Blue Mountains

Just 90 minutes from Sydney by car, two hours by train, the Blue Mountains has some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions. With dramatic views over the deep valley troughs gouged out over millions of years, the lookouts at Wentworth FallsGovetts Leap and Echo Point are spectacular.

Experience wonders at Scenic World, where the glass-topped carriages of the Scenic Railway take you on a heart-stopping ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley. Or jump aboard the Scenic Skyline and journey high over the canyon for superb views of the Three Sisters and beyond. 

Echo Point - Katoomba - Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains' many bush walks include easy strolls to longer walks which lead from the clifftops into the depths of the valleys. The Six Foot Track is a more challenging three-day walk along the old coach road between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves. You can also enjoy many mountain bike trails

The Jenolan Caves is a world-class wonderland, a labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves sculpted by underground rivers. Explore on fantastic guided cave tours. You can also enjoy lunch in the restaurant and stay overnight in iconic Jenolan Caves House, a popular wilderness getaway since 1896. 

Wentworth Falls picnic area is a great base to explore the lush world of rainforests and waterfalls along a range of spectacular walking tracks to suit all the family. The leisurely Charles Darwin walk to the Overcliff-Undercliff track is an ideal area for birdwatching and enjoying the Blue Mountains National Park

Family walking along the South Lawson Waterfall Circuit Walk in the Blue Mountains

There are many fabulous cultural experiences, from the Blue Mountains Music Festival to the colourful Katoomba Street Art Walk, which features world-standard street art. Visit Waradah Aboriginal Centre, a vibrant hub of Aboriginal culture with dance and didgeridoo performances throughout the day. 

You will find many restaurants and cafes, from the family-friendly Cafe 2773 to the Asian-inspired surrounds of Miss Lillian Teahouse. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is an annex of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden and a book of botanical wonders, also home to The Potager restaurant.  

The Blue Mountains delivers outstanding accommodation, from cottages and cabins to luxury resorts. Lilianfels Resort & Spa is a glamorous boutique establishment near spectacular Echo Point. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley also brings a generous serving of sophistication.

 

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Blue Mountains Botanica

    Thursday 20 September 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Katoomba

    For more than two centuries the unique vegetation of the Blue Mountains region has provided a rich treasure trove for some of Australia’s most notable botanists and botanical illustrators. By naming and documenting a myriad of plant species…

    20 Sep - 14 Oct
  2. Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition

    Thursday 20 September 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 …

    20 Sep - 23 Sep
  3. Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

    Thursday 20 September 2018 to Friday 21 September 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…

    20 Sep - 21 Sep
  4. Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox - Inferius

    Thursday 20 September 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , Katoomba

    Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox – Inferius is Freedom Wilson’s new body of work which raises awareness of the endangered Buttercup Doubletail Orchid (Diuris aequalis). Orchids have evolved highly complex ecological partnerships over millennia.…

    20 Sep - 07 Oct
  5. Garden Safari - Kids Self Guided Treasure Quest

    Thursday 20 September 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 Sep - 30 Nov
  6. Xylouris White

    Friday 21 September 2018 , Springwood

    Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, the band consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved …

    21 Sep
  7. Friday Supper Club

    Friday 21 September 2018 to Friday 29 March 2019 , Katoomba

    Avalon Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Katoomba presents the Friday Supper Club – a weekly night of live music, hearty food and classic cocktails at Avalon. Each Friday night, they present local acts, free of charge, who provide music-to-di…

    21 Sep - 29 Mar