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Charles Darwin walk

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park


This easy walk connects Wentworth Falls village with Blue Mountains National Park. Enjoy waterfalls and birdwatching as you follow Jamison Creek along this track, managed by Blue Mountains City Council.

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
2.4km one-way
Time suggested
45min - 1hr 15min
Grade 3
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • This walk is managed by Blue Mountains City Council and is located outside Blue Mountains National Park.
  • For more information visit the council's visitor centres at Echo Point, Katoomba or on Great Western Highway at Glenbrook.
  • For council reserve and walking track closures visit the council website.
  • Please take care as the ground may be muddy and slippery in areas, particularly in the sections with stairs. Please report any incidents or safety issues along this track to the council.

Follow in the footsteps of the famous naturalist, Charles Darwin, who walked this popular track in 1836. Starting from Wilson Park, today's visitors can stroll the boardwalk and bush track through open forest, shrub, and hanging swamps to the national park boundary, where the walk meets Weeping Rock loop.

Along the way, Jamison Creek's rock pools and cascades are tranquil spots to cool your feet on a hot day. Bird watchers should keep an eye out for honeyeaters, shrub wrens, and the raucous black cockatoos that can't resist the native banksia trees.

From the park boundary, it's only 400m to Wentworth Falls via picturesque Weeping Rock, or 15mins to Wentworth Falls picnic area. Spend some time exploring the many walks and lookouts in the park, including Fletchers lookout, that offer incredible views of the waterfall and vast Jamison Valley, before retracing your steps back along the walk or taking Falls Road from Wentworth Falls picnic area back to town.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Tours and events at this location

  • A damselfy waterbug. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    WilderQuest Wondrous waterbugs

    Did you know that waterbugs are very important to our waterways? Find out more about these wondrous critters these school holidays. Come on a WilderQuest adventure in Blue Mountains National Park.

Charles Darwin walk, near Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH.