National Pass - Blue Mountains - Australia

Queens Cascade

Just along our path we come across the tumbling brook once again.

Here it's worthwhile to venture a few steps to the water's edge where I've often seen large freshwater yabbies sitting patiently in a sandy hollow beneath the crystal clear water waiting for a tasty morsel to float by.

If we arrive early enough, we can sit and listen to the kookaburras laughing and the magpies carolling as they welcome a new Blue Mountains morning.

RosellaAt any time of the day, if we sit quietly by this brook, we may see beautiful crimson rosellas, honeyeaters and other small birds feasting on native plant seeds and the nectar of wild flowers.

The distinctive call of a whipbird and the answer from his mate is often heard – even if they are seldom seen.

We leave this serenity and walk a short distance, drawn by the sounds of rushing water onto the wide sand and rock ledge.

This is Queens Cascade at the top of Wentworth Falls.

Except for the strong sandstone stepping stones and safety fence, this is a place of untouched natural splendour ... a place never to be forgotten ... a place where I must stop to ponder, no matter how many times I've taken this track.

Building the National Pass

The National Pass hiking track was built with picks, shovels, crowbars and dynamite between 1906 and 1907. It involved cutting a zig-zag staircase into a cliff face and became a very popular walking trail.   Learn more

Restoring the Trail

After 95 years service, the track had to be closed in 2002. Bushfires, rain storms and landslides played havoc with fencing and wooden bridges. The $1.5 million restoration project won a National Trust award.   Learn more

Bushwalking Tips

Walking this historic trail will be more enjoyable if you prepare well. Bring a camera and binoculars if you can. Make sure you have adequate clothing should the weather change. Carry water and snacks. Don't stray off the trail.