Blue Mountains

Just 90 minutes from Sydney by car, two hours by train, the Blue Mountains has some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions. With dramatic views over the deep valley troughs gouged out over millions of years, the lookouts at Wentworth FallsGovetts Leap and Echo Point are among the most popular while the views from Sublime PointNarrow Neck and Cahills Lookout are no less spectacular.

Experience wonders at Scenic World, where the glass-topped carriages of the Scenic Railway take you on a heart-stopping ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley. Or jump aboard the Scenic Skyline and journey high over the canyon for superb views of the Three Sisters and beyond. 

Echo Point - Katoomba - Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains' many bush walks include easy strolls around lookouts to longer walks such as the Grand Canyon Track, which unspools from the clifftops into the depths of the valleys. The Six Foot Track is a more challenging three-day walk along the old coach road between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves. Local adventure operators offer guided tours.

Near Lithgow, the Glow Worm Tunnel is a disused railway tunnel where larvae of the fungus gnat cover the walls and ceiling with a bioluminescent glow, like stars blossoming in the night sky. Jenolan Caves is a world-class wonderland, a labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves sculpted by underground rivers.

Exploring the Jenolan Caves - Oberon Area

In the late 1800s many Blue Mountains villagers established English-style cool climate gardens of rhododendron, azalea and deciduous trees. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, an annex of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, is an open book of botanical wonders.

The Blue Mountains delivers outstanding accommodation, from cottages and cabins to luxury resorts. Among the finest, Lilianfels Resort & Spa is a smart, glamorous boutique hotel built around a century-old stone mansion near spectacular Echo Point. Spread out on a valley floor, Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley brings a generous serving of style and sophistication to a classic Australian bush setting.

There are many fabulous events, from a long weekend of folk, roots and blues Blue Mountains Music Festival to the delicious Summer Harvest Festival.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Margaret Flockton was the first botanical illustrator to work at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The Margaret Flockton Award honours the enormous contribution Margaret made to early Australian botanical illustration and taxonomic research …

    15 Aug - 23 Sep
  2. Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Friday 21 September 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Take a walk with one of their Volunteer Guides to learn about the fascinating history of the Garden and see what's looking good. Tours leave most days at 11.30am - see times at the Visitors Centre or call to see if there is a tour on the da…

    15 Aug - 21 Sep
  3. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018 , Katoomba

    The magical winter time (June, July and August) is Yulefest in the Blue Mountains where many venues offer traditional Xmas style celebrations. While cold winds blow and the occasional snow falls, experience warm 'Mountains' hospitality, log…

    15 Aug - 31 Aug
  4. John South: Skyworld

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Katoomba

    Australian Aboriginal cultures are rich with astronomical connections, including sky stories, which are a way of remembering and transmitting important parts of ceremony, law and culture. Skyworld is the spiritual realm beyond the horizon t…

    15 Aug - 19 Aug
  5. Kevina-Jo Smith: Never Give Up

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Katoomba

    Kevina–Jo Smith’s Never Give Up is an immersive installation, combining film, photographs, textile panels and costumes to enact a collective consciousness around the ever increasing environmental threats facing the planet. The exhibition is…

    15 Aug - 19 Aug
  6. Winter Wonderland - Self-Guided Children's Trail

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Winter Wonderland - Self-Guided Children's Trail. Embark on a winter adventure. X marks the spot to enjoy fun hands-on activities and discover amazing plants from around the world. For children aged six to twelve years celebrate winter at…

    15 Aug - 31 Aug
  7. Albert Lee Springwood

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 , Springwood

    Grammy award-winning, legendary British guitarist Albert Lee celebrates over 50 years in the business. Known for fiery fast fingers and inimitable playing style, Lee’s solo career distills one man’s decades of experience into simple musical…

    15 Aug
  8. Operation Art

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Katoomba

    Operation Art is the premier state wide visual arts exhibition for students from Kindergarten to Year 10. It is a unique contemporary children’s exhibition which encourages students to create artworks for children in hospital. The exhibitio…

    15 Aug - 19 Aug
  9. Rhett Brewer and Anthony Cahill: On the Road

    Thursday 16 August 2018 to Sunday 09 September 2018 , Springwood

    On The Road is a two person exhibition of paintings by Blue Mountains artists Anthony Cahill and Rhett Brewer. Anthony Cahill’s attention is drawn towards the shapes and colours of roadside monuments and playground equipment. These objects…

    16 Aug - 09 Sep