Blue Mountains hidden places for kids | Katoomba Cascades

Hidden places for kids - Katoomba Cascades

By Christine Knight

The Blue Mountains is full of secret walks and waterfalls, just waiting to be discovered. Our favorite place to take our preschooler is Katoomba Cascades, a small waterfall on a trail that starts at Katoomba Falls Park, on Cliff Drive.

The short 300 metre walk down to the falls takes about 15 mins, making it the perfect distance for smaller children. On the day we went it was extremely muddy even though we were in the middle of a long spell of dry weather, so be sure to wear closed shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

Hidden places for kids - Katoomba Cascades Hidden places for kids - Katoomba Cascades

Blue Mountains - Katoomba CascadesThe track is such easy walking that even our preschooler could handle it. At the bottom of the walk is a bench seat and some shade, as well as plenty of rocks to sit on. On a hot day, take your shoes off and enjoy the clear, sparkling water.

The water at the base of the cascades is very shallow, so it’s a popular spot for kids to cool down. There are very few places like this where the walk in is so accessible yet you can get so close to a waterfall.

My preschooler needed a hand from Dad as the water was a little deep for her in places, like right under the waterfall. Despite the cool temperature of the water, she was happy to frolic long after her lips had started to turn blue. A few of the water-lovers in our group climbed up the rocks into the base of the cascades and enjoyed a solitary spot to contemplate life for a while.

Hidden places for kids - Katoomba CascadesWith the fresh scent of the bush and the roar of the waterfall surrounding us, we felt like we were deep in the bush, rather than being just a few hundred metres off a main road.

If your kids are older and have more stamina, you can continue the walk by following the Kedumba river to the spot where it falls into the valley. A beautiful view will reward your efforts.

Hidden places for kids - Katoomba CascadesBlue Mountains - Katoomba CascadesBack up at the start of the walk is a large grassed area that is perfect for picnicking and playing games before or after the waterfall walk. There are no bathrooms nearby though, so prepare accordingly.

If you’re after more things to do in the area, drive to the nearby (and extremely kid-friendly) Gingerbread Cafe, or enjoy some more nature with further bush walks around Leura, Katoomba and Blackheath. If you have children who are too young to take on longer bush walks, nearby Scenic World provides several different ways for families to enjoy the bush without much physical exertion.

How far would you go on a day trip from your town?

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    • Maxabella says

      It looks so peaceful! I find bushwalking in the Blue Mountains rather intimidating (I picture being airlifted out of some tough spot by helicopter), but this has given me a do-able place to start!! x

  1. says

    This is why I love living in the Blue Mountains, it is such a beautiful place :) When Hubby & I first moved here we did quite a few walks with waterfalls. We haven’t taken the girls bushwalking yet so will need to try one out when its warmer and the ground is dried out. :)

    • Maxabella says

      I didn’t know you were from around there, Jo. Quite a different environment for you these days!! x

    • Maxabella says

      I think that sounds about right for a day trip, Malinda. I might stretch my bigs to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the destination. x

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