The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Blue Mountains National Park
Blue Mountains National Park
Located less than two hours drive west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains National Park is one Australia's iconic wildernesses. An area ten times older than the Grand Canyon, the Greater Blue Mountains region was World Heritage listed in 2000, in recognition of its geographic and cultural importance.
Things to do in the Blue Mountains National Park
Spanning 247,000 hectares, the National Park is made up of blue-hazed valleys, incredible sandstone rock formations, rainforests and waterfalls.
The Blue Mountains National Park is home to more than one hundred species of eucalypts, hundreds of bird species, dozens of reptile and amphibian species, and countless rare and ancient plants.
The area has a rich colonial and Aboriginal past, and the park is part of the traditional country of Aboriginal people including Daruk, Gundungurra, Wiradjuri and Dharwal. The park also includes some of Australia's most beautiful towns and villages.
Visitors come from around the world and across Australia to experience the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains. From bushwalking and camping, to adventure activities and sightseeing, a trip to the Blue Mountains is not easily forgotten.
If adrenalin-fuelled adventure activities aren't your thing, there are many beautiful picnic and BBQ areas throughout the National Park. You can find lakes and swimming holes, with any number of other natural wonders, just waiting to be discovered.
Scenic World in Katoomba attracts a huge number of visitors to the area. With a Scenic Railway, Scenic Cableway, Scenic Skyway, and a Scenic Walkway, it offers a variety of ways in which to view the Blue Mountains.
With a six-storey high screen, the Maxvision Edge Cinema in Katoomba is an awesome alternative way to see the National Parks and recreational activities of the Blue Mountains area.
What better way to get in touch with nature, than to sleep right in it? Camping is a cheap way to see the best of the Blue Mountains, and there are numerous options for caravanning and camping enthusiasts.Visitors are encouraged to bring their own water and firewood, as it is forbidden to collect firewood from the National Park. Most campgrounds have toilets, but check what is available before you arrive. Bear in mind that some campgrounds have 4WD access only.
There are hundreds of lookouts throughout the Blue Mountains National Park, each providing a different perspective of this breathtaking natural wonder.Highlights include Evans Lookout in Blackheath which offers fantastic views of Govetts Creek as it runs through the Grose Valley. On the south side of Wentworth Falls is Breakfast Point Lookout, providing awe-inspiring views across Kings Tableland, Inspiration Point and Sublime Point.