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From Sydney to -
1hr - 61kms

From Sydney to -
2hrs - 102kms

From Sydney to -
Mt Wilson
2.5kms - 140kms


Closest Capital City:
Sydney NSW 61kms

Closest Airport:
Sydney International Airport 68kms

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Activities: Golf, Tennis Bush Walking, Abseiling, Canyoning, Dining Out, Horse Riding, Bird Watching, Visiting Gardens, Art Galleries, Shopping, Antique Browsing.
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About the Blue Mountains

The heart of the Blue Mountains is located less than two hour's drive from Sydney. The World Heritage listed area is renowned for its large tracts of eucalypt forest and the 60 million year old Wollemi Pines. The mountains are named for the blue haze created by the eucalyptus oil given off by the trees.

The seemingly endless national parks, filled with rainforests and spectacular waterfalls, attract hikers and bush-walkers of all standards from around the world. Bush walking tracks abound, providing the ideal way to experience and appreciate this unique environment. Other adventure activities available in the Blue Mountains include abseiling, canyoning, white water rafting, horse riding, and rock climbing. Visitors who prefer a quieter pace, may browse through the many galleries, antique stores, gardens and leafy malls nestled throughout the picturesque mountain villages of Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, Mt Victoria, Faulconbridge and Lawson. A host of excellent restaurants, cafes, and hotels also await the discerning visitor.

Further out on the western fringe of the range, the awe-inspiring limestone formations of Jenolan Caves and the old steam train, at the Zig Zag Railway near Lithgow, should not to be missed.

During Autumn, one may enjoy the wonderful colours of the autumn leaves in the many splendid gardens in the Blue Mountains, indulge in a romantic walk amongst the falling leaves or snuggle up in front of an open fire at night. A visit to the Blue Mountains is an ideal weekend romantic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Blue Mountains region is a place of discovery. Follow the Grand Circular Tourist Drive through the charming mountain villages and spectacular views to the beautiful rural countryside of Oberon, and the history and heritage of Lithgow.


The Blue Mountains is home to a wide range of dining venues, including cafes and award winning restaurants.

Along the way there are numerous orchards, many of which have roadside stalls selling local peaches, nectarines, apples, pears and honey.

Places to visit

Bilpin is a quaint rural area located on the Bells Line of Road. Known for its orchards and fruit and vegetable stalls all along the side of the road they offer visitors all local varieties of stone fruit in season and autumn apples. Read more

Famous for its bushwalks, and for the home of the famous Australian artist Norman Lindsay, Faulconbridge is nestled in the Blue Mountains surrounded by the Blue Mountains world heritage listed national park. Read more

Hartley Vale
Hartley Vale is located on western side of the Blue Mountains about half-way between Mt Victoria and Bell. But, in the 1860's Hartley Vale was a bustling mining town when mining commenced on a three foot seam of "coal" (actually kerosene shale or torbanite) which was discovered by William Lawson. Read more

Katoomba is the main township in the heart of the Blue Mountains and is famous for the 'Three Sisters', an unusual rock formation which dominates the skyline. Read more

Lawson is one of the principal towns in the Blue Mountains, and it is known for some of the Blue Mountains most beautiful walking tracks. Read more

The attractive Blue Mountains village of Leura features a charming main street, filled with chic cafes, restaurants, gift shops, and art galleries. It is the most urbane and sophisticated of the Blue Mountains villages.The town borders the Blue Mountains National park and there are numerous lookouts and bushwalks close by. Its streets are tree-lined and elegant, its attractive week kept houses are commonly surrounded by European gardens. Read more

Mount Tomah
Mt Tomah is small village with a unique character located on the Bells Line of Road between Berambing and Mt Wilson. Mount Tomah hosts one of the Blue Mountains' major tourist attractions, the ‘Mount Tomah Botanic Garden’. The gardens feature more than 5000 cool climate plants within 28 hectares.
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Mt Victoria
This heritage listed town with its many impressive historical buildings is located on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. It was originally known as One Tree Hill and can be found on maps created by the Surveyor General, Sir Thomas Mitchell dating back to 1834. Read more

The name Oberon comes from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Oberon is the highest town in the Blue Mountains region at 1,113m. Oberon is the perfect base from which to explore Jenolan Caves and Kanangra Boyd National Park. Read more

Wentworth Falls
Wentworth Falls is one of the major villages in the Blue Mountains. It is known for its magnificent scenery, charm and bushwalking tracks. Read more

The Blue Mountains is well known for its gardens including the beautiful Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens along with private European and native gardens which blend harmoniously together. Danish landscaper, Paul Sorensen's work may be viewed at Everglades garden (National Trust, Leura) and in many beautiful privately owned homes, some of which are open to the public. Amongst these is the Norman Lindsay Museum at Faulconbridge where one may admire the many sculptures that grace this garden and studio of and garden of well-known Australian artist, sculptor and writer, Norman Lindsay.

Art and Culture

The stunning beauty of the Blue Mountains has been inspiring artists for years. Today there is a large local arts community, which includes painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, wood turners, furniture makers and glass blowers.
Galleries are located across the mountains and feature work from many local artists.

The Blue Mountains is also home to some of the best preserved examples of Federation and Art Deco streetscapes.

Seasonal events occur all year round. The Yulefest celebrates the delights of winter, in cosy and luxuriant surrounds. In spring and autumn, festivals celebrate the mountain’s magnificent gardens and wildflower displays. In the summer enjoy one of the great food and wine events. Local markets, and a range of music festivals including jazz and blues occur all year round.


The Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, are part of the Great Dividing Range, which stretches the length of the eastern coast of Australia. World heritage listed, the area stretches for over one million hectares. It is an incredible mixture of cliffs, canyons, rainforest, Eucalypt forests, spectacular rock formations and native wildlife.

A rich bio-diversity exists in the Blue Mountains region. It is home to more than 1300 species of plants including the rare Wollemi Pine, only recently discovered, now known to date back 60 million years. For the bird watching enthusiast this area is populated with numerous colourful birds including king parrots, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, gang gangs, rosellas and lorikeets. The Blue mountains are also known for the beautiful sounding bellbirds.

Mammals, including koalas, platypus, kangaroos, wallabies, possums and sugar gliders, the endangered spotted-tail quoll and long nosed potoroo abound in this area.

The floral displays are year round with brilliant red waratahs, exquisite boronias during spring, Christmas bells and orchids during summer, banksias and wattles during winter and mountains devils all year round.

For millions of years the mountains have been weathered creating the rugged sandstone escarpments including the famous Three Sisters located at echo Point in Katoomba, for which the area is renowned.

Majestic views are everywhere. For a change from the mountaintops explore one of Australia's most extensive cave networks at Jenolan Caves, or the beautiful rural Megalong Valley.


The spring air is fresh and crisp with the average temperature around 15 degrees Celsius.

Summer brings warm days with the occasional cool night. The temperature in the mountains ranges from cool and damp on the forest floors to hot and dry on the plateaus. The summer temperature averages 22 degrees Celsius.

Autumn is a wonderful time in the Blue Mountains with a magnificent display of colourful autumn leaves.

During winter the region receives the occasional snowfall turning it into a magical winter playground. The temperature at night can drop as low as -8 degrees Celsius and can rise to a maximum of 18 degrees Celsius during the day. The average temperature for winter is 10 degrees Celsius.

Mountain weather can be unpredictable and anyone hiking through this area should be prepared for all conditions as you can experience quite rapid changes in weather regardless of the season.

Getting there

By Car
From Sydney the Blue Mountains can be approached either

  • Via Great Western Highway (M4). This is the most direct and it is only a 90 minute drive from Sydney to the centre of the Blue Mountains region.
  • Via the Bells Line of Road through Windsor and Richmond. This road was named after the explorer Archibald Bell, who navigated the route in 1823.

By Train
Trains to the Blue Mountains depart Sydney's Central Station hourly. The trip from Sydney to Katoomba takes approximately 2 hours. Trains to Central station can be accessed directly from Sydney airport.

By Coach
Several coach companies offer services to the Blue Mountains. There are also shuttle services available from Sydney Airport and the Sydney Metropolitan Area to and from all Blue Mountains accommodation.


The Blue Mountains offers a wide range of accommodation types including luxurious hotel and spa resorts, charming cosy guesthouses, cottages, self-contained cabins and bed and breakfasts.

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