Whether you have one day or one week, there are plenty of attractions in the Blue Mountains for the whole family.
These are some of our top attractions in the Blue Mountains:
You couldn't visit the Blue Mountains without seeing The Three Sisters. This is one of the Mountain's most famous landmarks - and one of the most photographed.
The Three Sisters are rock formations resulting from the erosion of soft sandstone and can be seen from a viewing area at Echo Point in Katoomba. Views from Echo Point are spectacular and on a clear day you can see for miles. Nearby is the Echo Point Visitors Information Centre through which you can access Spooners Lookout to see more views of the Three Sisters and Kedumba Valley.
Many bushwalks start from Echo Point including the Three Sisters Walk and Giant Stairway.
At Scenic World visitors can experience the scenery of the Blue Mountains in a variety of ways. There are four experiences here - the Scenic Skyway, the Scenic Cableway, the Scenic Railway and the Scenic Walkway.
Scenic Skyway - Walk on air in a 330 metre ride above ancient ravines and forests 270m below. At the flick of a switch, the Skyway's electro-sceniglass floor reveals spectacular views directly below you - through the floor!
Scenic Railway - Ride the world's steepest incline railway into the valley below. Suitable for all ages, the railway has an incline of 52 degrees and runs every 10 minutes.
Scenic Cableway - Travel by cable car to the forest below. The Cableway is Australia's steepest passenger carrying cable car. Enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Solitary, the Ruined Castle, the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock and Katoomba Falls.
Scenic Walkway - Take a walk through an ancient rainforest. Travel down on the Scenic Railway and walk 300 metres through temperate rainforest along the southern hemisphere's longest elevated timber boardwalk. Explore the entire 2.8kms of boardwalk or return to the top by taking the Scenic Cableway.
Scenic World is located at the corner of Cliff Drive and Violet Street, Katoomba. For more information telephone 1300 SKYWAY or 02-4780-0200 or visit their website (www.scenicworld.com.au).
Check out Scenic World's attractions on YouTube before you go (www.youtube.com/user/ScenicWorldBM).
Leura is one of the prettiest villages in the Blue Mountains. Stroll down The Mall - the charming main street of Leura - with cafes, restaurants, boutiques and speciality shops.
Don't miss Leura's Garden Festival, held every year in Spring when private gardens are open to the public and the trees are blossoming. Leura Village Fair is another highlight - every year in early October Leura Mall comes alive with stalls, music and gourmet food.
Base yourself at one of the fine accommodation establishments in Leura and visit the surrounding towns and villages of the Blue Mountains, picnic at Leura Cascades, take one of the many beautiful bushwalks, visit Bridal Veil Lookout, Gordon Falls Lookout and Sublime Point Lookout for spectacular views of the beautiful World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park, and take a stroll around the beautiful Everglades Gardens.
Just one-and-a-half hour's drive from Sydney, Leura is an ideal place for a day trip or weekend getaway.
Visit Govetts Leap Lookout for spectacular views over the Grose Valley and Bridal Veil Falls, cascading 608 metres to the valley floor below. The view from Govetts Leap Lookout is referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Blue Mountains. This is an excellent spot to enjoy a picnic at one of the picnic tables overlooking the valley.
Folkore has it that a bushranger named Govett rode off the cliff to avoid capture. However, a plaque at the lookout indicates otherwise and tells us the lookout was named after William Romaine Govett, a surveyor who first came across the spot in 1831.
Govetts Leap Lookout is located at the end of Govetts Leap Road. On Govetts Leap Road, there is also a National Parks & Wildlife Heritage Centre with information on walking tracks and natural attractions in the area. Govetts Leap is the starting point of many spectacular walks.
More wonderful views, similar to those seen from Govetts Leap. From Evans Lookout you can see the line of Govetts Creek below. Evans Lookout is the starting point for various bushwalks including the Grand Canyon loop.
Evans Lookout is located at the end of Evans Lookout Rd, Blackheath.
The Jenolan Caves are the most famous limestone caves in Australia and are among the most outstanding cave systems in the world, with many caves open for tours every day.
They are nestled on the western edge of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, just over an hour from Katoomba.
There are many reasons to visit this award winning attraction. Most people come for a day, but with so much to see and do, some stay for a week, to experience:
Enjoy a proper getaway and stay at least one night. Jenolan offers guestrooms, magnificent restaurant, café, bar, shop, backpacker lodge and bush cottages.
For more details visit www.jenolancaves.org.au or phone 1300-76-33-11.
The Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, is located on the Bells Line of Road via Bilpin in the world heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains. The 28 hectares of gardens are 1,000 metres above sea level and specialise in cool-climate plants - both native and exotic.
The gardens are an exceptionally beautiful place to visit in any season. Guided walks are available. In addition, there are various festivals and events taking place throughout the year. The Visitor Centre includes changing art exhibitions, a gift shop and an excellent restaurant with fabulous views. The restaurant is open every day except Christmas Day. Hours are 10.15am-4.45pm (summer) and 10.15am-3.45pm (winter).
A new exhibition centre - the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Centre - was opened in 2010. Through hands-on activities, visitors can take a virtual journey through the Blue Mountains wilderness area and learn about the Aboriginal culture, the plants and animals and geological forces that make up this land.
The gardens are open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri and 9.30am-5.30pm Sat, Sun and public holidays. There is no entry fee.
From Hargraves Lookout there are wonderful views over the Megalong Valley.
Hargraves Lookout is on Shipley Rd, Blackheath. To get onto Shipley Rd, cross the railway line at the set of traffic lights in Blackheath (intersection of Gt Western Hwy and Govetts Leap Rd), and follow Shipley Road, passed Shipley Gallery and then follow sign to Hargraves Lookout. The lookout is perched on the end of the plateau and has a panoramic view of the valleys below and the mountains in the distance.
Pulpit Rock Lookout is named after the pinnacle of rock that stands out from the main cliff-line. Pulpit Rock Lookout is a short drive from Blackheath. Take Hat Hill Rd, then Pulpit Rock Rd. The lookout is a 10 minute walk from the car. There are actually several lookouts here including Perrys Lookdown and Anvil Rock, with sweeping views of Mount Banks, the Grose Valley and the cliffs of Govetts Leap.
Visit the beautiful sandstone cottage and gardens where Norman Lindsay lived and created much of his work including etchings, oils, watercolours and pen drawings. The estate was the artist's home until he died in 1969 and is run by the National Trust.
Enjoy a meal in the lovely cafe and browse in the gift shop where you can buy limited edition watercolours and facsimile etching prints.
Consider taking a 40 minute guided tour of the studio buildings, which run between 10.30am and 2.30pm on an hourly basis. One building is Lindsay's painting studio and library and it is as he left it (brushes, easels, etc). The other studio building was his etching studio and features an information display on how he did his etchings together with his printing press, etching tools and beautiful flat-drawer filing cabinet where he stored his prints. Special events are occasionally held in the gardens.
Enjoy jazz in the gardens in February and May. Christmas Carols are held in December. Telephone the gallery or check their website for up-to-date information on special events. Open: 10am-4pm, every day Entry: $12 adult, $10 concession, $6 Child (over 6 yrs), National Trust members free.
The Norman Lindsay Gallery can be found at 14 Norman Lindsay Cres, Faulconbridge. Telephone 02-4751-1067. Website: www.normanlindsay.com.au
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