Blue Mountains National Park
Scattered over more than 260,000 hectares and part of the UNESCO-protected Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Blue Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in NSW and a favourite playground for Sydneysiders.
Renowned for the Three Sisters rock formation, the park incorporates many other spectacular landmarks and offers opportunities for exploration and immersion into nature. Explore exhilarating walks, discover Aboriginal history, hike to tumbling waterfalls and enjoy picnics in parks with stunning, far-reaching vistas of ancient escarpments and forest-clad valleys.
Check in and learn
Begin your exploration of the Blue Mountains National Park at the Heritage Centre at Blackheath. Run by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, here you will find maps, information and local history and art displays; and if you’re heading off on a long hike, you should register your intentions here.
Echoes of the past
At the heart of the National Park is Echo Point at Katoomba, with incredible views of the Three Sisters and beyond to Mount Solitary and the vast Jamison Valley. Wander along the new boardwalk, stopping to contemplate the connection between traditional indigenous owners – the Darug and Gundungurra people – at the new Gathering Place amphitheatre. You can also explore ancient rock art sites and shelters such as Red Hands Cave at Glenbrook or Walls Cave at Blackheath.
Soak up the views
Scenic World in Katoomba offers breathtaking ways to view the surrounding scenery with a Scenic Skyway across the gorge, the world’s steepest railway, the Scenic Railway that descends into the valley, and Scenic Walkway through the rainforest.
Other places to enjoy staggering World Heritage-listed wonders include:
- The spectacular Cliff Drive route to Narrow Neck in Katoomba
- Govetts Leap Lookout in Blackheath
- Evans Lookout in Blackheath
- Gordon Falls Lookout in Leura
- Wentworth Falls Lookout in Wentworth Falls
The Blue Mountains National Park is also famous for thrilling adventure sports. A rope-assisted descent into a canyon or cave, canyoning gives access to a beautiful subterranean world. Bikes and horseriding adventures are also popular, with many trails through stunning wilderness.