Wentworth Falls Circuit via Hippocrene & Vera Falls, Blue Mountains NSW
An excellent circuit at Wentworth Falls that takes in numerous waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, including the lesser visited Hippocrene Falls and Vera Falls.
An excellent circuit walk taking in a less travelled section of the Jamison Valley at Wentworth Falls. There are the usual grand sandstone cliffs the region is famous for, as well as numerous waterfalls of all shapes and sizes. On the day we did this walk the wind was so strong that Wentworth Falls was ‘falling’ upward. (You can see this best in my final three pictures). It’s not a long walk but there is 650m of descent into the valley via Wentworth Falls, and then the ascent back out through the Valley of the Waters (walking clockwise, although it can be done in either direction).
Wentworth Falls Circuit via Hippocrene & Vera Falls: The Scenery
We used track notes in Best Bush Walks of the Blue Mountains. There are also notes in the anti-clockwise direction on Bushwalking NSW. We walked clockwise from the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area at the end of Falls Road. Walking first to the falls, we dropped down into the valley, following the track just a little past one end of the Wentworth Pass, where the route to Hippocrene Falls and Vera Falls is signposted.
In 2019 the track was reasonably well marked with pink tape in a few areas where it was indistinct. It roughly follows Jamison Creek until shortly after you cross Den Fenella Creek (a small stream), at which point it begins to climb out of the valley along Valley of the Waters Creek. Hippocrene Falls is right next to the track, and both the base and top of Vera Falls can be visited on short side tracks.
From Vera Falls you continue on to pass the other end of the Wentworth Pass, then up further through the Valley of the Waters to Conservation Hut back up on the plateau. We then took the Short Cut Track and part of the Overcliff-Undercliff Track back to the start, and stopped at some lookouts along the way. I also visited Princes Rock Lookout after I finished the walk, but you can do this on the outward leg. There are excellent views of Wentworth Falls from this lookout, and it’s only a short side trip from the main track.