Blue Mountains and Surrounds

Nature at its Most Spectacular

The beauty and majesty of the Blue Mountains - a tranquil escape just two hours drive from Sydney-showcases nature at its most spectacular. Experience untamed bushland, mind-boggling rock formations and abundant native wildlife in a corner of the world famed for its many natural blessings, among them idyllic waterfalls, sandstone escarpments, verdant hiking tracks and jaw-dropping canyons. Indeed, this is Australia's most accessible wilderness territory.

The stunning World Heritage scenery can be enjoyed from the luxuries of the very best hospitality available throughout the Blue Mountains. And while the mountains themselves command due attention, it is the surrounding community that demands further inspection. The Blue Mountains have long been a touchstone for aspiring artists and photographers, many of whom draw inspiration from the spirit of the original Aboriginal owners of this land. Art galleries, outdoor sculptures, museums, rainforest retreats and literary escapes are part and parcel of the region's rich daily trade.

The Blue Mountains' cosy cafes and award-winning restaurants are a gastronome's dream, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy canyoning, abseiling, rock climbing, bushwalking, horse riding and more. If you have time, venture further, beyond Leura or Katoomba, to the natural wonders of Wollemi National Park or the labyrinth of limestone grottos and caverns at Jenolan Caves.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Brave the Skywalk or Railway: Katoomba's famous cable car hangs 270 metres above the Gorge, or ride the Railway, with its 45 degree incline 415m down to the depths of the rainforest.
  2. Explore the Jenolan Caves.
  3. Have tea with the Sisters: Pack a thermos, take a walk and watch the amazing colours of the Three Sisters change with the daylight.
  4. Pay a Visit to the Norman Lindsay Gallery.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Blue Mountains & Surrounds chapter in our online New South Wales brochure. Click here.

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