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. Essential Bush Skills for Teens

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Thursday 10 October 2019 , Blackheath

    This activity focuses on essential skills that will help you thrive in the bush. Learn how to make a shelter, how to find water, and what you should do if you ever become lost. Discover the smart way to pack and prepare for your next…

    26 Apr - 10 Oct
  2. Ironfest

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Saturday 27 April 2019 , Lithgow

    Ironfest is 'An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge', celebrating working and playing with metal. An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge, Ironfest celebrates working and playing with metal. Held annually in Lithgow on the closest weekend to Anzac…

    26 Apr - 27 Apr
  3. Spotlight!

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Friday 04 October 2019 , Blackheath

    Shh! What was that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Join their national parks ranger for an exciting expedition as they discover the creatures of the night. Get ready to tip-toe down the track and learn more about the wonderful nocturnal…

    26 Apr - 04 Oct
  4. Friday Supper Club

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Friday 29 May 2020 , Katoomba

    Avalon Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Katoomba presents the Friday Supper Club – a weekly night of live music, hearty food and classic cocktails at Avalon. Each Friday night, they present local acts, free of charge, who provide music-to…

    26 Apr - 29 May
  5. Sculpture at Scenic World

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Sunday 12 May 2019 , Katoomba

    Set in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor canvas showcasing over 25 artworks from local, national and international artists. Perfect for art…

    26 Apr - 12 May
  6. Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Oberon

    During the 16 days of 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…

    26 Apr - 28 Apr
  7. Springwood Community Quilt Show

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Faulconbridge

    This biennial Quilt Show features over 100 quilts from local quilters, with wonderful stalls from all local quilt shops for some retail therapy. What a great opportunity to be inspired by the fabulous quilts, and purchase supplies to…

    26 Apr - 28 Apr