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.
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.
If you're visiting the Blue Mountains, base yourself in the town of Wentworth Falls and make the most of the village’s charm, with numerous hikes, cafes and comfortable accommodation options of offer. Set just 90 minutes from Sydney, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in the Blue Mountains. Loved by bushwalkers due to the various tracks at a variety of levels surrounding, no matter what skill level, you'll be able to choose a walk accordingly. The name, Wentworth Falls, refers to the 187-metre high waterfall however the town has taken on this name too.
Wentworth Falls is connected to many lookouts and incredible views starting from the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area taking the Wentworth Falls Track. This trail will take you through Jamison Valley and descend to Fletchers Lookout, with views of Wentworth Falls' 100m cascading drop. Continue down the steps, and you’ll reach Jamison Creek with a shallow pool and open valley on each side.
From Wentworth Falls town you can also experience Valley of the Waters, a beautiful spot in the Blue Mountains. The walk begins at the Conservation Hut Cafe and takes you through lush rainforest leading you to many dramatic lookouts. For a more extensive walk, connect the Wentworth Falls track with the Weeping Rock circuit, Princes Rock lookout track or the Undercliff track. If you love an adventure in nature, then Wentworth Falls is a great town to explore, with wilderness and scenic walks right at your doorstep.
In the Blue Mountains National Park you’ll find three sandstone peaks, shaped and weathered as time goes on and carved out over thousands of years, the Three Sisters.
The Three Sisters is one of the most iconic landmarks in New South Wales, set in the Blue Mountains, just two hours from Sydney. Sitting 900 metres above Jamison Valley, the rock formations glow with the morning sun and evening pastel hues. One of the best viewpoints to experience the Three Sisters is from Echo Point. If the purpose of your whole trip is to experience the Three Sisters, then consider basing yourself in Katoomba, a town on the edge of the Blue Mountains.
While experiencing dramatic valleys and rock formations, there are several ways to experience The Three Sisters. Choose to abseil, hike or take the Scenic World railway to explore the land from every angle. Take the many scenic walks passing by cascading waterfalls and stunning cliffs. The Giant Stairway will lead you to the base of the Three Sisters onto a serene boardwalk. Another great way to experience the Three Sisters, in a more relaxing style is on the Scenic Railway; the world’s steepest train taking you through the lush rainforest with views across the iconic landmark.
The Three Sisters is visited by millions of people each year, and as the day goes on, the sunlight reflects magnificent colours off the rocks. If you choose to venture later on in the evening, the formations are floodlit until 11 pm creating a beautiful outline against the dark night sky. To experience the Three Sisters at night, spend a night at Lilianfels Resort and Spa, just a short walk from the iconic landscape.
The Three Sisters stand at around 920 metres tall and have been here for over 50 million years. The Three Sisters play a significant in Aboriginal history, and the incredible legend lives on. The story goes that there were three beautiful sisters called Wimlah, Gunnedoo and Meehni and one day they were turned to stone by their leader due to falling for three brothers from another tribe - considered to be a forbidden act under the tribal law. The brothers journeyed to capture the women and spend their lives together, and a battle began. And so, the elder turned the women to stone to protect them. Once the battle ended, he planned to reverse the spell and bring them back to life; however he was killed, and no one else could bring the women back. This is just one of the many legends surrounding the Three Sisters, and at Warandah Aboriginal Centre, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal storytelling and learn more about stories told about the Three Sisters for thousands of years.
While you’re visiting the Blue Mountains, spend some time exploring the incredible history and iconic landmark that is, the Three Sisters. Start your journey in Katoomba and venture to Echo Point to truly make the most of experiencing this historic landmark.