Summary: A beautiful, secluded waterfall and swimming hole (after rain), Leslie Falls can only be reached via an off-track route along Lawson Ceeek.

This is the hardest waterfall to reach on the South Lawson Waterfall Circuit, as there’s no track from Federal Falls to Leslie Falls. It’s not a very high waterfall, but it’s one of the most impressive ones with the wide waterfall dropping into a deep pool and swimming hole (if there’s been no rain for a while, the pool may be a lot less deep!) The more difficult access also affords a degree of seclusion – you’ll probably have this waterfall to yourself.

There’s a good view of the pool from the top of the falls. Lawson Creek has varied from Fair to Good for water quality over the last few years.

The waterfall itself is about three metres high.

The falls were originally called Bass Falls, and were documented in the 1880s.

Getting to Leslie Falls

Leslie Falls is about 3km 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 involves 600m of off-track walking along Lawson Creek. There’s been reports of a natural pass through the ten metre cliff-line above the falls, or you walk up the creek from the Willawong Pool even further downstream.

The falls are best visited 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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