HIKING WENTWORTH FALLS
Last Sunday we hit nature, and we hit it hard. Well, medium hard. Moderately hard. We ditched the city and got some fresh air at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains.
WHERE WE WENT:
Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains. About an hour and a half drive from Sydney.
WHY WE WENT THERE:
It’s really pretty. But, like, really pretty. There are tonnes of nice walks for lots of different skill levels – from easy half an hour to 3-4 hour pro level walks (we, no joke, saw a guy with his hiking sticks and a backpack with a drinking tube. He was legit). There’s a massive waterfall to look at and the walking tracks circle around so you can get to different parts of it. Excellent photo opportunities for pro photographers (like Emily) or idiots with an iPhone questing for their next profile pic (like Amelia).
It’s a relief to get out of the city for while. The air is clean and nature is good for you. The tracks can get a little extreme in parts, vertical steps and cliff edges, so check the map to make sure you pick one that’s suitable.
Pro Tip: the sign posts are a bit shit. We took a photo of the map on our phones (because technology) before we started and we couldn’t work out where the hell we were most of the time. We happily wandered around for a couple of hours, backtracking and taking new paths. The undercliff path is very nice if you can find it.
WHAT WE DID:
We woke up so early that my (Amelia) face hurt (not a morning person, big shock). I can’t remember having a shower and getting ready, but I assume it happened. We had to get coffee at McDonalds (tragedy) it was so early. Nothing else was open.
Pro Tip: getting up early was totally worth it because Wentworth Falls gets super busy with tourists by midday. Massive bus loads of them everywhere getting in the way of my selflies. Seriously lots of them, and the paths get narrow in some parts, down to single file, so go early if you don’t want to stand around for ages waiting for them all to squeeze past you.
The drive out is also pretty pleasant at that time of morning on the weekend, with not much traffic. Once you get there the maps show you the different walks and how long they take. Once you’ve decoded them. We walked to the top of the waterfall first where the path turns into stepping stones so you can walk across the water. Continuing on this path takes you to a section that allows you to climb down the mountain in an alarmingly vertical way.
Pro Tip: Remember that climbing down is fun and easy, but you have to climb back up everything you climb down. Think carefully before descending.
We backtracked and followed the undercliff path – which was an excellent decision because this path takes you literally under a cliff. Who knew? There are low overhangs in a lot of places so mind your head if you are average to tall in height (shorties, you’ll be fine). There are lots of ferns and greenery that make nice photos. Even if you don’t give a toss about taking photos the walk is a fun little adventure.
After quickly locating the facilities in the car park (we needed to pee quite urgently) we headed to Leura for lunch and more coffee. We purchased some food from a deli on the main street and ate it sitting under a tree in the sun. It was awesome. As neither of us possess a great deal of self control, some extremely attractive and superfluous items were purchased from the local stores as well (next blog post maybe?). We drove back to Sydney mid-afternoon and beat the traffic again (high five).
We’d love to hear from you if Wentworth Falls is your regular walking jam, or if you follow our advice and go, or if you have any Sydney or Sydney-adjacent walks to recommend.
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