69 Best Attractions and Things to Do in the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains attractions range from wonderful hikes and lookouts to magnificent gardens. Other highlights include Scenic World and the beautiful limestone caves of Jenolan Caves.

The region is well-known for its rugged landscape and dramatic scenery. Enjoy views of sheer cliff walls, deep canyons, rainforests and tall waterfalls.

Here's a complete guide to the absolute best things to do in this spectacular wilderness. Discover the region's most popular attractions as well as its lesser-known gems.

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Contents:

  1. Echo Point and the Three Sisters
  2. Scenic World
  3. Jenolan Caves
  4. Three Sisters Walk
  5. Govetts Leap Lookout 
  6. Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens 
  7. Leura 
  8. Breenhold Gardens 
  9. Grand Canyon Walk 
  10. Katoomba
  11. Prince Henry Cliff Walk 
  12. Lincoln's Rock
  13. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum 
  14. Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum 
  15. Cinnabar Kitchen
  16. Echo Point to Scenic World Via Giant Stairway 
  17. Japanese Bath House 
  18. Cahill's Lookout
  19. Campbell Rhododendron Gardens
  20. Bilpin Cider 
  21. Glow Worm Tunnel 
  22. National Pass
  23. Bebeah Gardens 
  24. Sublime Point Lookout
  25. Hillbilly Cider 
  26. Cliff Top Walking Track
  27. Mayfield Garden 
  28. Victory Theatre Antique Centre 
  29. Wentworth Falls Lake 
  30. Katoomba Falls 
  31. Dryridge Estate 
  32. Street Art Walk in Katoomba
  33. Pulpit Rock Lookout
  34. Mountain Biking
  35. Hanging Rock 
  36. Crib Room Restaurant 
  37. Lost Bear Gallery 
  38. Jellybean Pool 
  39. Blue Mountains Chocolate Company
  40. Woodford Oaks Trail 
  41. Blackheath
  42. High and Wild Abseiling and Canyoning Adventures 
  43. Wentworth Falls
  44. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre 
  45. Jenolan Caves Blue Lake
  46. Mountain Culture Beer Co
  47. Elysian Rock Lookout 
  48. Blue Mountains Explorer Bus
  49. Featherdale Wildlife Park
  50. Leuralla NSW Toy & Railway Museum
  51. Fruit Picking
  52. Carrington Cellars & Deli 
  53.  Leura Cascades
  54. Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
  55. Enchanted Cave 
  56. Mountain High Pies
  57. Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
  58. Jamison Lookout 
  59. Charles Darwin Walk 
  60. Wind Eroded Cave 
  61. Everglades Historic House and Gardens 
  62. Hassans Wall Lookout 
  63. Ruined Castle Walking Track 
  64. Treehouse Blue Mountains
  65. Gordon Falls Lookout 
  66. Oak Brasserie
  67. Anvil Rock Lookout
  68. Mount bank summit walk
  69. Empress Falls 

1. Echo Point and the Three Sisters

Echo Point is undoubtedly the most popular lookout in the Blue Mountains.

It's the best place to capture the spectacular views of the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley. 

The Three Sisters are a remarkable rock formation – three massive sandstone peaks that stand side by side in the Jamison Valley. According to Aboriginal legend, the rocks were sisters who were turned to stone to protect them from harm. 

The views are truly spectacular, particularly at sunrise and sunset.

The lookout can get jam-packed with tourists, so you may not enjoy it if you dislike crowds. In this case, better visit early in the morning or later in the day. The rocks are floodlit at night until 11 pm. 

There are excellent facilities from clean toilets to restaurants to a tourist information centre. 

Scenic walking tracks start from here if you feel like going for a hike. 

Echo Point is entirely wheelchair and pram accessible.

Drive to the corner of Echo Point Road and Cliff Drive in Katoomba to get there. There's a parking fee. Or alight at Katoomba Station and catch bus 686 or walk for 30 min (2.5 km). The lookout is also accessible via the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.

Alternatively, you can join a tour. Suggested Tour - Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-inclusive Tour.

2. Scenic World

Scenic World

Scenic World is the most popular man-made attraction in the Blue Mountains.

Enjoy thrilling rides while taking in breathtaking valley views.

Embark on the steepest passenger train in the world, the Scenic Railway, which slowly drives you to the valley floor. Stroll through the temperate rainforest, then get back up aboard the Scenic Cableway.

Finally, glide 270 metres above the Jamison Valley to the neighbouring clifftop aboard the Scenic Skyway. See the rainforest canopy through the see-through floor – a heart-stopping experience.

Scenic World was a highlight with our kids.

You can also join a tour. Suggested tour - Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-inclusive Tour.

Enjoy as many rides as you like within the same day with the Unlimited Discovery Pass. It's strongly recommended that you book your tickets ahead because it can get busy, particularly in summer. 

To get to Scenic World, drive to the corner of Cliff Drive and Violet Street in Katoomba and park in the free multistory carpark.

If you're arriving by train, walk 30 minutes (2.5 km) from Katoomba Station or catch bus 686 or 686G. Scenic World is also accessible via the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.

3. Jenolan Caves

Touring Jenolan Caves

Explore the largest caves in Australia and the world's oldest caves. 

You can tour nine out of 300 caves. The Imperial Cave is the easiest to visit and perfect for kids. And the River Cave is the toughest, with 1,298 stair steps and two high steel ladders.

Lucas Cave, the most famous, contains the 'Cathedral' chamber and offers glimpses of an underground river.

You’ll be blown away by the beautiful limestone formations and underground rivers. And the tour guides are knowledgeable and engaging. 

You'll need a car to get there. Detailed instructions are on this page. There are also coach services from Katoomba or Sydney.

Book your tickets ahead here.

4. Three Sisters Walk

The Three Sisters Walk is probably one of the most well-known hike in the Blue Mountains because it's short and leads to the famous rock formation. 

For the first part, the path is paved and suitable for wheelchairs.

Then you descend steep stairs to Honeymoon Bridge, which connects to the first sister – the exciting part. The views are amazing. 

You can also continue walking down the Giant Stairway for a longer hike. 

Try to get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds.

The walk starts from Echo Point lookout and takes about an hour.

5. Govetts Leap Lookout 

Govetts Leap lookout provides some of the most breathtaking views in the Blue Mountains. It's on par with Echo Point - without the large crowds. 

Enjoy incredible views of the Grose Valley's deep canyons and massive sandstone cliffs.

Also, many top hikes start from here including Pulpit Rock and Cliff Top Walks.

You can even hike to Bridal Veil Falls.

To get to Govetts Leap Lookout, drive to the end of Govetts Leap Road in Blackheath. There's plenty of parking. Or take the train to Blackheath Station and walk 3 km to the lookout.

6. Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens 

Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens

Spreading over 8 hectares, the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Area.

Stroll along the meandering paths and enjoy amazing views of the gardens and the valley. See local and imported cool climate plants and alpine rainforest.

The gardens are located at Mount Tomah, and it’s free to visit.

To get to the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, follow Bells Line of Road to the gardens halfway between Lithgow and Richmond. 

Click here to check the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens website

7. Leura 

Leura is a gorgeous village with manicured houses and gardens.

Stroll along the strip of quaint shops at Leura Mall. Shop for unique accessories at Teddy Sinclair and savour homemade brownies at Josaphan's Fine Chocolates.

The Candy Store, with lollies from all around the world, is a highlight!

Dine at Madame Wang's or Polar Bear of Leura.

Spring is an ideal time to visit – the cherry trees are in full bloom.

Follow the Great Western Highway and turn left onto Scott Avenue to get to Leura. If you're arriving by train, alight at Leura Station.

8. Breenhold Gardens 

Located in Mount Wilson, Breenhold Gardens covers an area of 45 hectares. See northern hemisphere trees, flowering trees, tall eucalypts and more.

Autumn is the top time to visit because of all the colourful leaves. The series of pine forest windbreaks is stunning.

Breenhold Gardens is usually open in spring and autumn.

Located 29 The Avenue in Mount Wilson. 

Check updates on Breenhold Gardens website

9. Grand Canyon Walk 

This popular 6-km loop hike takes you to waterfalls, rock pools, creeks and stunning views. The walking track descends into the Grose Valley, continues through lush rainforest, and ascends out.

The canyon keeps you cool in summer.

The Grand Canyon Walk starts at Evans Lookout in Blackheath. Follow Evans Lookout Road to the end and park in the carpark.

10. Katoomba

Katoomba shops

The town of Katoomba is in the heart of the Blue Mountains – the perfect base to explore the region's biggest attractions.

Explore the Street Art Walk, shop for a second-hand book at Mr Pickwicks Fine Old Book, and dine at Aunty Ed's or Basil Nut.

Then grab a drink and cosy up beside the fireplace at the luxurious Carrington Hotel. Or enjoy delicious chips with aioli at Old City Bank Brasserie.

To get to Katoomba, drive along Great Western Highway and follow directions to Katoomba. Turn left into Parke Street. 

If you’re arriving by train, alight at Katoomba Station. From there, you can walk to most places. You can also catch a bus or buy a Blue Mountains Explorer Bus ticket beside the station.

11. Prince Henry Cliff Walk 

Experience the Prince Henry Cliff Walk if you'd like to see dramatic landscapes.

This 7-km hike follows the cliff edge. It passes lots of lookouts with some of the best views in the Blue Mountains.

The trail stretches between Katoomba and Leura.

The hike is moderately challenging and takes about three hours to complete. But you can exit at many places along the trail.

The walk begins at Echo Point in Katoomba or Gordon Falls picnic area in Leura. 

12. Lincoln's Rock

Lincoln's Rock is a large flat rock that offers sweeping views over the valley and mountains. You'll be literally standing on the cliff's edge – a thrilling experience!

Go at sunset for the best outlook and take the most stunning photos.

There are also cool caves near the lookout you can explore.

Be careful with children because the rock is not fenced off.

The carpark is located on Little Switzerland Drive in Wentworth Falls. It’s a 2-minute walk from the carpark. Park just before Switzerland Drive if you have a small car because the road is unsealed.

13. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum 

Lindsay Gallery and Museum

Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge is the former home of the artist Norman Lindsay. See his oil paintings, model boats and sculptures, and the gallery featuring the characters from The Magic Pudding.

Then enjoy the cafe and the shop.

You can also stay in one of the cabins on the property, which includes an admission ticket to the gallery.

Booking is required.

Located at 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent in Faulconbridge. 

Click here to find out more about Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

14. Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum 

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum

The small arms manufacturing factory began production in 1912 and became Australia's first high precision mass production facility.

Now the museum presents a collection of arms from the era of the first production to the current day. It’s also well-known for its collection of modern firearms from around the world.

Located at 69 Methven Street in Lithgow. 

Click here to find out more about Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum.

15. Cinnabar Kitchen 

Cinnabar Kitchen

Head to Cinnabar Kitchen in Blackheath for an outstanding dining experience. It will make you feel like you're dining overseas.

Enjoy the warm atmosphere and excellent service.

Try the sizzling Jamaican spiced prawn pot, the poached spinach ricotta dumplings and the braised beef cheeks. A treat!

The restaurant is not suitable for children under eight.

Located at 246 Great Western Highway in Blackheath. It's a short stroll from Blackheath Station. 

Find out more about Cinnabar Kitchen.

16. Echo Point to Scenic World Via Giant Stairway 

This 5-km iconic Blue Mountains hike offers magnificent views of the Jamison Valley and Three Sisters.

Descend 998+ vertiginous steel and stone steps to the bottom of the cliff. Walk in the valley all the way to Scenic World. Then ascend the mountain aboard the Scenic Railway.

The hike is strenuous and takes about two to three hours to complete. 

The track starts at Echo Point in Katoomba, located corner of Echo Point Road and Cliff Drive. You can also get there via public bus or the hop on hop off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. 

17. Japanese Bath House 

Japanese Bath House

The Japanese Bath House is so relaxing!

Take a cold plunge into the icy tube, then unwind in an indoor and outdoor hot bath. Get your private bath if you wish. 

The steam room is the highlight!

Follow with a massage that uses a blend of Japanese and Thai techniques.

Booking is required.

Located at 259 Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive in South Bowenfels. 

Click here to find out more about the Japanese Bath House.

18. Cahill's Lookout

Cahill's lookout offers impressive views of the massive Megalong Valley and Narrow Neck Plateau. You can spot Boar's Head Rock from the viewpoint – a unique rock formation that looks exactly like a pig head.

Cahill's lookout is located in the heart of the Blue Mountains, yet away from the crowds.

It's one of the best places to watch the sunset.

To get there, head to the Western side of Cliff Drive in Katoomba near corner of Essendene Avenue. Plenty of parking spots are available. Cahill's lookout is an easy 10-minute walk from the carpark.

19. Campbell Rhododendron Gardens

Rhododendrons

See exotic species like Azalea and Rhododendrons, which thrive among native eucalypts and bushland. Then enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and a delicious scone with jam and cream at Rhodo Tea Room.

Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in Blackheath covers an area of 18.3 hectares.

The best time to visit is from October to November – the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

Allow at least one hour to stroll along the walking tracks.

Located on Bacchante Street in Blackheath. It's a 15-minute walk from Blackheath Station. 

Click here to check the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens website

20. Bilpin Cider 

Bilpin Cider

Dubbed the "land of the mountain apple", the town of Bilpin is known for its delicious apples.

Sample fresh apple and pear cider at Bilpin Cider made with fresh local fruits with zero sugar or artificial flavours.

Delicious!

Sit on the lawn and enjoy live music. You can also visit the gardens and orchards.

Located at 2369 Bells Line of Road in Bilpin.

Click here to find out more about Bilpin Cider

21. Glow Worm Tunnel 

The light of Glow Worms

The 400-metre tunnel near Lithgow was built in the early 1900s as part of the railway to Newnes Kerosene and Shale Works. Now abandoned, it’s the best place to see the glowing blue light of glow worms.

Dozens of them cling to the walls and roof. Bring a torch and good walking shoes.

To get to the Glow Worm Tunnel, follow Bells Line of Road and turn off at Clarence (Zig Zag Railway). Follow the gravel road through Newnes State Forest for 39 km. Continue on Glow Worm Tunnel Road to the carpark. The road is rough, so you'll need a 4WD. 

Recommended tour: Wolgan Valley Eco Tours.

22. National Pass

Following the side of a cliff, this epic hike was built by hand in the early 20th century.

Enjoy strolling along ledges, climbing staircases and descending the historic Grand Stairway to the base of the Wentworth Falls.

The walk takes around three hours to complete. It starts at the Conservation Hut at the end of Fletcher Street in Wentworth Falls. 

Due to a rockfall in 2017, National Pass is closed between Valley of the Waters and Slack Stairs. Check the latest update here.

23. Bebeah Gardens 

Bebeah Gardens

Located in Mount Wilson, Bebeah Gardens is a cool climate garden that sprawls over 5 hectares.

See impressive and towering trees like oaks, magnolias and conifers, and beautiful hedges of species like azaleas and camellias.

Autumn is the best time to visit because of the stunning colours.

Located at 60 The Avenue in Mount Wilson. 

Click here to check Bebeah Gardens website.

24. Sublime Point Lookout

Enjoy sweeping views of the Jamison Valley and Three Sisters at Sublime Point lookout.

The lookout is perched high on the edge of a cliff. It's no doubt one of the best viewpoints in the Blue Mountains. You'll see far across the valley and feel like you're on top of the world. 

Sublime Point lookout holds its name well.

It doesn’t get too crowded, and there are picnic tables on the path leading to the lookout.

To get there, follow Sublime Point Road in Leura to the end. The lookout is a short and easy walk from the carpark.

25. Hillbilly Cider 

Hillbilly Cider

Enjoy the view of the orchard and delight in the atmosphere.

Enjoy fresh air outside or sit inside beside the fire. Kids will enjoy playing in the grassy area.

Sip on a delicious cider, beer or wine while savouring a woodfire pizza. Or even better, try a tasting paddle.

Located at 2230 Bells Line of Road in Bilpin. 

Click here to find out more about Hillbilly Cider

26. Cliff Top Walking Track

The Cliff Top Walk runs around the edge of the Grose Valley from one stunning viewpoint to another.

The track passes many lookouts with amazing views of the valley and waterfalls.

It's challenging but one of the best Blue Mountains hikes.

The hike starts at Govetts Leap lookout in Blackheath. Follow Govetts Leap Road, drive through the park entrance and follow the signs. 

27. Mayfield Garden 

Mayfield Garden

Your visit to Mayfield Garden in Oberon may well be a highlight.

Sprawling over 65 hectares, Mayfield Garden is Australia's largest privately-owned garden and one of the world's biggest cool climate gardens.

Its creation was inspired by stately gardens in Europe. Enjoy cascading water, colourful trees, the stunning stone bridge and the impressive Water Garden. Kids will love the Maze.

Located 530 Mayfield Road in Mayfield. 

Check out Mayfield Garden website

28. Victory Theatre Antique Centre 

Victory Theatre Antique Centre

Do not miss this fantastic antique centre in the Blue Mountains if you like collectable objects. You'll find a large variety of gone by items over two floors. You can easily spend hours wandering around and looking at all those treasures.

There's a cafe on-site for a well-needed break after antique hunting.

Located at 21 Govetts Leap Road in Blackheath. It's a short walk from Blackheath Station.

Click here to find out more about Victory Theatre Antique Centre

29. Wentworth Falls Lake 

Wentworth Falls Lake

Made by the damming of Jamison Creek to provide water for steam railways, Wentworth Falls Lake is now used for recreation.

It’s a great spot to relax and take the kids – there’s lots of space to run around.

Ride scooters along the shore, walk around the lake and picnic on the water's edge. Children will also enjoy the pirate ship playground and all the ducks.

To get there, follow Sinclair Crescent in Wentworth Falls to the carpark.

30. Katoomba Falls 

The short hike to get to this pretty waterfall is a highlight – the views are picturesque. The walking track takes you to the bottom of the falls through a temperate rainforest past scenic lookouts.

The walk starts at Scenic World in Katoomba, corner of Violet St and Cliff Dr. Click here for directions on Google Maps.

You can also get there by public bus or the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.

31. Dryridge Estate 

Dryridge Estate

Taste delicious wine and savour cold meat and cheeses or a ploughman's platter at Dryridge Estate. Enjoy fantastic views of the Megalong Valley and escarpments from the Cellar Door.

What's better than wine and cheese in breathtaking surrounds!

This boutique vineyard is open for wine tasting on weekends.

Located at 226 Aspinall Road, Megalong Valley. The last couple of km is on an unsealed road. 

Click here to find out more about Dryridge Estate

32. Street Art Walk in Katoomba

Street Art Katoomba

Stroll through Beverly Place, a back alley in Katoomba, and admire over 30 murals full of aerosol art created by some of the best local and international street artists. It’s worth the detour if you’re in town.

The stunning murals have transformed an ordinary laneway into a giant open-air art gallery.

A quirky addition to Katoomba!

Beverly Place is in the heart of Katoomba, across the road from the Yellow Deli. 

33. Pulpit Rock Lookout

Pulpit Rock lookout is nothing short of spectacular. The views over the Grose Valley are incredible.

Three lookouts linked by stairs and railings sit on three different levels. Standing on this raised rock platform is thrilling. I dare you to walk down to the last floor on the edge of the cliff!

If you feel like hiking, a track leads to the stunning Govetts Leap lookout.  

Getting there: To get there, turn onto Hat Hill Rd from Great Western Hwy in Blackheath and follow the signs to Pulpit Rock lookout. The lookout is 400 metres from the carpark.

34. Mountain Biking

There are terrific mountain biking trails in the Blue Mountains for everyone.

Oaks Fire Trail is exhilarating and suitable for beginners. Burramoko Ridge is also ideal for beginners because there are slight hills – and it leads to Hanging Rock! Other great trails include Narrow Neck and GBMT.

For less exertion, ride an E-Bike with a guided tour.

Click here to find out more about the mountain bike trails

35. Hanging Rock 

As the name suggests, Hanging Rock is a massive rock formation that hangs over a cliff.

The place makes for fantastic photos.

To get to Hanging Rock, walk or ride a bike along Burramoko Fire Trail in Blackheath for 5km.

Don't try to jump over the gap to get on Hanging Rock because there's a long drop. It's very dangerous.

This place is not suitable for kids because of the unfenced cliff edge.

To get there, follow Ridgewell Road to the locked gate. Click here for directions on Google Maps.

By car - To get there, follow Ridgewell Road in Blackheath to the locked gate. Or catch the train to Blackheath station and walk for 3 km. 

36. Crib Room Restaurant 

Crib Room Restaurant

If you're around Lithgow, do yourself a favour – have dinner at Crib Room Restaurant. I had one of the best meals there.  

Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, extensive menu and generous portions. Best of all, the service is attentive and the food amazing!

Also lovely is the old mining artifacts and photos on the walls.  

Located at 121 Main Street in Wallerawang. 

Check Crib Room Restaurant website

37. Lost Bear Gallery 

Lost Bear Gallery in Katoomba displays gorgeous contemporary art by Australian artists.

See fabulous paintings, sculptures, ceramics and glass art. There are also different exhibitions throughout the year.

The gallery opens daily from 10 am. 

Located at 98 Lurline Street in Katoomba. 

Check out the Lost Beach Gallery website here

38. Jellybean Pool 

Jellybean Pool

The Jellybean Pool is a great place to stop on your way to the Blue Mountains when it’s hot.

Enjoy swimming and picnicking on the sandy beaches.

Younger children can splash about in the shallow water near the shore – keep a close watch on them because there are many deep swimming holes.

To get to Jellybean Pool, follow the national park entrance on Bruce Road in Glenbrook. 

Click here for directions on Google Map

39. Blue Mountains Chocolate Company 

Blue Mountains Chocolate Company

Have a sweet tooth?

Then stop at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company in Katoomba between your sightseeing trips.

Sip on a delicious hot chocolate made with real chocolate melting on candlelight. Indulge in handmade chocolates, caramel cheesecake and chocolate mud cake.

It's a great place to buy chocolate presents to bring back home.

Located at 76 Lurline street in Katoomba. It's a short walk from Echo Point.

Click here to check the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company website

40. Woodford Oaks Trail 

The Woodford Oaks trail is exhilarating!

Ride your mountain bike downhill for eighty per cent of the way from Woodford to Glenbrook, from an altitude of 607 to 163 metres.

The single track at the end is the icing on the cake.

The trail runs for 28 km and takes three to five hours to complete.

To get to the Woodford Oaks trail, park at Glenbrook Railway Station and catch the train to Woodford with your bike. The trail begins at the dirt road with the locked gate along Taylor Road. 

Click here to find out more about the Woodford Oaks trail

41. Blackheath

The Victory Theatre Blackheath

Blackheath is a lovely village to visit. It has many shops and cafes like Katoomba and Leura but without the tourist crowds.

Enjoy Campos coffee at Anonymous Café. Drop in for a fresh sandwich at Blackheath Continental Deli. Have a cup of soup and choc top with a movie at the old fashioned cinema Mount Vic Flicks.

Visit the nearby Govetts Leap lookout and Campbell Rhododendron Gardens.

Follow the Great Western Highway and turn onto Bundarra Street to get to Blackheath. If you're arriving by train, alight at Blackheath Station. The main town is a short walk from the station. 

42. High and Wild Abseiling and Canyoning Adventures 

Abseil down waterfalls, jump into pools of crystal-clear water and swim through waterways.

The Blue Mountains has hundreds of deep and narrow canyons carved by rivers running through the sandstone plateau.

Canyoning and abseiling in the Blue Mountains is a fun adventure!

Click here to learn more about High and Wild Abseiling and Canyoning Adventures

43. Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls is an impressive waterfall cascading 200 metres down.

Hike around Wentworth Falls and enjoy fabulous views from the lookouts. There are walks for different levels of fitness.

Take an easy stroll to the top of the waterfall or a strenuous hike to the bottom.

Enjoy the best views from Princes Rock and Fletchers lookouts.

Park at Wentworth Falls picnic area along Sir H Burrell Drive in Wentworth Falls. Click here for directions on Google Maps.

44. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre 

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba contains a gallery with exhibitions and artworks.

There's also a library and an interactive display. Into the Blue explores the history and natural landscape of the Blue Mountains.

Enjoy the views across the town from the viewing platform, a coffee and local arts and crafts at the gift shop.

Located at 30 Parke Street in Katoomba.

Click here to check the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre website

45. Jenolan Caves Blue Lake

If you’re visiting Jenolan Caves, experience the nearby walk leading to the Blue Lake. The colour is striking.

The lake is a platypus habitat, so you can’t swim in it, but you can have a dip at the bottom of the small waterfall if you can handle the icy water.

Click here to find out more about Jenolan Caves Blue Lake

46. Mountain Culture Beer Co

Mountain Culture Beer Co

Enjoy a handcrafted beer at this little gem in Katoomba.

This locals' favourite venue offers a great selection of beers and burgers and fries, which combine too well with beer.

The place has a cosy feeling, and the interior is beautifully styled with high ceilings and exposed beams.

Located 23-25 Parke Street in Katoomba. 

Click here to discover Mountain Culture Beer Co

47. Elysian Rock Lookout 

Elysian Rock lookout in Leura offers magnificent views across the Jamison Valley.

Two fenced lookouts joined by a bridge sit high on the cliff edge. You can sit on a bench to admire the vista.

Elysian Rock lookout sits along the popular Prince Henry Cliff Walk if you feel like hiking.  And it's situated a 5-minute drive to Everglades House & Gardens.

To get to Elysian Rock Lookout, park on Olympic Pde opposite Balmoral Rd in Leura and follow the moderate but short track to the lookout. It's also accessible via the hop on hop off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.

48. Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

The hop on and off bus is a great way to explore the Blue Mountains’ major attractions.

It's fantastic when hiking – you can get dropped off near a walking track and picked up further away.

Unlike public transport, the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus saves you a lot of time.

Check prices here

49. Featherdale Wildlife Park

Koala

Featherdale Wildlife Park is not in the Blue Mountains, but it's a popular place to visit on the way from Sydney.

It’s a wonderful hands-on zoo.

You’ll see many native and international animals and get up close to some animals like koalas and hand-feed kangaroos.

Located 217-229 Kildare Road in Doonside.

Suggested Tour – Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

50. Leuralla NSW Toy & Railway Museum

Leuralla NSW Toy & Railway Museum

Leuralla NSW Toy & Railway Museum contains the most extensive collection of toys and trains in the southern hemisphere.

So many old collectables! From barbie to Popeye to Tintin, you'll see them all.

Outside is a lovely garden and an impressive train collection.

Revisit your childhood and bring back memories.

Located at 36 Olympian Parade in Leura. It's accessible via the hop on hop off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.

Click here to check the Leuralla NSW Toy & Railway Museum

51. Fruit Picking

Apple tree

Are you travelling with your children via Bells Line of Road? Then why not stop at an orchard and pick fruits!

The town of Bilpin is full of orchards where you can pick apples or stone fruit, depending on the time of the year.

There's no entry fee. You just have to pay for what you pick.

Discover fruit picking in the Blue Mountains

52. Carrington Cellars & Deli 

Carrington Cellars & Deli

Stock up on tasty delis, beers and wines for your picnic at Carrington Cellars & Deli in Katoomba.

Browse the enormous range of local and international wines, beers and cheeses, not to mention excellent local produce like jams, preserves and honey. local produce like jams, preserves and honey.

Yummy!

Located in the old Katoomba power station on Parke Street in Katoomba. 

Click here to find out more about the Carrington Cellars & Deli

53. Leura Cascades

Leura Cascades is a pretty waterfall.

The hike takes you past two small waterfalls and to Leura Cascades. Enjoy the sound of birds chirping and the stream cascading down the rocky slope.

You can also walk further to Bridal Veil lookout and enjoy stunning views over Bridal Veil Falls.

The walk is moderately easy and takes 30 minutes – perfect with kids.

Drive to Leura Cascades picnic area on Chelmsford Drive in Leura to get there. It's also accessible via the hop on hop off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. 

54. Blue Mountains Heritage Centre

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre

The Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath is a great place to visit and receive expert advice about exploring the region.

The staff is super friendly and welcoming – they’ll give you tips about hikes and activities in the Blue Mountains.

There's also a gallery, a gift shop and an excellent interactive display. Enjoy watching the video presentation.

Located 270 Govetts Leap Road in Blackheath. 

Click here to discover the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre

55. Enchanted Cave 

Enjoy a secluded stay in the wilderness.

Spend a night at The Enchanted Cave for a unique and romantic experience. Cosy up by the fire at night.

The views of the valley from the spa, the balcony, the bed and the outdoor shower are breathtaking.

The little round door to enter the cave is very cool. 

And do not miss the nearby glow worm tour after your stay.

Find out more.

56. Mountain High Pies

Mountains High Pies sign

Grab a tasty pie at Mountain High Pies in Wentworth Falls.

From vegetarian to vegan to gluten-free to traditional meat pies, the choice is yours.

Try the brekkie pie with homemade baked beans, sausage, chorizo, soft poached egg, bacon and potato topped with hollandaise sauce. Or a satay lentil and chickpea pie.

No wonder this venue has won lots of awards over the years.

Located at 293 Great Western Highway in Wentworth Falls. 

Discover Mountain High Pies here

57. Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum

Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum

If you're passionate about trains or have children who love Thomas the Tank Engine, spend a day at Valley Heights Rail Museum.

You'll see a great selection of locomotives and model railways. And the oldest roundhouse left in NSW.

The ride in the steam tram is a highlight!

The museum opens on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

Located at 17 Tusculum Rd in Valley Heights.

Book online before you go

58. Jamison Lookout 

Jamison lookout is an accessible and wheelchair friendly viewpoint. It sits next to a small carpark, and you can sit on the bench seat.

Enjoy the expansive views over the Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary.

It's also an excellent spot for a picnic – you'll find picnic tables and barbeque facilities opposite the lookout. And if you feel like hiking, several tracks are located here, including the Wentworth Falls Walk and National Pass.  

To get to Jamison lookout, turn onto Falls Rd from Great Western Hwy and follow to the end, at Wentworth Falls Picnic Area.

59. Charles Darwin Walk 

Charles Darwin Walk is easy, has bridges and boardwalks and takes about one hour each way.

The hike follows a creek with several cascades and arrives at the top of Wentworth Falls.

There are stunning views of the Jamison Valley and water tumbling down the cliff.

You can also continue going down the steep stairs to the bottom of Wentworth Falls.

It's a great walk to experience if you arrive by train because Wentworth Falls Station connects to the track.

To get to Charles Darwin Walk, park at Wentworth Falls picnic area on Falls Road in Wentworth Falls. If you're arriving by train, alight at Wentworth Falls Station. The hike begins at Wilson Park, 500 metres from the train station.

60. Wind Eroded Cave 

The Wind Eroded Cave is an unusual rock formation – the wind has carved the tall cave over time and created various holes. 

You can also hike to Anvil Rock (below) while you're there because the track starts from the same carpark.

It's a great spot to take kids because both walks reward you with fascinating features.

To get to the Wind Eroded Cave, follow Hat Hill Road in Blackheath and take the turnoff to Anvil Rock. The Wind Eroded Cave is a short walk from the car park. 

61. Everglades Historic House and Gardens 

Visit the extensive gardens and historic house in Leura.

Saunter through the terraced gardens, courtyards and cobblestone pathways.

The shrubs and cherry blossom trees are beautiful and the views breathtaking.

Then enjoy the Art Deco design in the main house and a Devonshire tea, scones and homemade cake in the tea room.

Located at 37 Everglades Avenue in Leura. There's plenty of off-street car parking. It's also accessible via the hop on hop off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. 

Booking is required. 

Find out more about Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

62. Hassans Wall Lookout 

it's worth taking the short drive from Lithgow to Hassans Walls if you're in the town.

At 1,100 metres above sea level, Hassans Walls is the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains. You'll see magnificent views of the valley below and escarpments.

And don't miss the short hiking track that leads to the small cave for a great outlook of the rock wall.

To get there, follow Hassans Walls Road in Lithgow to the lookout. The road is unsealed and rough – better go with a 4WD. There’s a parking area.

63. Ruined Castle Walking Track 

The Ruined Castle Walk is one of the best hikes in the Blue Mountains.

The track leads to a beautiful rock formation that looks like a ruined castle. It offers stunning views over the valley.

The walk begins at the Golden Stairs and descends into the Jamison Valley.

You can also take it from Scenic World if you're travelling by bus.

The hike is rated hard because of the steep slope and stairs at the start and finish. It's otherwise easy.

To get to the Ruined Castle walking track, follow the unsealed Glenraphael Drive in Katoomba for about 2km to the Golden Stairs carpark. 

64. Treehouse Blue Mountains

If you fancy seclusion in the wilderness, check out Treehouse Blue Mountains in Bilpin. 

The treehouse sits between two national parks and is completely surrounded by nature.

It makes for a great escape.

The photos don't do justice to this incredible place. 

The treehouse is not suitable for children.

Find out more.

65. Gordon Falls Lookout 

Take a leisurely downhill stroll to Gordon Falls Lookout in Leura. You'll get stunning views of the Jamison Valley and the waterfall.

From here, you can continue hiking down to the Pool of Siloam. Or along the cliff to Olympian Rock lookout and Leura Cascades.

The hike starts at Gordon Falls picnic area, a great spot for kids to run off their energy.

To get to Gordon Falls Lookout, follow Olympian Parade in Leura to its end and walk down the short stairs. You can also get there on the hop on hop off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. 

66. Oak Brasserie

Oak Brasserie

The Oak Brasserie is the perfect place to end the day in Leura.

They serve excellent food and the service is outstanding.

Try the Salt and Pepper Squid and the Wagyu Steak!

Sit outdoor under the tree and enjoy the cosy atmosphere.

This restaurant is family-friendly.

Located at 192 Leura Mall in Leura.

67. Anvil Rock Lookout

Get away from the crowds and visit Anvil Rock for a sweeping vista of the Grose Valley and mountains, including Mount Banks. You may even see Sydney CBD in the distance if you have good eyes.

The best time to visit is at sunset.

To get to Anvil Rock Lookout, follow Hat Hill Road in Blackheath, which becomes Perrys Lookdown Road, an unsealed road. Keep left at the fork and drive to the small car park. It's a moderate 5-minute walk to the lookout.

It's also worth walking to the Wind Eroded Cave while you're there.

68. Mount Bank Summit Walk

Mount Banks Summit Walk is a short but steep climb.

The views from the summit are obstructed, but you'll get a stunning outlook of the Grose Valley on the way up.

You can also take the easier but longer path to the summit along the road, but the views are not as good.

To get there, follow Mount Banks Road (10km west of Mount Tomah) for 1km to the carpark.

To get there, follow Bells Line of Road toward Mount Tomah. About 10 km past Mount Tomah, take the turnoff to Mount Banks picnic area. Drive on the unsealed road for 1 km until you reach the parking spot.

69. Empress Falls 

If you like waterfalls and don't mind a bit of a workout, take the short but steep walk to Empress Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Blue Mountains.

It’s awe-inspiring after rain.

The hike takes at least one hour – the steps can be slippery, so wear good walking shoes.

The track starts at the Conservation Hut at the end of Fletcher Street in Wentworth Falls.

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