Fed by the cool mountain juice of Jamieson Creek, Wentworth Falls is a 187-metre waterfall towering over a three-tiered cliff.
At the top of the waterfall, a sandstone staircase is carved into the rock like a snake wrapped around a tree. The chiselled track overlooks a vast landscape of rolling blue-hued hills and forest; it is like something out of a Steven Speilberg film. Where are the dinosaurs?!
With the screeches of cockatoos echoing off the gully walls, it sounds as if a pterodactyl is about to swoop overhead. I am also pretty sure I just saw a raptor-like bird scurrying along the entrance lawn.
Captain Murray and his crew of four took on the challenge to carve the tracks around the waterfall in 1906. The main track, The National Pass clings to the edge of the cliff which the pioneer constructed using picks, shovels and dynamite. He abseiled down the cliff-face and just started chiselling away. What a crazy dude!
The history is embedded into the walls, trees and shallow pools of the area as stone plaques are dotted along the track explaining how it all came about. Restoration efforts over the years have continued to keep the area safe and well-maintained as well as keeping the authenticity of its history alive.