Leura Cascades Circuit
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

25 min to 30 min

890 m
circuit

↑ 64 m
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Moderate track
Following Leura Creek down to a beautiful small waterfall, this is one of the prettiest short walks in the Leura area. Sit under the overhang and watch as the falls cascade down around you, then climb to great views of the Leura cliffline, before this circuit track leads back to the park. 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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Leura Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Following the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The bridge across the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Leura Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Majestic Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
A view of the falls from above. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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 (-33.7192466,150.3222781)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom
  • Turn on to Parke Street, BMD then drive for 75 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Bathurst Road, BMD and drive for another 155 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Gang Gang Street, BMD and drive for another 790 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Lovel Street and drive for another 190 m
  • Turn right onto Govett Street and drive for another 480 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From cave-like shelters in Leura Cascades Picnic Area, this walk heads along the footpath, passing under the arch. Passing the toilet block, the path comes to the information board, from where the walk follows the 'Leura Cascades Track' sign down the steps. The path soon leads to a small stone wall with a view of some cascades and Chelmsford Bridge. From the view of Chelmsford Bridge, this walk follows track downhill, keeping the handrail and creek to the left, soon coming to an intersection with 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk' just before a footbridge.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 10 m to find the car park.
Then pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
Then pass the playground (25 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the sign (6 m on your right).
Then pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 15 m find the "Leura Cascades Picnic Area" (40 m on your right).
Leura Cascades Picnic Area
Leura Cascades Picnic Area

Leura Cascades Picnic area is a open picnic area beside Cliff Drive, with Leura Cascades Creek running through the middle. There are a number of small cascades in the park, along with toilets and picnic tables. There are a few information signs and maps of the area. The park is well remembered for the artificial caves and arches that have been built to provide shelter and a sense of place. A small road runs through the park, providing access and parking, and garbage facilities are provided. There is also plenty of shade from some large pine trees.
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Leura Cascades Picnic area is a open picnic area beside Cliff Drive, with Leura Cascades Creek running through the middle. There are a number of small cascades in the park, along with toilets and picnic tables. There are a few information signs and maps of the area. The park is well remembered for the artificial caves and arches that have been built to provide shelter and a sense of place. A small road runs through the park, providing access and parking, and garbage facilities are provided. There is also plenty of shade from some large pine trees.

After another 90 m pass the "Upper Leura Cascades" (30 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 175 m continue straight.
After another 20 m find the "Leura Cascades" (10 m on your right).
Leura Cascades
Leura Cascades

Leura Cascades is a lovely set of waterfalls with some bridges just below, allowing walkers to get up close to the creek. The area has a nice feel about it and is quite cool in summer. Much of the track near the cascades has handrails and the bridges are fenced. Allow some time to enjoy life among the cascades and fern trees in this valley. One bridge leads to a sandstone cave next to the pool and falls, a great place to enjoy the small section of canyon.
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Leura Cascades is a lovely set of waterfalls with some bridges just below, allowing walkers to get up close to the creek. The area has a nice feel about it and is quite cool in summer. Much of the track near the cascades has handrails and the bridges are fenced. Allow some time to enjoy life among the cascades and fern trees in this valley. One bridge leads to a sandstone cave next to the pool and falls, a great place to enjoy the small section of canyon.

Then cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 90 m pass the waterfall (9 m on your left).
After another 25 m come to the "Leura Cascades".
Then pass the "Bridal Veil Falls" (15 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 25 m come to the viewpoint (25 m on your left).
After another 60 m turn sharp right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Majestic Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 20 m turn left.
After another 210 m turn left.
After another 140 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Majestic Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 20 m come to "Majestic Lookout".
Majestic Lookout
Majestic Lookout

Majestic Lookout is a fenced lookout on a side track from the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, just above Leura Cascades. The lookout provides great (perhaps even majestic) views out through the top of the valley, with Mount Solitary nicely framed by the cliff line. The closest access to the lookout is from Leura Cascades Picnic Area, and is visited as part of the Leura Cascades Circuit.
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Majestic Lookout is a fenced lookout on a side track from the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, just above Leura Cascades. The lookout provides great (perhaps even majestic) views out through the top of the valley, with Mount Solitary nicely framed by the cliff line. The closest access to the lookout is from Leura Cascades Picnic Area, and is visited as part of the Leura Cascades Circuit.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 20 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Leura Cascades Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 890 m
Time 25 min to 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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 is one 40 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
40 m[toilet]
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