Infuriatingly, my favourite location to shoot in the Blue Mountains National Park has several names. But as best as I can ascertain, this creek is called Leura Falls Creek. It is also referred to and marked on maps as Leura Creek, Leura Valley Creek and Leura Cascades Creek.

One of the problems with knowing where you are along this creek is the fact that until it reaches the escarpment and drops straight down as Bridal Veil Falls, the creek is under the control of the Blue Mountains City Council (the BMCC). Thereafter it is under the control of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

For its part, the BMCC has a habit of misnaming locations, or at least refusing to rename locations to conform to UN standards introduced last century to prevent locations having the same name. Thus, the BMCC still refers to Bridal Veil Falls as Leura Falls.For its part, the NPWS apparently employs grade school children to draw its maps, ie completely out of scale and definitely not true to the actual tracks.

No wonder people get lost. Often when I return to my car at the Leura Cascades picnic area, recently arrived tourists will arrive, look around at the waterfall above the picnic area and ask "Is this it?".

It is most definitely not it. A walk along the track beside the creek reveals a long series of gentle cascades culminating in a pool under a cliff overhang (this photograph). Then, as I said, the creek drops over the massive Bridal Veil Falls. More walking takes you to the un-signposted Amphitheatre Track which takes you to the base of Bridal Veil Falls and beyond, Weeping Rock. More walking, longer this time, takes you to Leura Falls proper, and further down the creek you can reach Adeline Cascades, which I have only found marked on a map made in 1896, and which are riddled with massive boulders. This is all on the same creek.

Only a small percentage of people ever leave the picnic area next to the car park. It is pleasant there, no question about it. A fair number will walk down to the location of this photograph. Some of those venture no further and miss the lookout over Bridal Veil Falls. An even smaller number of people go on the Amphitheatre Track. Often I will be at the base of Bridal Veil Falls for hours and not encounter a single other person. I have never seen another person at Leura Falls or beyond.

Contrary to the EXIF, this photograph was taken on 22 February 2009. At the time I experiencing the problem that every time I replaced the batteries in the grip of the 5D2 out of order, the camera would re-set all of its data to its new, unused position.

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