National Pass - Blue Mountains - Australia

Valley of the Waters

We sense as we walk on that the 'dryness' is changing as we approach the Valley of the Waters section of the National Pass. Eucalypts and grasstrees give way to ground and tree ferns.

TreefernThe elevated walkway that was the catalyst for the full renovation of the trail clings to the vertical rock face and gives walkers a real sense of walking into the canopy of a rainforest.

To our left is a signposted turn that could lead us deeper into the Jamison Valley or take us to Vera Falls. Alas, we note another journey for the future.

Emerging from the forest, we cross stepping stones to a broad rock platform that announces the start of The Valley of the Waters.

Across this platform runs the creek that has formed the slot canyon and waterfalls of this mystical valley. Before us tumble the enchanting Crystal Cascades as they splash their way past us and then to the valley below.

Following this enchanting stream's path, we look south to the Jamison Valley to find a distant view framed by a series of towering cliffs reaching to the sky.

StreamWe're confronted now with a stepped climb through this valley with an energetic stream splashing and tumbling, our constant companion.

As we approach the top of the valley, we cross the stream, pass between huge fallen boulders and around the base of giant eucalypts. The next delight nature presents is Empress Falls.

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