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The Blue Mountains are a major attraction located an hour from Sydney, Australia.
The scenery is spectacular. You'll see deep canyons carpeted in eucalypts and rainforest. Sandstone escarpments. Sheer cliff walls and tall waterfalls.
A great thing about visiting this region is that many of the best things to do are free. There are tons of amazing bushwalks and lookouts.
Wondering what to do in the Blue Mountains?
I have created this bucket list to help you have a great time.
You'll find out below all the best attractions. Some are popular tourist spots and others are lesser-known gems.
The Three Sisters is the most famous landmark in the Blue Mountains. It's the number one destination for first-time visitors.
The Three Sisters is an unusual rock formation. Three sandstone peaks stand side by side in Jamison Valley. According to Aboriginal legend, they were three sisters who were turned to stone.
The best spot to see the Three Sisters is at Echo Point lookout.
Try to get to Echo Point lookout before sunset or in the evening. The views are spectacular. The rock formations are floodlit until 11 pm.
If you like hiking, a few excellent hiking trails start at Echo Point.
Getting there: If arriving by car, drive to corner Echo Point Road and Cliff Drive in Katoomba. If arriving by train, either walk 30 minutes (2.6 kilometres) from Katoomba Station or catch bus 686. It's also accessible via Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.
Scenic World is the most popular human-made attraction in the Blue Mountains.
Ride the steepest passenger train in the world, the Scenic Railway. Then walk through a rainforest via the Scenic Walkway which will lead you to the Cableway.
The Cableway will transport you to the top of the mountain. Enjoy stunning views through the glass windows.
Then hop in the Scenic Skyway and glide 270 metres above Jamison Valley. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the Jamison Valley and the Three Sisters.
Getting there: If arriving by car, drive to corner Cliff Drive and Violet Street in Katoomba and park in the car park. If arriving by train, either walk 30 minutes (2.5 kilometres) from Katoomba Station or catch bus 686. It's also accessible via the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.
Explore the largest caves in Australia and the world's oldest caves. They have stunning limestone formations and underground rivers.
You can tour nine out of 300 caves.
The Imperial Cave is the easiest to visit because there are fewer stairs to climb. The River Cave is the most challenging, with 1,298 stair steps and two high steel ladders.
The most famous and largest cave is Lucas Cave. It contains the 'Cathedral' chamber and offers glimpses of an underground river.
Tours are scheduled daily. Book your ticket online here.
Getting there: Follow Jenolan Caves Road in Jenolan. You can also get there by coach from Katoomba or Sydney. There's no public transport.
Govetts Leap lookout is one of the best lookouts in the Blue Mountains. The views are as spectacular as at Echo Point but without the large crowds.
Enjoy incredible views of Grose Valley's deep canyons and massive sandstone cliffs.
Also, many bushwalks start here. Pulpit Rock Walk takes you to the remarkable Pulpit Rock lookout, and Cliff Top Walk to Evans lookout. You can even walk to Bridal Veil Falls.
Also, the Fairfax Heritage Track takes you to Blue Mountains Heritage Centre past George Phillips lookout. This track is wheelchair-friendly.
Getting there: Drive to the end of Govetts Leap Road in Blackheath. Or if arriving by train, it's a 40-minute walk (3 kilometres) from Blackheath Station.
This is a popular walk with first-time visitors. If you only have time for one small hike, do this one!
The walk starts at the famous Echo Point and arrives at the Three Sisters. It offers fantastic views of Jamison Valley.
The walk takes about an hour return. It's easy, except for the last short section.
For the first part of the trail, the path is paved and smooth and is suitable for wheelchairs.
Then you descend steep stairs to Honeymoon Bridge. It's the exciting part! This dazzling bridge connects to the first sister and the views are superb.
Getting there: Walk 2.6 kilometres (30 minutes) or take bus 686 from Katoomba Station. Or drive and park near corner Echo Point Road and Cliff Drive in Katoomba.
Stroll along the meandering paths and enjoy the amazing views of the gardens and the valley. You'll see local and imported cool climate plants and alpine rainforest.
Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens in Mount Tomah spreads over eight hectares. It's part of the UNESCO World Heritage Area.
Visiting is free.
Getting there: Follow Bells Line of Road to the Garden, which is halfway between Lithgow and Richmond. There's no public transport.
Katoomba Falls is a small but pretty waterfall near Echo Point in Katoomba.
The short hike to get there is the highlight because the view is picturesque. The walk starts at Scenic World in Katoomba. The one-kilometre loop takes you through a temperate rainforest.
There are great lookouts along the trail. Vaniman’s lookout overlooks the Three Sisters, and you can see the Scenic Skyway cable car crossing the valley. Juliet's Balcony offers unobstructed views of Katoomba Falls.
Then the walk continues to Katoomba Falls lookout right at the bottom of the falls.
Lincoln’s Rock is a large flat rock that offers sweeping views over the mountains and the valley below.
Go at sunset for the best outlook and most stunning photos.
Be careful with children because the rock is not fenced off.
Getting there: Visiting Lincoln’s Rock is easy. It’s a short walk from the car park, which is located at 51 Little Switzerland Drive, Wentworth Falls. If you have a small car, park a little before Switzerland Drive.
Wentworth Falls is an impressive waterfall cascading nearly 200 metres down. It’s one of the most famous waterfalls in the Blue Mountains. It’s spectacular after rain.
Hike around Wentworth Falls and enjoy fabulous views from the many lookouts. There are walks for different levels of fitness.
Take an easy walk to the top of the waterfall and continue descending the steep stairs to the bottom.
The best views of the water plunging down the cliff are from Princes Rock and Fletchers lookouts.
Getting there: The walks starts at Wentworth Falls picnic area along Sir H Burrell Drive in Wentworth Falls.
If you fancy seclusion in the wilderness, check out Treehouse Blue Mountains.
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.
This three-kilometre iconic walk is one of the top hikes in the Blue Mountains. You'll enjoy magnificent views of Jamison Valley and the Three Sisters.
Descend 998+ vertiginous steel and stone steps to the bottom of the cliff. Walk along Federal Pass past Katoomba Falls all the way to Scenic World. Then rest your legs and ride the Scenic Railway to the clifftop.
This strenuous walk takes about two to three hours to complete.
Getting there: The walks starts at Echo Point in Katoomba and ends at Scenic World.
This loop walk takes you to waterfalls, rock pools, creeks and stunning views.
You’ll descend into the valley, walk along the base through a rainforest and ascend back out. There are steep bits but I have seen people of all ages strolling along and taking their time to admire the views.
And the canyon will keep you cool in summer.
The walk goes for 6.3 kilometres and takes about three hours to complete. The walk is moderately difficult.
Getting there: The walk starts and ends at Evans lookout in Blackheath. Follow Evans lookout Road to its end and park at the Evans lookout car park.
Leura is a gorgeous village dotted with manicured houses and gardens. It's a great place to base yourself to explore the Blue Mountains. The town appeals to those preferring a classy village vibe.
Shop at Leura Mall (below) and stroll around the extensive gardens at Everglade Historic House and Gardens.
Dine at excellent restaurants like Madame Wang's and Polar Bear of Leura.
Spring is a great time to visit because the cherry trees are in full bloom.
Getting there: Follow the Great Western Highway (A32) and take the Leura Mall exit. If arriving by train, alight at Leura Station. Leura is also accessible via Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.
Stroll along the strip of quaint shops and cafes in Leura. You'll find jewellery, homeware, arts and crafts and beautiful clothing.
It's a nice break from all the bushwalks and sightseeing trips. And it's a relaxing place to stop on your way to or from the Blue Mountains.
Shop for unique accessories at Teddy Sinclair. Savour homemade brownies and delicious ice cream at Josaphan's Fine Chocolates. The Candy Store, with lollies from all around the world, is a highlight!
Cahill’s lookout offers impressive views of the Megalong Valley and Narrow Neck Plateau. You’ll see Boar’s Head Rock, a unique rock formation that looks exactly like a pig head.
The lookout is located in the heart of the Blue Mountains yet away from the crowds.
Getting there: The walk to Cahill’s lookout is an easy 500 metres from the car park on Cliff Drive in Katoomba.
Leura Cascades is a pretty waterfall. Enjoy the sound of birds chirping and the stream cascading down the rocky slope.
The walk takes you past two small waterfalls and to Leura Cascades. 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.
Getting there: Follow Cliff Drive in Leura until you reach Leura Cascades picnic area.
Breenhold Gardens covers an area of 45 hectares. It's located in Mount Wilson, which is famous for its cool climate gardens. You'll 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.
You can also stroll along the bush trails.
Breenhold Gardens is usually open in Spring and autumn-better check on their website.
Getting there: 29 The Avenue, Mount Wilson. There's no public transport.
For an outstanding dining experience, head to Cinnabar Kitchen.
You’ll feel like you’re dining overseas and will enjoy the warm atmosphere and excellent service.
Try the sizzling Jamaican spiced prawn pot, the poached spinach ricotta dumplings and the braised beef cheeks. It’s a treat!
The restaurant is not suitable for children under eight.
Getting there: 246 Great Western Highway, Blackheath. You can take the train to Blackheath Station.
Enjoy sweeping views of Jamison Valley and the Three Sisters.
Sublime Point lookout is perched on the edge of a cliff at a great height. You can see far across the valley and you feel like you're on top of the world. It's no doubt one of the best viewpoints in the Blue Mountains.
Getting there: Follow Sublime Point Road in Leura to its end. It's a short and easy walk from the car park.
Visit the extensive gardens and historic house in Leura.
Saunter through the terraced gardens, courtyards and cobblestone pathways. You'll see beautiful shrubs and cherry blossom trees and breathtaking views.
Then enjoy the Art Deco design in the main house and a Devonshire tea, scones and homemade cake in the tea-room.
Getting there: 37 Everglades Avenue, Leura. You can also get there via Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, or it's a few minutes walk from the train station.
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!
Getting there: Follow Pulpit Rock Road in Blackheath and follow the signs to the lookout. The lookout sits 400 metres from the car park.
Run by the National Trust, Norman Lindsay Gallery is the former home of the artist Normal Lindsay. See his oil paintings, model boats and sculptures. And the gallery featuring the characters from The Magic Pudding.
Then enjoy the café and the shop.
You can also stay in one of the cabins on the property, which includes an admission ticket to the gallery.
Getting there: 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent in Faulconbridge.
The town of Katoomba is in the heart of the Blue Mountains. It's a perfect place to base yourself to explore the region's biggest attractions.
There are many things to do in the town itself and great restaurants like Aunty Ed's and Basil Nut.
Explore the Street Art Walk. Grab a drink and cosy up beside the fireplace at the luxurious Carrington Hotel. Enjoy a beer on tap and delicious chips with aioli at Old City Bank Brasserie. And shop for a second-hand book at Mr Pickwicks Fine Old Books.
There are plenty of accommodation options in town. If you're on a budget, Blue Mountains YHA is fantastic.
Getting there: Follow the Great Western Highway (A32) and turn into Parke Street. If you're arriving by train, alight at Katoomba Station.
Enjoy a secluded stay in the wilderness.
Spend a night at The Enchanted Cave for a unique and romantic experience.
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. Cosy up by the fire at night.
And do not miss the nearby glow worm tour after your stay.
The Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum is a fascinating museum with informative displays.
The small arms manufacturing factory began production in 1912. It 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.
Getting there: 69 Methven Street, Lithgow.
A great walk to experience if you arrive by train because the station connects to the track.
Charles Darwin Walk is easy, has bridges and boardwalks and takes about one hour each way.
You’ll follow a creek with several cascades and arrive at the top of Wentworth Falls. From the top you’ll see stunning views of Jamison Valley and water tumbling down the cliff.
You’ll get amazing views at Fletcher’s lookout too.
You can also continue going down the steep stairs to the bottom of Wentworth Falls.
Getting there: Follow Sir H Burrell Drive in Wentworth Falls to Wentworth Falls picnic area. If arriving by train, the walk begins a few metres from the Wentworth Falls Station.
If you’re in the Lithgow vicinity, head to Crib Room Restaurant. The food is amazing!
This restaurant is a gem. The atmosphere is friendly, the menu is extensive and the portions are generous. You’ll also enjoy the decoration with old mining artifacts and photos. But what's best is the attentive service and excellent food.
Their accommodation is also excellent and you can order a meal in the room. The Seafood Platter is to die for!
Getting there: 121 Main Street, Wallerawang.
For total relaxation visit the Japanese Bath House near Lithgow. Mineral spring water flows from 300 metres underground.
Take a cold plunge into the icy tube, then relax in the several indoor and outdoor hot baths. The steam room may well be the highlight. Get your own private bath if you wish. Follow with a massage that uses a blend of Japanese and Thai techniques.
You can choose a single-entry visit of up to three hours or a package with a massage.
Getting there: 259 Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive, South Bowenfels. There's no public transport.
Prince Henry Cliff Walk is a top walk for outdoors enthusiasts wanting to view dramatic landscapes.
This seven-kilometre walk along the cliff edge passes lots of lookouts that offer some of the best views in the Blue Mountains. The trail stretches between Katoomba and Leura and passes Echo Point and the Three Sisters.
The walk is moderately challenging and takes about three hours to complete but you can exit at many places along the trail.
Getting there: The walk starts from Echo Point in Katoomba or Gordon Falls picnic area in Leura.
Campbell Rhododendron Gardens covers an area of 18.3 hectares.
You’ll see exotic species like Azalea and Rhododendrons. They thrive among native eucalypts and bushland.
The best time to visit is from October to November. The rhododendrons and other species are in full bloom and display stunning colours. But the garden is open all year round.
Allow at least one hour to stroll along the walking tracks.
And enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and a delicious scone with jam and cream at Rhodo Tea Room.
Getting there: Located on Bacchante Street, Blackheath. It's a few minutes walk from Blackheath Station.
The town of Bilpin is known for its delicious apples and is called the “land of the mountain apple”.
Sample fresh apple and pear cider at Bilpin Cider. They make cider using fresh local fruits. There’s zero sugar or artificial flavours.
The drinks are delicious!
Sit on the lawn and enjoy live music. You can also visit the gardens and orchard.
Getting there: 2369 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin. There's no public transport.
The Glow Worm Tunnel is the best place to see the glowing blue light of glow worms. Dozens of them cling to the walls and roof.
The 400-metre tunnel was built in the early 1900s as part of the railway to Newnes Kerosene and Shale Works. It's now abandoned.
It's very dark and damp inside which is ideal for glow worms. You'll see patches of glowing blue lights like stars in the sky.
Wear good walking shoes and take a torch.
Getting there: Follow Glow Worm Tunnel Road near Lithgow until you reach the car park. The road leading to the tunnel is very rough so you need a 4WD.
It's better to join a tour and hike from the Wolgan Valley to the tunnel.
Bebeah Gardens is a cool climate garden that sprawls over 5 hectares.
There are 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.
Getting there: 60 The Avenue, Mount Wilson. There's no public transport.
Chill out at Hillbilly Cider. Enjoy the view of orchard and delight in the atmosphere. Sip on a cider, beer or wine while savouring a woodfire pizza. Or even better, try a tasting paddle. Their cider is delicious!
Buy a case of apple or pear cider to take back home.
Pick your favourite spot to sit, outside in the open air or inside in front of the fire. Kids can play on the grassy area.
You can also take your pet!
Getting there: 2230 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin. There's no public transport.
This epic walk along the side of a cliff was built by hand in the early 20th century.
This challenging walk takes around three hours.
Enjoy walking along ledges and climbing staircases. Gaze at dramatic views from the lookouts. And descend the historic Grand Stairway to the base of the Wentworth Falls waterfall. It’s a highlight.
Due to a rockfall in 2017, National Pass is closed between Valley of the Waters and Slack Stairs. Check the latest update here.
Getting there: Drive on Falls Road in Wentworth Falls and follow the signs. You can start the walk from Wentworth Falls picnic area or Conservation Hut.
If you're fond of gardens, you won't mind the 75-minute drive from Katoomba to Mayfield Garden. This visit may well be the highlight of your trip.
The garden sprawls over 65 hectares and it's Australia's largest privately-owned garden. It's also one of the world's biggest cool climate gardens.
It's creation was inspired by stately gardens in Europe.
The Water Garden is impressive. There's cascading water, colourful trees and a stunning stone bridge. A highlight for kids is the maze.
Getting there: 530 Mayfield Road, Mayfield. There's no public transport.
For magnificent views across Jamison Valley, visit Elysian Rock lookout. Two fenced lookouts joined by a bridge sit high on the cliff edge.
If you feel like bushwalking, Elysian Rock lookout is part of Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
Getting there: Park on Olympic Parade in Laura and follow the moderate but short track to the lookouts.
If you like collectable objects do not miss the largest antique centre in the Blue Mountains. 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 café onsite for a well-needed break after antique hunting.
Getting there: 21 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath. You can get there by train and alight at Blackheath Station.
Wentworth Falls Lake is a great spot to relax and take the kids because there's lots of space to run around.
The lake was made by the damming of Jamison Creek to provide water for steam railways. It's now used for recreation.
Walk and ride scooters along the shore, walk around the lake and picnic on the edge of the water.
Kids will enjoy the pirate ship playground and all the ducks.
Getting there: Follow Sinclair Crescent in Wentworth Falls to the car park.
Taste delicious wine. Savour cold meat and cheeses or a ploughman's platter at Dryridge Estate.
What's better than wine and cheese in breathtaking surrounds!
Enjoy fantastic views of the Megalong Valley and escarpments from the Cellar Door.
This boutique vineyard is a 20-minute drive from Blackheath. And it's open for wine tasting on weekends.
Getting there: 226 Aspinall Road, Megalong Valley. The last couple of kilometres is on an unsealed road. There's no public transport.
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 for four kilometres. It’s not the most exciting walk, but the views will amaze you once you get there.
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.
Getting there: Follow Ridgewell Road in Blackheath to the locked gate and park there. You can also catch the train to Blackheath station and walk an extra three kilometres.
Stroll through Beverly Place in Katoomba and admire over 30 murals full of aerosol art. The murals have transformed an ordinary laneway into a giant open-air art gallery.
Some of the best local and international street artists created these, which is a quirky addition to Katoomba.
There are fantastic mountain biking trails in the Blue Mountains for everyone.
Oaks Fire Trail is an exhilarating trail that’s suitable for beginners.
Other great trails include Narrow Neck, GBMT and Burramoko Ridge. The last one is ideal for beginners because there are little hills. And it goes to Hanging Rock!
If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one at Blue Mountains Biking Adventures.
For less exertion, ride an E-Bike with a guided tour.
Lost Bear Gallery in Katoomba displays gorgeous contemporary art by Australian artists.
You’ll see amazing paintings, sculptures, ceramics and glass art. There are also different exhibitions throughout the year.
The gallery is in Katoomba and it opens daily from 10 am. You can drop in on your way to the Three Sisters.
Getting there: 98 Lurline Street, Katoomba.
Jellybean Pool is a great spot to take the kids on a hot day on your way to the Blue Mountains.
Walk down along a short but steep walking track to the calm water of the lake.
Enjoy swimming, picnicking on the sandy beaches and climbing on the rocks.
Younger children can splash about in the shallow water near the sandy beaches. Keep a close watch on the kids because there are lots of very deep swimming holes.
Getting there: Follow the national park entrance on Bruce Road in Glenbrook. Go as early as you can because it can get busy. There's no public transport.
The Ruined Castle Walk is one of the best walks 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 Jamison Valley. You can also take it from Scenic World if you’re travelling by bus.
The walk is rated hard because of the steep slope and stairs at the start and the last climb. It’s otherwise easy. The walk takes about four hours.
Getting there: follow the unsealed Glenraphael Drive in Katoomba. Park at the Golden Stairs car park.
Have a sweet tooth?
Then stop at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company between your sightseeing trips. It’s situated a short walk from Echo Point and the many bushwalks.
Sip on a delicious hot chocolate made with real chocolate melting on candlelight. Indulge on handmade chocolates, caramel cheesecake and chocolate mud cake.
Getting there: 76 Lurline street, Katoomba.
Ride your mountain bike downhill for eighty per cent of the way from Woodford to Glenbrook. From an altitude of 607 metres to 163 metres. It’s exhilarating. The single track at the end is the icing on the cake.
The trail is suitable for
beginners. It goes for 28 kilometres and takes three to five hours to complete.
Getting there: Take the train to Woodford. Or park your car at Glenbrook train station and hop on the train to Woodford.
The Cliff Top Walk runs around the edge of the Grose Valley between two stunning viewpoints.
You'll pass many lookouts with amazing views of the valley and waterfalls.
The walk is challenging but well worth it. It's 3.5 kilometres one way and takes about 2 hours.
Getting there: Cliff Top walking track starts at Govetts Leap lookout in Blackheath. Follow Govetts Leap Road, drive through the park entrance and follow the signs.
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. Enjoy a cup of soup and choc top with a movie at the old fashioned cinema Mount Vic Flicks.
Also, some of the best attractions in the Blue Mountains are nearby. Check out Govetts Leap lookout and the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens.
Getting there: Follow the Great Western Highway (A32) and turn onto Bundarra Street. Or take the train and alight at Blackheath Station.
Abseil down waterfalls, jump into pools of crystal-clear water and swim through waterways.
The Blue Mountains has hundreds of deep and narrow canyons. The canyons were carved by rivers running through sandstone plateau.
Canyoning and abseiling in the Blue Mountains is a fun adventure!
If you’re not too scared of height and can swim, it’s worth giving this tour a go.
Jamison lookout is a very accessible viewpoint that's also wheelchair friendly. It sits right next to the car park. The bench seats add to the comfort.
You'll enjoy the expansive views over Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary.
On top of the gorgeous views, you can enjoy many bushwalks nearby. Walk to the top of Wentworth Falls for another fantastic outlook. And continue down to the bottom of the waterfall if you're keen for a workout.
Getting there: Located at Wentworth Falls picnic area along Sir H Burrell Drive.
Enjoy a relaxing and peaceful walk before or after you Jenolan Caves tour. The Blue Lake is located a quick walk from Jenolan Caves. You'll see the amazing blue colour of the lake.
You can't swim in the Blue Lake because it's a platypus habitat, but you can have a dip at the bottom of the small waterfall. The water is cold, though.
The Wind Eroded Cave is an unusual rock formation worth visiting near Blackheath.
As the name suggests, the wind has carved the tall cave over time and has created various sized holes.
You can also walk to Anvil Rock while you're there because the track starts from the same car park.
It's a great spot to take kids because both walks reward you with fascinating features.
Getting there: follow Hat Hill Road and take the turnoff to Anvil Rock. It's a short walk to the Wind Eroded Cave from the car park.
Visit Anvil Rock for a sweeping vista of the mountains and the valley away from the crowds. You may even see Sydney CBD in the distance if you have good eyes.
The best time to visit is at sunset.
The car park also points to another not-to-be-missed attraction, the Wind Eroded Cave.
Getting there: Follow Hat Hill Road in the Blackheath area and take the turnoff to Anvil Rock. It’s a moderate 5-minute walk to the lookout from the car park.
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre 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.
It’s a great place to visit when it’s raining.
Getting there: 30 Parke Street, Katoomba.
Mount Banks Summit Walk is a short but steep climb that takes one to two hours. Although there's not much of a view from the summit, you'll enjoy the great outlook of 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.
Getting there: Follow Bells Line of Road toward Mount Tomah. About 10 kilometres past Mount Tomah, take the turnoff to Mount Banks picnic area. And drive on the unsealed road for one kilometre until you reach the parking spot.
If you visit Lithgow, it's worth taking the short drive from town to Hassans Walls. It's the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains at 1,100 metres above sea level.
You'll see magnificent views of the valley below and escarpments.
And don't miss the short walking track that leads to the small cave for a great outlook of the rock wall.
Getting there: You can drive directly to the lookout, which is along Hassans Walls Road. Or park at the start of the gravel road and walk three kilometres if you're fit.
Enjoy a handcrafted beer at this little gem after your bushwalks.
This locals' favourite venue offers a great selection of beers. And you can eat burgers and fries, which combine too well with beer!
You'll enjoy the beautifully styled interior with high ceilings and exposed beams. It has a cosy feeling.
Mountain Culture Beer Co is in a splendid heritage building off the main road in Katoomba.
Getting there: 23-25 Parke Street, Katoomba.
The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus is the best way to explore the major attractions if you're without a car. The bus travels frequently throughout Katoomba and Leura so you can hop on and off at many places.
It's also great if you want to hike because you can get dropped off near a walk and get picked up at another spot.
As opposed to public transport, the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus saves you a lot of time. The guides will hand you a map and give you tips on how to plan your visit.
Make sure you plan your journey well though so you get more bang for your buck.
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.
Getting there: 192 Leura Mall, Leura.
Featherdale Wildlife Park is not in the Blue Mountains. But it's a popular spot where tourists and tour coaches like to stop on their way to the Blue Mountains from Sydney.
Featherdale Wildlife Park is a wonderful hands-on zoo. You get to see many native and international animals.
You can also get up close to some of the animals, cuddle up to a koala and hand-feed kangaroos.
If you'd like to join a tour and enjoy a day full of great activities and sights, this tour is exceptional. They will take you to iconic attractions in the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park.
Getting there: 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside.
This museum has the largest 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 the lovely garden and the amazing train collection.
Revisit your childhood and bring back memories!
Getting there: Located 36 Olympian Parade, Leura.
Stock up for a picnic at Carrington Cellars & Deli. Browse the enormous range of local and international wines, beers and cheeses. Not to mention excellent local produce like jams, preserves and honey.
Getting there: Located in the old Katoomba power station on Parke Street in Katoomba.
If you like waterfalls and don’t mind a little bit of a workout, take the short but steep walk to Empress Falls.
It’s a beautiful waterfall, particularly after rain.
The walk takes at least one hour from the car park. The steps can be slippery, so wear good shoes.
Getting there: The walk starts and ends at the Conservation Hut at the end of Fletcher Street in Wentworth Falls.
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre is a great place to visit and receive expert advice.
The staff is super friendly and welcoming. They'll give lots of helpful tips about walks and activities in the Blue Mountains.
There's also a gallery, a gift shop and an excellent interactive display. You'll enjoy watching the video presentation.
While you're there, walk along the easy and wheelchair-friendly Fairfax Heritage Track. You'll walk past two impressive lookouts, Govetts Leap and George Phillips.
Getting there: 270 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath.
Do you have kids and are you travelling via Bells Line of Road? Then why not stop at an orchard and pick your own fruit!
The town of Bilpin is full of orchards where you can pick your own apples or stone fruit depending on the time of the year.
There’s no entry fee, you just pay for what you pick.
A great place is Pine Crest Orchard, but there are many other places in Bilpin.
Getting there: Pine Crest Orchard is located at 2549 Bell’s Line of Road in Bilpin.
Take an easy downhill stroll to Gordon Falls Lookout. It offers great views over the small waterfall and valley. If you’re feeling energetic. Continue walking down to Gordon Falls.
The walk starts at Gordon Falls picnic area, a lovely spot to have a picnic and let the kids run off their energy.
The place is uncrowded as opposed to the more touristic areas in Katoomba.
Also, Gordon Falls Lookout marks the end of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, which is a fabulous hike.
Getting there: Follow Olympian Parade in Leura to its end.
Eat a delicious pie at Mountain High Pies.
From vegetarian to vegan to gluten-free to great old meat pies, the choice is yours.
Fancy a brekkie pie with home-made 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.
Getting there: 293 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls.
Feeling adventurous? Head to Kanangra-Boyd National Park.
Drive on the unsealed road with your 4WD and hike to the breathtaking Kanangra Walls.
Follow the Plateau Walk, which takes about two hours and enjoy the stunning scenery. Then follow the shorter track to the lookout.
Your jaw will drop to the majesty and sheer size of the view. You’ll most likely see wildlife too.
The national park is located 35 minutes from Jenolan Caves, so it’s worth combining both visits.
Kanangra-Boyd National Park is a great place for hiking, mountain biking and camping.
Getting there: Follow Jenolan Caves Road, turn onto Kanangra Walls Road and drive on the unsealed road for 27 kilometres.
There are so many great places to stay in the Blue Mountains.
Before choosing your accommodation, decide which village you’d like to stay in. Check out Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls or Blackheath.
Each village has its pros and cons.
Wentworth Falls is quieter than the other villages but pleasant. It may suit hikers who are seeking a relaxing getaway.
Blackheath is an excellent option if wanting a less touristy village than Katoomba and Leura. There are excellent cafes and restaurants, great hiking and stunning scenery.
Katoomba and Leura are in the heart of the Blue Mountains so are a great pick if you’re visiting for the first time or travelling by public transport.
Katoomba is at walking distance to Echo Point Lookout, Scenic World and popular walking tracks. Also, there are grocery stores including Aldi and plenty of restaurants and shops. It’s easy to walk around Katoomba and catch the bus or hop on and hop off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.
Leura is located next to Katoomba. It’s the prettiest village in the Blue Mountains. There are great restaurants, and walking tracks and lookouts are nearby. If you like shopping, Leura has lovely shops. It’s also easy to catch the bus or hop on and off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.
I can suggest these accommodations in Katoomba and Leura:
This large hotel is popular with families with young children—activities for kids abound!
If you prefer smaller boutique hotels, this may not be the best accommodation for you. But if you're after all-encompassing facilities, this will be a perfect fit.
Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains is located on the edge of Jamison Valley so you can enjoy hikes from the hotel. And stunning views.
Old Leura Dairy is unique.
An old run-down dairy has been converted into six distinctive rustic retreats... Straw Bale House, Buttercup Barn, The Studio, The Worker’s Cottage, The Milking Shed and Moo Manor. Each sleep from 2 to 11 people.
These idyllic cottages are a 15-minute uphill walk to the shops, restaurants and public transport in Leura. It may not suit if you’re without a car or not keen on walking that distance. But if you have a car and want a peaceful location, this will be a great fit.
Carrington Hotel is an elegant hotel with a historic atmosphere. It transports you to a bygone era.
The hotel is in the heart of Katoomba right next to shops and restaurants and a short stroll from the train station.
Buses that go to Echo Point Lookout, Scenic World and other places run in the main street outside the hotel.
Breakfast is included, and there’s a cocktail bar and lounge room in the hotel.
Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa has great facilities like swimming pools, a tennis court and a day spa.
It’s more expensive than the other places but a good fit if you’re looking for a little more than just a room to sleep.
The resort is located beside Echo Point and a five-minute drive to Katoomba’s main strip.
If you’d like a more intimate option, check out Kurrara Historic Guest House. The atmosphere is lovely.
It has nine guest rooms with an ensuite and a yoga studio.
This guest house is located a 10-minute walk to the village’s main strip.
Blue Mountains YHA is an excellent option if you’re out all day and all you want is a cozy bed to sleep at night.
I haven’t tried the dormitory rooms, but the family rooms with private bathrooms are roomy, clean, quiet and comfortable.
The shared kitchen, dining and lounge rooms are spacious—great if you’re travelling with kids.