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Charles Darwin walk

“I was enchanted by the waterfalls and hanging swamps on this very pretty walk. I’d wouldn’t be surprised if Charles Darwin had felt inspired here."

Historic Charles Darwin walk will have you following in the footsteps of the naturalist most famous for his theory of evolution. A popular and easy walk with early tourists to the Blue Mountains, Charles Darwin walked this track in 1836.

This walk follows the beautiful Jamison Creek south to the top of Wentworth Falls where you can take a break and enjoy the scenic views over the expansive Jamison Valley to the south. You’ll notice the blue haze, caused by the release of droplets from the eucalypts, giving the Blue Mountains its name.

Follow the creek as it cascades down several waterfalls. Enjoy the cool running waters and the hanging swamps on the hillsides. A birdwatcher’s delight, the swamp is popular with honey eaters and finches, and the raucous black cockatoos can’t resist the nearby banksias.


Getting there

Getting there:

Charles Darwin walk is near the Wentworth Falls area of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there follow the signs from the Great Western Highway to Wentworth Falls. Begin the walk in Wilson Park on Falls Road.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Wentworth Falls picnic area or Wilson Park.

Important info


3.5km (loop)

Time suggested:

2 hours



You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • The Think Before You Trek initiative operates in this park, please check out the website when planning your hike.
  • Picnic and toilet facilities are available at Wentworth Falls picnic area
  • This walk is actually outside the boundaries of the park but has some interesting features and is easily accessible; good for people taking public transport.

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Charles Darwin Walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government