A trip to New South Wales would not be complete without a visit to the Blue Mountains. Less than two hours from Sydney by road or train, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are one of the country’s most spectacular icons.
The picturesque towns of Blackheath, Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, Hartley, Lithgow, and Oberon afford breathtaking views, a wide variety of restaurants and accommodation (many of them gay and lesbian owned).
There is always something going on. Oktoberfest at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba serves up German music, German food, German beer and a whole lot of fun. For something a bit more tranquil, the Leura Gardens Festival takes place every October. The Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Blues, and Roots is a three-day festival held every year in March and features a selection of artists from around the world and across Australia.
There are many short trips to do in the National Park and surrounds, whether you have only a day or can stay longer. Check out these trips with our Viator partner.
Blue Mountains Day Hike
Choose from three different hikes to suit your level of fitness: the easy Panoramic walk, medium-grade Valley of the Waterfalls hike, or the more challenging Ruined Castle. All walks are led by an experienced hiking guide and include lunch.
Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves 4WD Tour
Your knowledgeable guide takes you into Blue Mountains National Park for great views of the dramatic landscape of the area, including the Three Sisters rock formation. After a gourmet lunch in the great outdoors, head to Jenolan Caves—one of the most accessible and extensive cave systems in the world!
Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Day Tour
Enjoy spectacular views over the Megalong Valley from Echo Point, and see the Three Sisters rock formations at Katoomba. Experience Aboriginal culture at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, and meet kangaroos and koalas in the natural bush setting of Featherdale Wildlife Park
- Sightseeing: Blue Mountains Tours