About Wentworth Falls
Wentworth Falls is one of the major
villages in the Blue
Mountains. It is known for its magnificent scenery,
charm and bushwalking tracks. Originally it was called
Weatherboard after a weatherboard hut built in 1814.
In 1879 that the name was changed to Wentworth Falls
in honour of William Charles Wentworth, who, along
with Blaxland and Lawson, succeeded in the first
crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813.
In 1826 William Boyles built an inn that became known as the ‘Weatherboard
Inn'. In 1836 Charles Darwin stopped briefly at the Inn, as did numerous other
Wentworth Falls Lake has swimming
and a picnic area. The
surrounding Blue Mountains National Park also provides
numerous picnic spots. Wentworth Falls is an ideal
location for introducing the family to bush walking.
From Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, a short 1 km walk
to Princes Rock Lookout provides magnificent views
of the Falls, Jamison Valley and Kings Tableland.
Longer walks will take you into the valley below.
The bird life around the Falls is prolific. The National
Parks and Wildlife Service have prepared a booklet
that details the walking tracks in the area.
On Blaxland Road the golf enthusiast
can enjoy a round on the 18-hole golf course located
at the Wentworth Falls Country Club.
Wentworth Falls hosts several festivals,
including the Wentworth Falls Lake Regatta in February,
the Autumn Festival in April, and the Wentworth Falls
Public School Art and Craft Show in May.
Places to visit
Beautifully located in a large mountain garden this restored weatherboard cottage
displays art work by artists like of Arthur Boyd and Charles Blackman.
Grand View Hotel
The original Hotel was built during the tourism boom in 1883. The present building
on the Great Western Highway was completed in 1930.
Kings Tableland Observatory
This astronomical observatory is located on Hordern Rd off Tablelands Rd. There
is a flat screen planetarium and two modern telescopes. Solar viewing is
available on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.
Accessible only by 4wd via a 20 km side road off Tableland Rd the lookout offers
excellent views over the waters of Lake Burragorang.
Wentworth Falls Antique Centre
Browse amongst antiques, furniture, collectables, memorabilia, and decorative
arts. The centre is located in the Wentworth Falls village and boasts that
it is the most beautiful antique centre in the mountains!
Wentworth Falls Lake
Situated in Sinclair Crescent North, off the Great Western Highway, Wentworth
Falls Lake was originally created by damming Jamison Creek to form a reservoir
for the railway. It is now a popular picnic spot with swimming, ducks, geese,
a children's adventure playground and barbecue facilities.
Unfortunately no longer open to the public, Yester Grange is a Victorian country
house built in 1890 by the retired sea captain John Smith.
The spring air is fresh and crisp with
the average temperature around 15 degrees Celsius.
Summer brings warm days with the occasional
cool night. The temperature in the mountains ranges
from cool and damp on the forest floors to hot and
dry on the plateaus. The summer temperature averages
Autumn is a wonderful time in the
Blue Mountains with a magnificent display of autumn
During winter the region receives
the occasional snowfall turning it into a magical
winter playground. The temperature at night can drop
as low as -8 degrees Celsius and can rise to a maximum
of 18 degrees during the day. The average temperature
for winter is 10 degrees.
Mountain weather can be unpredictable
and anyone hiking through this area should be prepared
for all conditions as one may experience quite rapid
changes in weather, regardless of the season.
From Sydney the Blue Mountains can be approached
- Via Great Western Highway (M4). This is the
most direct route and it is only a 90 minute drive
from Sydney to the centre of the Blue Mountains
- Via the Bells Line of Road through Windsor and
Richmond. This road was named after the explorer
Archibald Bell, who navigated the route in 1823.
Trains to the Blue Mountains depart Sydney's
Central Station hourly. The trip from Sydney to Katoomba
takes approximately 2 hours. Trains to Central station
can be accessed directly from Sydney airport.
Several coach companies offer services to the Blue Mountains. There are also
shuttle services available from Sydney Airport and the Sydney Metropolitan
Area to and from all Blue Mountains accommodation.
Wentworth Falls offers a wide range
of accommodation types including charming cosy guesthouses,
cottages, bed and breakfasts, and houses.
Tourism Blue Mountains http://www.bluemountainstourism.org.au
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