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Leura Cascades Fern Bower

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Leura Cascades Fern Bower circuit is a moderately challenging track in Blue Mountains National Park, with an impressive cliff line, spectacular waterfalls and gorgeous scenic views of the Jamison Valley.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
4.5km loop
Time suggested
3hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note

The Think Before You Trek initiative operates in this park, so please check out the website when planning your hike.

From the Leura Cascades Picnic Area, go through the stone arch and descend the stairs alongside the Leura Falls Creek. Cross Prince Henry Cliff Walk at the foot bridge, then turn right downstream.

There are several vantage points to view the cascades before reaching the lookout, with its views over the magnificent Jamison Valley at the top of the Bridal Veil Falls. Ascend the steps along the western cliff line on the Round Track, turning left after about 100m onto the Amphitheatre Track.

The track descends steeply here into the rainforest. Listen for the call of the catbird or wompa pigeon and remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch. Follow the track downstream for 100m, then ascend some steep stairs before traversing the half-way ledge to a natural amphitheatre. The track follows this ledge, intersecting with Fern Bower track, where walkers can ascend the steps back to Prince Henry Cliff Walk. From here, turn right and follow the walk back to the bridge you first crossed. 

The last section has many side trails to lookouts, majestic rock formations and overhangs. From the bridge, visitors can retrace their original route back to the picnic area.

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

Bush Trackers was created to encourage children to engage with the environment in and around the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. This program highlights the natural and cultural splendour 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:

    $8 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
    More
See more visitor info
Leura Cascades - Fern Bower Circuit, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton