Do you love waterfalls? And do you love hiking? Then one of the walks in the Blue mountains that you must do is the Valley of the Waters. The walk is into the canyon and passes through the various waterfalls. It provides an astonishing views of the Blue mountains and the waterfalls along the way.
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Where is Valley of the waters?
Passing through many waterfalls, the Valley of the waters is in the Blue Mountains National Park. Among the other hikes, the Valley of Waters hike is considered as one of the best, popular and amazing hikes. The walk starts at the Conservation Hut which is a small café in Wentworth Falls of the Blue Mountains.
How to get to the Valley of the waters?
The Conservation Hut is around 100 kilometres from Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and the drive takes around 1 hour 20 minutes.
- The route has toll roads.
- There are free parking spots available.
By Public transport
The public transport is a combination of a train and a bus from and to Sydney.
- Trains – The Blue mountains line from the Central train station in Sydney goes to the Wentworth Falls train station.
- And then one needs to take bus number 685 from the Wentworth Falls train station to the Great Western Highway Before Falls Road.
- Up to date information on the trains and buses can be found on the Transport for NSW.
Valley of the waters hike
The hike is quite challenging with the path being slippery. Even though this is one of the hard hikes, the hike is totally rewarding and worth it. It is definitely one of the best hikes I have done in the Blue mountains.
If you enjoy hikes then the Blue Mountains has such amazing hikes such as The Grand Canyon, Hike to Ruined Castle, Glenbrook to Red Hands Cave hike, Castle Head walk, Hike to Pulpit Rock lookout and Dantes Glen loop walk.
Some of the waterfalls that the hike passes through are:
- Empress Falls,
- Sylvia Falls, and
- Lodore Falls.
Logistics of the Valley of Waters Hike
- Starting and finishing point: The Conservation Hut in Wentworth Falls.
- Distance: 6 kilometres return. This depends on how far and deep you wish to go. You can also choose to return at 4 or 5 kilometres.
- Type of walk: Return. The path goes down and then comes back up and is a loop.
- Time required: ~5 hours.
- Grade: Hard.
Safety for Solo Female Hikers
Even though the Blue Mountains is a pretty safe area in Australia, I would still not suggest doing the Valley of the Waters hike alone. As a Hiking 101, you always need to have a buddy so you are prepared for any unforeseen situations. Also, the area has a lot of wildlife, including snakes, wallabies, and native birds, and there are remote areas that do not have any mobile signal. It is best to go with a hiking buddy.
Download Emergency Plus app for any unforeseen situations. The app does not require mobile network and it shows the location of where you are. This is useful to let the emergency services know, in case there is any emergency.
If you are a tourist, always make sure to have a good comprehensive travel insurance to cover yourself in case of any emergency.
The Valley of waters in the Blue Mountains is one of the challenging one day hikes in the Blue Mountains. I would recommend doing this walk as it is one of the most famous walks. The waterfalls on the track are spectacular and very pretty.
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