Just 90 minutes after leaving Sydney by car, two hours by train, and you're breathing fresh mountain air, surrounded by a World Heritage wilderness, incredible possibilities for adventure and some wonderfully essential lifestyle components.
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.
NSW TrainLink 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.