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Veras Grotto Falls ~ Grade 3

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ABOUT: During heavy rain these falls come alive and are similar in shape to the falls on the same system, namely Witches Leap, about 100m above them. A single thin drop hits a bell like bottom section and is visually interesting. The access for shots is limited off a small platform, but you can walk to the left and down a short steep slope to get rid of unwanted foliage in the way.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A very high top part to these falls which means some distortion with ultra wide angle lenses. You could consider doing a vertical panorama stitch, meaning take landscape format images going up in stages and stitching them later, and adjusting the keystone effect. But a 16mm portrait format will capture them from head to toe, so to speak. It can get splashy here so a cloth before every shot worthwhile and of course a tripod for smoothe 1/5s to 3s shutters.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: This is at the bottom end of the Furber Steps route from Katoomba Kiosk or Scenic World access points. Easiest is to park at free Scenic World car park then walk down the wooden boardway to the left of the main entrance, then turn right after 100m or so following the Furber Steps sign. These falls are after the step main stone Furber Steps section as a short 50m side walk. You can walk back up about 150m or down another 15 minutes and cheat and get the Cableway back up at Scenic World ($16 ish and last one at 4.50pm).

Mid Katoomba Falls – Grade 3

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ABOUT: The mighty (in wet weather) Katoomba Falls is around 800ft or 250m high in three sections. There are various vantage points on the western escarpment under Scenic World but the best position is up close and personal with the top and middle sections. It is hard to get a good perspective correct shot of both sections from here as it is almost a 120 degree vertical sweep and you are only 10 meters from the main flow. The middle falls themselves are worth close ups using say a 50mm from the fence, but getting both will require a 14mm stitch. Go in wet weather when the mist and flow is good, summer midday not so good. There is also a classic panorama here sweeping to the view off to the right with Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary completing an amazing ledge vista. Also consider sunset when the last rays from the right make the area glow orange. Finally if you want reflections in the pool below the smaller section you can climb over the fence easily BUT stick to the left hand side as the drop on the right will mean certain death.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: You will be walking for about 35 minutes down and then back up so bring what you need only. Umbrella, sturdy tall tripod, and a mix of ultra wide and standard 50mm. Consider polarisers in dry weather and bring a lens cleaner as when windy the falls can dump a little on you.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: The quickest way down (approx 150m descent) is towards the Furber Steps. You can park free in Scenic World and walk down……

Victoria Falls – Grade 4

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ABOUT: Although the lookout is easy to get to, a drive and short walk, the falls themselves are 400m below you in the valley. The pretty cascades are about a 20ft drop but require you to do a little rock hopping and paddling to get a good angle, vs a straight on one from the end of a short tangential trail. The main 60ft falls are about 10 mins further down the creek (follow the Burra Korain campground signs) and you can access the top part with nice valley views or cycle back and down to get underneath them. The lower viewpoints after a little rain are well worth it as these are one of the few falls that have worn down to the bedrock in the valley and a big wide overhang allows you some nice side on views, behind fall views and straight on from the rocky creek below. Lots of valley looking up to escarpment shots on way down too.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A tripod to smooth the water and ideally a 16mm lens to get most of the scene in as the area is pretty enclosed. A medium telephoto to zoom in on parts of the falls too.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Follow Victoria Falls road to the main car park at the end and walk to the lookout. A trail leads off to the left and it will take about an hour to get to the falls – all signposted at the bottom. The first 15 mins are on some rocky zig zags but then you are on gentle forest zigzags down to the creek, and you can hear the……

A Landscape Photographers Guide to Australia’s Blue Mountains


Inspired by other guides for photographers in well known areas of the world (eg: Colby Brown’s Yosemite) I thought I would put together a page / few screens that (a) demystifies the Blue Mountains for visiting photographers and (b) acts as a nice upfront, illustrated walkthrough to my more detailed location-by-location guide on this site. This ‘hotspot’ photo location list also details best gear to bring and best times etc:). The general tourist or hiking sites tend to not consider the ‘photogenic’ aspects of the mountains, even though many come for that, so this site is also a response to that.

For now though a broad sweep introduction to photographing Australia’s Blue Mountains – All text and images © Gary P Hayes 2017.

Print or Tablet friendly downloadable PDF version 1.8MB A Landscape Photographers Guide to Visiting the Blue Mountains, Australia


Bridal Veil Falls Leura – Grade 3

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ABOUT: Bridal Veil falls come alive in strong rainfall and you can see where it gets it’s name from, when it spreads out across it’s wide base from a width of a few feet at the top. There are not too many angles available from the trail, but you can scramble a little up the left side for great side on shots with the cliffs in the background.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: The whole amphitheatre can be covered with a 14-15mm ultra wide lens and the very large falls (you are close to the bottom of them on the trail) can be covered with a 17mm or so. A tripod to soften the water flow of course and plenty of cloths to dry lenses as it can spray up if windy.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: A down then back up route from Leura Cascades makes most sense, unless you are doing the long loop out to Three Sisters which is a few km along the Prince Henry Cliff walk. From the car park follow the cascades, past the lookout above these falls and then down the many steps, walkways and rocks to the bottom.

Rocket Point over Wentworth Falls – Grade 2

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ABOUT: This lookout gives the best full view of Wentworth Falls top section albeit from a downward looking angle. It also offers good views out into the Jamison to the left of the falls and is excellent on partially misty days with the mist swirling around the deep valley in front of you.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: It has a 3ft wall all around this lookout and not ideally suited to long tripods. I have found a collapsed tripod can be safely position on the thick wall, while keeping hold of it, for downward looking shots. A perspective correction or shift lens is ideal here, but you can do that later in software if required. A neutral density filter to block some light for smooth water.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Two routes. One from Tableland and one from main Wentworth Falls car park. The easiest one is the main falls car park, follow the trail over the stepping stones on top of the main falls. Just after these a trail leads up left towards Rocket Point. It is about a 7 minute up hill walk, first bit rocky, after that easy.

Weeping Rock Falls – Grade 3

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ABOUT: A delicate 10ft drop and about 15ft wide and good in moderate flow of water. These falls is at the base of Leura’s Bridal Veil Falls, which itself is an extension of the cascades much higher up. There are a couple of vantage points to capture them, the one above being just off the trail, but there is one around some rocks to the right.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: You can’t get super close to the falls so a 50mm is ideal just for the water but the rocks either side are lovely covered in moss so a 24-35 is good too. If you want a panorama a center crop of a 16mm or so would work. Bring a solid tripod for water smoothing – and don’t forget mossy spray and a couple of dry cloths in this area.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: There are two routes down to here and both are big climbs out. The easiest is to follow the Leura cascades trail past the lookout and down into the bottom of Bridal Veil falls, about a 25 minute descent. Weeping rock is about 30 seconds past the base of Bridal Veil. You can come up via the Amphitheatre route but will need to walk back along the road from the Solitary Restaurant area to Cascades car park.


Witches Leap Falls – Grade 2

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ABOUT: These falls are a world away from the road, only 15 minutes walk down then back up some steep steps – or a nice loop taking in other viewpoints & falls. There is water running some of the time here, but it does dry up in hot weeks or for a week or so without rain – wait for a day or two after some strong rain – or during even as it does appear quickly. The photographic appeal is the lush foliage, sandstone outcrop & light coming from the open valley below & above, fantastic on misty days.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: There is a nice platform right next to the falls and an ultra wide 14mm approx: or perspective lens to capture the very steep walls required. A vertical panorama also possible as the wall is almost a 150 degrees angle from bottom to top. Tripod as the light levels even midday are very low and to smoothe the water flow.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park next to Katoomba Falls kiosk opposite Katoomba Park. Walk straight ahead following the Furber Steps signs which take you downhill quickly and to the right. This will take you past the ‘Leap’ after about a 10-15 minute descent. The Leap has a clear plague next to it.

Fletchers LO – Grade 2

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ABOUT: A viewpoint very close the top of Wentworth Falls which offers an interesting view above the top of the main falls and a great view of the Jamison & side on of the cliff faces left and right. Because it is below the rim of the plateau if offers some interesting angles looking back to Leura, and misty mornings or when the sun sets over to the right offers some

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: The falls shot can be interesting in Black and White and a 35mm lens will cover the top of falls view but bring a super wide 24mm range for the valley views and a medium telephoto to compress the ridges off on the right. Difficult tripod positions on this narrow lookout, but in late/early hours you will have it too yourself.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Follow the signs to Wentworth Falls main down a 15 minute track and Fletchers is signposted off to your right just before the top of the falls and is only 30 seconds walk down steps.

Juliet’s Balcony LO – Sunrise Grade 3

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ABOUT: This is the next lookout below Vanimans on the trail that goes from Scenic World down the Furber steps and offers amazing mid-cliff views of Katoomba Falls on the left to the sisters and a slightly obscured Mount Solitary. It’s attraction to me is the trees and foliage in the foreground that can be used to frame a perfect shot at sunrise. The sun often rises just above the distant sisters and in the mist the sun rays can be extraordinary.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A good tripod for sunrise, grad filters to match the valley to the sky (at least 4-5 stops as the valley is in complete shadow) and as wide a lens as you have. A 100mm is good for vertical shots of the falls or the sisters also.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: As for Vanimans, park in the scenic world car park and go up to the entrance. Follow the wooden walkway off to the left until a sign directs you down towards the Furber steps. Walk past Vanimans, keep going down for about 10 more minutes until Juliet’s Balcony is signposted – it is easy to miss it.

Vaniman’s LO – Grade 2

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ABOUT: Vanimans Lookout is another easy to get to fenced lookout with a fantastic view over ‘Scenic World’ – Katoomba Falls on the left, three sisters in the middle and the Jamison and Mount Solitary over to the right. Great in the early morning but throughout the day if cloudy and sunset lights the whole scene red from the right. A small lookout but on the Furber steps route to the valley floor so few people stop here long.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A 17mm can cover the whole scene but consider medium telephotos for great smooth shots of the falls when flowing well or a lower view of Three Sisters covered in mist.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Best parking free at Scenic World, walk up to the main entrance and follow the wooden trail off to the left. After about 5 mins take the sharp right trail (Round Walk) marked to the Furber Steps and down into the valley. The lookout is the first one about 50 steps down.

Katoomba Cascades – Grade 1

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ABOUT: Katoomba Cascades are more vertical & large than the name implies and are a delightful and photogenic quick to get to option if you need to get your waterfall fix. You can get various angles from the bottom and even risk some midway positions if not flooding. The flow of these cascades feeds the main Katoomba Falls so it can be heavy after a few hours of downpour as run off from the town streets higher up.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: Definitely bring a good wide angle for side on shots but also close up to the smaller drops on the right side. Some nice standard lens verticals can be had from the front too, but try to get low with some of the small pools and rocks in the foreground.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Very easy to get to essentially ‘in’ Katoomba. Park in the car park at the start of the Prince Henry Cliff as in map and the falls are signposted about a 50 step down to an easy walkway and even a seat or two.

Leura Cascades – Grade 2

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ABOUT: One of the most photographed water features in the mountains due to it’s accessibility. A gentle stepped walk from the main car park follows a series of cascades down to a final viewing platform under a rocky overhang. You can get shots on the way down from the bank or from the fenced cave lookout. Consider too the Upper Cascades next to the car park. It is fantastic in mist and early morning, when few other people will be around too. There is a great lookout just a few minutes further over the top of Bridal Veil falls, so don’t mist that.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: For smooth water a tripod obviously and a good range of wide angles, but a 24 mm is fine as you cannot get next to the water on the final viewpoints. Higher up you can get next to the falls for low shots, but consider a telephoto to compress the cascades from a few viewpoints. A ND grad to dampen the light from the top recommended.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park in any of the Leura Cascade parking areas and follow the signs.

Den Fenella LO – Sunrise Grade 2

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ABOUT: The Den Fenella trail is a delightful moderate descent through a fantastical victoriana fern gully with small waterfalls and bridges which then opens onto a stunning midway down view of the Jamison Valley. The lookout is actually a dead end and a small platform but there are a number of great photo ops from here, including distant morning mist and cliff views, a steep cliff vertical on the right and a postcard framed valley view. The sun comes up from the left and lights up the opposite side, but the picturesque nature of the view allows that.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: Bring your tripod for lovely mini waterfalls on the way down including a cave waterfall near the lookout and a variety of lenses for the lookout itself. Tripod for sunrise balancing and blending.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park in the main Wentworth Falls car park and walk to the right hand side and pick up the signs there. Approx 30 mins descent and 45 back.

Wentworth Falls & Valley of the Waters – Grade 4

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ABOUT: A stunning view back up the main Wentworth Falls and smaller falls at the base of the first big drop, great with mist and after a downpour for 2-3 solid days before. The trail down and across to Valley of the Waters is a photo op too, but you can just go to base of WW falls and come straight back up the cliff steps. But as you have to climb out of the valley anyway, coming up at the other end through another 5 waterfalls in the Valley of the Waters, makes it an all day photographers treat.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: The falls are enclosed and very steep so a perspective lens, ultra wide if you want the whole thing – or do a stitch vertically with several shots. For smooth water a tripod, but you can handhold as it is often lit up very well. Lots of nice ops on the lower mini falls too.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: This is a very well marked trail from the car park and I have managed to get to the midway point of the falls and back out in under an hour if you want just this view. Consider a diversion to weeping rock falls before or after. Also the steps down are fantastic for valley views, but gruelling on the way back.

Mermaids Cave – Grade 2

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ABOUT: This is a unique glen and half cave most famous for being used as a set in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (the bit where he visits the kids in the underground dwelling with stilt houses etc). It is a tiny slot canyon leading to a small enclosed waterfall and glen which can be very photogenic in the right light with some mist around.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A very constrained space for photos so ultra wides a must, but given it turns into a lovely glen walk too a macro for flora and fauna recommended. Also it will often be very low light in the cave area so a tripod necessary too.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: After the turnoff from Shipley Road (which comes from Blackheath centre) drive down Megalong Road for about 1km until you get to the hairpin bend in the low image here. Park on the open rocky area which is on the inside of the bend and then walk across the road to the entrance to Mermaid Cave environment.

North Lawson Waterfall Loop – Grade 3

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ABOUT: Make sure you come on or after rainy days as these falls are tiny after a week plus of sun only. These are not really loop walks like  South Lawson falls and you often have to double back for certain falls or lookouts. The easiest route is Fairy, Dantes and St. Michaels falls offering three very different photo opps. Fairy is a magical red curved sandstone falls. Continuing down a 15 minute steep rock walk way you come to a fern underworld with falls at Dantes Glen complete with hobbit like bridge and high curved canyon walls. A further short one way walk to St. Michaels falls, the most popular in this area. You can go on a 2km walk to echo point which has surprising views for Lawson over the deep valley, but lots of tree cover and a 3km to Frederica Falls is again worth it if you have the time.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: Most of the falls are very enclosed and you are below them so bring as wide a lens as you have. Also the ground can get slippy so a spiked tripod is useful, especially if you put it in the rock pools oh and bring a good lens cloth as the falls spray can get on your filters.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: See the actual park map below which has San Jose Ave as the ‘you are here’, but instead go to the end of St Bernards Drive and park (which is around the corner from Lawson swimming pool). From there it is 5 mins easy stroll to Fairy, then a deep 15 min descent to……

Nellies Glen – Grade 4

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ABOUT: Nellies Glen is a deep, wonderful vertical descent at the start of the 40km Six Foot Track. Walking down and back out can be done in an intensive 2 hours & good shots of small waterfalls, vertical steps & ferns & occasional ridges overhanging. Fitness must be high for the ascent.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A good wide angle and macro are best to capture the range on offer, but given it can be quite dark even midday a tripod to capture the deep red & green colours.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park at the main Six Foot Trail carpark and follow the signs. A short diversion in or out is to Norths Lookout (through the metal gate just before the track turns to the right and descends rapidly).


Pool of Siloam – Grade 3

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ABOUT: The Pool of Siloam is a pristine deep amphitheatre of ferns, small beach, pool and a delicate waterfall that feeds Gordon’s Falls further down. It is a photographers dream in terms of angles and ease of access – the pool, ferns, small rocks or some steps are the only really useful foreground. You can get around the back of it to the left but it takes away the lovely shape of these unique falls. The rock cascade is like an ancient ornament, vertical layers which in the right light seems to gleam a golden light.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A stepping stone bridge at the back allows you to take standard lens shots if you like, but to the left and right an ultra wide is best, as the falls are deceptively high close up. A good tripod which can bed itself in the sandy beach or water is very necessary as it is very dark here at times.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park in the main Gordons Falls car parks. Go to the far left of this reserve area and across the green and the steps down to the falls are marked. It is about 400+ steps down (approx 12 minutes – a 3rd is on steeper steps) which are still easy, but pace yourself coming back up the same way (approx 20-25mins) about a 100m drop all up.

Hazelbrook Waterfall Loop – Grade 3

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ABOUT: A popular route for waterfall fanatics taking in order, Burgess, Oakland and Horseshoe Falls or reversed depending on where you park. Oakland and Horseshoe, allow you to get behind the cascades for some dramatic shots looking out and they are not too slippy. As usual these falls come to life after a good 2-3 days of heavy rain, so expect a trickle if there has been no rain for a week or so.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: Tripod & wide lenses a must. Consider a neutral density filter too for long exposures of 5-10s. As you can get close to the falls a good wide angle 17 to 35 is a must and bring a good lens cloth as the falls spray can get on your filters.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: There are two ways to access this trio of falls. For Horseshoe Falls first park on Oaklands road east of the falls and take the 450m or so easy track, which goes past a few smaller falls too. Burgess is about another 10 minutes down the trail and depending on time you could skip Burgess and return on the same track.

To do Burgess first, park at the small layby area on Winbourne Road, take the route which is on the other side of the road from this small parking bay. It goes downhill through a wood for 15 mins and then follows the river down to each of the falls. You could walk out the other side on the map above so you don’t have to double back, but you need two cars ideally.

Terrace & Victor Falls Hazelbrook – Grade 3


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ABOUT: A beautiful fern gorge with two moderate falls Terrace and Victor, plus a few rock pools. Terrace falls is most spectacular with around eight cascade levels finally dropping into a pool you can walk around in moderate flow and a cave/overhand to one side. Victor is two higher falls in a small grotto and is stunning after rain and, is the first falls you come to from the Terrace Falls Road Gate. 

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: Tripod & wide lenses a must. Considered a neutral density filter too for slow exposures. As you can get close to the falls a good wide angle 16 to 35 is a must and bring a good lens cloth as the falls spray can get on your filters.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: At the ‘usually’ locked steel gate at the end of Terrace Falls Rd, walk about 15 minutes downhill on the gravel road you will then come to a map board (see below) which says Victor and Terrace are about 1 and 2km walk away on a small trail respectively – this crosses the creek twice, the last time above the top cascade of Terrace (be careful on those in heavy flow). The track can be slippy and overgrown in very wet weather so wear decent shoes.

Victor Falls right side

Princes Rock LO – Sunrise Grade 2

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ABOUT: A lovely railed ledge below the main Wentworth Falls carpark ridge with fantastic views to the Falls on the left and across the wide open Jamison Valley to the right. The sun comes up over the falls or off to the left and lights up the Jamison valley and Mount Solitary in the distance, which looks fantastic if there is mist or low cloud.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A good tripod, ultra and moderate wide lenses, grad filters and a long lens for spotting distant views.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Walk to the main top level lookout from the car park (about 2 mins down the paved road) and then take the right hand route down from this and it takes about 10 minutes to get to the marked lookout. A map is at the top anyhow.


Govetts Leap Falls – Grade 3

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ABOUT:A sheer 540ft drop, the biggest in the Blue Mountains (only about 80ft short of Yosemite’s Bridal Veil in California – often seen in famous shots taken from Discovery View). The falls trickle most of the year round but in spring it is a powerful sight or after a big downpour (at least a days worth). Although you can see it from the cliff tops and Govetts Leap car park view, a short 15 min walk will get you midway down for dramatic shots looking up and down or 25-30mins and you can stand beneath them.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: An ultra wide to capture a close up view on the trail, or standard 50mm type lenses to capture it from Govetts or to the left of it on the trail to Evans lookout. A tripod to blur the water of course, and clothes to wipe spray from the sometimes wet walk down.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: From the main Govetts Leap car park take the track to the left that winds down in front of the main platform, past two lower lookouts and then on to the falls.

Valley of the Waters – Grade 4

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ABOUT: One of the best walks for stunning waterfalls and a couple of vistas. A descent into a deep gorge along the ridge from Wentworth Falls takes in celebrated falls in order – Empress, Sylvia, Edith, Lodore, Red Rock and Brittania & Vera much lower down. Empress and Sylvia are the most photographed

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A good tripod & ultra and wide lenses. You can get very close to all falls, and a bit of scrambling actually a few inches from great angles. A 24mm is good for most shots but a 16mm area provides best coverage. An ND filter for 3-10s exposures for silky water.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: It is an moderate 20-30 min walk down from the Conservation Hut and the falls are almost next to each other once you descend on the final wooden & metal stairs. The tough part is reversing your trail after Red Rock and coming out. Be prepared for 60+ mins.


Mount Hay Fortress Ridge LO – Grade 3

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ABOUT: An off the beaten track walk to a stunning vista looking down the Grose Valley with Fortress Ridge on the right and Blackheath lookouts on the left, with a view of the less seen Grose Waterfall deep in the valley below. Fantastic on a partially cloudy way with sun rays spotting the valleys walls and river below.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: Although a shortish walk bring lightweight gear for the final cliff edge views. A light tripod and neutral density grads and an ideal lens is around 24mm – but 35mm or wider down to 16mm useful. A 100mm lens is good for shots looking down Fortress Walls on the right.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Drive down Mount Hay (ungraded 4WD) road for about 15 minutes after it turns into a dirt track. At a bend after a couple of steep declines you will see the Fortress Car Park on the left. Park here and walk through the barrier up hill and then on the track for about 30-35 mins. Don’t turn right onto the longer Lockleys route. The viewpoint is obvious at the cliff edges.


Grand Canyon Trail – Grade 4

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ABOUT: A great trail for a mix of shots from small waterfalls, gentle open canyon, high cliffs & lovely fern walkways. Best after moderate rain when the whole trail comes to life.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A moderate wide lens and tripod to capture the overall ambience and perhaps a panorama, an ultra for wide opens out the canyon.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: The whole trail is about 2-3 hrs more if you stop regularly for images. The climb out from either end can be taxing. Trail loop starts & ends near Evan’s Lookout.


Weeping Rock – Grade 2

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ABOUT: Weeping Rock is a wide, 12 foot drop falls just above the bigger Wentworth Falls. On light flow days you can actually walk around the whole base of the falls and get within inches of the water, on heavy flow days you can only walk around the left edge. These provide excellent photos on misty mornings but night shots also possible as are all day shots as it is surrounded by trees.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: Bring a tripod for smooth water. An ultra wide lens of around 16mm will capture whole area shots with ferns & trees, a 35mm lens will allow good falls only coverage and longer lenses for some close up detail. There are lots of places for tripods and moving around in front of the falls, plus a unique steel staircase on the left of the falls.

GETTNG TO THE SPOT/S: Park in the main car park and follow the trail to the top of Wentworth Falls. Weeping Rock is signposted as a loop walk. Time from Google link to falls approx: 15 mins walk downhill.


Beauchamp Falls – Grade 4

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ABOUT: A very large and beautiful waterfall which very few photographers ever get to. It is about a 30ft drop and 40ft wide or so with a traditional fan shaped spread. You have to scramble across a few rocks to get the best positions and on large flow days only one or two positions are available, on small flow days you can walk right up to the front of it on small rocks.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A good sturdy large tripod for silky blurred water and a wide lens, 24mm or wider. A telephoto for nice details especially in the middle of the falls.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: You need to go on the Grand Canyon trail starting from the Evans Lookout area After about 30-40mins when you cross the river for the first time on the stepping stones go LEFT (Rodriquez Pass option) instead of RIGHT (the Grand Canyon option). After about 20 mins you will come to a cabled, official landslide crossing area. Go across that then down to the right (back across the landslide) to the falls which you can hear clearly.


Minnehaha Falls – Grade 3

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ABOUT: An iconic 45 foot approx: waterfall which drops in two stages into a lovely green pool. Best after rain and good shots can be had right at the side of the drop pool only. Few shots on the trail on the way down. Not to be confused with the more famous Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis USA (The Song of Hiawatha by Longfellow) this was christened by a victorian settler in Katoomba, Australia in 1889 who was a fan of Longfellow – before that, the area was a sacred site and important for Aboriginal women. Another US reference is the fact that the source of this and other falls is called Yosemite Creek, in fact the region here is called Yosemite (I wonder if that same settler named that as well?). Any how, an lovely 30 minute walk down to the pool.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: For blurry soft water a tripod and a 16mm ish lens is ideal for full coverage and consider a vertical panorama using something like a 35mm.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park at the Minnehaha car park and follow the designated trail for about 25-35 mins. The last section drops steeply on steel stairs and makes a sharp left turn into the gully, but make sure you go all the way to the pool. 2.7km return.


South Lawson Waterfall Loop – Grade 3

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ABOUT: A 3 km long circuit that takes in (order) Adelina, Federal, Junction, Leslie and Cataract waterfalls. Each have their own unique character and you are able to get very close to each of them – the image above is low flow, so recommend you visit after 1 or 2 days of rain for best effect. The track is a bit overgrown in places but otherwise a moderate grade walk of about 3km.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: The walk can be done in 2 hours but that doesn’t include tripod setups and a few scrambles for position here and there. As you can get close to the falls a good wide angle 16 -35 is a must and bring a good lens cloth as the falls spray can get on your filters.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: After you park you will see signs guiding you down to Adelina first. You could also park further down Honour Ave (at the Cataract St junction) and do the circuit in reverse, starting at the bigger Cataract Falls.


Princes Rock LO – Sunset Grade 2

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ABOUT: A lovely railed ledge below the main Wentworth Falls carpark ridge with fantastic views to the Falls on the left and across the wide open Jamieson Valley to the right. Best at Sunset if you want warm cliffs and amazing rays. Fantastic foreground rocks compliment the scene.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A good low tripod, ultra and moderate wide lenses, grad filters and a long lens for spotting distant views

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Walk to the main top level lookout from the car park (about 2 mins down the paved road) and then take the right hand route down from this and it takes about 10 minutes to get to the marked lookout. A map is at the top anyhow.