Perched on a cliff edge high above the Grose Valley, the Victoria Falls lookout is the starting point of a short but very steep bushwalk to one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Blue Mountains.
Victoria Falls is a stunning waterfall on Victoria Creek that drops 20m from a rock overhang, with the nearby cascades further upstream also worth a visit.
|Victoria Falls Track|
|Distance:||3 km (return)|
|Time:||2 hours (depending on stops)|
|Grade:||Moderate / hard (very steep)|
How to Get There
From the Great Western Highway in the Blue Mountains, turn into Victoria Falls Road, north of Blackheath and just south of Mount Victoria. Please note that this road isn’t very well signposted, so it’s easy to miss and drive past.
Also note that this is an unsealed road, but it has been quite well maintained. A 4WD vehicle isn’t necessary at all, but it’s still recommended to drive carefully, especially after a period of rainfall.
Follow this unsealed road for about 5km until you reach a small car park with a few picnic tables. The start of the Victoria Falls Track is at the eastern end of the car park.
Victoria Falls Lookout
The Victoria Falls Track is one of the lesser known walking tracks in the Blue Mountains, but has so much to offer.
One beautiful lookout point and two scenic waterfalls is what you get to enjoy when you follow the steep Victoria Falls Track down into the Grose Valley.
Also known as the Grose Valley lookout, the Victoria Falls lookout is only a short stroll away from the car park on Victoria Falls Road.
Interestingly enough, the waterfall isn’t actually visible from the lookout. In other words, to see the waterfalls, you’re going to have to head down into the valley!
It really is quite a steep walk, so make sure you come prepared with appropriate footwear and a bottle of water. The water especially will be much needed on a warm day.
Victoria Falls and Cascades
From the Victoria Falls lookout, the track zigzags its way down into the valley. It’s an easy to follow path, first through an area of rocky outcrops and slowly turning into a greener, rainforest-like environment.
As you can hear the sounds of the waterfall and cascades getting stronger, the track eventually meets an intersection where things may get a bit confusing.
The sign at the intersection says Burra Korain Flat going left, and Cascades going right. It doesn’t actually mention Victoria Falls, for which you will need to turn left.
Because the sign doesn’t mention the waterfall, many visitors believe that the cascades is the actual waterfall and therefore miss out on visiting Victoria Falls.
For the best experience, it’s recommended to first visit the cascades which are only a short walk away from the sign, turning right.
With a bit of rock scrambling, it’s possible to get very close to the cascades. On a warm day, you may even be able to dip your feet into the water at the bottom of the waterfall.
It’s a very pretty sight, especially with the rocks, cliff walls and large trees surrounding the cascades.
To visit the real Victoria Falls, make your way back to the intersection and follow the path leading to Burra Korain Flat. It’s possible to visit both the top and bottom of Victoria Falls via this walking track.
The path to Burra Korain Flat extends along the Grose River and ultimately leads to the Blue Gum Forest, which connects with Perrys Lookdown and Lockleys Pylon!
The top of the waterfall can be reached via a short side track close to the intersection, and offers nice views of the creek flowing further down into the valley.
To get to the bottom of the falls, head back to the main path along the creek and continue on until you see the waterfall.
This photo by Flickr user Richie does the true beauty of the waterfall justice:
Map of Victoria Falls
Turn into Victoria Falls Road from the Great Western Highway, north of Blackheath and just south of Mount Victoria. Follow this unsealed road for 5 km until you reach the small car park.