Just two hours’ drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are a scenic mountain range home to quaint towns and amazing natural landscapes. There are so many things to do in this beautiful region, but most people’s first stop is the famous Three Sisters lookout, where you’ll see three impressive rock formations backed by a vast, tree-lined valley that falls away from the steep cliffs. If you are feeling fit you can take the stairs down into the valley, or catch the very steep railway to Scenic world for a closer view of the rainforest below. There are plenty of hikes to do in the region, but a trip to the Blue Mountains wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the popular Bakehouse on Wentworth in Leura for a gourmet pie. The Leura township is also worth exploring, with mural’s, boutiques and lolly shops. Katoomba is the largest town in the Blue Mountains and is also a wonderful place to stop for lunch and enjoy the mountain air.
What to see and do:
Beginning from Katoomba, right next to the Three Sisters lookout, you can depart on an exciting journey into the valley below. Take the scenic railway down on the thrilling, 58-degree incline rail, or ride a cable car down to explore the network of boardwalks that crisscross the rainforest below.
There are endless walks to explore in the blue mountains, and there’s something for every level. Ask at a visitor information centre to find which one will suit you. Some of the more popular walks include the Grand Canyon walk which passes through rainforest with a few creek crossings, and the Katoomba Falls which delivers you straight to a beautiful waterfall lagoon. The Prince Henry Cliff Walk is also a popular option, snaking along the cliff tops wtih thrilling views of waterfalls and impressive rock formations.
Visit Leura Cascades, see the view from a number of beautiful lookouts, or dine at the award winning Leura Garage.
Katoomba is the gateway to The Three Sisters and Scenic World, but the historic township also has a lot to offer. Experience fine dining at Dalings Restaurant at the beautiful lilianfels house, or stroll the main street to grab a quick bite. You can’t miss a visit to the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company for a delicious treat to bring back home, and take a stroll along the street art walk to see works from local and international artists aroudn Katoomba. Keep an eye out for events like the Blue Mountains Music Festival and the Winter Magic festival held annually.
How to get there:
To drive to the Blue Mountains from Sydney, take the M4 towards Parramatta and continue for about 90 minutes to reach Katoomba. Even without a vehicle, you can visit the Blue Mountains by catching a train from Sydney Central station all the way to Katoomba.
Best time to go:
The Blue Mountains can be a little cold in winter, it even snows on occasion! The wintery mountain air is still lovely in the cooler months and it’s beautiful for most of the summer too. Be aware that during November, December, and January that there may be bushfires in the area, so it’s best to check for the current updates before traveling there during bushfire season.