Wentworth Falls Conservation Hut Loop
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

2 h 30 min to 3 h

6.8 km
circuit

↑ 299 m
↓ -299 m

Hard track
This scenic walk from Wentworth Falls Station, winds along the Nature Trail to Conservation Hut, then drops into the magnificent Valley of the Waters, before climbing to Lillians Glen and returning to the station. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Wilson Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Meeting the Armstrong St Servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Conservation Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stairs down into Valley of the Waters. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Queen Victoria Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The first falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track towards Lillians Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Edinburgh Castle Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track to Armstrong Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7096169,150.3763989)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Wentworth Falls Railway Station, this walk exits the station on the western side, on Station St, and turns left to head down to the Great Western Highway past the shops. At the highway, the walk crosses at the lights and turns right, heading down the hill along the foot path. This walk then turns left into Wilson Park soon after the colourful bus stop. The walk follows the footpath through Wilson Park. At the toilet block in the centre of the park, the walk tends slightly more to the left until coming to a large archway entrance to the Charles Darwin Walk, near the tennis courts.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head down the steps (about 15 m long)
Turn left.
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 15 m pass the car park (20 m on your right).
Then pass the "Coronation Park" (on your left).
After another 10 m pass the car park (15 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 25 m pass the pay phone (on your right).
After another 4 m turn right.
After another 20 m turn left.
After another 15 m pass a seat (5 m on your right).
Then pass the "Cafe Aliment" (7 m on your right).
Veer right.
After another 45 m pass the water tap (25 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the toilet (30 m on your left).

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Then pass the "Blue Mist Cafe" (9 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the "Canton Palace" (9 m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 7 m turn left.
After another 25 m turn right.
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the "Mountain's Pizza Pasta & Kebabs" (35 m on your right).
After another 180 m pass the "Falls Bistro" (35 m on your right).
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After another 3 m continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
There is a playground (about 10 m back from the start).
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along Falls Road.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Falls Road.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Falls Road.
After another 250 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Falls Road) turn right, to head along Armstrong Street (a residential road).
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Robinson Avenue) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Cascade Street) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Day Street) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 65 m continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Pritchard Street) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Murphys Lane) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Fitzgerald Street) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Valley Road & Armstrong Street) continue straight (a walking track).
After another 275 m pass the "Denis Kevans Bushland Gardens" (15 m on your left).
Turn left, to head along Nature Track.
After another 200 m continue straight, to head along Nature Track.
After another 680 m pass the car park (35 m on your left).
After another 70 m pass the toilet (on your right).
At the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Nature Track turn right, to head along Valley of the Waters Track.
Then come to the "Conservation Hut".
Conservation Hut
Conservation Hut

Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827.
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Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827.

After another 30 m pass the picnic table (8 m on your left).
After another 9 m (at the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Short Cut Track) continue straight, to head along Valley of the Waters Track.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Overcliff Track) veer left, to head along Valley of the Waters Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Queen Victoria Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 130 m turn sharp right, to head along Valley of the Waters Track.
After another 70 m turn right, to head along Valley of the Waters Track.
Then find the "Empress Lookout" (10 m on your left).
Empress Lookout
Empress Lookout

Empress Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout, perched on a sandstone overhang above the Valley of the Waters Creek. There is a view down to part of the Empress Falls and into the canyon. The views are filtered through the surrounding trees. It makes for a good spot to catch your breath when walking into, or out of, the Valley of the Waters.
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Empress Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout, perched on a sandstone overhang above the Valley of the Waters Creek. There is a view down to part of the Empress Falls and into the canyon. The views are filtered through the surrounding trees. It makes for a good spot to catch your breath when walking into, or out of, the Valley of the Waters.

Then find the "Sylvia Falls" (45 m on your left).
Sylvia Falls
Sylvia Falls

Sylvia Falls on the Valley of the Waters Creek is a lovely tall cascade. The falls are in a deep sandstone canyon with mossy walls. The stairs and handrail pass closely to these falls, helping walkers get nice and close. From near the top of the falls, there is a great view down the valley looking between the canyon walls.
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Sylvia Falls on the Valley of the Waters Creek is a lovely tall cascade. The falls are in a deep sandstone canyon with mossy walls. The stairs and handrail pass closely to these falls, helping walkers get nice and close. From near the top of the falls, there is a great view down the valley looking between the canyon walls.

After another 90 m (at the intersection of Nature Track & Valley of the Waters Track) veer right, to head along Nature Track.
After another 40 m pass the "Isobel Falls" (15 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the picnic table (on your right).
After another 65 m find the "Empress Falls" (55 m on your left).
Empress Falls
Empress Falls

Empress Falls is a spectacular waterfall in the Valley of the Waters. The Valley of the Water Creek comes out of the slot in the cliff and tumbles down a series of cliffs to a sandy pool. The fall is the site of the last abseil in a popular canyon, making a great site for walkers in the area. Stepping stones help walkers cross below the falls. There is a small overhang next to the falls, giving the area shade and offering a great place to rest.
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Empress Falls is a spectacular waterfall in the Valley of the Waters. The Valley of the Water Creek comes out of the slot in the cliff and tumbles down a series of cliffs to a sandy pool. The fall is the site of the last abseil in a popular canyon, making a great site for walkers in the area. Stepping stones help walkers cross below the falls. There is a small overhang next to the falls, giving the area shade and offering a great place to rest.

After another 80 m (at the intersection of Nature Track & Grand Cliff Top Track) turn right, to head along Nature Track.
After another 170 m cross the stepping stones.
After another 30 m pass the waterfall (20 m on your right).
After another 40 m cross the stepping stones.
Then find the "Lillian's Glen" (8 m on your left).
Lillian's Glen
Lillian's Glen

Lillian's Glen is a moss and fern filled section on the 'Valley of the Waters' Creek (where the Nature Track crosses the creek, south of Edinburgh Castle Rock). There are stepping stones to help cross the creek. Lillian's Glen is a great spot to rest and enjoy the area, especially on warmer days. For the sure-footed, a short clamber upstream to Asmodeus Pool at the bottom of a waterfall, is worthwhile - a very nice spot at the end of a narrow canyon.
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Lillian's Glen is a moss and fern filled section on the 'Valley of the Waters' Creek (where the Nature Track crosses the creek, south of Edinburgh Castle Rock). There are stepping stones to help cross the creek. Lillian's Glen is a great spot to rest and enjoy the area, especially on warmer days. For the sure-footed, a short clamber upstream to Asmodeus Pool at the bottom of a waterfall, is worthwhile - a very nice spot at the end of a narrow canyon.

After another 470 m find the "Edinburgh Castle Rock" (25 m on your right).
Edinburgh Castle Rock
Edinburgh Castle Rock

Edinburgh Castle Rock is a signposted, unfenced viewpoint on the Nature Track, in the Blue Mountains National Park. The rock platform has an interesting formation, with an uneven surface of circular lines. From Edinburgh Castle Rock, there is a view left, up the valley towards the houses on the ridge. Looking right, down the Valley of the Waters, it is possible to see the escarpment of Kings Tablelands.
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Edinburgh Castle Rock is a signposted, unfenced viewpoint on the Nature Track, in the Blue Mountains National Park. The rock platform has an interesting formation, with an uneven surface of circular lines. From Edinburgh Castle Rock, there is a view left, up the valley towards the houses on the ridge. Looking right, down the Valley of the Waters, it is possible to see the escarpment of Kings Tablelands.

After another 300 m turn right, to head along Nature Track.
After another 285 m continue straight, to head along Nature Track.
After another 325 m continue straight.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Valley Road) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street (a residential road).
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Fitzgerald Street) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Murphys Lane & Armstrong Street) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Pritchard Street & Armstrong Street) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Day Street) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Cascade Street) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Armstrong Street & Robinson Avenue) continue straight, to head along Armstrong Street.
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Falls Road & Armstrong Street) turn left, to head along Falls Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Falls Road.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Falls Road.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 150 m pass the "Pitt Park" (40 m on your left).
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 55 m pass the car park (55 m on your left).
Turn left.
After another 25 m turn right.
After another 7 m turn left.
After another 45 m pass the "Stockyard Carpark" (20 m on your right).
After another 25 m veer left.
After another 70 m pass the car park (65 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 20 m turn left.
After another 55 m turn right.
Then head up the steps
After another 15 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Queen Victoria Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 10 m come to "Queen Victoria Lookout".
Queen Victoria Lookout
Queen Victoria Lookout

The Queen Victoria Lookout is perched above the Valley of the Waters, south-west of Conservation Hut. The fenced lookout has views into the narrow section of the valley. The views are made more dramatic by the roar of the waterfalls below and the mists which frequent the area. Empress Falls are only just visible - the main views extend down Jamison Valley. Kings Tableland (left) and Sublime Point(right) dominate the views and the eastern edge of Mount Solitary and beyond is also visible.
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The Queen Victoria Lookout is perched above the Valley of the Waters, south-west of Conservation Hut. The fenced lookout has views into the narrow section of the valley. The views are made more dramatic by the roar of the waterfalls below and the mists which frequent the area. Empress Falls are only just visible - the main views extend down Jamison Valley. Kings Tableland (left) and Sublime Point(right) dominate the views and the eastern edge of Mount Solitary and beyond is also visible.

Continue another 0 m to find Queen Victoria Lookout at the end.
About 85 m past the end is "Lodore Falls".
Lodore Falls
Lodore Falls

Lodore Falls are a lovely set of falls on the Valley of the Waters Creek. The narrow falls have a staircase on one side and stepping stones (and handrail) crossing the bottom, making it easier for walkers to appreciate this waterfall from many angles. Just beyond the handrail, the water falls over another cliff, providing a great view down the valley.
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Lodore Falls are a lovely set of falls on the Valley of the Waters Creek. The narrow falls have a staircase on one side and stepping stones (and handrail) crossing the bottom, making it easier for walkers to appreciate this waterfall from many angles. Just beyond the handrail, the water falls over another cliff, providing a great view down the valley.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 35 m to the main route.

Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 2 m turn around.
After another 10 m come to the end.
"Edinburgh Castle Rock".
About 10 m past the end is "Edinburgh Castle Rock".
Edinburgh Castle Rock
Edinburgh Castle Rock

Edinburgh Castle Rock is a signposted, unfenced viewpoint on the Nature Track, in the Blue Mountains National Park. The rock platform has an interesting formation, with an uneven surface of circular lines. From Edinburgh Castle Rock, there is a view left, up the valley towards the houses on the ridge. Looking right, down the Valley of the Waters, it is possible to see the escarpment of Kings Tablelands.
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Edinburgh Castle Rock is a signposted, unfenced viewpoint on the Nature Track, in the Blue Mountains National Park. The rock platform has an interesting formation, with an uneven surface of circular lines. From Edinburgh Castle Rock, there is a view left, up the valley towards the houses on the ridge. Looking right, down the Valley of the Waters, it is possible to see the escarpment of Kings Tablelands.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 15 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Wentworth Falls Conservation Hut Loop


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 6.8 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 1.7 km apart with the largest gap of 4.1 km.

Seat: There is one 105 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
165 m[toilet]
Toilet
480 m[toilet]
Toilet
2.7 km[toilet]
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