The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains.
Photo courtesy of Destination New South Wales
Where is The Blue Mountains?

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is about two hours drive from Sydney. The Blue Mountains is a popular get-away for Sydney-siders, and it is the ideal place to reconnect with all that nature has to offer. It doesn't matter whether you get here by bus, train or car, just don't miss out on seeing this world heritage listed wonderland.​

  • Catch a train: I’m assuming you’re coming from Sydney, so get yourself to Central Station and get on the Blue Mountains line. See train timetables here.
  • Hire a car and drive to the Blue Mountains. The roads are well sign-posted and you can see the Blue Mountains at your own pace. I would definitely recommend hiring or buying a GPS to make your travelling very easy.
  • Take a tour to the Blue Mountains so you can sit back and relax all the way. Click here to see what's available and to book one of the many tours to the Blue Mountains.

What to do in the Blue Mountains

  • Take a bushwalk and enjoy the World Heritage listed surroundings. There are walks for all levels from first timers taking a stroll through the bush to advanced mountaineers. All walking tracks are well marked and detailed maps are available.
  • See the Blue Mountains aboard a hop-on-hop-off trolley tour or the Hop on Hop off Explorer Bus. Both tour options will take you to 29 key attractions sightseeing spots in Katoomba and Leura and include commentary so you get to know what is so special about all the Blue Mountains.
  • See the Blue Mountains your own way at “Scenic World” in an enclosed cable car high above the valley, do a skywalk or board the world’s steepest incline train and go more than 500 metres down into previously inaccessible parts of the World Heritage listed park. ​
  • Leura village has an eclectic range of art, galleries, crafts, antiques and cafes and restaurants. Art-lovers must visit the Norman Lindsay Gallery.​
  • Be sure to take an underground  guided tour through the magnificent Jenolan Caves.
  • The adventurous can go canyoning, abseiling, rock climbing, caving or take a four wheel drive tour. If you take a canyoning tour, you will trek, climb, rappel, swim and jump your way through caves, waterfalls, and rainforests. Otherwise take an abseiling adventure to see some truly spectacular parts of the Blue Mountains & beyond!
  • The Blue Mountains is renowned for its Christmas in July “Yuletide celebrations” so be sure to experience an Aussie winter Christmas.
  • Taste test the boutique wineries in the Blue Mountains or visit the various farmers markets.​

Where to eat

The Blue Mountains shows off homestyle cooking at its finest, serving up the best local and seasonal produce. The villages of Katoomba, Blackheath and Leura offer a smorgasbord of restaurants and cafés, complete with open fires for the chilly winter months. Don't over-think it, just follow your nose and enjoy the flavours of the Blue Mountains.

  • Visit the Paragon in Katoomba which is Australia's oldest café. This art deco café has great hamburgers, old fashioned milk-shakes and home made chocolates.
  • For fine dining, enjoy Darleys at Lilianfels resort with its focus on slow cooked dishes and local and organic produce.
  • Leura Village many wonderful eateries including Cafe Bon Ton with its modern Australian food and locally roasted coffee; or Silks Brasserie with its ever-changing contemporary menu.
  • There's a great choice of pubs and bistros including the Grand View Brasserie, and Hotel Gearin which is owned by Aussie actor Jack Thompson.
  • Chisolm's restaurant at Jenolan Caves House has one of Australia's two remaining 'grand dining rooms' from the 1920s.
  • Try the delicous Katoomba Street Café. One of their specialities is the crispy slow roasted lamb with all the trimmings, or thick and fluffy pancakes.

Where to stay in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains has a wide range of accommodation to suit any budget. Choose from quaint guesthouses in landscaped grounds to luxurious five star resorts where your biggest decision is what colour drink you'll have at the end of the day.

Your stay comes down to the Blue Mountains experience you want. Some suggestions include: