Hiking in Wentworth Falls, Australia

Our drive to Wentworth Falls was an impromptu decision. It was a sunny Sunday morning and we both were itching to go on a bushwalk or hike. We initially thought of driving to Blue Mountains and hike somewhere near Echo Point, but while on the road, the Wentworth Falls sign board made us realize that we have never hiked in those parts.

A quick turn and a light Thai brunch later, we drove towards Wentworth Falls Picnic Spot. The place was buzzing with activity. The parking inside the picnic area was already full, and so were the roads leading to it. We finally managed to find a vacant spot after driving for about ten minutes around the streets. There are different hiking tracks from the lookout point, of various grades. We picked a Grade 3 Undercliff-Overcliff route (3 hours return).

The Undercliff route was fairly easy as it was mostly downhill. The air got cooler, a nice breeze kept us cool in spite of the blazing sun. We walked under overhead rocks, through narrow paths, swampy and muddy spots where we had to jump over rocks and bricks. All the way, we walked along the cliffs, flanked by a gorgeous view of the deep valley and the Blue Mountains.

It feels refreshing to be in nature, listening to cicadas and accidently spotting a bird we have never seen before or big lizards skittering into the bush. My heart does skip a beat if I hear slithering noises behind me.

The Overcliff route was fairly tough and I could feel the heat of the Sydney Summer. Our plan was to reach the Conservation Hut, relax and order few snacks and then return back to the car park. The conservation hut was about 30-45 minutes from the point where Overcliff Route started. It is an uphill rocky trek, with lookouts at various points. 

A steep staircase starts 10 minutes before the Conservation hut restaurant, and those 10 minutes were the toughest climb I had in a long time (After the 1400 steps climb at Jog Waterfall) Made me realize how old I am. And it was not just me. Everyone had slowed down their pace, breathing deeply, probably praying for this ordeal to end. Atleast I was. The sight of the hut was the most beautiful sight at that time and yet the stairs hadn't stopped.

As soon as we found a table, I gulped down a bottle of cold water. We ordered Pesto pasta, ice creams, iced coffee and a Creaming Soda – yes we deserved it.

After spending about an hour in the restaurant, we traced our steps back to the carpark. This time it wasn’t too bad.

Iced Coffee with Cream

The view from our table.
One of your goals this year is to do as many bushwalks and hikes as possible. We were pretty lazy in 2016, that’s not something we would like to repeat.

Tell me about your favorite hikes in comment section.


  1. That soda just made the hike even better. :)
    What a view! So worth the effort.

  2. Wow! Such gorgeousness you discovered on that impromptu visit! Thank you for giving us a glimpse of such beauties some of us will probably only get to see through your eyes and camera. That ice-cream looks so yummy!

  3. Tougher than 1400 steps at Jog Falls - wow- that's quite challenging a hike- I have not been on a hike ever - would like to try it sometime - your fitness inspires....🙂

  4. Oh wow. Looks just amazing .... here we are hiking around in snow and all, and the big questions is if we should put on ski or not.... But anyway getting out . having a touch of fresh air is ... well life itself. Enjoy my friend:-)

  5. wow..Lovely pics and description. I am enjoying all your posts. Thanks for these virtual trips.

  6. You are one person I like to visit everyday! such pleasing pictures, great activity and that discovery - phew! Rajlakshmi you never let a chance to chance!

  7. Amazing clicks and loved the iced tea with cream !!!

  8. I am so jealous of you everytime I see these pics. I need to plan for Australia soon. very very soon

  9. Gorgeous pictures! saw some pictures on FB and was looking forward to read more.

  10. Look at the sky! Magnificent clicks as usual!

  11. Beautiful shots of a lovely part of Australia. I think you are fitter than you think you are.


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