Linda Falls is just above the Federal Pass track, where it crosses Linda Creek via a small bridge. The waterfall has a single drop of about ten metres, plunging into a shallow pool surrounded by ferns and moss. Upsream of this waterfall is Lila Falls and downstream is Marguerite Cascades.
The waterfall is named after Linda Florence McKillop (1877-1918), the daughter of Elizabeth Henrietta McKillop and Duncan Cyril McKillop, who discovered the falls in the early 1890s.
Our business is now with the latest sight that has been made accessible by the trustees of the Katoomba reserves, the Linda Falls— the third of the series of falls constituting the Leura… We believe it was due to the energy and perseverance of one of the trustees, Mr. M’Killop, that the discovery of the Linda Fall was made, and a pathway threaded out from amongst the irregular rocks and entangled vines.The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, Saturday 11 Feb 1893, page 292
Getting to Linda 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 – 1.4km return
- From Leura Cascades Picnic Area (via Leura Cascades) – 3km 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]