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Blue Mountains Attractions

The Blue Mountains are a range of mountains, escarpments, and plateaux just 50 kilometres West of Sydney, Australia. Most commonly known for the Three Sisters peaks, The Blue Mountains are a certified UNESCO World Heritage Site. This allows for over 400 animal species to thrive in the rugged wilderness. It’s a common destination for those who appreciate the outdoors and love wilderness activities like hiking, camping, and rock climbing.

Most Popular Attractions in Blue Mountains

1. Scenic World

  • Scenic World, located in Katoomba in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains of New South Wales, is a tourist attraction designed to allow visitors to
  • Adult $35, Child $18, Family $88
  • +61 2 4780 0200
  • Scenic World, Violet Street, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
  • 9am-5pm
  • Website
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2. Wentworth Falls

  • Located 95 kilometres outside of Sydney, the small town of Wentworth Falls offers more than just history and heritage. The town is home to beautiful views,
  • $7 per vehicle per day to enter national park
  • +61 2 4738 5200
  • Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily
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3. Waradah Aboriginal Centre

    The Waradah Aboriginal Centre, located in the town of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, is a place for visitors to witness Australia’s
  • Adult $15; Child $10
  • +61 2 4782 1979
  • Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Echo Point Road, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily 9am-5pm

4. Govetts Leap

    Visitors to Govetts Leap will know very clearly why the lookout is one of Australia’s most famous. The lookout offers stunning vistas of a waterfall
  • $7 per vehicle per day
  • +61 2 9995 6500
  • Govetts Leap Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily
  • Website

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5. Three Sisters

  • The Three Sisters is a rock formation located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. Situated on the northern escarpment of the Jamison Valley,
  • Free
  • +61 1300 361 967
  • Three Sisters, Echo Point Road, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
  • 9am–4:30pm
  • Website
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6. Blue Mountains National Park

  • One of Australia’s most well known attractions, and certainly one of the most visited national parks in the entire country, the Blue Mountains National
  • Entrance fee $7 per vehicle per day
  • +61 1300 361 967
  • Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily
  • Website
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7. Leura

    The small but idyllic town of Leura, located some 100 kilometres out of Sydney, doesn’t seem like much, but visitors will soon see how it got its
  • Free
  • Leura, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily

8. Falls Gallery

  • Free
  • 61 2 4757 1139
  • Falls Gallery, Falls Road, Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia
  • 10am-5pm
  • Website

14. Glenbrook Cinema

  • depending on movie
  • (02) 4739 4433
  • Glenbrook Cinema, Ross Street, Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia
  • Times vary depending on movie
  • Website

15. Museum of Fire

  • Adults $10, Children $6
  • 61 2 4731 3000
  • Museum of Fire, Museum Drive, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Website

19. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

  • Adults $5, Children Free
  • 61 2 4780 5410
  • Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Parke Street, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
  • Mon to Fri: 10am–5pm; Sat to Sun: 10am–4pm
  • Website

20. Mayfield Garden

  • Adults $25, Children $10
  • 61 2 6336 3131
  • Mayfield Garden, Mayfield Road, Oberon, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily 9am-4:30pm
  • Website

21. Lost Bear Gallery

  • Vary depending on the exhibition
  • 61 2 4782 1220
  • Lost Bear Gallery, Lurline Street, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily 10am-5pm
  • Website

Blue Mountains Attractions FAQs

What are the must-see attractions in the Blue Mountains?

The top attractions any visitor of the Blue Mountains must see are the Jenolan Caves, Scenic World, and Govetts Leap.

The Jenolan Caves

The Jenolan Caves are just west of the Blue Mountains in the city of Katoomba. These ancient caves are home to pure white calcite formations and fossils, a rarity most travellers won’t have the luxury of seeing unless you tour into the caves. With 9 caves full of incredible limestone formations and 1 cave with an underground river,  the Jenolan Caves are some of the oldest in the world.

Scenic World

Scenic World is a must-see for anyone visiting the Blue Mountains and want to see the Three Sisters from an aerial persepctive. Also located in Katoomba, Scenic World allows visitors to view the gorgeous scenery from a variety of optic points. Experience the Scenic Railway, the Scenic Skyway, or the Scenic Walkway to explore different vantage points of the Blue Mountains. You can drive to the park on your own, take a train in, or simply join one of the tours that will make sure you see all the best parts.

Get a pass to get unlimited access to the rides and walkways in the park for one day.

Govetts Leap

Govetts Leap is one of the most famous lookouts in the Blue Mountains. You’re able to see the Bridal Veil Falls crashing down the cliffs, the wilderness of Grose Valley, and see panoramic views of the whole park. Make sure you bring your camera because you won’t have this perspective anywhere else. The best way to access and see Govetts Leap is through a tour that will give you the experience of hiking in the Blue Mountains wilderness.

This tour includes all entrance fees, lunch, hotel pickup and dropoff, and a professional tour guide. You won’t miss a thing on this tour!

 

Which attractions are a day-trip from the Blue Mountains?

Most visitors actually come from Sydney, but if you made the Blue Mountains your home base on your trip, we’d recommend spending at least one day checking out Australia’s most popular city, Sydney. It’s a change of scenery from the Mountains, but it has lots of exciting attractions you don’t want to miss. Sydney is approximately 90 minutes away from Katoomba, and 2 hours and 20 minutes if you’re going by train.

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Is there an attraction pass to save money in the Blue Mountains?

Scenic World Pass
Save your time and money by purchasing a Scenic World Pass. This pass allows unlimited access to rides as well as the famous walkways (Railway, Skyway, Cableway, and Walkway).This ticket is valid only during operating hours of 9am-5pm, the last call for rides at 4:50 pm.
Waradah Aboriginal Center

Located adjacent to the Blue Mountains is the Waradah Aboriginal Center where you can watch an authentic cultural performance by local indigenous musicians and dancers. There are multiple showtimes throughout the day, and this ticket includes your entrance into the center.

 

What can you do in the Blue Mountains at night?

The Blue Mountains offer exceptional camping grounds and nocturnal wilderness to observe. Here are some awesome after-dark ideas:

  • Check out the infamous glow worms that inhabit the Mountains. These fascinating creatures use an internal chemical reaction to cause the glow which attracts prey that is drawn to light. As you explore the canyon, it feels like you’re surrounded by thousands of stars.
  • Watch the flood-lit Three Sisters as the sun goes down. Everything around you goes black, including the sky, but Three Sisters are still lit up by the diminishing sun creating a spectacular view.
  • Catch a movie at one of three nearby cinemas. Glenbrook Cinemas, Mount Vic Flicks, and United Cinemas The Edge are all excellent venues to watch classics and blockbusters alike.
  • Watch some live music at the Grand View Hotel’s Acoustic Lounge. Kick back with a beer, some snacks, and listen to some talented musicians perform.
Overnight Experience

With this overnight experience, dinner is brought to your camp via professional chef. Relax by the campfire and ogle the amazing constellations above. This bundle includes a tent and bedding, dinner, breakfast, and a professionally guided tour of the Blue Mountains.

 

What’s the best way to see the Blue Mountains for couples?

If you’re travelling to the Blue Mountains on honeymoon or for a romantic getaway, you can sign up for one of the many private tours available. Get customised explanations from your own private tour guide and spend some quality time with your partner in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Alternatively, take your partner to echo point yourself to take some photos of the famous Three Sisters, before enjoying a brief bushwalk down to Honeymoon Bridge.

The Blue Mountains also have acres of beautiful parkland and green space that’s perfect for a romantic picnic or sun tanning in the grass. There is ample scenery to admire together as you explore the park.

Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with Featherdale Wildlife Park

This tour includes pickup and drop off from your Sydney hotel- the only things you’ll have to think about are each other and the beautiful scenery!

 

Are there shore excursions for travelers on cruises?

If you are on a cruise that docks in Sydney, it’s highly recommended to book a shore excursion externally to the Blue Mountains. It’s a long drive from Sydney and there are many scenic attractions along the way where you can stop to take photos.

 

How can I see the Blue Mountains on a budget?

The Blue Mountains are an incredibly affordable attraction to visit and explore. The entrance fee to enter the park with your vehicle is only $8 per day, and there are many different seasonal and annual passes that are worth the discount. Once inside the park, it’s up to you to decide how you want to spend your time. There are many roadmaps posted that you can use to self-guide your own tour of the park, or you could purchase a tourist map for a small fee. Although you won’t get the full benefits of taking a professional tour, exploring the Blue Mountains on a budget is still very worthwhile. Here are a 5 more ideas for cheap blue or free mountains activities and attractions:

 

Is there public transport within the Blue Mountains?

There are multiple modes of transport to explore the park with. For those who can’t hike and walk long distances, these are excellent options for you.

First, you can buy a ticket on the Explorer Bus. It conveniently stops at 29 different locations in the Blue Mountains park and you can hop on or off at anytime. Among the stops are Three Sisters, Echo Point, the city of Leura, and Katoomba. This method of touring the area is extremely flexible with your itinerary and can accommodate however you plan your day.

If you’re feeling bold, you could even take a helicopter tour of the Mountains with a professional tour guide. With this tour, you’ll lift off in Sydney, spend 45 minutes admiring the city from above, and then fly to the Blue Mountains and land temporarily in Scenic World. Here you can have lunch and hop on board the Scenic Cableway or Skyway for more amazing views. At the end of the tour, the helicopter will return you to the starting point in Sydney.

You can also reach the Blue Mountains via train. Starting at Central Station in Sydney, take the Blue Mountain Line 22 to Katoomba which will take approximately 90 minutes. If you’d prefer to take a bus, there is a public bus (route 686) that stops outside the Carrington Hotel and makes stops at Scenic World, Three Sisters, and Echo Point.
How far is Katoomba from the airport?

If you are planning on renting a car and driving from the Sydney airport to the Blue Mountains tourist area, Katoomba, it should take under 2 hours, depending on traffic.

If you take the train from the Sydney airport to the Blue Mountains, it will take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. You will first catch a train at the airport to Central Station in Sydney, and then a different train to the Blue Mountains or Katoomba.

 

Are there any extreme activities?

For the adrenaline junkie visiting the Blue Mountains, it’s highly recommended you check out abseiling, rock climbing and canyoning in Katoomba. You’ll find legendary cliffs that will give even the most seasoned thrill-seekers a rush. Here are some awesome tours that will give you all the adrenaline you need.

Private Blue Mountains Abseiling and Canyoning Day Trip from Sydney

Perfect tour for abseilers who also love canyoning, this tour includes pickup and drop off at your Sydney hotel, lunch, all equipment, and a private guide for your group. This tour is suitable for beginners, experts, and everyone in between.

Small-Group Full-Day Canyoning and Abseiling Adventure from Katoomba

For an awesome full-day of canyoning and abseiling, check out this tour. It includes all entrance fees, all equipment, lunch, and a full 8-hour tour of Empress Canyon and Juggler Canyon. Experience all Katoomba has to offer!

Blue Mountains Empress Canyon Adventure from Wentworth Falls

The most action-packed tour for rock climbers, abseilers, and hikers alike! You’ll be hiking through the Wentworth Falls area, plunging into the water from awesome jumping rocks, and enjoying some heart-pumping abseiling.

Small-Group Weekend Rock Climbing Adventure from Katoomba

Spend an entire weekend hitting the legendary cliffs of Katoomba in this tour! Perfect for beginners, on this tour, you’ll spend the weekend developing technical skills and scaling some of the world’s best rocks. All entrance fees and equipment are included.

 

What’s the best time of year to visit the Blue Mountains?

There are benefits to visiting the Blue Mountains during every season. In the summer months (December to February), the Blue Mountains are slightly cooler than Sydney, so you can expect the perfect light-jacket weather to explore.

Autumn (March to May) is perfect for walking and hiking because it’s become even cooler and there’s less rain than in the summer.

Winter (June to August) is the busiest time of year with locals and tourists filling the park. There’s often many events and activities that only run in the winter.

Spring (September to November) is the perfect time to witness flowers blooming and trees coming alive.

 

Are there any extreme activities?

For the adrenaline junkie visiting the Blue Mountains, it’s highly recommended you check out abseiling and rock climbing in Katoomba. Here you’ll find legendary cliffs that will give even the most seasoned thrill-seekers a rush. Here are some awesome tours that will give you all the adrenaline you need.

 

Are there any kid-friendly attractions in the Blue Mountains?

There are plenty of activities to keep the kiddos entertained during your trip. Even though the great outdoors is perfect for running around and playing, sometimes kids need more structure. We recommend you make a stop at Scenic World and take your kids on the Cableway or Skyway for a fun ride while you observe the scenery. We also recommend checking out Leuralla New South Wales Toy and Railway Museum for a break from the outdoors.

 

Are there tours to Capertree Valley from Katoomba?

Epic 4-wheeler tour of the Blue Mountains and Capertee Valley

If you’re looking to do things that most tourists don’t, then we recommend taking a guided tour in a 4-wheeler. Your professional guide will literally take you off the beaten path to explore Capertee Valley. Here you’ll see artwork created by aboriginals thousands of years ago and animals in their natural habitat far from people. If you’re looking for a unique experience, this is it.

 

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