Nature in the Blue Mountains - Katoomba


The Three Sisters

Gloriously perched over the expanse of the Jamison Valley, the Three Sisters is an icon rock formation visited by millions of tourists each year. The popular sandstone landmark, which according to Aboriginal legend were three once sisters who were turned to stone, can be easily viewed from Katoomba's Echo Point Lookout.

  • Echo Point lookout, Blue Mountains
  • Scenic skyway in Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Nature getaways in Katoomba and surrounds

Cascades, Katoomba Falls

The Katoomba area’s bushwalking trails are a great way to enjoy the scenic vistas and lush forests that occupy the region. Venture along the Grand Canyon track and be met by shady ferns, flowing creeks and a series of waterfalls, or set out on the National Pass which winds its way through 6km of pristine bushland. Join a guided bushwalk and learn about the area’s geology, wildlife and native vegetation.

Take advantage of the panoramic views offered by the region’s scenic lookouts during a visit to the Katoomba area. Gaze out across the Jamison Valley from Echo Point Lookout, make your way down into the Grose Valley from Govetts Leap Lookout or enjoy a picnic with a view at Sublime Point Lookout.

Experience the Katoomba area’s natural attractions at a faster pace by mountain biking along one of the many trails that weave their way through the Blue Mountains National Park. Take on Andersons trail and pass through unspoilt bushland and along sections of challenging terrain such as loose gravel and steep inclines. Savour views of the Jamison Valley and continue to sightsee with a ride on Scenic World Blue Mountains’ Scenic Railway, the steepest passenger railway in the world. For a change of pace, meander through the Jamison Valley aboard Scenic World’s Scenic Skyway and witness the grandeur of the Three Sisters and deep valleys from above.

See the beauty of the Katoomba area’s ethereal waterfalls firsthand by making your way to Wentworth Falls or Leura Cascades. Follow the historic South Lawson Waterfall Circuit through lush bushland and encounter more of the region’s falls, including Adelina, Federal, Cataract and Junction Falls.

Cool-climate gardens come alive during spring and autumn, showcasing colourful blooms and manicured flower beds. Stop by Everglades Historic House and Gardens at Leura and explore its winding paths, marvel at spectacular wisteria specimens at Mount Wilson’s Nooroo Gardens or wander through the natural woodland setting of the Wildwood Garden in Bilpin.