Blue Mountains

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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 center 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 color the mountains appear from a distance. This distinctive tinge is caused by the blue light waves that hit dust particles, water vapor 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.

Top hotels in Blue Mountains

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery
4 out of 5
1 Sublime Point Road, Leura, NSW
€118
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

This family-friendly Leura hotel is located in a national park, within 2 mi (3 km) of Blue Mountains National Park and Sublime Point Lookout. Wentworth Falls ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,745 reviews)

"The facilities here are amazing - plenty of activities for children of all ages including a number of play rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, basketball and tennis courts, indoor and outdoor gym plus more. A fantastic place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2020

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery
Mercure Sydney Rouse Hill
Mercure Sydney Rouse Hill
4 out of 5
Commercial Road & Windsor Road, Rouse Hill, NSW
€73
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Situated in Rouse Hill, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Rouse Hill Village Centre and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Wollemi National Park. Rouse Hill House & Farm ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (80 reviews)

"I liked the size of the bed in such a small space didnt feel cramped at all. We couldnt get netflix on the tv, probably the main down point. There was only one person at conceirge answering ALL calls, so phone kept ringing out when she wasnt at the desk or busy"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Mercure Sydney Rouse Hill
Mercure Penrith
Mercure Penrith
4 out of 5
Cnr. Jamison & Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW
€97
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

Situated in Penrith, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Panthers World of Entertainment, Cables Wake Park and Westfield Penrith Shopping Centre. Sydney ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,584 reviews)

"Great location. Close to restaurants and shopping. Staff are very welcoming and happy to help."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2020

Mercure Penrith

Top activities in Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains & Australian Wildlife Park Day Tour
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Blue Mountains & Australian Wildlife Park Day Tour

88% of travellers recommend
€99
Per adult
Blue Mountains Wildlife Day Tour with River Cruise
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Blue Mountains Wildlife Day Tour with River Cruise

92% of travellers recommend
€85
Per adult
All Inclusive Small-Group Tour of Blue Mountains
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All Inclusive Small-Group Tour of Blue Mountains

96% of travellers recommend
€140
Per adult
Blue Mountains & Wildlife Day Tour by Gray Line
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Blue Mountains & Wildlife Day Tour by Gray Line

92% of travellers recommend
€97
Per adult
Blue Mountains Hop-on Hop-Off Pass with Scenic World
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Blue Mountains Hop-on Hop-Off Pass with Scenic World

92% of travellers recommend
€61
Per adult
Small-Group Full-Day Canyoning and Abseiling Adventure from Katoomba
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Small-Group Full-Day Canyoning and Abseiling Adventure from Katoomba

€141
Per adult