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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.

Free scenic attractions on the Blue Mountains

Tourism is all about fun. But there are also places where you find yourself caught in a tourist trap. Everything is expensive. And sometimes you would think everyone likes to syphon the money off and the blood out of you. Well, that’s a reality in tourism trade. Do you want a good feeling or a wonderful view? You pay.


Travel to the Blue Mountains National Park, although you still have to pay for some stuff, there are places and things to do that are for free. That’s right. You don’t have to pay fees. And it’s more fun. 


The Three Sisters in Katoomba


The Three Sisters – Meenhi, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo – want you to view them for free. This unique rock formation doesn’t want anybody to collect money from you. But of course, you have to pay parking fees first — $3.80 for the first hour and then $4.40 per hour after that. Still expensive, mate!


But the charm of the Three Sisters and spectacular views on Echo Point are for your eyes to feast on without taking out a dollar from your pocket. Millions of tourists come to see the iconic Three Sisters every year. So the profits of some enterprising folks must have come from somewhere else.   


Govetts Leap in Blackheath


One of the most impressive waterfalls on the Blue Mountains, Govetts Leap provides you with a wonderful accent to the spectacular landscape of the Grose Valley. And yes, the views are for free. Walking down the track leading to the outlook is also for free. Govetts Leap is always accessible.


But you may have to pay the parking fees though. And if you want to buy some souvenirs in the town of Blackheath, you have to open up your purse for some cash. 


The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah


Focusing on the conservation of cool climate plants, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden offers you some great views to feast on and it showcases over 900 species of plants including the endemic ones. You can have a family picnic with the botanical garden as a backdrop without paying a single cent. You don’t have to pay for entry fees. And yes, guided tours are also for free. The guides are volunteers and they have great programs and workshops for families and children.


The National Pass to Wentworth Falls


Track the trail that Charles Darwin used to walk on to Wentworth Falls. And yes, the National Pass connecting to Charles Darwin Walk for you to have a wonderful view of Wentworth Falls is for free. No entry fees collected. So you can save some dollars for a beer later in the night.  


Leura Cascades


I would not advise you to visit Leura Mall because it is guaranteed you won’t save money. Visit instead Leura Cascades and have a calm and relaxing family picnic. From there you can follow the trails to other waterfalls nearby — Bridal Veil, Linda, Lila, and Leura Falls. Leura Cascades is easily accessible by car since its located along Leura’s Cliff Drive. Yes, it’s also free.


Take a virtual tour of the Blue Mountains through this blog: Exploring Sydney’s Blue Mountains