Don’t miss this one – it’s one of the most fun short walks in the Blue Mountains. With non-stop waterfalls, pools to paddle in, fantastic ferns and an awesome view at the end, the stunning Leura Cascades have it all!
Leura Cascades is one of the most scenic spots in the Blue Mountains, and one place on the Explorer Bus that all of our guests rave about. A well-maintained track leads you down through a narrow valley shaded by tall tree ferns, with the sound of falling water following you every step of the way.
It is possible to walk down to the bottom and back in the 30 minutes between buses, but trust us: this is one of those special places where you'll really want to give yourself more time.
Start your walk from the picnic area, just a minute's walk from the Explorer Bus stop. From here a short flight of steps curve down to the Meeting of the Waters, where two creeks come together in a picturesque scene framed by bridges and ferns. The path leads down under a canopy of tree ferns, then crosses the creek on a wooden bridge.
From here the steps down begin in earnest, with some sections of wooden boardwalk carrying you over trickling side streams. At the bottom of the main section of the cascades you cross a small bridge to enter a cool shady grotto with its own wispy waterfall. But it’s not over yet: a few steps further on you reach a lookout right at the top of Bridal Veil Falls, with amazing views down the canyon of distant mountains and cockatoos soaring above the canopy of rainforest.
The cascades are at their most dramatic during and just after heavy rain. At these times water collects in pools along the track - so leave your good shoes at home and prepare to get wet!
As you ride toward the Leura Cascades stop, you'll see a huge wall of ferns on the left side of the road. This is what's called a hanging swamp – it's like a giant natural sponge, collecting water whenever it rains and releasing it slowly into the creek. Hanging swamps like this are the reason so many of the Blue Mountains waterfalls keep flowing all year, even after weeks of dry weather.