Blue Mountains

See the Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point Lookout at Katoomba; it’s also the gateway to many walking trails. Board the world’s steepest passenger railway and descend into an ancient rainforest with Scenic World Blue Mountains. Or get a panoramic view of the mountains from a glass-floored cable car suspended above a steep gorge.

Tours run daily from Sydney and Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. Scientists estimate limestone formations there date back at least 340 million years. Watch traditional dance performances at Waradah Aboriginal Centre in Katoomba. The Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout tour starts at Faulconbridge train station.

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Blue Mountains lookout

About the World Heritage Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains get their name from the natural blue haze created by vast eucalypt forests in this World Heritage area. Tiny droplets of oil released from the trees mix with water vapour and sunlight to produce the distinctive colour.

Marvel at this wilderness region from cliff top lookouts. Explore waterfalls, valleys and rugged sandstone tablelands, and learn about the region’s ancient Aboriginal heritage. Deep inside the Jenolan Caves you’ll discover limestone crystals and underground rivers.

There are numerous exhilarating activities on offer in the mountains, from rock climbing and abseiling with operators such as the Blue Mountains Adventure Company to guided walks with Tread Lightly Eco Tours and Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout. You can even participate in a challenging three-day hike with Life’s an Adventure.

It’s just two hours by train from Sydney’s Central Station to Katoomba, where you’ll find buses to some of the leading attractions, such as Scenic World’s cable car. Alternatively, bus companies such as AAT Kings and Gray Line provide tours from hotels in the city centre.

A range of accommodation options are available if you plan to spend more than a day exploring the Blue Mountains. Shopping for arts and crafts at galleries in pretty mountain villages such as Leura is a popular pastime. There are excellent restaurants in the mountains, such as Darley’s Restaurant at Lilianfels and Tomah Gardens Restaurant in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

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  1. Best Western Alpine Motor Inn

    The Best Western Alpine Motor Inn is located in a premier position in the Blue Mountains, close to Katoomba, Leura shops, train station, antique shopping and art galleries. Rooms are non-smoking and have king and queen beds, white linens,...

  2. Bilpin Springs Lodge

    Bilpin Springs Lodge is a bed and breakfast/farm stay in the Blue Mountains. Located close to Sydney, it's a 1.5 hour drive from central Sydney to Bilpin. Perfect for family accommodation, groups, conferences and couples. There's six bedrooms...

  3. Comfort Inn Redleaf Resort

    Comfort Inn Redleaf Resort, just over 90 minutes from Sydney and 10 minutes from Katoomba, is nestled on two landscaped acres at Blackheath, bordering the Blue Mountains Heritage National Park and set off the main highway, avoiding traffic noise. Centrally...

  4. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

    Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a conservation-based resort that offers the rare opportunity to experience true luxury in a spectacular, secluded, Australian bush setting. Located a scenic 2.5 hour drive from Sydney in the Greater Blue...

  5. Jenolan Caves House

    Nestled in a valley in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area, Caves House is a short walk from the amazing Jenolan Caves, one of the most spectacular and oldest cave systems in the world. Caves House features warm country hospitality,...

  6. Leisure Inn Spires

    Leisure Inn Spires is perfectly located at the top of gorgeous Leura Mall in the spectacular Blue Mountains - just over an hour's drive from Sydney. Leisure Inn Spires is just a short drive to all the famous attractions of the World Heritage...

  7. Old Leura Dairy

    A beautiful property, Old Leura Dairy's six accommodation styles offer something special. Each has its own unique character and size.  Set amongst their beautifully landscaped gardens, you will enjoy the plethora of native birds that...

  8. Palais Royale

    The Palais Royale is a boutique heritage listed hotel located in the heart of Katoomba, near local attractions such as the Three Sisters, Echo Point and Scenic World and walking distance to the vibrant shops and cafes scene of Katoomba, including...

  9. The Carrington

    The historic Carrington Hotel is situated in the heart of Katoomba, amidst cafes, restaurants, art galleries and gift stores, and only a few minutes walk from Katoomba Railway Station. Recently restored to its former grandeur, this heritage...

  10. Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort

    Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort is located in the garden village of Leura opposite the fourth fairway of the Leura Golf Club.  The location is perfect, only minutes from all the attractions of the Blue Mountains and five minutes from Katoomba's...