As predicated by the weather forecasters, the early clouds lifted, the sun shone and the sky was blue: lovely conditions for a walk, but nobody turned up
at the park or at Leura Cascades. So here is a report on what you missed. The photos were taken on the recce.
The Prince Henry Cliff Walk started at Scenic World Katoomba. There were lots of people around during the school holidays when Rex and Robyn did the walk on Tuesday 29 September.
Morning Tea was planned for the first lookout, with spectacular views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary, Ruined Castle and Orphan Rock.
The walk followed the cliff top around to Echo Point. A lot of work has been done on the track to the Three Sisters. Our walk shared the first part of the Three Sisters track, but we stayed on the cliff top when they went down to the Giant Staircase. There were many lookouts along the route. At Echo Tree lookout we clearly heard the echo.
After we crossed Banksia streamlet, we passed through a lovely area with tree ferns. There was also a large hanging swamp. The track went up to the road, where we passed Solitary, an upmarket restaurant, before entering the bush again to see Fossil Rock. We took the side track to Bridal Veil Falls Lookout, which was our planned lunch stop.
The last part of the Cliff Walk was closed, because there had been a land slip in August. We made a detour via the top of Bridal Veil Falls and Leura Cascades. This added some steps to what was otherwise a fairly level walk (for the Blue Mountains).
We ended the walk at the Leura Cascades car park.
I felt that this was a worthwhile walk to do – perhaps next time it could be an all-together walk to ensure that a reasonable sized group of walkers attend.
"Morning Tea was planned ... with spectacular views of Katoomba Falls, [Orphan Rock] ... and the Three Sisters."
"After we crossed Banksia streamlet, we passed through a lovely area with tree ferns." ......
...."There was also a large hanging swamp."
And, all in the space of 15 minutes, specatular rock formations.
"We took the side track to Bridal Veil Falls Lookout, which was our planned lunch stop."
Words and photos by Robyn M.