couple enjoying a picnic in the Blue Mountains

Get the best views of the Blue Mountains from Lincoln Rock Lookout.
Photo: Tourism Australia

Where is Blue Mountains?

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is about two hours drive from Sydney and is a popular get-away for Sydney-siders. This is the ideal place to relax and reconnect with nature. Whether you choose to get there by bus, train or car, just make sure you don't miss out on seeing this world heritage listed wonderland.​

  • Catch a train: Get yourself to Sydney's Central Station, and get on the Blue Mountains line
  • 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.
  • Book a tour to the Blue Mountains so you can sit back and relax all the way.
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Things to do in the spectacular 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 Explorer Bus. The bus takes you to 29 key attractions and sightseeing spots in Katoomba and Leura and includes commentary so you get to know the Blue Mountains.

Enjoy a bushwalk through the Blue Mountains 
National Park. Photo: Tourism Australia

Caving in the Blue Mountains
Explore the Jenolan Caves. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • 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!
  • Be sure to take an underground  guided tour through the magnificent Jenolan Caves.
Farm fresh food in the Blue Mountains

Delicious local produce is all around you.
Photo: Luxury Lodges of Australia


Go for a bike-ride. Photo: Emirates
  • 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. ​
  • Other cool things to do include bike riding, horse riding, and hiking and camping overnight.


Where to eat in the Blue Mountains

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.

  • 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.
  • The Leura Garage restaurant, cafe’ and bar is full of delicious flavours to melt your tastebuds. Try their tasting menus for a bit of everything delicious.
Couples eating out in the Blue Mountains
Get views and great food in the Blue Mountains.
Photo: Tourism Australia


Dine at the Leura Garage. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • 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.
  • Enjoy great views and food at Solitary Restaurant. Try the Moroccan vegetable tagine or seared barramundi fillet, finished off with steamed almond & apple pudding, butterscotch sauce, cinnamon ice cream.


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: