Getting to the Blue Mountains


Explore the Blue Mountains

Drive the 90 minutes from Sydney direct via the M4 motorway, or take the scenic route through the Hawkesbury along Bells Line of Road. Catch the train from Sydney's Central Station to Katoomba in just two hours on the Blue Mountains Line.

  • Bridal Veil Falls Blue Mountains
  • Jenolan Caves Blue Mountains

Getting to the Blue Mountains

Walkway, Blue Mountains

To the west of Sydney are the majestic Blue Mountains. The lower slopes of this striking region are just 90 minutes' drive from Sydney. For those travelling by car, the M4 Motorway out of Sydney (starting at Strathfield) is the most direct route, taking less than two hours to get from the heart of Sydney to Katoomba. From there, you can view the stunning Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point, do a spot of Blue Mountains bushwalking, or explore the Blue Mountains National Park.

A more scenic route begins at Richmond in Sydney’s north west, travelling via Kurrajong, Mount Tomah, Bell and Mount Victoria along Bells Line of Road. It’s a pleasant drive which takes a little over two hours and passes through many small towns along the way to Leura, Katoomba and then on to Blackheath. Taking this route allows for more a of a leisurely road trip, meaning you can stop off at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens and Mount Tomah for lunch.

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive is a great way to explore the Blue Mountains, covering some of the best natural attractions in the the region. 18 discovery trails branch off the main route, taking you on a unique adventure. This is a great route to take for those wanting to explore the famous Jenolan Caves or take a Cableway or Skyway tour of the Blue Mountains region from Scenic World.

Train travel is a relaxing way to travel to the Blue Mountains, with Sydney trains services departing almost hourly from Sydney Central Station for Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Lithgow. As a guide, the approximate travel time from Central to Katoomba is two hours.

The Blue Mountains ExplorerLink ticket gives you all-day access to the hop-on, hop-off bus. A red double-decker Explorer Bus departs from Katoomba Station, which allows you to explore the natural wonders of the region, such at the spectacular Govetts Leap Lookout, and enjoy the fantastic food and wine on offer. Alternatively, there are many coach companies offering day trips and tours to the Blue Mountains. Greyhound Buses also has a daily scheduled service which leaves Central Station for Katoomba and Lithgow.