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Wentworth Falls

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Wentworth Falls is a small town within the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park in Australia. It lies immediately east of Leura and Katoomba, and is a little quieter than its neighbours. It still has good facilities, great walks and views, and is still only a short journey from the main tourist centres of the mountains.

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

Take the M4 Motorway from central Sydney. Continue straight, and follow the signs. The M4 becomes the Great Western Highway at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Continue straight until Wentworth Falls. The town is about 100km west of Sydney. Traffic is heavy with the peak commute times into and away from Sydney. Friday can see extensive delays, and Fridays before holidays are worse still.

By train[edit]

Wentworth Falls is on the Blue Mountains Cityrail [1] line. Trains depart Central station in Sydney approximately every hour. It takes around 2 hours from Central station in Sydney's CBD to get to Wentworth Falls station in the centre of the town. It's then a short walk to the start of most walks through the national park.

See[edit]

  • The National Park about two km to the south of the village has the largest waterfall in the Blue Mountains National Park. There are also Aboriginal sites over 20000 years old.
  • Wentworth Falls (the waterfall) is a three-tiered waterfall that is 187 metres (614 ft) high. There are bushwalks with different levels of difficulty, from easy to hard, that provide spectacular views of the waterfall.
  • Wentworth Falls Lake is a popular picnic spot and a short walk from the village. There are interesting seed pod sculptures within the park, as well as an observatory.
Mid-section of Upper Wentworth Falls

Do[edit]

Walking trails, including:

  • the National Pass the best one day walk in the Blue Mountains with views of Upper and Lower Wentworth Falls. Very steep in parts and can be exposed to cold winds in winter.
  • the Wentworth Pass track, which allows you to swim at the bottom of the Falls.
  • Darwin's Walk, named after Charles Darwin who visited the area, and did the walk. About 2 hours long, starting from the station and ending at the top of the waterfall. Great for those visiting by train or those looking for an easy walk. Gentle grade.

Canyoning and abseiling are also popular activities.

Buy[edit]

Artwork and pottery by well known Australian artists at the Falls Gallery.

Eat[edit]

There are many good quality small cafes and restaurants in the village, some of which offer hearty meals to fuel up for a big day bushwalking and some providing gourmet meals with spectacular views, all depending on your appetite and inclination.

Budget[edit]

  • Twins on Blaxland, Wentworth Falls Golf Club, A cosy restaurant serving a variety of casual and gourmet-style foods. There are regular events held, such as a buffet and karaoke.
  • Il Postinos, a quaint cafe in the old post office building, popular spot for coffee and breakfast.
  • The Blue Mist Cafe, serving solid breakfast and lunch fare
  • B21 Cafe, a great spot to enjoy scones with jam and cream or for something more substantial.

Mid-range[edit]

  • The Conservation Hut, surrounded by bushland. Nice breakfast and great coffee on the balcony.
  • Tea and Tisanes, a boutique cafe focusing on tea and stocking a large range of loose-leaf teas for purchase
  • Cup Cakery, specialising (as the name suggests) in cupcakes
  • Schwarz's Patisserie, a pleasant cafe selling delicious pastries to eat-in with a coffee or to take away.
  • Seven Restaurant, fantastic italian restaurant in the centre of the village

Splurge[edit]

  • Nineteen23 [2] - Modern Australian restaurant with beautiful views across the Blue Mountains. Good value wine list and delicious meals prepared from local and regional ingredients. it's worth arriving in time for sunset and a pre-dinner drink in front of the fireplace.

Drink[edit]

The Grand View Hotel provides typical Australian bar and hotel service. D'vine Cellars has a great selection of Australian and New Zealand wines and beers.

Sleep[edit]

  • There are many bed and breakfast and self contained cottages in the area, including Moments, Silvermere and Chateau Fontanelle. Popular for weekend getaways from Sydney, so expect to pay a premium for Friday and Saturday nights, and to find some good midweek deals.
  • Inexpensive accommodation is available in the Grand View Hotel.
  • Hideaway Retreat, 50 Railway Parade, Wentworth Falls, 4757 1042. Set on 32 acres of natural bushland Hideaway Retreat is located just minutes drive away from the railway station. 20 light-filled rooms, all include en-suites. Relax by the pool. Great for group functions.  edit


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