Katoomba Cascades & Reid's Plateau

Must See, Waterfalls

Hidden away just off the road, this small waterfall is set in a wide rocky amphitheatre, and is easy to walk to from both Scenic World and Echo Point. Visit it as part of the short walk to Reids Plateau, which has one of our favourite views anywhere in the Blue Mountains.

Tucked away off the road between Scenic World and Echo Point, Katoomba Cascades are best to visit after heavy rain, when the sandstone ledges disappear behind a wall of rushing water.

Other times, Katoomba Cascades makes a scenic destination to a great short walk that also takes in one of the best views in the Blue Mountains. From Explorer Bus Stop 8 at Katoomba Falls Kiosk, walk down the steps and go left at the crossroads, gently downhill through forest and trailing ferns, to reach a lookout at the lip of huge Katoomba Falls. (You can’t see much of the waterfall from here, but that will come.)

Head upstream on an excellent new boardwalk through hanging swamp to reach Katoomba Cascades. The creek is wide and shallow here, and you can paddle across to the base of the waterfall.

Retrace your steps to the crossroads, and this time walk up the steps to the secluded sandstone island of Reid’s Plateau. A track loops all the way around, wriggling through a quirky man-made cave shelter and skirting the edge of a deep canyon, before bringing you out to the main lookout.

From here you get a fantastic view over the Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary, with the Scenic Skyway’s yellow cable car floating high above. And there’s a very good chance you’ll have it all to yourself.

Nearby Bushwalks

Reid's Plateau to Furber Steps

This enjoyable all-downhill hike takes you down, down and deeper down into the Jamison Valley via an incredible staircase carved right into the side of the cliff. Along the way you can stand below shimmering waterfalls, gaze up at towering rainforest trees, and take in unique views of the Blue Mountains wilderness.

Giant Stairway to Federal Pass

This is The Big One. The Giant Stairway is definitely the most popular half-day walk in the Blue Mountains, with fabulous views and excitement all the way, as you descend to the foot of the Three Sisters via 998 steps cut into the side of the cliff.

Scenic World to Echo Point

This easy bushwalk along the famous Prince Henry Cliff Walk is a great way for casual walkers to experience the beauty of the Blue Mountains bushland. Pretty much level from start to finish, it takes you to a series of great lookouts, ending at the legendary Three Sisters themselves.

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