Summary: Consisting of an upper and lower drop, Cataract Falls is the tallest waterfall on the South Lawson Waterfall Loop bushwalk.

The uppermost of two waterfalls along Cataract Creek in Lawson, Cataract Falls has two distinct drops – you can see both of them from the very bottom of the falls.

The lower falls are smaller but more picturesque, with the water dropping into a small, sandy pool fringed by ferns. (It’s not really deep enough to be called a swimming hole, although kids might enjoy splashing in the water.)

The upper falls are more open, with the creek cascading over multiple tiers of rock.

Getting to Cataract Falls

Cataract Falls is about 0.8km return from a signposted track at the bottom of 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.

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