A short but picturesque loop in Leura that combines the Leura Cascades and Fern Bower tracks, combining multiple waterfalls and views over the Jamison Valley.
This is short bushwalk around Leura, taking advantage of the recent rain (while we’re in the Blue Mountains for a couple of days) to photograph some of the many cascades and waterfalls in the area. From the Leura Cascades Picnic Area on Chelmsford Drive, a path leads downhill, following Leura Falls Creek. It passes a junction with the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, before continuing down to a rock platform where you get a first view of the cascades, and down to two bridges over the creek. There’s a great view of the Leura Cascades looking up from the bottom.
One of the two bridges leads to a large sandstone overhand next to the pool and cascades, which is surrounded by ferns.
The track continues from the bottom of Leura Cascades across the bridge furthest from the falls, passing a large sandstone overhang.
Another set of metal stairs takes you to Round Walk Lookout, a fenced lookout with a spectacular view of the Bridal Veil Falls from above.
Beyond Bridal Veil Falls is Mount Solitary, framed by the nearby cliffs of the narrow valley.
Just after the lookout ove the top of Bridal Veil Falls, the Amphitheatre Track branches off to the left and descends steeply into the rainforest. It emerges near the base of Bridal Veil Falls; looking up at the waterfall it’s obvious how it got its name! Barely visible on the ridge line behind the waterall is the viewing platform which I’ve just come from.
Just downstream of the waterfall are some much smaller cascades, as Leura Falls Creek enters the rainforest.
A (very) short distance downstream from the base of the Bridal Veil Falls is Weeping Rock (not to be confused with the more well-known Weeping Rock at Wentworth Falls). It’s only a small waterfall and not marked on any map, but a very photogenic one that’s framed by moss-covered rocks.
The Amphitheatre Track continues through tall and dark rainforest as it heads towards Fern Bower. It emerges after a few hundred metres onto a ledge that follows the edge of the cliff around a natural amphitheatre.
From the Amphitheatre Track is a great view across the Jamison Valley to Mount Solitary.
The Amphitheatre Track track joins the Fern Bower Track: to the left is Leura Forest, and the Federal Pass and Dardenelles Pass tracks (you can do a longer loop via Lady Game Lookout through tjhe Leura Forest). I head right, through Fern Bower and back up to Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Cliff Drive.
The track follows Linda Creek, as it climbs steeply up multiple stairs through ferns and tall rainforest trees.
At the top of the cliffs is one final lookout: the Jamieson Lookout offers sweeping views over the Jamison Valleyalong Kings Tableland escarpment and Mount Solitary.
This has been one of the shortest walks I’ve done in the Blue Mountains – but offers a very high scenic value per kilometre, with lots of waterfalls, cascades and classic Blue Mountains.
0.0km Conservation Hut (Valley of the Waters Track) 0.3km Leura Cascades
0.4km Round Walk Lookout
0.7km Base of Bridal Veil Falls
0.8km Weeping Rock
1.3km Junction with Fern Bower Track
1.8km Jamieson Lookout
2.0km Cliff Drive
|Location||Start/finish at Leura Cascades Picnic Area on Chelmsford Drive and Solitary Restaurant on Cliff Drive|
|Distance||Approx 2km one-way (3km loop)|
|Grade||Easy. 180m total ascent|
|Season/s||All year round|