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The ‘magnificent four’ waterfalls of the Blue Mountains

Travel 50 kilometres northwest of Sydney to reach the famous Blue Mountains. The national park is known for its magical blue haze, sandstone formations, cliffs, ridges, and canyons. Its verdure rainforests are replete with rich biodiversity. And as the home of the iconic Three Sisters, the region also boasts of magnificent waterfalls and impressive waterways.      


High altitude waterfalls dot the Blue Mountains. Rivers and waterways line its terrains. The sound of the waters plunging over cliffs and the songs of the birds in the air are a natural opera. Its a wonderful work of art conducted, painted, carved by the master artist called mother nature.


There sure has a number of waterfalls across the greater Blue Mountains area. I only choose four of the most impressive I call the ‘magnificent four’.


Katoomba Falls


The spectacular views of Jamison Valley will drown you in fascination. There’s the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary, and Narrowneck Plateau. Then there’s the Katoomba Falls very close to Echo Point. Climb down via the Giant Stairway to the valley floor, and walk a little further to the foot of the waterfall. Walk on a 1.5-kilometre circuit to have a nice view of the spectacular Katoomba Falls. 


The waters drop a stunning 244-metre plunge into Jamison Valley making Katoomba Falls the most popular waterfall in the Blue Mountains. Have a bird’s eye view of the waterfall through the Scenic Skyway, a cable car that runs on suspension 270 metres over Jamison Valley. 


Katoomba Falls is floodlit at night. To catch the spectacular views of the falls with the dark night sky at the backdrop, come at night.


Wentworth Falls


With three drops falling over a 187-metre high cliff, Wentworth Falls is arguably the most scenic of waterfalls on the Blue Mountains. It offers a unique, calming experience with nature. Take a bushwalk at Charles Darwin Walk, the famous track that the naturalist trekked in his visit in 1836. Then you will get a reward — the magical views of the majestic waterfall. 


You may also take another route via the Overcliff-Undercliff trail. This is a difficult climb. But the views are impressive from this vantage point. Plus, the wildflowers in spring and summer. Lush rainforest and impressive ravines and cliffs adorn the scenery.  


Govetts Leap Falls


Close to the town of Blackheath is the Govetts Leap Falls, an impressive waterfall also known as Bridal Veil Falls. A 180-metre steep water drop plunging into the Grose Valley is breathtaking. From the lookout, the waterfalls accentuated the panoramic landscape overlooking the Grose Valley. It is a natural scenery of steep cliffs, falling water, lush vegetation, and diverse wildlife.


Take a walk into the base of the falls and expect the company of lovely parrots and cockatoos. At the foot of the cliff, there are spots with great views to have a picnic with your family and friends.


Minnehaha Falls


From Minni Ha Ha Road, north of Katoomba, take a kilometre hike to the beautiful Minnehaha Falls. What you get as a reward is not just the plunging water. You can also plunge yourself into the cool waters of Minnehaha. Take a dip in its pool or have a picnic around the pool’s edge.


The amazing natural scenery gives you a relaxed and calming environment. Explore more and enjoy the peace and serenity of the Blue Mountains.

Scenic World and the ‘scenics’ of Katoomba

Katoomba is a quaint town at the heart of the Blue Mountains about 100 kilometres from Sydney. The tourism town boasts of many impressive attractions popular with tourists. One of these spots is Echo Point, a lookout on an escarpment. At the lookout, you can view the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, and Jamison Valley. From this vantage point, you can also see Mount Solitary and Ruined Castle. On the far right is the Narrowneck Plateau.


From Echo Point, the Giant Stairway connects the escarpment down to the valley floor, the route to the base of Katoomba Falls. 


With tourism as the town’s main industry, Katoomba is undoubtedly a famous Sydney tours stop. People take nature hikes (or what the Aussies call bushwalks) on trails and boardwalks. But if you want some more fun and excitement, the town has more to offer.


Welcome to Scenic World, a tourism complex that operates all the scenics in Katoomba. For the bird’s eye view of the valley take the Scenic Skyway and the Scenic Cableway. For the thrill up and down the terrains of Jamison Valley, the Scenic Railway is for you. This funicular railway is the steepest in the world.


A cable car built in 1958, Scenic Skyway travels over Jamison Valley. You can see the magnificent Katoomba Falls and Orphan Rock from a higher elevation. The Skyway is 270 metres above the ground over Jamison Valley. It can carry 72 up to persons. See the valley below through the cabin’s glass floor.   


The Scenic Cableway is a cable line connecting Doppelmayr and Jamison Valley. Its cable car can carry 84 passengers, passing over the valley above 510 metres high. Spectacular views of the rainforests below and the panoramic Jamison Valley landscape. You will have great views of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Orphan Rock, and Mount Solitary.      


The Scenic Railway, cable-driven funicular railway, used to be a rail facility for mining coal and oil shale back in the 1880s. Mining in Jamison Valley closed down in 1945. Today, the railway gets another usage. It is now a tourism facility carrying people up and down the rocky and rugged terrains of Katoomba. It can ferry up to 84 passengers per run. It has the steepest incline of 52 degrees on a 310-metre distance.    


For people weak enough for the thrills of the train ride or having the fear of heights there’s another scenic. Take a bush walk on the Scenic Walkway, a 2.4-kilometre elevated boardwalk. Walk through the rainforest amongst ancient trees on a higher elevation. The boardwalk is also friendly to persons with disability.


After the fun train ride and the terrific views on board the scenic skyway and cableway, chill out and relax. Terrace Cafe offers a relaxing ambience and wonderful views of Jamison Valley. Grab a nice blend of espresso or an alcoholic beverage and enjoy the scenery of the Blue Mountains.


At Scenic World, you sure have fun either up above or down below. The cable cars provide you wonderful vistas of the World Heritage-listed national park. And for adventures on the ground the railway give you some thrill. The safest and the healthiest though is the scenic walkway.