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Blue Mountains


That blue hue

The Blue Mountains get their characteristic blue haze from the mixing of sunlight with drops of oil released by the eucalypts that blanket the region's vast tablelands and valleys.

Must Do

Blue Mountains Events Calendar

The Blue Mountains is abuzz with events throughout the year.

The Bicentennial Festival of Walking offers an extensive range of cultural, food-themed and nature-based bushwalks through the area in October. Try the Wine and Cheese Tasting Walk, Beer Enthusiasts Walk, Katoomba Arts Walk, or Jenolan Caves River Cave Tour. 

The Leura Garden Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary featuring 11 distinctively stylised gardens. Discover more flora during Wild About Waratahs and the Oberon and Villages Spring Garden Festival

Lithgow hosts two unique festivals in 2014. The town’s centre is transformed for Halloween on 31 October with themed restaurant menus, a zombie parade and a spectacular light and project show. The Lithgow Flash Gift Carnival attracts some of the country’s fastest sprinters to the town in November. 

The Blue Mountains

A cave guide explains to visitors how Chifley Cave salagtites are formed by David HillView the iconic Three Sisters from Echo Point Lookout, Blue Mountains. Image George Patterson Partners, Destination NSW

Less than two hours from Sydney by road or train, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is one of the country's most spectacular icons. The surrounding picturesque towns of Blackheath, Faulconbridge, Katoomba, Leura, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria, Springwood, Wentworth Falls, Hartley, Lithgow and Oberon offer a great range of restaurants and accommodation as well as an endless variety of fun things to do. For one-of-a-kind experiences visit Scenic World for stunning panoramic views of the region, or head underground at the Jenolan Caves, one of the oldest cave systems in the world.

Bushwalks abound in the region, an excellent way to take in the region's natural attractions, with trails to suit all comfort levels.

Discover the region's Aboriginal history and culture with guided walks, artwork exhibitions and traditional performances.

Fancy a spot of shopping? You'll find quaint gift shops featuring antiques, Australiana, books, confectionary, fine art and more.

The Blue Mountains make for the perfect holiday destination for families, nature lovers, and adventure seekers.

Blue Mountains in spring

Leura garden festival

Visit the Blue Mountains in spring. The region's majestic scenery forms the backdrop of a busy events calendar including village markets, flower festivals, cultural celebrations, sporting events and more.

Enjoy panoramic vistas aboard NSW TrainLink's relaxing two-hour train ride from Sydney and take advantage of seasonal accommodation deals with Stayz and Wotif.

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A scenic ride to
the Blue Mountains

Experience a day out full of spectacular scenery, stunning bushwalks, cable-car rides and gourmet meals in the Blue Mountains. The scenic and relaxing two-hour train ride from Sydney includes panoramic views as the train hugs the cliff edges - views you'd miss from a car.

Local areas

  • Katoomba Area Accommodation, restaurants and shopping make this area a great base for exploring the Blue Mountains
  • Lithgow Area Lithgow is a bushwalker's haven that lies at the western edge of the Blue Mountains.
  • Oberon Area Oberon is a popular area for trout fishing, bushwalking and the Jenolan Caves.

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