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. Rebecca Waterstone: Near and Far

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Springwood

    This exhibition explores place, distance and the powerful presence of mountains, both in Australia (Blue Mountains), and Scotland (Highlands / Isle of Skye). These themes are investigated through distilled imagery and colour fields, sensory…

    26 Apr - 20 May
  2. Karen Miranda Abel - Pools of Light: In Shadow

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Katoomba

    In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre hosts The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program. This initiative consists of a six week artist residen…

    26 Apr - 06 May
  3. Sculpture Otherwise

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 13 May 2018 , Katoomba

    Sculpture Otherwise is an exhibition of small sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World this year. The indoor exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works b…

    26 Apr - 13 May
  4. Boxboards Theatre presents The Vicar of Dibley

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Saturday 05 May 2018 , Wentworth Falls

    The heartfelt BBC series The Vicar of Dibley is to be staged during April and May at the Wentworth Falls Country Club by Blue Mountains-based production company Boxboards Theatre. Audience members can expect to re-live many of their favour…

    26 Apr - 05 May
  5. Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 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…

    26 Apr - 29 Apr
  6. Moments of Magic

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018 , Blackheath

    Hartley based, natural light photographer, Karen Edwards, shares some of Nature's most magical moments from sunrises to sunsets, frosts, fog and brilliant autumn colours in the beautiful Hartley Valley and beyond. The exhibition showcases…

    26 Apr - 30 Apr
  7. Guido Paints Portland Silos

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Lithgow

    Australian-born, internationally renowned visual artist, Guido van Helten has been commissioned to paint a large-scale mural on the eight-bin silos that dominate the local landscape. Commissioned by AWJ Civil as an introductory aspect at T…

    26 Apr - 29 Apr
  8. Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Oberon

    During the 16 day Autumn Festival the Hawkins Family opens its Private Garden to visitors so this is your opportunity to explore the entire 160 acres of Mayfield. Get lost in the traditional English inspired Maze, see the Croquet Court, the…

    26 Apr - 29 Apr