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. Mama Kin Spender

    Friday 19 October 2018 , Katoomba

    Mama Kin Spender is a lightning bolt moment between two long-time friends, co-writers and mischief-makers: ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender. It’s a stripped back duo of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies.…

    19 Oct
  2. Blue Mountains Spring Walk

    Friday 19 October 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Spend a magical day in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah this spring. Explore the beautiful vistas, cool climate species and seasonal flowers in bloom. The day will start with a welcome from Curator Manager Greg Bourke, who wi…

    19 Oct
  3. Garden Safari - Kids Self Guided Treasure Quest

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Friday 30 November 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Can you find the five trail stops? Follow the map to explore the Garden and enjoy fun hands-on activities. Learn about some weird and amazing plants, then answer the quiz questions to solve the puzzle and win a prize! Kits available from t…

    20 Oct - 30 Nov
  4. Mayfield Garden Spring Festival

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , Oberon

    The Garden is one of the world's largest privately owned cool climate gardens and is home to a private garden, and Mayfield Garden which is a year-round visitor experience. Mayfield Garden Spring Festival offer visitors a rare chance to ex…

    20 Oct - 28 Oct
  5. Annual NSW Iris Society Show

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 20 October 2019 , Blackheath

    Part of the National Iris Convention hosted by the Iris Society of Australia, enjoy the wonderful displays of many types and varieties of Iris, plus floral art, handcraft, photographs and art depicting Iris and Iridaceae. There will be pot…

    20 Oct - 20 Oct
  6. Contemporary Gallipoli

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , Katoomba

    Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery will showcase the touring exhibition Contemporary Gallipoli, an exhibition originally created to mark the ANZAC Centenary in April 2015. The exhibiti…

    20 Oct - 25 Nov