The Blue Mountains are an adventure lover’s dream. With scenery to take your breath away and a huge range of things to do, it’s easy to understand its popularity. Make the most of your time in this unique world heritage area, west of Sydney, with our range of Blue Mountains attractions and activities.
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What to do in Blue Mountains
When in search of a picturesque spot to get right back to nature, you can’t beat the lush forest, tumbling waterfalls and iconic lookouts of the magnificent Blue Mountains. The region is an easy and popular daytrip from Sydney and an outstanding destination in its own right.
Visitors from across the globe and across Australia head here to enjoy the many mountain bike, running and walking trails, breathtaking views and numerous adventurous activities. Natural sights like the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and Jenolan Caves make this a unique part of the country and world.
You could easily spend days or even weeks exploring this region, but here are a few of the best things to do in the Blue Mountains to get you started:
For a thrilling day out that lets you explore in a unique way, don’t miss Scenic World. This popular Blue Mountains attraction, in Katoomba, offers amazing views of the wilderness and must-see sights like the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Jamison Valley and Mt Solitary. Scenic World is a great family day out and its location (in Katoomba) makes it easy to reach by both car and public transport.
Take in all in as you ride the Scenic Railway (the steepest passenger railway in the world), Skyway (the largest aerial cable car in the Southern hemisphere, suspended 270m above the rainforest canopy) and Cableway. And take your pick from a choice of walking trails of varying lengths under the rainforest canopy on the Scenic Walkway. Still got energy for more? Take a stroll to nearby Echo Point lookout for an up-close look at the Three Sisters.
Ready to go? Book weekday or weekend Scenic World tickets, giving you full access to this unmissable attraction. Scenic World is open every day of the year (including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day), so add this awesome attraction to your list of things to do in the Blue Mountains in winter.
Abseiling and canyoning
These mountains aren’t just for looking at. If you’re keen to try abseiling or canyoning, Blue Mountains is an amazing place to do it. We have options to suit absolute beginners and experienced adventurers, with experienced guides and all the equipment you need (harness, wetsuit, helmet etc) supplied.
You can abseil in incredible natural locations like Empress Falls (a 30m waterfall!) and Grand Canyon. These experiences also include plenty of swimming, walking, jumping, sliding and wading along the way. They’re a unique way to see lush forest and tumbling waterfalls, with a real hit of adrenaline. Choose from full day and half day tours.
The impressive Jenolan Caves are also tucked into the mountains and just waiting to be explored . There are a few ways to do this.
A best seller is the river cave tour, taking you past giant stalagmites and brilliant blue water. This two-hour guided tour follows lit walkways and can be done in normal, comfortable clothing, making it suitable for 10 year olds and up. No less impressive and with a focus on breathtaking rock formations is the Ribbon Cave tour, which ages six and over can enjoy.
Keen for something a little more adventurous? Give caving a go. The Plughole Cave Adventure at Jenolan Caves is the perfect introduction to this exciting activity. Experts guides will kit you out with all the equipment you need and take you on a thrilling underground journey.
Back in the open air, Katoomba is the starting point for a number of the Blue Mountains’ best mountain bike trails. Our mountain bike hire packages give you everything you need to get out and explore thrilling trails like Narrowneck Plateau, The Oaks fire trail and single track and an epic ride to Baltzers Lookout at Hanging Rock.
These trails offer stunning views of the national park and even sights as far away as Sydney CBD. These self-guided tours are operated by a MTB enthusiast, so you can expect reliable, modern bikes and everything you need for an amazing ride. All you need is a reasonable level of fitness and enthusiasm to explore.
Hot air balloon ride
If you’re able to travel a little further to the west, you’ll be able to enjoy some remarkable views back over to the sandstone cliffs of the Blue Mountains in the east. We think some of the best views come from the sky, making a hot air balloon ride over the Belubula Valley and wine region outside Orange (with a champagne breakfast no less) an experience you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry.
And while the views might be a blur, you can alternatively catch brief glimpses of the landscape with one of our jet fighter flights from Bathurst. We guarantee it’s an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
Where are the Blue Mountains and how do you get there?
The Blue Mountains are around 80km (100km by road) west of Sydney CBD. This mountainous region and national park is easy to reach by car, train or coach trip making it one of the best day trips for Sydneysiders and visitors to the city.
If you drive you can reach the town of Katoomba in around 90 minutes, while the Blue Mountains train to Katoomba from Central Station takes around two hours with several stops along the way. If you take the train you’ll a range of bus options in Katoomba to take you to popular spots like Echo Point (the viewpoint for the Three Sisters). There are also explorer buses stopping off at the town of Leura and popular attractions like Scenic World.
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