A UNESCO World Heritage Area in Australia, the Greater Blue Mountains is known for its thundering waterfalls, towering cliffs and fragrant eucalyptus forests. The pristine natural park is about 1.5 hours from Sydney but feels like it’s worlds away from modern metropolitan life.
From the main town of Katoomba, outdoors enthusiasts can go horseback riding, hike the Six Foot Track, or join an expedition to the limestone Jenolan Caves, a collection of grottos with rushing underground rivers and hanging stalactites. Don’t miss a chance to see the Three Sisters rock formations at Echo Point and the natural wonders of Katoomba and Wentworth Falls.
The Blue Mountains area cradles remnants of ancient Aboriginal settlements and ceremonial sites, including stencilled art and prints at Red Hands Cave. Take a stroll along the Lyrebird Dell track in the Leura precinct of Blue Mountains National Park for a rare chance to see Aboriginal heritage on your way to the Pool of Siloam.
Getting around Blue Mountains
The most popular way to reach the Blue Mountains is by car. If you prefer a more laid-back ride, Blue Mountains National Park is also accessible via train from various regional stations. Visitors often make a home base in Katoomba and hike or cycle to their preferred destinations, while many of the tour groups that travel to Blue Mountains operate out of Sydney.