Cascading down the rocks next to the Federal Pass track below Fern Bower in Leura, Lila Falls is partly obscured by the rainforest that surrounds Linda Creek. Downstream of this waterfall are Linda Falls and Marguerite Cascades – Lila Falls is the least spectacular of these three.
It’s thought that Lila Falls were named after Lilla North, the daughter of John Britty North who established the Katoomba Coal and Township Land Co. Limited and actively promoted the growth of Katoomba as a tourist resort.
On the opposite side of the glen are the Lila Falls, the waters of which, not very imposing, come splashing and dancing down the irregular face of grey sandstone.The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, Saturday 11 Feb 1893, page 292
Getting to Lila Falls
Located along Linda Creek, the falls are next to the Federal Pass walking track, and can be reached via two routes:
- From Cliff Drive (Leura) down the Federal Pass track – 1km return
- From Leura Cascades Picnic Area (via Leura Cascades) – 2.4km return
A scenic 3km bushwalking loop passes all three Linda Creek waterfalls, as well as Leura Cascades and some beautiful lookouts.
The start of the trail at Leura is about a 1:40min drive from Sydney via the M4 and Great Western Highway (A32) or 10in from Kartoomba Parking can be limited along Cliff Drive, especially on weekends; Kiah Lookout is the closest access point, but you can park anywhere in the area and follow the signs for the Prince Henry Cliff Walk (the Federal Pass track is off the Prince Henry Cliff Walk).
- The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, Saturday 11 Feb 1893, page 292 – The Tourist: Katoomba’s New Sight [PDF]