Leura Cascades to Gordon Falls Reserve takes in three waterfalls – Leura Cascades, Bridal Veil Falls and Gordon Falls. This 4km return walk is an easy walk that should take you approximately two hours to complete.
Starting at Leura Park, you’ll make your way along the path before coming to Leura Cascades, only about 300 metres from the starting point. There is a picnic area at the cascades where you can sit back and listen to the water flowing and the birds singing, and take in the views across the Jamieson Valley. Once you’re ready to get on your way, take a detour along the Fern Bower circuit and then continue on your way down the track to Bridal Veil Falls.
On your way down to Bridal Veil Falls, stop at The Rock, a small partially fenced lookout, only about 10 metres off the pathway. While you can’t see the falls from here, you’ll get a lovely view across the valley extending over to the cliffs where the falls are.
Approximately 500 metres after leaving Leura Cascades you’ll come across the turnoff to walk down to the Bridal Veil Falls lookout. This short walk will bring to within 150 metres of Bridal Veil Falls lookout. From here you can look across to the falls and take a seat at the lookout and soak up the view across the Blue Mountains. It’s an amazing view from up here, and the perfect place to sit and contemplate or just have some time to yourself.
You’ll quickly notice just how this waterfall got its name, as the resemblance to a bridal veil is quite strong.
Only a short walk from Bridal Veil Falls is Tarpeian Rock, a great lookout with views over King’s Tableland, the Jamieson Valley and the back of the Three Sisters. You’ll also have views of Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck Plateau and the Ruined Castle. Continue on to Olympian Lookout with views of the Jamieson Valley, Mount Solitary and the back of the Three Sisters.
You’ll finally come to Gordon Falls Lookout at the end of the path. The lookout provides lovely views over to Gordon Falls and across the escarpment to Sublime Point. You’ll also have views across the Jamieson Valley, to Mount Solitary, and the back of the Three Sisters.
The Leura Cascades to Gordon Falls walk takes in part on the Prince Henry Cliff Walk which is a longer 14km return walk starting at Katoomba Falls and finishing at Gordon Falls. We’ll cover this part of the track in a later blog post.
The Leura Cascades to Gordon Falls Reserve walk is fairly easy and suitable for almost everyone. The falls are lovely to visit at any time of the year, however if you’re staying with us on a rainy weekend, don’t put off doing this walk – they are absolutely magnificent to view after some rain with the water pouring over the edge.
Bring along your camera, some water and some sturdy shoes and follow our first day of chasing waterfalls. Tomorrow we’ll show you some more amazing places to visit.