Spend time taking in the scenery and breathtaking landscape of The Blue Mountains as you indulge in nothing but the sound of the rainforest. Just a short 90-minute drive from Sydney and you’ll be welcomed by some of Australia’s most dramatic views over the valley. The Blue Mountains yields an array of incredible lookouts, gorged out over millions of years.
Be enchanted by the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area with over 140 kilometres of walking tracks. Take your pick between Wentworth Falls, Echo Point or Govetts Leap, with a choice of bushwalks ranging from leisurely strolls to longer walks leading you into the depths of the valley. For the adventure seekers, opt for the mountain bike trails for something a little more extreme.
If you’re in search of one of the most photo-worthy views, walk up to Echo Point leading you to iconic The Three Sisters. Rising one kilometre above sea level, on the trail, find yourself surrounded by native eucalypt forest, birds and the fresh mountain air. Awaiting you is the hazy blue Jamison Valley and sandstone turrets bundled together in the distance. A short 0.8km return trip means that all fitness levels can do it, with access-friendly pathways. As the sun goes down watch the pastel colours fill the sky over the wilderness stretching out to the horizon.
Govetts Leap is one of the most famous lookouts in Australia with an incredible 180m-waterfall drop. The walk to the lookout is simple and provides an access-friendly pathway too. Pack your binoculars and look out for native Australian birds flying across, like the yellow-tailed black cockatoo. On arrival stop and breathe in the fresh air casting off the waterfall, nature at its finest.
The Blue Mountains has a variety of campsites for you to connect with your surroundings. Or if you prefer a cabin instead of camping, opt for a luxury wildlife retreat looking out over the incredible Jamison Valley. Catering to a range of travel styles, find a variety of conservation-based resorts or five-star hotels on offer like Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa or One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa.
At the foothills of the Blue Mountains, you'll find towns like Leura, filled with tree-lined streets and Katoomba, filled with art deco style buildings; each with a choice of places to eat and drink. For the ultimate fine dining experience visit Wintergarden At The Hydro Majestic for high tea, for lunch with a view, Darley’s in Katoomba, or for something a little more casual (think casual cocktails and American fare), Palette Diner.
You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the Aboriginal culture and listen to the Dreamtime stories by Aboriginal guides and after, discover the Jenolan Caves, a highlight for many. The Jenolan Caves are part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, made up of limestone gorges carved by underground rivers.
Whether it's a romantic escape or adventure getaway trip, The Blue Mountains will suit your travel style with its vast landscape and small villages waiting to be discovered.