Charles Darwin Trail

In 1836, Charles Darwin walked from the Weatherboard Inn along Jamison Creek to the cliff's edge to where 'an immense gulf unexpectedly opens through the trees, with a depth of perhaps 1,500 feet'. The track was formally opened in 1986 and now leads from Wentworth Falls train station all the way to the top of Wentworth Falls. Lots of bridges, shallow waterholes, boardwalks and sheltered overhangs make this an ideal family walk.

Grade: Easy

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Distance: 3.1 kilometres one way

Ascent/Descent: 70 metres gradual descent, 80 metres ascent

Weather: Suitable for all conditions

Closest public transport: Wentworth Falls Railway Station is 300 metres from the start of the walk. Local bus 685 runs past the corner of Fletcher St and Falls Rd, 500 metres from the picnic area where the walk ends.

Finding the track

From Wentworth Falls railway station, turn right onto the Great Western Highway and then turn left into Falls Road at the first set of traffic lights. On your left, you'll see a play park and tennis courts. In the park, adjacent to the tennis courts, is a large sign indicating the beginning of the Darwin Trail.

Walk directions

Follow the track as it runs parallel to the creek. After about 2 kilometres, you arrive at a fork, where the main track veers up to the right, signposted to the Picnic Area. Ignore this track and instead stick left, staying on the narrower track that follows the creek. This narrow track takes you to the bottom of Weeping Rock, and from here to the top of Wentworth Falls (the start of many other walks including Rocket Point, Undercliff/Overcliff Walk, the National Pass and Wentworth Pass).

You can either return the way you came or walk back along Falls Road to the Great Western Highway.

For more track notes, refer to Blue Mountains Best Bushwalks, published by Woodslane Press and available from Lamdha Books in Wentworth Falls village, or online via http://www.woodslane.com.au.