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Leura Cascades Circuit
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.1 km WSW of Leura
Length: 0.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 62 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 62 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

Following Leura Creek down to a beautiful small waterfall, this is one of the prettiest short walks in the Leura area. Sit under the overhang and watch as the falls cascade down around you, then climb to great views of the Leura cliffline, before this circuit track leads back to the park. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Leura Cascades Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Leura Cascades Circuit
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Leura Cascades Picnic Area
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Park Track
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Cascades Round Walk (NE)
Leura Cascades
Round Walk Lookout
Int of Leura Cascades Round Walk and Fern Bower Track
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and the Leura Int of Prince Henry Cliff and Cascades Round Walk (SW)
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Majestic Lookout Track
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Majestic Lookout Track
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Cascades Picnic Area Track
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Cascades Picnic Area Track

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series NSW-six-foot-track 
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Leura Park
 
Leura Park +
 
Following the creek
 
Following the creek +
 
The bridge across the creek
 
The bridge across the creek +

 
Leura Cascades
 
Leura Cascades +
 
Majestic Lookout
 
Majestic Lookout +
 
A view of the falls from above
 
A view of the falls from above +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Leura Cascades Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Leura Cascades Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Leura Cascades Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Leura Cascades Circuit bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 840m
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
540m of this walk has short steep hills and another 260m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (45m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 660m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 180m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 820m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 20m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 660m of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 180m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 670m of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 170m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 520m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 330m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Leura Cascades Picnic Area
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Leura Cascades Picnic Area
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Leura Cascades Picnic Area Alt = 899 m
Leura Cascades Picnic area is a open picnic area beside Cliff Drive, with Leura Cascades Creek running through the middle. There are a number of small cascades in the park, along with toilets and picnic tables. There are a few information signs and maps of the area. The park is well remembered for the artificial caves and arches that have been built to provide shelter and a sense of place. A small road runs through the park, providing access and parking, and garbage facilities are provided. There is also plenty of shade from some large pine trees.

(0 km) Leura Cascades Picnic Area to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Cascades Picnic Area Track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 115 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -9 m
From cave-like shelters in Leura Cascades Picnic Area, this walk heads along the footpath, passing under the arch. Passing the toilet block, the path comes to the information board, from where the walk follows the 'Leura Cascades Track' sign down the steps. The path soon leads to a small stone wall with a view of some cascades and Chelmsford Bridge.
From the view of Chelmsford Bridge, this walk follows track downhill, keeping the handrail and creek to the left, soon coming to an intersection with 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk' just before a footbridge.

(0.12 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Park Track to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Cascades Round Walk (NE)
Walk: Easy - duckboard
Length = 25 m Time =
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Leura Cascades' sign across the footbridge to a 'Y' intersection.

(0.14 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Cascades Round Walk (NE) to Leura Cascades
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 172 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Leura Cascades' sign down the steps, keeping the handrail and creek to the right. After a short while, the walk heads along a timber platform and down some stairs to a rock platform, with great views of some cascades.
From these cascades, the walk heads down more stairs, coming to an intersection just before two bridges, with great views of Leura Cascades.

Leura Cascades Alt = 878 m
Leura Cascades is a lovely set of waterfalls with some bridges just below, allowing walkers to get up close to the creek. The area has a nice feel about it and is quite cool in summer. Much of the track near the cascades has handrails and the bridges are fenced. Allow some time to enjoy life among the cascades and fern trees in this valley. One bridge leads to a sandstone cave next to the pool and falls, a great place to enjoy the small section of canyon.

(0.31 km) Leura Cascades to Round Walk Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 88 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -30 m
Continue straight: From the bottom of Leura Cascades, this walk crosses the bridge (furthest from the falls), heads down the steps and comes to a fenced (unsignposted) lookout at the top of Bridal Veil Falls.
From the lookout, the walk heads up the steep steps. The steps wind up the hill passing a cave with an old bench seat, then up the metal stairs to the fenced (unsignposted) round walk lookout with views down on Bridal Veil Falls.

(0.4 km) Round Walk Lookout to Int of Leura Cascades Round Walk and Fern Bower Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 20 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, the walk heads up the metal staircases then along the fenced cliff ledge, with more great valley views. Soon the track heads down a few steps to come to a a four-way intersection, with a sign pointing back to 'Leura Cascades' (and the short left-hand track leading to a fenced (unnamed) lookout.

(0.42 km) Int of Leura Cascades Round Walk and Fern Bower Track to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and the Leura Int of Prince Henry Cliff and Cascades Round Walk (SW)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 73 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Round Walk - Echo Point' sign along the track up the hill (with rock wall initially on the right). The track winds up the hill using the steps and, after passing a large gum, the track become less steep. Soon the track leads to an intersection with the signposted 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk'.

(0.49 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and the Leura Int of Prince Henry Cliff and Cascades Round Walk (SW) to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Majestic Lookout Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 45 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -7 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign along the 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk' towards 'Leura Cascades', taking the higher track. The track heads along the side of the hill to come to a three-way intersection, just after passing a rock wall on the left.

(0.54 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Majestic Lookout Track to Majestic Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 31 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -13 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track away from the rocks down the narrow spur. The track soon comes to a rusty fence that leads to the signposted 'Majestic Lookout' and then down some steps to the lower platform.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Majestic Lookout Alt = 870 m
Majestic Lookout is a fenced lookout on a side track from the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, just above Leura Cascades. The lookout provides great (perhaps even majestic) views out through the top of the valley, with Mount Solitary nicely framed by the cliff line. The closest access to the lookout is from Leura Cascades Picnic Area, and is visited as part of the Leura Cascades Circuit.

(0.54 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Majestic Lookout Track to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Park Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 191 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -6 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk steps up over a few rocks to keep the main rock outcrop on the left (and the valley and waterfall on the right). The track soon passes a small overhang with a bench seat, and gently winds along the side of the hill. After heading down the stairs, the track come to a 'T' intersection, with a handrail and a sign pointing back up to 'Echo Point'.

(0.73 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Cascades Picnic Area Track to Leura Cascades Picnic Area
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 115 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Picnic Area' sign up the gentle hill, keeping the handrail and creek on the right. The track soon comes to a stone wall with a view of some cascades and Chelmsford Bridge.
From the view of Chelmsford Bridge, this walk heads up the steps, following the path past an information board, toilet and under the arch to come to Leura Cascades Picnic Area.

Catch the bus from Leura Cascades Picnic Area
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Leura Cascades Picnic Area
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 1.1 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 1.3 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 28.2 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 32.8 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 30.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Leura Cascades Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Leura Cascades Circuit
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 28 km (to the E)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 29 km (to the NNW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
29 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 29 km (to the W)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 33 km (to the NE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu16°|26°Shower or two.
Fri15°|28°Mostly sunny.
Sat12°|22°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Grand Canyon walking track
The Grand Canyon walking track will be closed from Wednesday 14 October 2015 to mid-June 2016. The closure is necessary to allow work to continue on improving the walking track. Access for canyoners will be on weekends only. Access from Evans Lookout via Beauchamp Falls to the Grose Valley will remain open. Evans Lookout carpark, Loop carpark, and Neates Glen carpark will remain open. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 47878877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens
Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge Walking track. No access to the area is permitted.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Prince Henry cliff walk, Leura
Blue Mountains City Council wishes to advise that Prince Henry cliff walk between Majestic lookout and the junction with the Leura Cascades walk is currently closed due to a landslip. Detours will be in place and clearly signposted around the affected area. Access from the Leura picnic area to the cascades is unaffected. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Tourism on 1300 653 408 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Butterbox Swamp track
The traditional access to Butterbox Canyon via the endangered swamp is now closed and rehabilitated. No access permitted. Canyoners should use the new track provided. Temporary signage is in place.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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 Blue Moauntains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Cahills lookout - Katoomba
As a result of a recent bushfire, Cahills lookout remains closed until further notice. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Council on (02) 4780 5000.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens
Waratah Native Gardens Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across The Gorge Walking Track. Closed areas include The Gorge Walking Track in the Blue Mountains National Park. A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The Gorge Walking Track is closed at the entry trackhead however the Waratah Native Gardens Day Use and Picnic Area located off Valley Ridges Road Berambing (west of Bilpin) has now been reopened. 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 for park safety guidelines


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