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Charles Darwin walk

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Take this easy stroll from for scenic views, magical waterfalls and excellent birdwatching near the picturesque Wentworth Falls.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
3.5km loop
Time suggested
2hrs
Grading
Easy
Price
Free
Please note
  • 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.

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Bush Trackers

This program was created to encourage children to engage with the environment in and around the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Bush Trackers highlights the natural and cultural splendor of the greater Blue Mountains through education initiatives and bushwalks.

Charles Darwin walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton

Park info

  • in Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
  • Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.

  • Park entry fees:

    $7 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glenbrook area.

    Buy an annual pass.
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    • Blue Mountains (Glenbrook)
      (02) 4720 6200 (Infoline)
      Contact hours: Entry station is open weekends, public holidays and school holidays only.
    • Blue Mountains National Park, Bruce Road, Glenbrook NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4739 6665
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    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
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    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6336 2122
    More
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Charles Darwin Walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government