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View of The Three Sisters from Echo Point lookout.
Blue Mountains National Park
Coloured lights add another dimension to a chamber in the Chifley Cave system, Jenolan caves, Blue Mountains
Aerial near Mt Hay and Grose Valley wilderness, Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

  • Jenolan River, Blue Mountains
  • Couple experiencing Bald Rock National Park, 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

Blue Mountains Events Calendar

The Blue Mountains is abuzz with events throughout the year.

The Festival of Walking invites you to explore the Lithgow and Oberon regions in October. Celebrate the area’s natural beauty and conservation, Aboriginal custodianship and the health benefits of walking. Take part in the Six Foot Track Marathon and tackle the 45 km trail stretching across the Blue Mountains from the Explorer's Marked Tree, near Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.

The Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Blues and Roots is held in in mid-March every year. See and hear world class musicians in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. The festival also features market stalls with locally-made food, arts and crafts as well as performance workshops.

Lithgow also celebrates Yulefest between 1 June to 31 August. The town, along with other areas in Oberon and the Blue Mountains, are transformed into an icy winter wonderland, where visitors can take enjoy toasty fires, roast dinners and festive decorations in some hotels, motels and guesthouses.


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The Blue Mountains

A cave guide explains to visitors how Chifley Cave salagtites are formed

Less than two hours from Sydney by road or train, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is one of the country's most spectacular icons. The surrounding picturesque towns of Blackheath, Faulconbridge, Katoomba, Leura, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria, Springwood, Wentworth Falls, Hartley, Lithgow and Oberon offer a great range of restaurants and accommodation as well as an endless variety of fun things to do. For one-of-a-kind experiences visit Scenic World for stunning panoramic views of the region, or head underground at the Jenolan Caves, one of the oldest cave systems in the world.

Bushwalks abound in the region, an excellent way to take in the region's natural attractions, with trails to suit all comfort levels.

Discover the region's Aboriginal history and culture with guided walks, artwork exhibitions and traditional performances.

Fancy a spot of shopping? You'll find quaint gift shops featuring antiques, Australiana, books, confectionary, fine art and more.

The Blue Mountains make for the perfect holiday destination for families, nature lovers, and adventure seekers.

  • Couple walking up stairs at Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains


    Encounter lush rainforest and ethereal waterfalls during a visit to Wentworth Falls Lookout. Follow one of the many walking tracks that weave through the Blue Mountains and discover creeks, lookouts and caves. Keep an eye out for native wildlife as you make your way through the ancient bushland.

  • Waradah Aboriginal Centre

    Arts and Culture

    Discover the Blue Mountain’s thriving artistic scene with a visit to one of the many art galleries or cultural events within the area. Head to the Norman Lindsay Gallery or stop by an annual event such as the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Learn about Indigenous art, culture and dance at Katoomba’s Waradah Aboriginal Centre.

  • Couple climbing on rocks at the side of Kanangra Falls, Blue Mountains


    See the Blue Mountains from a different perspective while enjoying an abseiling, canyoning or rock climbing adventure. Set out on the challenging National Pass walk and be rewarded by panoramic views. Explore on two wheels along a mountain bike trail such as the Andersons Fire Trail or Narrow Neck trail.

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Download the official Blue Mountains App

Plan things to do in the Blue Mountains, decide which restaurants to eat at, book places to stay in and find tours of the Blue Mountains to go on. Included features & functions:

  • Up-to-date events listings
  • Easy to use Mobile booking system
  • My Favourites and My Itinerary
  • Current weather
  • Currency converter
  • Services and facilities maps

Download: Download for Android | Download from iTunes

Local areas

  • Katoomba Area Accommodation, restaurants and shopping make this area a great base for exploring the Blue Mountains
  • Lithgow Area Lithgow is a bushwalker's haven that lies at the western edge of the Blue Mountains.
  • Oberon Area Oberon is a popular area for trout fishing, bushwalking and the Jenolan Caves.

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