Summary: Waitara Creek cascades through a series of deep pools eroded by the rushing water, in what has been termed The Washtub.

Situated on Waitara Creek in Hornsby, The Washtub (also called “The Spa”) is a multitude of “washtubs” or deep pools sculpted into the sandstone by the water.

img 8310 lr The Washtub (Hornsby) - rockpools and cascades on Waitara Creek

The creek cascades through these rockpools, swirling forcefully through the weathered rocks as it drops a couple of metres into a pool below.

Washtub (Hornsby)

Getting to The Washtub

The quickest way to get to these cascades is from Manor Road (Hornsby), where a Great North Walk access trail drops steeply into the valley (2km return). It’s a popular spot for a picnic, and can get fairly busy on weekends.

The Blue Gum Walk and the Great North Walk (Thornleigh to Berowra) both pass these cascades, as well as The Fishponds (a series of natural pools) which are a bit further downstream.

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