When it's time for a break from the everyday, you can’t beat getting back to nature with the lush forest, tumbling waterfalls and iconic lookouts of the magnificent Blue Mountains, New South Wales.
The region is an easy and popular road trip or railway journey from Sydney and an outstanding destination in its own right. Come for a day trip, or stay over in popular towns like Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls and throw yourself into even more incredible experiences.
Visitors from around 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:
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. A real must-do for adventure lovers!
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.
If you’re able to travel a little further to the west of the Blue Mountains, 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.
Or for an aerial adventure with a real adrenaline rush, get a bird's eye view 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.
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 to the Blue Mountains 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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