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. Rebecca Waterstone: Near and Far

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Springwood

    This exhibition explores place, distance and the powerful presence of mountains, both in Australia (Blue Mountains), and Scotland (Highlands / Isle of Skye). These themes are investigated through distilled imagery and colour fields, sensory…

    26 Apr - 20 May
  2. Karen Miranda Abel - Pools of Light: In Shadow

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Katoomba

    In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre hosts The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program. This initiative consists of a six week artist residen…

    26 Apr - 06 May
  3. Sculpture Otherwise

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 13 May 2018 , Katoomba

    Sculpture Otherwise is an exhibition of small sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World this year. The indoor exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works b…

    26 Apr - 13 May
  4. Boxboards Theatre presents The Vicar of Dibley

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Saturday 05 May 2018 , Wentworth Falls

    The heartfelt BBC series The Vicar of Dibley is to be staged during April and May at the Wentworth Falls Country Club by Blue Mountains-based production company Boxboards Theatre. Audience members can expect to re-live many of their favour…

    26 Apr - 05 May
  5. Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 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…

    26 Apr - 29 Apr
  6. Moments of Magic

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018 , Blackheath

    Hartley based, natural light photographer, Karen Edwards, shares some of Nature's most magical moments from sunrises to sunsets, frosts, fog and brilliant autumn colours in the beautiful Hartley Valley and beyond. The exhibition showcases…

    26 Apr - 30 Apr
  7. Guido Paints Portland Silos

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Lithgow

    Australian-born, internationally renowned visual artist, Guido van Helten has been commissioned to paint a large-scale mural on the eight-bin silos that dominate the local landscape. Commissioned by AWJ Civil as an introductory aspect at T…

    26 Apr - 29 Apr
  8. Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Oberon

    During the 16 day 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 Court, the…

    26 Apr - 29 Apr