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Fast Facts

Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Lawson
1.30 hours 88km
Canberra to Lawson
4.30 hours 329km
Closest Capital City:
Sydney 88kms
Closest Airport:
Sydney 95kms
Elev: 792m
Activities: Swimming Golf, Bush Walking, Abseiling
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About Lawson

Lawson is one of the principal towns in the Blue Mountains. Lawson was known as ‘Blue Mountain’ after the old ‘Blue Mountains Inn’ until 1879 when it was renamed after William Lawson, one of the famous three explorers to first cross the Blue Mountains.

Lawson has a heated Olympic swimming pool, sports oval, shopping centre and golf course.

Lawson is known for some of the Blue Mountains most beautiful walking tracks start at Lawson, leading to the beautiful Dantes Glen, St. Michaels Falls, Frederica Falls, Fairy Falls, Adeline Falls, Junction Falls, Cataract Falls, Federal Falls and Leslie Falls, Empire Pass, Echo Bluff.

Places to visit

Aboriginal Rock Art
On Kangaroo Street located off Queens Rd and old quarry site has some wonderful example of Aboriginal rock art.

Blue Mountain Hotel
The first Blue Mountain Hotel was built by Henry Wilson in 1845. It was rebuilt in 1900 by Sarah Wilson, after Henry died.

Olympic Pool
The Olympic pool located in Lawson is worth a visit. Here you will find an olympic pool, surrounded by parkland in a natural amphitheatre.

Lawson Bowling Club
The club house at the bowling club has been created from a large water tank built for the old steam trains. If you are a train enthusiast you may be lucky to still find remnants of the freight yard.

The Lawson Markets
The Markets are held every third Sunday of the month.

Natural Scenery
Enjoy a walk to one of the numerous waterfalls or parks around Lawson.
The South Lawson Waterfall Circuit (4 km) crosses South Lawson Park which contains Adelina Falls, Cataract Falls, Federal Falls, Junction Falls and Leslie Falls. You can start this walk at either Wilson St or Honour Ave.
The walk to Dante's Glen/Empire Pass Circuit Trail (3 km) takes in waterfalls, bird life, lush glades, ponds,and spectacular scenery. This walk can be assessed at St Bernards Drive.


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.

Autumn is a wonderful time in the Blue Mountains with a magnificent display of 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 during the day. The average temperature for winter is 10 degrees.

Mountain weather can be unpredictable and anyone hiking through this area should be prepared for all conditions as one may 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 route 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.


Lawson accommodation includes charming cosy guesthouses, cottages, bed and breakfasts, and houses.

More information

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