The Blue Mountains National Park is made up of lush waterfalls and historic walking tracks. Experience the Three Sisters in Katoomba or spend the night camping under the stars. The park is made up of six different areas; Katoomba, Blackheath, Glenbrook, Lower Grose Valley, Mt Wilson and Southern Blue Mountains. In Katoomba, you’ll find sweeping views and the famous Three Sisters. The Blackheath area is excellent for mountain biking and the incredible Govetts Leap, the Glenbrook area, is made up of beautiful swimming holes and Aboriginal rock art. While the Lower Grose Valley area is a much more remote and quiet experience with mountain bike trails and tranquil lookouts. The Mount Wilson area is perfect for hikes and to experience dramatic canyons and the Southern Blue Mountains area with 4WD routes and remote campgrounds.
The Blue Mountains National Park is home to a vast range of fauna flora and is an immersive experience amongst Australia’s ancient plants and reptiles. Aboriginal history is present throughout the park with Aboriginal rock art along many of the walks. Choose from a variety of ways to explore the area such as 4WD, horse riding, canyoning, mountain biking, rock climbing and more. The park has designated picnic and BBQ areas throughout, which act as a great rest stop or day trip alternative.
Plan your trip accordingly and opt to spend the night at one of the camping grounds in the national park. The closest campgrounds to the Three Sisters are the Ingar campground or Kedumba River Crossing campground. Take a hike before sunrise to watch the pastel sky come to life looking onto the rock formations. Echo Point is an excellent vantage point, just a 1km return walk taking around 30 minutes. Or to experience the Three Sisters up close, take the steps to Lady Game lookout, which connects on to the first sister. If you intend to spend some time in the Blue Mountains National Park, it is recommended to complete a trip intention form and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for safety.
For a unique adventure, starting on the ground in Katoomba town, the Scenic Railway takes you up a 52-degree incline; the world’s steepest passenger railway across the Jamison Valley. Each carriage brings flexibility with the option to adjust your seated position up to 20 degrees. For a wild ride, you can experience a 64-degree incline. The journey is 310 metres long past cliff side and ancient rainforest. The train departs every ten minutes, so you can jump on as you wish. After you disembark off the train, jump onto the Scenic Cableway and experience the 545-metre journey passing by the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Katoomba Falls and Mt Solitary. Carrying up to 84 passengers the train also departs every ten minutes and takes you up to the Scenic Walkway; 2.4 kilometres of lush rainforest.
The Blue Mountains is well connected to Sydney and can be easily reached by car. Between six different areas in the park to explore, first decide which area you’d like to visit and then plan your trip from there.
Set in the Blue Mountains National Park, the National Pass is an incredible walking track made up of dramatic views and well worth a visit. Begin your journey at Wentworth Falls picnic area as it leads you into Jamison Valley to Grand Stairway. The walk is tucked into the side of the cliff, which brings sweeping views of the lush national park. As you pass through you’ll be able to soak up the beautiful Wentworth Falls and then get prepared for the Grand Stairway; sandstone steps that were carved out of the cliff face in 1908. You’ll end up at Empress canyon, with a waterfall pool awaiting, which then links up to the Conservation Hut cafe for you to stop for a bite to eat. The walk is about 2.5 to 3 hours in total and five kilometres. As a circuit, you can begin at either Wentworth Falls picnic area or the Conservation Hut - with a shortcut track in between the two starting points, which is just a 20-minute walk. The National Pass is a very popular walk, so consider exploring it early in the morning as the sun is coming up for fewer crowds around. With a few steep descents, pack a light carry bag, so you won’t have to worry about weight holding you down on your journey. Overall, this walk brings incredible views and a mix of different paths to explore. The National Pass is a great way to experience the Blue Mountains.
Govetts Leap, in the Blackheath area, takes hikers on a wander through the Blue Mountains National Park showcasing sweeping views across Grose Valley. Starting at the Govetts Leap lookout, you’ll have a choice of walks - the Pulpit Track, Popes Glen Walk to the north and Bridal Veil Falls and Barrow Lookout to the south.
The Govetts Leap descent is challenging and will keep hikers who are looking for a trial, satisfied. About 1.8 kilometres return, the steep walk takes approximately one to two hours, you'll pass by scenic waterfalls in the valley and native plant life. The base of the falls is a 180-metre drop, and as you descend, the air begins to purify.
The Pulpit Walking track is a 7-kilometre return walk and showcases views across the valley, brightly colours wildflowers and bird watching. On your hike, you’ll pass several lookouts; however the most noteworthy is the 280-degree view of Grose Valley with the mountains lining the sky. Set along the cliff line, you’ll find eucalypt forest surrounding and hanging swamps.
If committing to one track is too hard to decide, take the circuit walk from Popes Glen to Pulpit Rock, Govetts Leap and the Braeside Track. On this track, you’ll experience a mix of scenery and some of the highlights of the Blackheath area in the Blue Mountains National Park. From Boyds Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout and the stunning waterfalls surrounding, the track is 13.6 kilometres and will take about 8 hours. As it is a more challenging and long track, be sure to plan your trip accordingly.