The first waterfall you reach on the short South Lawson Waterfall Circuit, the picturesque Adelina Falls is near the upper reaches of Lawson Creek.
The waterfall was named after Adelaide Mary Wilson (1850-1898) – was known as Adelina – the daughter of Henry and Sarah, who were the owners of the original Blue Mountain Inn in Lawson. It was re-named Livingstone Falls in the early 1870s after journalist Henry Morton Stanley located the missing missionary David Livingstone in the wilds of Africa in November 1871. The name reverted to Adelina Falls by the 1890s.
Adelina [is] the first of a series of charming falls, situated at the head of the glen. A good view may be obtained from the huge rock about half way down, but the real beauty of the spot is only properly revealed when the bottom is reached.W Lowden, The Official Guide to Lawson, Hazelbrook and Woodford
The very shallow pool at the bottom is in a rainforest setting, surrounded by ferns and tall trees.
Getting to Adelina Falls
Adelina Falls is a short (0.5km return) bushwalk from a signposted track on Honour Avenue in Lawson, or part of the 4km South Lawson Waterfall Circuit that takes in five picturesque waterfalls. It’s best done after some decent rain. The start of the walk is 1.1km from Lawson railway station, which is 14km (15min drive) from Katoomba or 88km (1:15min) west of Sydney.
- Blue Mountains Heritage Register Review – South Lawson Park [PDF]