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 two hours drive from Sydney and is a popular get-away for Sydney-siders. There are so many wonderful things to do and explore on your visit to the Blue Mountains.

Reconnect with nature by walking, cycling or caving in the Blue Mountains national parks. Check out the stunning Three Sisters in Katoomba. Take a hike at Wentworth Falls and explore the Mount Tomah botanic gardens. Make sure you add Jenolan Caves to your Blue Mountains activities.

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Blue Mountains sightseeing & attractions

  • Take a bushwalk and discover why it is listed as World Heritage. "Stunning" doesn't nearly describe how beautiful the Blue Mountains are. There are walks for all levels. First timers can enjoy a stroll while advanced mountaineers can power their way through the bush. All walking tracks are well marked and maps are available.
  • Be sure to take an underground guided tour through the magnificent Jenolan Caves. These nine stunning limestone caves are among the oldest in the world.

Enjoy a bushwalk through the Blue Mountains 
National Park. Photo: Tourism Australia
Caving in the Blue Mountains
Explore the Jenolan Caves. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • 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.
  • 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!
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
  • Scenic World Katoomba is a spectacular way to see the Blue Mountains. An enclosed cable car takes you high above the valley, plus you can do a skywalk or board the world’s steepest incline train (the Scenic railway) 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.
  • 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:


How to get to the Blue Mountains

You can get to the Blue Mountains by bus, train or car. My advice is to make sure you experience this world heritage listed wonderland.​ Don't leave the Three Sisters waiting.
Get a selfie with the Three Sisters in the background. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • Catch a train: Get yourself to Sydney's Central Station, and get on the Blue Mountains line. This is very easy way to get from Sydney to Katoomba.
  • Hire a car and drive to the Blue Mountains. The roads are well sign-posted. There are so many places to visit in the Blue Mountains this way, you can go at your own pace.
  • Book a tour to the Blue Mountains so you can sit back and relax all the way.