The Blue Mountains National Park, part of the Greater But Mountains World Heritage Area, is one of Australia’s most visited national parks and makes an easy day trip from Sydney. The park has over 80 miles (140 kilometers) of walking trails, protected Aboriginal sites for visitors to admire, and camping. It’s also home to Echo Point where the famous Three Sisters rock formation sits.
Visitors to the Blue Mountains National Park will find no shortage of activities, with walking trails to Wentworth Falls, rock climbing, mountain biking, and scenic lookouts like Echo Point. The park is a certified ecotourism destination and has a number of campgrounds like Acacia Flat and Perry’s Lookdown. Many visitors choose to spend time at Scenic World, with its scenic railway, walkway and cable car.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Parking at the national park costs A$7 per car.
- There are entrance fees for each of the attractions at Scenic World.
- Scenic World is open daily from 9am–5pm.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes if you plan on walking any of the the many trails in the park.
- Wet weather in winter months and bushfires in the summers can impede visitation.
- There are a number of campgrounds in the national park, which need to be booked ahead of time.
- The surrounding villages of Katoomba and Laura have plenty of dining options for lunch.
How to Get There
Blue Mountains National Park is located about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Sydney. The park is about 90 minutes by car or a 2-hour train ride from Central Sydney.
When to Get There
Blue Mountains National Park is open year round, but wet weather in the winter months, especially in February, makes some of the parks attractions difficult to enjoy. In summer, bushfires can cause park closures.
Scenic World is a nature lovers’ amusement park located inside the Blue Mountains in the town of Katoomba. The park has a railway so steep it could be mistaken for a roller coaster, a scenic skyway with views of the rainforest through its glass floor, a scenic walkway among the tree tops, and an 1800-foot (545-meter) cable car ride with great views of the Three Sisters rock formation. The attraction also has a gift shop, snack bar, and bathrooms.