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Charles Darwin walk

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Alerts for Blue Mountains National Park: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 01/11/2014 12:01 AM

“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.

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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:

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

Important info

Distance:

3.5km (loop)

Time suggested:

2 hours

Difficulty:

Easy

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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- Alerts

Blue Mountains National Park

closed areas

Claustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877; open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW national parks safety page.
Mount Banks walking and cycling track
Some areas of this park are closed due to fire damage unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. For more information, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877; open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW national parks safety page.
Locations affected: Mount Banks Summit walk, Mount Banks Road cycle route
Waratah Native Gardens
Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across Gorge walking track. Closed areas include The Waratah Native Gardens precinct of Blue Mountains National Park.
A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The precinct will be closed at the Valley Ridges Road Berambing entry gate (west of Bilpin). This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 

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