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. Majestic Long Lunch

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Katoomba Area

    An indulgent shared feast showcasing the best regional produce and presented by event ambassadors food luminary Lyndey Milan OAM and The Darnell Collection fashion anthropologist Charlotte Smith. Guests will graze on decadent fare from…

    23 Feb
  2. Hydro Express Deco Dinner

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Katoomba Area

    Retro enthusiasts can fully immerse themselves in the ultimate vintage experience by riding into the art deco era aboard the Hydro Express from Central station to the world-famous Hydro Majestic Hotel in time for an evening of decadence,…

    23 Feb
  3. Old City Bank Bar - Live Music

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Saturday 28 September 2019 , Katoomba

    Come to the Old City Bank Bar for relaxed entertainment in an old English style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Live Music every Friday and Saturday night. Visit their Facebook page for details.…

    23 Feb - 28 Sep
  4. In Passing - Jean-Luc Batchelor

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Springwood

    Pieces that people normally only get a fleeting moment to interact with presented in a manner to encourage further viewing. Stickers attached to street signs, posters on bus shelters, images on shirts – these pieces of art are barely…

    23 Feb - 24 Feb
  5. Loyalty to the Cockroach - Mathilda Robba

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Springwood

    The cockroach can survive being submerged under water for half an hour.  It can live for a week without its head. It can survive a nuclear explosion because of its simple body structure and slow cell cycles. It has never been known to be…

    23 Feb - 24 Feb
  6. Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

    Sunday 24 February 2019 to Sunday 08 December 2019 , Katoomba Area

    On selected Sundays, visitors can ride in a vintage open-ended "cowboy" carriage dating from 1890, hauled by a Stephenson Tank Engine from 1899 on a 20 minute return trip.* Other operating days (see website) see all day rides on the ever…

    24 Feb - 08 Dec
  7. Springwood Growers Market

    Sunday 24 February 2019 to Sunday 15 December 2019 , 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…

    24 Feb - 15 Dec