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.


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  1. Out of Bounds

    Saturday 23 June 2018 to Sunday 01 July 2018 , Katoomba

    Out of Bounds, featuring Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig, Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline, Hannah Bath, Chris Carmody and Nick McKinlay uses play and field studies as creative research tools to look at how the built environment effects the way …

    23 Jun - 01 Jul
  2. Donna Ransom: Out on a Limb

    Saturday 23 June 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018 , Springwood

    Art making is a step of faith. To step ‘out on a limb’ one experiences the exhilaration and vulnerability of a bird’s eye view. Donna Ransom’s body of work is a response to aspects of the vast panorama of the landscape. Ransom is interest…

    23 Jun - 15 Jul
  3. Mary Alice Evatt: Art for the People

    Saturday 23 June 2018 to Sunday 24 June 2018 , Katoomba

    The exhibition features work by Mary Alice Evatt, artist and cultural advocate, who was married to Dr. Herbert Vere ‘Doc’ Evatt, Justice of the High Court of Australia and prominent Labor party politician. Evatt was an influential and co…

    23 Jun - 24 Jun
  4. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

    Saturday 23 June 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…

    23 Jun - 31 Aug
  5. Louise Fox and Cathie Cox: A Return to Home

    Saturday 23 June 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018 , Springwood

    This exhibition engages ideas of the house as the child's 'first universe' and as a key to the inner self. (Bachelard, The Poetics of Space). Louise Fox and Cathie Cox recreate a corner of domestic life within Braemar, and thus explore the…

    23 Jun - 15 Jul