Wentworth Falls, New South Wales


Wentworth Falls, New South Wales

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Wentworth Falls
city = Sydney
state = NSW


caption =
lga = City of Blue Mountains
postcode = 2782
est =
pop = 5,650 (2006)
area =
propval =
stategov =
fedgov = Macquarie
near-nw = Leura
near-n = "Blue Mountains National Park"
near-ne = "Blue Mountains National Park"
near-w = Leura
near-e = Bullaburra
near-sw = Leura
near-s = "Jamison Valley"
near-se = Bullaburra
dist1 =
dir1 =
location1=

Wentworth Falls (coord|33|43|S|150|22|E|region:AU-NSW_type:city, elevation 867 metres) is a town in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales located 100 kilometres west of Sydney, and about 8 kilometres east of Katoomba, Australia, with a population of 5,380. It is situatued on the Great Western Highway and has a railway station on the Main Western line.

History

Originally called "The Weatherboard" after the ‘Weatherboard Inn’ built in 1814, a year later the town was named "Jamison’s Valley" by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in honour of the colony's leading private citizen, Sir John Jamison. In July 1867, the first railway journey to the Blue Mountains left Penrith and travelled through to Weatherboard Station, where the train terminated. In 1879, the village took its name from a nearby system of waterfalls, which in turn were named for William Charles Wentworth, one of the men that headed the exploration to cross the mountains in 1813 and a friend of John Jamison ["Origin of Blue Mountains Town Names" [http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au Blue Mountains City Council] ] .

Description

Kings Tableland, at the south-east corner of Wentworth Falls, contains areas of major archealogical importance, including the Kings Tableland Aboriginal Site. This area is highly significant to the Darug, Wiradjuri and Gundungarra people. Used as a gathering place for at least 14,000 years, the area contains a variety of cultural features, including engravings, axe-grinding grooves, modified rock pools and an occupation shelter [Stockton, Eugene (ed.), "Blue Mountains Dreaming" 1993, Three Sisters Press] . Ingar Picnic Ground, one of the most scenic picnic grounds in the Blue Mountains, is eight kilometres further east along Murphys Fire Trail. Further south along Kings Tableland are Sunset Lookout and McMahon’s Lookout, both of which provide long views as far south as Lake Burragorang.

The Kings Tableland area also once hosted a deer park that closed down in the late 1980s, with the site subsequently falling into private ownership. Several deer were sighted around the area for some time until they were culled by National Parks rangers. This area is also home to a privately-owned observatory and is the site of the former Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, once a major facility for the treatment of tuberculosis. Ownership of the site has shifted between Government and various private interests over the decades since it was closed in the 1980s. Sporadic development proposals for the former hospital have been the source of some local concern. The observatory in Hordern Street features three modern telescopes as well as a flat screen planetarium and is open on weekends and during school holiday periods.

Other points of interest and local institutions include the historic Grand View Hotel, the Wentworth Falls School of Arts, the Kedumba Gallery (found within the grounds of the Blue Mountains Grammar School) and Wentworth Falls Lake, an artificial lake created early in the 20th century to provide water for steam locomotives. This is now a reserve and recreation area. The School of Arts is a popular venue for local community events and theatre productions and also houses the local library.

On the north side of the town is Pitt Park. The Bathurst Traveller, later renamed Weatherboard Inn, was built here in 1826. The site, adjacent to the railway station, is now the location of the village war memorial. Charles Darwin was reported to have stayed there in 1836, walking from the inn along Jamison Creek to the cliff’s edge, about which he wrote ‘an immense gulf unexpectedly opens through the trees, with a depth of perhaps 1,500 feet’. The route he took was formally opened as Darwins Walk in 1986 and leads from Wilson Park opposite the School of Arts building to the northern escarpment of the Jamison Valley.

There are many natural lookouts in the area including Breakfast Point Lookout, Princes Rock Lookout, Wentworth Falls Lookout and Rocket Point Lookout. A track through the Valley of the Waters leads to Empress Falls, Sylvia Falls, Lodore Falls, Flat Rock Falls and, near the junction of Jamison and Valley of the Waters Creeks, the sheltered Vera Falls. [Sydney and Blue Mountains Bushwalks, Neil Paton (Kangaroo Press) 2004, pp.202-207] One of the most popular walks in the area, the National Pass, skirts the top edge of the Valley of the Waters, along a narrow claystone ledge perched halfway down the cliff, and then ascends the ridge via a series of sandstone steps built by Peter Mulheran and a group known as "The Irish Brigade" in 1908. The Conservation Hut is an information centre and restaurant in Wentworth Falls leased from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and serves as a starting point for several of these walks.

Wentworth Falls hosts several festivals and events, including the Wentworth Falls Autumn Festival in April, the Wentworth Falls Public School Art and Craft Show in May and the Task Force 72 Annual Regatta in either November or December.

Gallery

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • New South Wales 46 class locomotive — New South Wales 46 class 4615 locomotive at the Junee Roundhouse Museum Power type Electric Builder Metropolitan Vickers/Beyer Peacock …   Wikipedia

  • New South Wales — a state in SE Australia. 5,126,217; 309,433 sq. mi. (801,430 sq. km). Cap.: Sydney. * * * State (pop., 2001: 6,609,304), southeastern Australia. Bounded by Queensland, the Pacific Ocean, Victoria, and South Australia, it has an area of 309,130 sq …   Universalium

  • Wentworth Falls railway station, New South Wales — Cityrail Station alt|station name=Wentworth Falls| servicearea=Blue Mountains Line|servicearea color=#Blue Mountains line colour|servicearea textcolor=black code=WFS|town=Wentworth Falls|street=Station… …   Wikipedia

  • Medlow Bath, New South Wales — Hydro Majestic Hotel Medlow Bath is an Australian small town located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, between Katoomba and Blackheath. It has an approximate altitude of 1050m and is located approximately 115 kilometres west north… …   Wikipedia

  • Mount Wilson, New South Wales — Mount Wilson New South Wales Mount Wilson in Autumn Population: 218 (2006 Census) …   Wikipedia

  • Mount Hay (New South Wales) — Mount Hay Mount Hay Location …   Wikipedia

  • Mount Victoria, New South Wales — Mount Victoria New South Wales Mount Victoria Hotel in the 1920s …   Wikipedia

  • Mount Riverview, New South Wales — Mount Riverview New South Wales …   Wikipedia

  • Mount Irvine, New South Wales — Mount Irvine is a small village in the state of New South Wales, Australia in the City of Blue Mountains. Situated at 850 metres above sea level and 85 km from Sydney as the crow flies but more than 2 hours by car. The small area of Mount Irvine… …   Wikipedia

  • North Katoomba, New South Wales — North Katoomba is a residential village north of the Katoomba town centre in the state of New South Wales, Australia in the City of Blue Mountains. It is home to Katoomba creek and also the Minnehaha falls . Also known as Yosemite Park it is home …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.