Leura Cascades Walking Track and Picnic Area
The Leura Cascades walking track is a short but scenic bushwalk along Leura Falls Creek, leading up to a beautiful lookout point with amazing view of Jamison Valley.
Make a day of it and enjoy lunch outdoors amidst the beautiful scenery of the Leura Cascades picnic area.
- Distance: 1 km (return)
- Time: 1 hour (including stops)
- Grade: easy
- Dogs: not allowed
The Leura Cascades picnic area and car park are located along Chelmsford Drive, to be accessed via Cliff Drive which connects Echo Point, Scenic World and eventually Cahill’s Lookout in Katoomba.
The carpark is quite large but can fill up rather quickly on busy days and weekends.
Leura Cascades Walking Track
The Leura Cascades walking track is an easy, picturesque walk that follows Leura Falls Creek through the rainforest, with several small waterfalls and bridges along the way.
The start of the walking track can be found at the southern end of the picnic area, near the artificial cave-like shelters and arch.
The absolute highlight of this walk is the beautiful lookout point right at the end. The views of the Jamison Valley from this lookout are nothing short of stunning.
This lookout point is located right above Leura Falls where Leura Falls Creek drops into the Valley. Some refer to this waterfall as Bridal Veil Falls, even though there is supposedly also a Bridal Veil Falls at the Govetts Leap Lookout near Blackheath.
From the lookout point, there are two ways to head back to the picnic area and car park. You can either return via the same path, or you can go up the metal stairs from the lookout and turn this into an extended circuit walk.
The second option is slightly longer than the first, but you will get to enjoy a different path with a couple more lookout points, such as the Majestic Lookout.
The picnic area is well equipped with great facilities such as toilets, tables, seating and plenty of shaded sections. It’s the perfect spot to have lunch in beautiful surroundings after completing the walking track.
It’s recommended to wander around and explore the area a bit more. Did you know, for example, that part of what is now a scenic picnic area was once a public swimming bath?
The Katoomba Municipal Baths were opened in 1913 by the Hon. Arthur Griffiths, Minister for Public Works, with separate sections for women and men. The baths were part of a larger development project with the goal to make the Katoomba area more appealing.
This project also involved building Chelmsford Avenue, connecting Leura and Katoomba, and the concrete arched Chelmsford Bridge. Numerous trees were also planted and a picnic ground was created at the baths to further enhance the area as a popular, recreational destination.
Obviously a lot has changed since then, but on a warm sunny day, one could only wish the baths were still there.
The car park at the Leura Cascade picnic area can be accessed via Cliff Drive. While the car park is large, it can fill up rather quickly on busy days.