Scenic World to Katoomba Falls Lookout
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

45 min to 1 h

1.4 km
return

↑ 147 m
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Hard track
This walk starts from Scenic World and winds part way down the Furber Steps and along a small, well travelled side track to the Katoomba Falls lookout. Providing great views, and plenty of visitor information at Scenic World, this is a great walk for those who like waterfalls, ferns and grottos, and don't mind steps. 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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Entrance to Scenic World. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
following the wooden footbridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Mist from Vaniman's Lookout 1940 Wallace Green. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 1970.
Vanimans Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Looking through the trees to the Katoomba Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Climbing down metal staircases. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Juliets Balcony view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Small sheltered rest area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Following the defined tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Heading down through the forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Katoomba Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View across valley from Katoomba Falls. | 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 (-33.7285118,150.3007652)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Scenic World main entrance, this walk follows the 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk' signs down the concrete steps and around to the back of the building, where it comes to a wooden footbridge that curves around behind the main car park. At the end of the footbridge, this walk comes to an intersection with the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 45 m find the "Scenic World" (9 m on your left).
Scenic World
Scenic World

Scenic World is one of the most renowned tourist attractions of Katoomba and the Blue Mountains. Located on the cliffs of the Jamison Valley , visitors can enjoy a ride on the Scenic Railway (the world's steepest incline railway) or the Scenic Cableway, into the Jamison Valley, and explore the Scenic Walkway from the base. Alternatively, the Scenic Skyway offers a bird's eye view over the valley, with a glass floor to enhance the experience. Scenic World also features a revolving restaurant, a cafe and a kiosk, in addition to the documentary theatre and souvenir shop. Rides can be purchased, starting from $16 for adults and $10 for children, and combination or family passes are available.
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Scenic World is one of the most renowned tourist attractions of Katoomba and the Blue Mountains. Located on the cliffs of the Jamison Valley , visitors can enjoy a ride on the Scenic Railway (the world's steepest incline railway) or the Scenic Cableway, into the Jamison Valley, and explore the Scenic Walkway from the base. Alternatively, the Scenic Skyway offers a bird's eye view over the valley, with a glass floor to enhance the experience. Scenic World also features a revolving restaurant, a cafe and a kiosk, in addition to the documentary theatre and souvenir shop. Rides can be purchased, starting from $16 for adults and $10 for children, and combination or family passes are available.

Then pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
Then pass a seat (25 m on your left).
After another 80 m pass the "Scenic World" (80 m on your right).
Then cross the bridge (about 75 m long)
Then pass the car park (50 m on your left).
After another 75 m turn right.
After another 115 m pass the "Katoomba Falls Reserve" (115 m on your left).
Then come to the viewpoint (70 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 25 m come to the "Vaniman's Lookout" (15 m on your left).
After another 115 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 30 m find the "Juilets Balcony" (5 m on your right).
Juilets Balcony
Juilets Balcony

Juliets Balcony is a spectacular lookout, perched on top of a rock buttress near Orphan Rock, under the Scenic Skyway. The lookout provides sweeping views of the start of the Kedumba Valley, from Katoomba Falls to the Three Sisters. The lookout is accessed by a staircase, off the Furber Steps track. The fenceline continues along the lookout, forming a long, fenced balcony.
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Juliets Balcony is a spectacular lookout, perched on top of a rock buttress near Orphan Rock, under the Scenic Skyway. The lookout provides sweeping views of the start of the Kedumba Valley, from Katoomba Falls to the Three Sisters. The lookout is accessed by a staircase, off the Furber Steps track. The fenceline continues along the lookout, forming a long, fenced balcony.

After another 35 m turn right.
Then head down the steps (about 40 m long)
Turn right.
After another 8 m pass the "Rainforest Lookout" (6 m on your left).
After another 6 m find the "Rainforest Lookout" (15 m on your left).
Rainforest Lookout
Rainforest Lookout

Unlike many lookouts in the area, Rainforest Lookout does not offer sweeping valley views. Instead, this lookout offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the canopy of the rainforest. Spend some time in the cool shade listening to the birds and Witches Leap creek passing by. A sign at the lookout explains that there once were wood-fired barbeques here for picnics, but removed due to the toll on the local environment.
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Unlike many lookouts in the area, Rainforest Lookout does not offer sweeping valley views. Instead, this lookout offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the canopy of the rainforest. Spend some time in the cool shade listening to the birds and Witches Leap creek passing by. A sign at the lookout explains that there once were wood-fired barbeques here for picnics, but removed due to the toll on the local environment.

Then pass the "Plant Life on the Edge" (6 m on your left).
After another 20 m turn left.
After another 45 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
Continue another 165 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 700 m to get back to the start.
About 10 m past the end is "Katoomba Falls".
Katoomba Falls
Katoomba Falls

The Katoomba Falls are among the most famous waterfalls in the the Blue Mountains region. The Kedumba River falls about 150 meters in 2 main stages. The Undercliff Track, from the Furber Steps, can be used to access the first landing of the waterfall. The Katoomba Falls can be viewed from most lookouts in the the area, including from the bottom of the falls at Cooks Landing on Federal Pass, or from the track running next to the Kedumba River at the top of the falls. These falls are also a highlight for the trip across the Scenic Skyway.
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The Katoomba Falls are among the most famous waterfalls in the the Blue Mountains region. The Kedumba River falls about 150 meters in 2 main stages. The Undercliff Track, from the Furber Steps, can be used to access the first landing of the waterfall. The Katoomba Falls can be viewed from most lookouts in the the area, including from the bottom of the falls at Cooks Landing on Federal Pass, or from the track running next to the Kedumba River at the top of the falls. These falls are also a highlight for the trip across the Scenic Skyway.

A viewpoint.
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Terrain
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Scenic World to Katoomba Falls Lookout


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 1.4 km
Time 45 min to 1 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 45 m from the start.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 460 m apart with the largest gap of 1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
45 mScenic World
Toilet
45 m[toilet]
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