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Wentworth Pass loop walking track

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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

“When we arrived at the bottom of the fall, it was like a festival of the elements with water as the leading lady.”

This challenging walking track, from Conservation Hut, explores the magical, upper section of Valley of the Waters in Jamison Valley at Blue Mountains National Park. Wentworth Pass loop walk takes in scenic waterfalls and valley views as well as magnificent open forests and dense rainforest.

The track leads to Empress lookout with exceptional views, before it plunges deep into the valley. You’ll notice the eucalypts and angophoras give way to lush fern trees and moss-covered rocks. Everywhere you look there’s water; from the gentle splashing of creeks to the dull roar of cascading waterfalls.

The pool beneath Wentworth Falls is a perfect spot to relax and revel in the moist cool because from here on, the only way is up. Taking the Slack stairs you’ll join National Pass before arriving at Wentworth Falls picnic area. Head to the ‘Hut’ for an easy lunch or unpack the picnic hamper.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Wentworth Pass loop walking track starts at Conservation Hut in Blue Mountains National Park. To get there, take Great Western Highway to Wentworth Falls. Turn left onto Falls Road and right onto Fletcher Street. You'll find the carpark at the end of Fletcher Street.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Conservation Hut.

Important info

Distance:

2.4km (one-way)

Time suggested:

4 hours each way

Difficulty:

Hard

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
  • Take care in the water and please supervise children at all times
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • The Think Before You Trek initiative operates in this park, so please check out the website when planning your hike.
  • Toilets, picnic facilities and drinking water are located at Wentworth Falls picnic area and Valley of Waters picnic area, next to Conservation Hut.

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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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Wentworth Pass loop walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: A Gliddon