Located in north Katoomba is Minnehaha Reserve, home to Minnehaha Falls. The
falls are on Yosemite Creek, above Katoomba Creek junction, and accessible to
walkers. The reserve is at the end of Minnie Ha Ha Road, off South Street. There
is a 2.7 kilometres return walk from the carpark to the Falls.
The pool at the bottom of the falls was once over 30 metres deeps and was
formerly known as ‘Bottomless Pool’. Today the pool is filled filled by
sediment, making the pool ankle deep during the dry season.
The area also has fine examples of ‘Hanging Swamps’. The habitat is the
result of porous sandstone layered with impermeable ironstone and shale belts.
Although water can flow easily through the sandstone, when it hits the ironstone
it is forced to the surface, creating the permanent damp conditions and
sometimes springs. This unique habitat known as ‘Hanging Swamps’ is colonised by
swamp vegetation and peat formation.