With its staggering natural beauty of magnificent Eucalyptus forests, sandstone cliffs, caves, canyons, picturesque towns and breathtaking waterfalls, the Blue Mountains region has become a haven for nature lovers. And as Australia’s most accessible World Heritage listed wilderness, just 50 kilometres west of Sydney, it’s the perfect place to reconnect with nature, breathe clean mountain air and have an amazing adventure.
Here we give you 10 reasons to include on your bucket list the breathtaking Blue Mountains. So lace up your bushwalking boots, get your camera ready and join us on a fun trip to one of Australia’s most loved tourist destinations!
1. Three Sisters
Blue Mountain’s biggest and most iconic attraction is also the most mythical. Three Sisters are three stunning sandstone pillars recognised as a place of special cultural significance to Aboriginal people. The legend tells the tale of three sisters who fell in love with three men from a different tribe- something that’s forbidden. When the men tried to capture and marry the women, war broke out and the ladies were turned to stone to protect them.
2. Scenic World
If you want gorgeous views mixed in with some serious thrills, then Scenic World in the heart of Katoomba is for you. Ride the steepest incline railway in the world or glide across the forest canopy on the glass-floored Skyway. Enjoy panoramic views at the Scenic Cableway or stroll along the 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway, an elevated boardwalk through the Jurassic Rainforest. Definitely the ultimate Blue Mountains adventure!
3. Govetts Leap Lookout
Perched over the steep plunging Grose Valley, Govetts Leap Lookout is considered as the most scenic Blue Mountains viewpoint. It offers undulating views of the valley that are covered in blue gum trees and the spectacular Govetts Leap Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfall in the National Park.
4. Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
Enjoy a stroll and a picnic at the perfectly manicured gardens of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Perched on a basalt peak (1,000 metres above sea level) at Mount Tomah, it offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The garden is home to thousands of species of plants from all over the world. Beautiful in every season, the Botanic Gardens are the most stunning in spring and autumn.
Known as the “The Jewel in the Mountain’s Crown, the town of Leura is picturesque and charming, with brightly colored flowers and beautiful gardens. The town comes to life in spring. See the artists’ galleries, visit the First Sunday Markets or the Leura Mall for quaint cafes and upscale shopping. If you prefer the outdoors, visit the Leura Cascades with its impressive waterfall which is an ideal spot for birdwatching and walking.
6. Wentworth Falls
One of the most beautiful towns within the Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls offers some of the finest scenery, bushwalks and lookouts. Take a leisurely hike, dine at the town’s charming cafes, walk along the town’s quaint streets or enjoy the majestic views of Wentworth Falls waterfalls as it cascades 100 metres to the valley floor.
As the largest town in the Blue Mountains and a popular holiday resort, Katoomba is a major tourist hub. But there’s more to Katoomba than the Scenic World or the famous lookouts. It is also home to culture and festivals. Centrally located in Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba is also packed with galleries, boutiques, antique stores, cafés and fine restaurants.
8. Hiking and Heritage Trails
The best way to admire the beauty of Blue Mountains wilderness is by exploring some of the park’s 140 kilometers of hiking and heritage trails. Some of the spectacular tracks include the National Pass carved into the edge of a cliff, Jellybean Track that descends to picturesque Jellybean Pool and the popular Cliff Top walking track, which goes from Govetts Leap Lookout to Evans Lookout.
9. Jenolan Caves
With crystal clear underground rivers, stalactites and stalagmites, and crystal limestone formations that will take your breath away, a visit to Jenolan Caves should not be missed. It is said to have some of the oldest caves in the world. Take a guided tour to explore the caverns and see native cave wildlife or attend musical concerts which prove the caves excellent acoustics.
10. Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum
A controversial artist and author in his time, Norman Lindsay’s home now serves as a gallery and museum of his many works. Perfect for a sunny afternoon stroll, the landscaped gardens are dotted with his sculptures and fountains while the sandstone cottage houses the artist’s impressive practice including watercolours, oils and ship models. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum is located in Faulconbridge and is run by the National Trust.
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