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Blue Mountains
Travel Guide

Blue Mountains

Explore one of Australia's most scenic places, home to magnificent peaks and waterfalls and charming villages.

The Blue Mountains are part of the Great Dividing Range, in a national park only 90 minutes’ drive from the centre of Sydney. The World Heritage-listed region is home to quaint villages, waterfalls, walking trails and dozens of lookouts with spectacular views of cliffs and gorges. The area was scouted out gradually through the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but wasn’t properly settled until mining began in the 1860s.

The region’s name comes from the colour the mountains appear from a distance. This distinctive tinge is caused by the blue light waves that hit dust particles, water vapour and tiny droplets of oil produced by the eucalyptus trees covering the mountains.

Hike through these eucalyptus forests on one of many trails scattered throughout the region. These trails cater for all skill levels and vary in length. Many of them skirt past waterfalls, woodlands and ridges. Start at Echo Point for magnificent views of the Jamison Valley and the impressive rock formation of the Three Sisters. Take the Giant Stairway down to the valley floor. Here, at Scenic World, you can take Australia’s steepest cable car ride back up to the top.

Wentworth Falls is one of the best-known landmarks in the Blue Mountains. For a view like no other, check out Govetts Leap, which rates among the area’s best places to watch a sunrise or sunset.

Explore some of the towns and old homesteads to get a feel for life in the area, or to brush up on your area history. The biggest town is Katoomba, where you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops and cafés. Some of the smaller towns, like Leura and Blackheath, are also worth a visit. Check out the Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum or the Everglades Historic House and Gardens, among the many other fine old estates.

For extreme adventures, go mountain biking, climbing, abseiling or even canyoning. You’ll find a number of companies offering training, equipment and guided tours.

The Blue Mountains is a region of staggering natural beauty. Walk on one of many bush trails, explore its charming little towns and enjoy the unbelievable views. The train runs regularly from Sydney’s central station to Katoomba and services all towns and villages in the region. The scenic drive westwards is unforgettable and there is free parking at most places.

Where to stay in Blue Mountains

Mercure Penrith
Mercure Penrith
4 out of 5
Cnr. Jamison & Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW
The price is AU$159 per night from 16 Jul. to 16 Jul.
Located in Penrith, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Panthers World of Entertainment, Cables Wake Park and Westfield Penrith Shopping Centre. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (965 reviews)
"Nothing"

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2021

Mercure Penrith
Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel
Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel
4 out of 5
1 Sublime Point Road, Leura, NSW
The price is AU$239 per night from 13 Jul. to 13 Jul.
This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in a national park, within 2 mi (3 km) of Blue Mountains National Park and Sublime Point Lookout. Wentworth Falls ...
4/5Very Good! (974 reviews)
"Good facilities, room large and comfortable"

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2021

Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel
Nesuto Leura Gardens
Nesuto Leura Gardens
3.5 out of 5
20-28 Fitzroy Street, Leura, NSW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$165 per night from 5 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Located in Leura, this golf motel is within a 10-minute walk of Blue Mountains National Park and Leura Golf Club. Leura Mall and Sublime Point Lookout are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)
"Did not get our VIP perk. But the hotel was lovely, the room was very spacious and check in was unbelievably fast!"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2021

Nesuto Leura Gardens
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Quest Penrith
Quest Penrith
3.5 out of 5
83 Lord Sheffield Circuit, Penrith, NSW
The price is AU$170 per night from 9 Jul. to 9 Jul.
Located in Penrith, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westfield Penrith Shopping Centre and Pepper Stadium. Panthers World of Entertainment and Nepean ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (121 reviews)
"Parking was an issue as I am oncall and had some concerns leaving and entering hotel late at night to walk to my car on the street. Otherwise was a great location and venue"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2021

Quest Penrith
Madison's Mountain Retreat
Madison's Mountain Retreat
3.5 out of 5
1880 Bells Line Of Road, Kurrajong Heights, NSW
The price is AU$280 per night from 12 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Located in Kurrajong Heights, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Wollemi National Park and Blue Mountains National Park. Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (82 reviews)
"Really liked our stay here. Nice and clean cabins"

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2021

Madison's Mountain Retreat
Falls Mountain Retreat
Falls Mountain Retreat
4.5 out of 5
The Avenue (Off Falls Road), Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls, NSW
The price is AU$398 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Located in Wentworth Falls, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Blue Mountains National Park and Wentworth Falls Waterfall. Wentworth ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (218 reviews)
"Great view and wonderful location. Excellent customer service."

Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2020

Falls Mountain Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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