Getting to the Blue Mountains

By car, coach or train, getting to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains is easy. The drive from the heart of Sydney to Katoomba is about 90 minutes via the M4 Motorway. There are regular trains from the city’s Central Station, with the express service arriving in Katoomba in less than two hours.

If driving on the M4, beyond Penrith the Great Western Highway climbs into the mountains to take you past a number of delightful towns and villages including Springwood, Woodford, Wentworth Falls and Leura, each worth a stop. An alternative route is via Windsor and the Bells Line of Road.

Highlights on the Bells Line route include the orchards around Bilpin, the  Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah and a spur road to the gorgeous village of Mount Wilson before rejoining the Great Western Highway at Mount Victoria. Allow 2h 15min from Sydney to Mount Victoria.

Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains

Sydney trains depart from Central Station at frequent intervals throughout the day. The fastest trains reach Katoomba in about 100 minutes, with stops at Parramatta, Westmead, Penrith and Springwood. For the Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout, take an ordinary train to Faulconbridge.

For train travellers, there are public buses in Katoomba to Echo Point or an ideal way to take in the sights is the hop on, hop off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. Starting from Katoomba Station the big red bus travels in a giant loop, stopping at all the major attractions from Scenic World to Leura.

For a marvellous road trip, the Greater Blue Mountains Drive is simply awesome - a series of linked drives connecting the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area to surrounding regions. The drive includes 18 Discovery Trails, from natural wonders to wineries and country markets.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Wollemi Artisan Market

    Saturday 23 June 2018 , Katoomba

    Join the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for the Wollemi Artisan Market Winter Edition for live music, gourmet food and stalls from local designers, artists and makers. The markets will showcase a range of hand crafted gifts, homewares, pr…

    23 Jun
  2. Blue Mountains Radio Players

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , Katoomba

    Come along and enjoy Radio Plays with the Blue Mountains Radio Players. Performances are before a live audience, using mainly scripts transcribed from original performances of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The repertoire includes plays from…

    24 Jun - 25 Nov
  3. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

    Sunday 24 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…

    24 Jun - 31 Aug
  4. Winter Wonderland - Self-Guided Children's Trail

    Sunday 24 June 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…

    24 Jun - 31 Aug
  5. Springwood Growers Market

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Sunday 23 December 2018 , Springwood

    Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Springwood Growers Market. Meet the Growers and Producers of the fantastic array of foods. Supporting local Farmers and Producers. You will see that what you buy is fresh and lasts. Tan…

    24 Jun - 23 Dec
  6. Alice Ridgway: Glance Beyond Reality

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018 , Springwood

    There are many things which impact your way of life and who you are as a person. Glance Beyond Reality investigates the imagination and the power of the surrounding environment. Alice Ridgway’s intricate ink paintings represent similarities…

    24 Jun - 15 Jul