Home to some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions and charming country villages, the Blue Mountains are world famous. With sensational views over the deep valley troughs, formed over millions of years, the lookouts at Wentworth Falls, Govetts Leap and Echo Point are spectacular.
Things to do in the Blue Mountains
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 Skyway and journey high over the canyon for superb views of the Three Sisters and beyond.
Jenolan Caves is an underground wonderland, a labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves sculpted by underground rivers. Explore on fantastic guided cave tours. You can also enjoy lunch in the restaurant and stay overnight in iconic Jenolan Caves House, a popular wilderness getaway since 1896.
Hikes and bushwalks
The Blue Mountains' many bushwalks include easy strolls to longer walks which lead 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. You can also enjoy many mountain bike trails.
Wentworth Falls picnic area is a great base to explore the lush world of rainforests and waterfalls along a range of spectacular walking tracks to suit all the family. The leisurely Charles Darwin walk to the Overcliff-Undercliff track is an ideal area for bird watching and enjoying the Blue Mountains National Park.
Food and culture
You’ll find many excellent restaurants and cafes in the Blue Mountains. The one-hat Fumo in Blackheath serves modern Australian with a Japanese twist. Try seasonal share plates at Leura Garage, set inside an old mechanic’s workshop; Asian comfort food at Miss Lillian Teahouse; and fine dining at Darley’s Restaurant.
Discover unique cultural experiences, from the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre to the colourful Katoomba Street Art Walk, which features world-class street art. Join an Aboriginal NPWS ranger at the biannual Tree Painting and Art Day and learn to paint traditional symbols using ochre.
Getting there and where to stay
The Blue Mountains is a 90min drive from Sydney or two hours by train. The region has outstanding accommodation, from cottages and cabins to luxury resorts. Lilianfels Resort & Spa is a glamorous boutique establishment near spectacular Echo Point. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley also brings a generous serving of sophistication.