Visiting the Blue Mountains
By Viator, January 2014
Katoomba, Leura, Springwood, Wentworth Falls, Blackheath – the names sound like something out of a children’s book. Yet these places are quite real, and some of the most popular towns in the Blue Mountains. Katoomba is home to the Three Sisters and Scenic World (an attraction that capitalizes on the amazing views the mountains offer), Leura is the most picturesque village in the mountains, Springwood is the second largest town and the starting point for several amazing bushwalks.
Wentworth Falls has the most beautiful bushwalks of all the mountains’ towns, including the waterfall from which it gets its name. Blackheath is the colonial village of the Blue Mountains, and hosts the Rhododendron Festival in November next year. Other places in the Blue Mountains we haven’t mentioned include Medlow Bath and the stunning Jenolan Caves.
The Blue Mountains are a World Heritage Listed area and one of the most popular tourist attractions in NSW outside of Sydney itself. Listed for its biodiversity and cultural significance, the Blue Mountains are a beautiful place to take a day hike. The land traditionally belonged to six Aboriginal language groups, and it is their myths and legends that inform many of the landmarks in the region, such as the Three Sisters story and the name of Jenolan Caves.
When visiting the Blue Mountains, there are a few things you shouldn’t miss. The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba celebrates the environment, history and culture of the region. Continue heading away from the Great Western Highway to get to Echo Point – the lookout here overlooks the Three Sisters and the Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness. Scenic World is also worth a look-in. Ride down the incline railway or take a cable-car ride across the Jamison Valley.
The Blue Mountains – and the Australian bush that covers them – is best discovered by bushwalking. The hike toe the Valley of the Waters on the National Pass Trail in Wentworth Falls is a firm favourite and takes around 3-4 to complete. The most accessible walk would have to be the Platform Walk at Scenic World in Katoomba. Leura Cascades is another short walk with stunning scenery, and the Waterfall Walk in Mt Wilson is a 1 hour trek past mossy grottoes.
N.B. Be sure to check information on the areas of the Blue Mountains that you want to visit against current information of areas affected by the October 2013 bushfires. Depending on the time of your visit, certain hikes or attractions may be closed.
Tours & Tickets
Go sightseeing in the Blue Mountains on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Your hop-on hop-off pass is valid for three days and stops at 29 convenient locations, ... Read more
Duration: 3 days (approx.)
Discover the beautiful wilderness on Sydney's doorstep on a day trip to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views over the Megalong ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Explore the back roads of the Blue Mountains and the Jenolan Caves on this full-day tour in a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle! Your knowledgeable guide takes ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
See Sydney's major attractions, cruise on Sydney Harbour and take a day trip to the Blue Mountains over 2 days, within a 7 day period. Ideal for first time ... Read more
Duration: Valid for 2 days over a 7 day period.
Enjoy a trip through the scenic Blue Mountains and admire the otherworldly beauty of the Jenolan Caves on a day tour from Sydney. Pass through the mountain ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
Escape the city and enjoy the tranquility of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains on this day trip from Sydney. Enjoy a guided walk to Wentworth ... Read more
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city for the beautiful and scenic Blue Mountains. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and hand-feed kangaroos and emus, see ... Read more
Duration: 2 days / 1 night