Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, Blue Mountains, is approximately five kilometres south of the township of Wentworth Falls on the escarpment overlooking the Jamison Valley and Kings Tableland. The views are similar to Echo Point without the crowds. There are two modern viewing platforms with extensive views looking south through the Great Dividing Range. The lookouts are wheelchair friendly and coach and bus parking is available.
Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
Charles Darwin visited the area in January, 1836, the young Darwin was a naturalist aboard the ship ‘HMS Beagle’ which visited Sydney towards the end of a five year voyage. Hiring a guide and two pack horses, he made the trek across the Blue Mountains to Bathurst and return. On return he made mention of Wentworth Falls and its beauty. He said “following down a little valley and its tiny rill of water to where that ‘tiny rill’ plunged spectacularly into the vastness of the Jamison Valley.” This scene impressed him: “One stands on the brink of a vast precipice, and below is this grand gulf, thickly covered with forest.”
The Charles Darwin Walk starts in Wilson Park near the bowling club and follows the attractive Jamison Creek south, arriving at the top of Wentworth Falls. Walkers can enjoy the beauty of the creek as it cascades down the frequent small waterfalls. The top of Wentworth Falls is a fantastic spot to pause and take in the wonderful views of the Jamison Valley and water tumbling over the cliffs. This track has many signs as well as bridges and boardwalks. It is a great walk for those visiting Wentworth Falls by train.
Wentworth Falls Bush Walks
Besides the Charles Darwin Walk, there are many walks at Wentworth Falls that start from the picnic area, they appear to be well posted with times and ease of terrain.
The Conservation Hut Cafe
A short drive or a short walk through the bush (1klm/20 Mins), brings you to The Conversation Hut Cafe for those who don’t have a lunch with them. They have an extensive menu from snacks to main meal. There is parking and handicapped access and positioned at the track head for The Valley of the Waters.
Picnic Area and Amenities
The area is administered by the NPWS (National Parks and Wildlife Service ) and is a credit to them. There are many picnic tables surrounding a very new barbeque area which has a large shelter and a modern toilet block nearby. There are large signs with information regarding walks and the area’s unique qualities.
Jeff – Parks in Sydney.