19 October 2018 · Weekend Drives


Only a short drive from Penrith Toyota, you'll stumble across some of the Blue Mountains hidden gems. Like the South Lawson Waterfall walk, taking in four small but pretty waterfalls. It’s the perfect way to jump in the car and spend a Sunday.

The South Lawson Circuit Walk is an undiscovered and unpretentious bushwalk that takes in four small but very pretty waterfalls in the southern part of Lawson, a quiet town 14km east of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.

– Distance: 2.5km (circuit)
– Time: 1.5 hours
– Grade: easy / moderate (some steep parts)
– Dogs: allowed

Lawson Waterfall with Penrith Toyota

Besides the waterfall circuit walk in the south, there are some other interesting walking tracks to be found in the northern part of Lawson. The most popular track on the other side of the Great Western Highway is the Empire Pass, a 5km bushwalk with several waterfalls on the way.

The best time to do this walk is after a period of rain when the waterfalls are the most impressive. Be mindful that the track can get a bit muddy so be sure to bring proper hiking shoes.


The start of the circuit walk is well sign-posted at the corner of Honour Ave and Livingstone St. The map that you can find at the starting point is very useful as it gives you a good sense of where the waterfalls are located.

Although it’s a circuit walk, there are a few intersections along the way where things can get a bit confusing, so it’s a good idea to have a close look at the map before you start the walk.

Lawson's Circuit is an absolute must walk and can be conquered by all ages and levels of fitness. With outstanding waterfalls (especially a day after a downpour) it is one of the most amazing natural outdoor activities to do.

Bushwalk Start

This bushwalk has alot to offer, with cascading waters, tall trees and surrounding bushland., feel of the water dripping onto your skin as you stand under a waterfall... it is breathtaking! 

Trek Tips!

  • Make sure you wear sturdy sandshoes or hiking boots as there are many uneven, slippery and muddy paths
  • Hold onto the rails when going down the stairs made out of rock as they are quite steep and slippery after a rainy day 
  • Bring plenty of water and if you are planning on making a day out of it, bring lots of food to replenish the lost energy!