Bridal Veil Falls, New South Wales

Bridal Veil Falls in May 2011

After traveling over 9,000 miles, I wasn’t suffering jet-lag as much as some people might. I took the CityLink train from Sydney to Katoomba, which was an enjoyable two hour ride. After getting here, I went to check in at the lodge because I couldn’t carry around my bags anymore. I wasn’t sure what to do with myself after this, though.

I thought about visiting Wentworth Falls, but realized that I had not planned that out very well train-schedule-wise. I decided to head instead for the falls closer by. I bought a Blue Mountain Explorer bus pass, which is definitely handy, but missed the bus as it was passing by. I decided I must be crazy enough to keep going, looked at the map, and decided to head toward the Leura Cascades. It didn’t seem too far away, and it really wasn’t. Following the signs, I wandered through lush forests to finally arrive at this waterfall here. It’s at the Bridal Veil Lookout, and I’ve seen it referred to as Bridal Veil Falls. This is confusing as there is another waterfall nearby with the exact same name. This waterfall is the plunge below the Leura Cascades. It’s an impressive drop, though hard to photograph from the top.

Directions:

  1. If in Katoomba, I would suggest taking the Blue Mountain ExplorerLink bus to stop 16 or 17. Both will lead you to the Leura Cascades and Bridal Veil Falls. If you start at 16, you can loop around to 17, and vice-versa.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate, there are some slippery parts here, though there are stairs, especially if you start at stop 17)
Height: Unsure (hundreds of feet)
Hike: 0.6 miles or so round-trip

Where in the World is Bridal Veil Falls?

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