Junction Falls is a wide and tall, multi-tier waterfall, formed by Lawson Creek tumbling over a series of rock ledges.
The waterfall was originally named Junction Falls, as it’s just above the junction of Lawson Creek and Ridge Creek. It was re-named Stanley Falls in 1871 to commemorate journalist Henry Morton Stanley locating the missing missionary David Livingstone in the wilds of Africa, before reverting to Junction Falls in the 1890s.
A second waterfall is just below the main falls – it has a much smaller drop, but is equally picturesque as it drops of a wide ledge, which is covered in ferns.
You can (sort of) walk behind this smaller waterfall.
Getting to Junction Falls
Junction Falls is about a 2.2km 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]