Blue Mountains

Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, NSW. © James Horan & Destination NSW

Blue Mountains

Breathe deep in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area – one million hectares of sandstone cliffs, bushland, waterfalls and eucalypt forest. Visit Wentworth Falls and the Three Sisters and go underground in Jenolan Caves. Do short bushwalks or longer hikes such as the Kanangra to Katoomba Walk or the Six Foot Track to Katoomba. Enjoy restaurants, retreats, and vibrant arts and events.

Aboriginal Heritage, Blue Mountains, NSW,
Aboriginal Heritage, NSW

1. Go walkabout with an Aboriginal guide

Discover a rich Aboriginal heritage in the Blue Mountains - from the legend of the Three Sisters to ancient art and ceremonial sites.  Visit the shallow cave of Lyrebird Dell, an Aboriginal campsite around 12,000 years old. See fine hand stencils and prints  at Red Hands Cave near Glenbrook. You can reach the cave on a walking trail past Camp Fire Creek, where many years ago an Aboriginal tribe left axe-grinding grooves on volcanic rock. Go walkabout with a local Darug guide and learn about the songlines that connect sacred sites. See bark and body painting demonstrations, taste bush tucker and swim in a crystal clear billabong under a rainbow waterfall. Get up close to wildlife, explore sandstone caves and listen to the Dreamtime stories that wove this wilderness.

Six Foot Track, NSW
Six Foot Track, NSW

2. Walking, with great gulps of mountain air

Soak up the Blue Mountains scenery – streams, waterfalls, forested valleys, dark ravines and sheer cliffs – on one of the many well-marked walking trails. Follow the original 1884 horse track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves on the three-day Six Foot Track. Or follow the easy Princes Rock Walk to a lookout over Wentworth Falls, Kings Tableland and Mount Solitary.  You can wade and boulder-hop your way down the Glenbrook Gorge on the Glenbrook Gorge Track. Or creep up the sheer cliffs around Wentworth Falls on the challenging National Pass.  Trek the Pulpit Rock Track past swamps, eucalypt forests and open heathland to be rewarded with a 280-degree panorama of the blue gum forest of Grose Valley.

Jenolan Caves, NSW
Jenolan Caves, NSW

3. Next to natural attractions

You’ll marvel at nature’s majestic statements in the Blue Mountains. Pay homage to the Three Sisters from Katoomba. Then visit Wentworth Falls, a picturesque waterfall on the edge of the Jamison Valley. Watch it plunge almost 300 metres and check out the valley views from the walks that circle it. Stand on the top of the narrow sandstone outcrop of Hanging Rock and hear your voice echo through the enormous, forested valley below. Don’t miss the underground rivers, prehistoric formations and huge chambers of Jenolan Caves, the world’s oldest open underground cave system.  Get goosebumps on a ghost tour or enjoy a monthly cave concert with natural acoustics and fairytale ambience. In Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, you can step back in time with the Wollemi Pine, one of the world’s oldest and rarest plants.

Blue Mountains, NSW
Blue Mountains, NSW

4. With high tea or a hot dinner

The Blue Mountains is a place to eat, drink and indulge. Lunch on Leura's pretty tree-lined streets, then browse the galleries, boutiques and bric-a-brac stores. Fine dine in front of a roaring fire or do coffee and cake in an art deco café in Katoomba. Shop for gourmet food at Blackheath or take high tea in a majestic, historic home at Jenolan Caves. During June, July and August, you can embrace the Yulefest celebrations with a Christmas roast and pudding around a roaring fire. Wherever you eat and drink, you’ll love the food prepared with care and the seductive mountain settings.

Zig Zag Railway, NSW
Zig Zag Railway, NSW

5. On a long, leisurely drive

Take on adventure on the Greater Blue Mountains Drive – a series of linked drives and discovery trails that circle the 10,000 square kilometer Blue Mountains World Heritage area. You can journey to surrounding regions such as Macarthur and the Southern Highlands, , Mudgee, the Hunter Valley and the Hawkesbury. Or explore magical places within the Blue Mountains – including Kurrajong, The Mounts, Blackheath and Megalong – on 18 discovery trails. If you tire of being behind the wheel, jump on the Zig Zag Railway, a vintage steam train that follows the original line from Bell to Lithgow.

Around two hours from Sydney you’ll find one of New South Wales’ most iconic landmarks, The Three Sisters.

Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, these weathered sandstone peaks, formed over thousands of years, tower more than 900 metres high among the cliffs of the Jamison Valley. The best views are from the Echo Point lookout at Katoomba.

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Blue MountainsFind out more about the Blue Mountains on the Tourism New South Wales website.