Three million people a year discover the wonders of the Blue Mountains National Park, making it easily the most popular national park in NSW. It is just one of the national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that protects a world of rare and endangered plants and animals. The vast national park abuts picturesque villages such as Katoomba, Leura and Blackheath, with their quaint tea rooms and treasure troves.
The popularity of the Blue Mountains National Park lies not only in its stunning views, but because it is so accessible from Sydney - at less than a two-hour drive (see Getting to the Blue Mountains).
Not everyone descends into its deep valleys, or walks over its stunning cliff tops. For many, the highlight of a Blue Mountains' visit is spent at one of the many majestic lookouts, admiring chiselled sandstone outcrops and deep forested valleys. Bushwalkers can choose from 140km of walking tracks comprised of all grades in diverse settings, making the Blue Mountains a paradise for nature lovers. Check NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service bushwalking tips.
A guided tour is the best way to uncover the unique landscapes and cultural heritage of this World Heritage Area. Discovery tours run by National Parks guides include guided bushwalks, night-time spotlight tours, cultural talks with Aboriginal Discovery Rangers and 4WD tag-along tours. Other Blue Mountains tours are horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing and canyoning.