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.

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  1. Winter Wonderland - Self-Guided Children's Trail

    Wednesday 15 August 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…

    15 Aug - 31 Aug
  2. Albert Lee Springwood

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 , Springwood

    Grammy award-winning, legendary British guitarist Albert Lee celebrates over 50 years in the business. Known for fiery fast fingers and inimitable playing style, Lee’s solo career distills one man’s decades of experience into simple musical…

    15 Aug
  3. Kevina-Jo Smith: Never Give Up

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Katoomba

    Kevina–Jo Smith’s Never Give Up is an immersive installation, combining film, photographs, textile panels and costumes to enact a collective consciousness around the ever increasing environmental threats facing the planet. The exhibition is…

    15 Aug - 19 Aug
  4. John South: Skyworld

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Katoomba

    Australian Aboriginal cultures are rich with astronomical connections, including sky stories, which are a way of remembering and transmitting important parts of ceremony, law and culture. Skyworld is the spiritual realm beyond the horizon t…

    15 Aug - 19 Aug
  5. Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Thursday 30 August 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Take a walk with one of their Volunteer Guides to learn about the fascinating history of the Garden and see what's looking good. Tours leave most days at 11.30am - see times at the Visitors Centre or call to see if there is a tour on the da…

    15 Aug - 30 Aug
  6. Operation Art

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Katoomba

    Operation Art is the premier state wide visual arts exhibition for students from Kindergarten to Year 10. It is a unique contemporary children’s exhibition which encourages students to create artworks for children in hospital. The exhibitio…

    15 Aug - 19 Aug
  7. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

    Wednesday 15 August 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…

    15 Aug - 31 Aug
  8. Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Margaret Flockton was the first botanical illustrator to work at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The Margaret Flockton Award honours the enormous contribution Margaret made to early Australian botanical illustration and taxonomic research …

    15 Aug - 23 Sep
  9. Sanja Zemljacenko Herrmann: Sublime and Transient

    Thursday 16 August 2018 to Sunday 09 September 2018 , Springwood

    Sublime and Transient presents a series of paintings and drawings by Sanja Zemljacenko Herrmann, documenting her encounters with fleeting moments, of beauty and awe, of time and place, of mindfulness and reverence. The immediate environment…

    16 Aug - 09 Sep