Access: Easy walk though a bit steep in spots
Navigation: Navigation is fairly straight forward on good paths.
Map: Mt Wilson
Time: It takes about 1hr
This is a nice little loop in the picturesque village of Mt Wilson. It winds it’s way through a rain forest down to Waterfall crk. There are 2 falls to look at. The first is a little cascade in a pretty, shaded grotto typical of what is to be found throughout the Blue mts. The second fall is larger and a bit different. Instead of the usual sandstone that is more common around the mountains it tumbles down an outcrop of basalt.
I’m not posting any photos as it’s a nice surprise when you see it.
Getting there: Drive into Mt Wilson and follow the signs to Waterfall reserve and park in the spots provided. Wander across the reserve, tending a bit left and you will pick up the trail on the far side. The trail leads down to the creek then winds back past the two falls before looping back to the reserve.
Note 1: Taking care While reasonably well known these spots are still wild places and care needs to be taken around cliff edges and on the steep trails. Carrying the right gear as well as having adequate food, water and clothing is important. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to get back.
Emergency beckons (PLBs) can be hired from Katoomba Police for very little.
Note 2: First aid A basic first aid kit is essential bit of kit whenever heading into the Aussie bush. A basic first aid is highly recommended
Note 3: Maps and Navigation Having the right map, a compass and knowing how to read them is very important when heading into the bush. If you are new to bush walking joining a club or accompanying more experienced walker for you first few outing is a very good idea. I found practicing map reading on well defined trails was helpful when I started out.
The Maps mentioned are the 1:25000 series. They can be purchase at Lithgow tourism information center, from outdoors shops or online for around $10 each.
Note 4: These are wild and beautiful places, respect them. If you are able to carry something in you can carry it out. Don’ be a tosser. Leaving your rubbish behind is a sure way to ruin it for every one else.