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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.


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.


Sinclair Crescent Tree Arch – Grade 1

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ABOUT: A lovely tree lined roadway leading to Wentworth Falls lake. About 300m long only this tree ‘tunnel’ is very popular with photographers and best when there is mist around and the sun is either very low to create sunbursts or very high to light up the canopy against a dark foreground.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: 16 – 35mm range is best to cover an upward looking shot of the trees and road at the same time. Experiment with positions and bring a tripod for low light, a graduated is probably not necessary but a long exposure neutral density filter would be good to increase atmosphere and also blur any passing cars.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Lots of parking space opposite the lake on Sinclair Crescent and a 3 minute walk back, Be aware that this is quite a busy road at peak times.


Wentworth Falls Lake – Sunset Grade 1

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ABOUT: One of the few accessible lakes in the Blue Mountains which is actually a small dam’d reservoir. It is very popular with the locals, including me, for picnics or family walks and it is really a park atmosphere with very little of the rugged mountain feel elsewhere. There are a range of vantage points on the walk that goes about 60% around for sunrises or sunsets, but best as the sun sets on the road side of the lake taken from the more rugged side, but limited a little for foreground interest at sunrise.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: 16 – 35mm range is best to cover a wide expanse of lake and foreground. The far side of the lake has good foreground opps so make sure you walk across the dam and onto the boardwalk area. Tripod for sunset and lookout for duck foregrounds too. The left side of the lake is the only option for sunrise. Tripod for long exposure sunrises but lookout for ducks that can become blury elements!

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Lots of parking space opposite the lake on Sinclair Crescent.


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.


Queen Victoria LO – Grade 2

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ABOUT: This lookout is much visited as it is near the start/end of the Valley of Waters and National Pass routes, but it is also one of the best enclosed valley views too, taking in Tableland on the left and part of Mount Solitary ahead. A small Govett’s Leap feel & with mist at sunrise & clouds at sunset can produce good shots.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A nice platform for tripods, and a small rail free area to the right. A 16mm gets full left to right coverage, but a 50mm panorama stitch works well. Also medium telephoto to shoot down the valley.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park at the conservation hut and walk about 15 mins downhill, marked and easy to find.

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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.

 


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 30-40 min walk down from the Conservation Hut and the falls are almost next to each other once you descend on the final wooden stairs. The tough part is reversing your trail after Red Rock and coming out. Be prepared for 90+ mins.

 

 


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.

 


Tableland Rocks Transmitter Tower – Sunset Grade 2

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ABOUT: A view into the Jamison Valley from Tableland plateau, further along from Lincoln’s Rock and more rugged. It has some amazing foreground rocks, great with water in, to compliment & reflect distant valley views, especially at sunset.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A mix of telephoto and moderate wide angle. If you want some foreground rocks bring a good ultra wide lens. Stay after sunset and use your tripod for very moody atmosphere.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park at the bottom of the transmitter, which will be gated. Then walk down the track and up the other side for about 10 minutes, the rocks and view will be obvious as you curve to the right at the top of the track

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Lincoln’s Rock aka Flat Rock – Sunset Grade 1

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ABOUT: Lincoln’s Rock is one of the most accessible and open areas to take wide open Blue Mountain sunsets. It is ideal for photographers who want vast skies and a wonderful 180 degree view of the Blue Mountain’s most popular valley, Jamieson. It is ideal when there is fragmented cloud cover which of course light up nicely at sundown at all times of the year. The sunset views take in all of the Jamieson Valley with Narrowneck and Three Sisters in the distance, Wentworth Falls gully on the right and Mount Solitary and beyond on the left.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: Use ultra wide 16 t0 20mm lenses to capture the expanse, use the many foreground rocks along the 50m or so long natural rock platform.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: To get to the lookout: Park in the two obvious car areas with the steel barrier and just past that a sign with Lincoln’s Rock on it. It is 30 seconds walk to the platform.


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.