- 1Where to find Horseshoe Falls walking track
- 2Difficulty level of Horseshoe Falls Hazelbrook
- 3What is there to see at Horseshoe Falls Hazelbrook
- 3.1Unnamed Waterfall
- 3.2Horseshoe Falls
- 3.3Oakland Falls
- 3.4Burgess Falls
- 4Safety in the Blue Mountains
- 5Where to stay in the Blue Mountains
- 6My Photography Equipment
Living in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Australia, I have a pretty much endless reserve of walks at my disposal a short drive away. Yet there’s a few Blue Mountains bushwalks that rank in my favourites that I will go back to over and over again.
The lovely Horseshoe Falls in Hazelbrook is one of them. Not only is it a really lovely and not too difficult walk that is easy to fit in on an evening after work, but it is a beautiful spot for photography.
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Where to find Horseshoe Falls walking track
The suburb of Hazelbrook in the Blue Mountains is located on the Great Western Highway 32 kilometres west of Penrith, 17 kilometres before you get to Katoomba. It isn’t a large town, like many mountains towns the commercial part of the town is situated alongside the highway and the railway line while the residential extends beyond. The commercial part has grown over recent years, with a number of new stores and restaurants now in the complex on the Northern side, along with the local supermarket.
There are two Hazelbrook waterfalls, Terrace Falls on the Southern side and Horseshoe Falls on the Northern, and they are a well known Hazelbrook feature. Neither are on tracks that fall within National Park, so they are among the dog friendly walks of the Blue Mountains.
Entry is approximately one kilometre down Oaklands Road on the right. It is almost on a bend so its a good idea to turn around in Brook Street in order to park in the clearing near the entry.
You will see a metal fence beside the footpath that sits above a creek. The signposted entry to the track is just beyond the fence.
You may also see this track referred to as the Burgess Falls Walking Track. Burgess Falls is the last waterfall along the route.
Difficulty level of Horseshoe Falls Hazelbrook
This is a fairly short track at less than three kilometres. The entry sign says 2 hours return to Burgess Falls but I think this is a pretty conservative time.
The main track isn’t difficult, a few gentle slopes, stairs and boardwalks plus a creek crossing. It stays this way until it reaches the turnoff for Burgess Falls. The track follows the creek as it creates the waterfalls on its way to join up with Hazelbrook Creek.
Each of the waterfalls along the track is a deviation from the main path, and may involve some downhill scramble. The main track can get quite wet after rain, naturally the best time to ogle the waterfalls! Given each of the falls is low there also seems to be a tendency for fallen trees to collect near the falls, and I’ve often had to climb over to get the right angles for photos.
What is there to see at Horseshoe Falls Hazelbrook
This track is not only a pretty walk and nice and cool in the summer due to its sheltered position, but it also features a total of five waterfalls, two of which you are able to photograph from behind the falling water.
This is a popular local walking track so it is best to aim for an early start. I’ve had it virtually to myself in the evenings too.
The first waterfall which is a scurry off the main track has no sign indicating a name, and my research has not turned one up for it either. While it lacks the atmosphere of a couple of the others on this route, it is still worth the deviation for a look after a rainfall.
This is the highest of the waterfalls, so has the most sunlight. This is better photographed early or late in the day. Be aware that the rocks are quite slippery when in search of the best photo vantage point.
One kilometre from the entry off Oaklands Road and another scramble off the main track you will come to Horseshoe Falls. You may also see this referred to as Glow Worm Nook Falls, the sign at the falls seems to refer to it as both.
This is one of the falls you can walk behind for some shots through the water. I believe this may be the location of the Aboriginal shelter which I have found mentioned in my research.
Again, this is one to hit early if you’re hoping to do some long exposure photography on these falls, or use an ND filter to cut down on the highlights. You can check out my photography equipment and long exposure tips for more information.
There is another waterfall if you follow along the path you can see in the photo above, but I have yet to be able to get close to that one.
My favourite angles for these falls are off to either side.
The above image may mean standing in the creek.
This image can be taken from the path leading to another waterfall.
As implied by the secondary name, if you’re game to return at night you will find the cave behind the waterfall is home to a glow worm colony. If this is an experience you’d prefer not to do solo, you can take a tour with a local guide.
The next fall along the track is Oakland Falls, at just over two kilometres from the entry, and this is without a doubt my favourite of the group. If you’ve brought small children along I’d advise having two adults, as this one involves a bit more challenging climb down rocks and you might want to pass the kids down.
This is another fall you are able to walk behind to photograph, and in my experience generally has a little more water flowing. In any case it makes for a spectacular and ethereal photo, you could almost swear this was a place for the faeries.
The last waterfall along this track is Burgess Falls, just short of the three kilometre mark. Be sure to return to the main track from Oakland Falls, while there is another track at the bottom the time I attempted it I was not able to find the Falls.
Probably the least spectacular of these falls, and also the most challenging to access requiring quite a bit of scramble and even a tumble on my part!
Unfortunately the sun was high when I visited this fall and I didn’t yet have an ND filter in my kit so the long exposure shots were not successful. Definitely one to get back to!
There are so many amazing waterfalls to find in the Blue Mountains! If you want to see more you can check out my list of the best – I’m always adding to it!
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Safety in the Blue Mountains
While you should have phone signal through most of this track, its still a good idea to keep some basic safety principles in mind and carry basic equipment when bushwalking in the Blue Mountains. Check out these safety tips and essential equipment.
Where to stay in the Blue Mountains
If you are looking for something unique there are so many charming Airbnb’s to choose from for your stay in the Blue Mountains. I even want to stay in some of them!
My Photography Equipment
If you’re interested in checking out the equipment I use and the results I get check out my photography journey.
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