Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Family day out in Blue Mountains
Getting to spectacular Blue Mountains attractions from Katoomba station is easy on board the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. The Three Sisters, Leura Cascades, Scenic Railway and Skyway are just some of the highlights you can explore during a day out in the beautiful Blue Mountains.
Family day trips from Sydney
For $2.50 per person, your family can enjoy a fun day out with unlimited travel on Sydney's public transport every Sunday. Popular destinations close to Sydney on the Family Funday Sunday ticket include the Blue Mountains towns of Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba and Blackheath.
The Intercity train line allows you to comfortably travel to the Blue Mountains, with regular services departing from Central Station to Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath, Blackheath, Mount Victoria, Bell, Zig Zag and Lithgow.
From Katoomba, just board the 'Get on, Get off' Explorer Bus to see the main sights. You can buy your Blue Mountains ExplorerLink ticket on board the red double decker that departs Katoomba Station regularly from 9.45am. In Sydney you can also buy a combined Rail and Bus ticket from any Sydney Trains station.
The Blue Mountains Bus Company also runs regular local bus services, with route 686 operating routinely between Katoomba Station, Echo Point and Scenic World.
Whichever way you head, there is plenty to do. Visit the Three Sisters at Echo Point, enjoy the thrill of the historic vertical railway or ride the cable car high over the valley at Scenic World Blue Mountains. At Leura you can stock up on fudge and chocolates at the famous Candy Store.
The stunning vistas from the Blue Mountains National Park provide the ideal backdrop for bushwalking and hiking. There are walks of varying difficulty and length, as well as a series of breathtaking lookouts. It's recommended to check government websites for national park closures and updates before planning a trip.
Mountain biking, horse riding, and bushwalking are all popular activities in the Blue Mountains. If you’re looking for something even more adventurous, sign up with a tour company and have a go at rock climbing, abseiling or canyoning. There’s also the impressive Jenolan Caves to explore, one of the largest limestone cave systems in the world.
There are some excellent dining options available in the Blue Mountains region, from the relaxed and hip Leura Garage to celebrated restaurants such as Tomah Gardens Restaurant in Bilpin or Echoes in Katoomba. You can catch the train to Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath or Blackheath to choose from a variety of options.