Just over an hour drive from Sydney, the heritage-listed Blue Mountains offer a chance to set yourself in nature and explore some of NSW’s most beautiful landscapes. We’ve rounded up our five favourite spots not to miss in the Blue Mountains.
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Free entry makes the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens a tip-top choice that is family and budget friendly. Enjoy the fresh mountain air as you wander the 252-hectare gardens, home to more than 12,000 plant species and trees. The oldest botanic gardens in Australia are popular for their workshops, the eclectic variety of flora as well as the incredible panoramic mountain views. Book a guided tour or make your own adventure!
Make your way to Katoomba to see one of the Blue Mountains’ most iconic sights - the three sisters towering over the Jamison Valley. The sandstone was eroded over time by weather to reveal what is now one of the most photographed sites of the region. If the weather is fine, take the bushwalking trail down to the valley floor via The Giant Stairway – an 800 step walk. Keep the adventure going with a 1.5hr walk to the base of Katoomba Falls and then enjoy the rest as you take the Katoomba Scenic Railway – the steepest passenger railway in the world – back to the top.
Considered one of Australia’s most outstanding collection of caves, underground rivers and limestone crystal formations, Jenolan Caves is a sight to behold. Take a guided tour through 10 caves open to the public and stand in wonder of this natural creation.
Featherdale Wildlife Park
7-acres of wildlife park await budding animal lovers at Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can say G’day to a koala, hang with Skippy the bush kangaroo and learn about animal and environmental education. Tickets start at $17 for kids 3-15 years old or $88 for a family (2 kids, 2 adults).
Lilenfels Blue Mountains Spa
As iconic as the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains, Lilenfels reputation as the destination for luxury and relaxation is well-earned. Relax, soothe and lift your spirits with a spa menu of facial treatments, massage, manicure, pedicures and more. And don’t forget the man in your life – they have treatments for the gents, too!
Our team of holiday experts at Discover New South Wales can help you book your escape on 1300 663 533 or you can check out your Blue Mountains accommodation now!
Our Top Picks For Blue Mountains
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
Relax, explore and elevate your senses at the Fairmont Resort. Located just 90 minutes west of Sydney, in the Blue Mountains overlooking the beautiful Jamison Valley, the resort has recently undergone a $10 million dollar transformation and restoration program.
Spicers Sangoma Retreat
Cocooned by the natural serenity of the Blue Mountains, Sangoma is as unique as it is private. As an eco-retreat nestled amongst giant boulders and stunning eucalypts, the retreat offers a tranquil escape one hour from Sydney.