Blue Mountains

Highlights

Spectacular World Heritage wilderness

Take the family on a train from Sydney's Central Station to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. The journey is two hours to Katoomba, where you can see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and ride the steepest inclined railway in the world to an ancient forest.

  • Scenic World, Blue Mountains
  • Blue Mountains Lookout

Family day trip ideas for the Blue Mountains

Discover the wonder of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Part of the adventure is the train trip to the World Heritage area, which is recognised for the natural blue haze created by vast eucalypt forests releasing tiny droplets of oil that mix with water vapour and sunlight.

Katoomba, two hours from Sydney by train, is at the heart of the main natural attractions. Enjoy stunning panoramas and the Three Sisters at Echo Point Lookout. Nearby is Scenic World, where you can experience the world's steepest inclined railway into an ancient forest and ride in a glass-floored cable car suspended above a steep gorge.

The Grose Valley, Blue Mountains National Park

To get from Katoomba Station to Echo Point, you can take a local 686 bus and pay using Opal cards, a convenient way to pay for public transport with daily travel caps and $2.50 per person Sunday cap. Alternatively, you can tour with Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, a regular hop-on, hop-off service.

Experience traditional Aboriginal dance and music at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, on Echo Point Road. The Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout tour starts at Faulconbridge Station, a number of train stops before Katoomba. The train also stops at Wentworth Falls and Leura, both popular towns.

Accommodation options are available for weekend escapes for the family. Check out the events calendar when planning your trip or the adventure tours, such as High n Wild Australian Adventures, Life's an Adventure and Blue Mountains Adventure Co. You can also visit the Jenolan Caves, among the world's oldest cave systems, with Blue Mountains Trolley Tours.

  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park

    Enjoy breathtaking vistas bushwalking and hiking in the Blue Mountains National Park, part of the vast World Heritage area. Walks of varying difficulty and length are available. Before you begin your adventure, make sure you are familiar with the safety tips for bushwalking.

  • Jenolan Caves

    Adventure

    Mountain biking, horseriding, and bushwalking are all popular activities in the Blue Mountains. For more exhilarating adventures, sign up with a tour company and try rock climbing, abseiling or canyoning, or explore the Jenolan Caves, one of the world’s finest cave systems.

  • Leura Garage, Blue Mountains

    Dining and entertainment

    Excellent dining options are available in the Blue Mountains, from the relaxed and hip Leura Garage to celebrated restaurants such as Tomah Gardens in Bilpin or Darley's in Katoomba. Take a train to Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath or Blackheath for various options.

  1. Andersons Tours

    Andersons Tours

    Anderson's Tours are Blue Mountains specialists. Their focus is on one day all inclusive Blue Mountain, small group touring that they have been operating over the last seventeen years. The tours have been refined to...

  2. Beyond the Blacktop 4WD Tours

    Beyond the Blacktop 4WD Tours

    Beyond the Blacktop 4WD Tours carries out 4WD tours in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. You don't need your own 4WD as you can jump in their Landcruiser and relax. They go the places that the tours...

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