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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

About the Blue Mountains

There is always something going on in the Blue Mountains. 

The Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Festival of Walking takes place in October and includes bushwalks, family events, history tours, and cheese and wine sampling.

Oktoberfest at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba serves up German music, German food, German beer and a whole lot of fun.

For something a bit more tranquil, the Leura Gardens Festival takes place every October.

The Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Blues and Roots is a three-day festival held every year in March and features a selection of artists from around the world and across Australia. For the golfing enthusiasts, check out the golf courses in the area.

The Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains National ParkView the iconic Three Sisters from Echo Point Lookout, Blue Mountains. Image George Patterson Partners, Destination NSW

A trip to New South Wales would not be complete without a visit to the Blue Mountains. Less than two hours from Sydney by road or train, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are one of the country's most spectacular icons. The picturesque towns of Blackheath, Faulconbridge, Katoomba, Leura, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria, Springwood, Wentworth Falls, Hartley, Lithgow  and Oberon afford breathtaking views, a wide variety of restaurants, accommodation and so many fun things to do. And for a one-of-a-kind experience, don't miss Jenolan Caves.

Bushwalks abound in the region, and there are trails to suit all comfort levels. When you've had enough walking and fancy a spot of shopping, you'll find quaint gift shops featuring confectionary, Australiana, fine art, books, antiques and more.

There's always something going on in the Blue Mountains, from village festivals and flower festivals to classic car meets, musical events, sporting events and markets.
The Blue Mountains make for the perfect holiday destination for families, nature lovers, and adventure seekers. For up to date information see NSW Tales for news and events

Local areas

  • Katoomba Area Accommodation, restaurants and shopping make this area a great base for exploring the Blue Mountains
  • Lithgow Area Famous for the Zig-Zag Railway, Lithgow is also close to historic Blue Mountains Village, Hartley.
  • Oberon Area Oberon is a popular area for trout fishing, bushwalking and the Jenolan Caves.

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