Guide to the Blue Mountains

Directions to the Blue Mountains

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Getting to the Blue Mountains is convenient. The drive from Sydney CBD to Katoomba takes about 90 minutes via the M4 Motorway. You can explore all the villages of the Blue Mountains by car. Trains from Central Station go to Katoomba, with express service taking under 2 hours. Once there, you can see the sites by taking public buses or the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, which connects all major attractions.

Attractions to visit in the Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters is a rock formation in the Blue Mountains popular among first-time travellers. Located at Echo Point Katoomba, the Three Sisters has an Aboriginal legend attached to it. According to the legend, three sisters fell in love with three brothers from a neighbouring tribe but were turned to stone to protect them during a tribal battle. Today, the Three Sisters offer different views depending on the season and time of day. The site is also lit up at night until 11 pm for visitors who want to see it in the evening.

Echo Point

Echo Point Lookout in Katoomba offers access to various walking trails and viewpoints, including the iconic Three Sisters rock formation. Visitors can take a short walk to view the Three Sisters or take a more challenging trek down the Giant Stairway, a staircase with almost 1,000 steps leading to the valley floor. The Prince Henry Cliff Walk, connecting Echo Point to Leura Cascades, is another picturesque option for those with enough time to explore.

Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls is a village in the Blue Mountains known for its bushwalking trails. Visitors can dine at cafes, shop at antique stores, or go hiking. Falls Road leads to the Wentworth Falls picnic area and track. The track passes Jamison and Wentworth lookouts, ending at Fletchers lookout with views of the 100m waterfall.

An effective way to explore the Blue Mountains


Exploring the Blue Mountains National Park offers a variety of hiking and bushwalking opportunities for nature lovers. Submitting a trip intention form with the National Parks & Wildlife Service and carrying a personal locator beacon for longer hikes or overnight adventures is advisable.


For those looking for adventure in the Blue Mountains, one unique option is abseiling. Experience the region's stunning views as you rappel down a classic Australian rock face. Various tour operators, such as High & Wild, offer half-day or full-day tours with all necessary equipment included, including activities like canyoning and rock climbing.

Day Tours

Blue Mountains Tour offers unique perspectives through attractions like the steepest passenger railway, the glass-floored Skyway, the Cableway, and the elevated walkway through the rainforest.

Visitors can explore the Jenolan Caves in the Oberon region, where they can view a spectacular labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves. Nine out of the 300 caves in the area are open for public viewing, making it a unique experience for those interested in exploring the world's oldest caves.

Explore the charming towns of the Blue Mountains on a self-guided tour, including the stunning Megalong Valley. Visit the renowned Megalong Valley Tea Rooms for a classic Devonshire tea. The tea rooms have been serving their famous tea for over 60 years. End your day with a wine-tasting and cheese platter at Dryridge Estate, which offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains.

The optimal time to visit the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are beautiful year-round, offering a different experience each season. Summer is warm but cooler than Sydney, making it great for bushwalking. Late summer is ideal for this activity. Autumn is magical, with leaves changing colour and cooler, drier weather perfect for exploring. Winter is peak season, with cold nights perfect for cozying up by a fireplace. Winter also offers events like Yulefest for a Christmas-in-July experience. Spring brings blooming gardens and warmer weather, ideal for enjoying nature.

The Blue Mountains consist of towns, including Leura, Blackheath, Katoomba, Medlow Bath, and Megalong Valley. Each town has its distinct characteristics and attractions, making it a challenge to decide on just one place to stay.

Various accommodation options are available in the Blue Mountains, ranging from camping to luxury retreats. Carrington Hotel in Katoomba offers heritage charm and a central location. Consider booking Foy's Folly in the Megalong Valley for a secluded stay. If you're looking for a romantic getaway, Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa in Katoomba or the Hydro Majestic in Medlow Bath are good options.

For memorable family stays

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Another popular accommodation option, particularly for couples and families during the winter, is the Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains by MGallery by Sofitel. In the colder months, guests can enjoy the hotel's cozy fireplace while watching the snowfall before exploring the winter festival in town.

Top-tier accommodations

Emirates Only Wolgan Valley offers a luxurious stay in a pristine valley beyond the Blue Mountains. Known for their Yulefest celebrations in July, the resort is ideal for those looking for the ultimate relaxation experience.

For a luxurious experience, consider booking a weekend at Spicers Sangoma Retreat for a tranquil bush getaway.

Top dining destinations in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains offers a variety of dining options to suit all tastes, ranging from trendy eateries to cozy cafes. Try Anonymous Café in Blackheath for a great cup of coffee, or explore our guide to the top cafes locals recommend.

Visitors to the Blue Mountains should consider stopping for High Tea at the Hydro Majestic, where they can enjoy panoramic views of the Megalong Valley. The newly opened Cinnabar in Blackheath also offers a shared plate menu with international flavours.