see, there’s plenty of lookouts for you to capture the scenery. It does tend to be a bit busy over the weekends but if you wait for a bit, you’ll always get the chance to have the lookout area to yourself !
Another waterfall which we saw at the top of Wentworth Falls. This isn’t Wentworth Falls. Be careful that in Winter, standing around trying to capture a photo is extremely difficult because the temperature near these waters is ridiculously low!
You then approach the top of Wentworth Falls. To continue on National Pass, you will have to descend down one of the hardest parts, which is a steep set of steps. Wentworth Falls is a three-tier waterfall so you can imagine how fa down you’ll be going!
The start of the National Pass track, which is also the Wentworth Falls Lookout.
Had to go back so didn’t finish the track due to sunset. We didn’t want to risk walking the track in the dark with the possibility of getting lost.
The above 2 pictures was our stopping point because the next section was going to be a set of stairs which from what I recall, would probably be the ‘hard’ part of the National Pass track.
As you can see from the following picture, the steps are very steep. We didn’t do much of the steps but I can imagine that if we did, the return would’ve been a difficult one! But our next adventure is to complete this National Pass walk !
It was difficult to capture a beautiful sunset here because of the mountains but nonetheless, I’m going to continue exploring this area to find the best sunset spot !
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