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A day out in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales in 2024

The three sisters The blue mountains

From hiking trails that wind through ancient forests and waterfalls cascading down sheer sandstone cliffs to scenic drives that offer panoramic views of the valley below, the Blue Mountains are a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

Blue Mountains

Things to know before you go to the Blue Mountains

How to get to The Blue Mountains

Train – Alternatively, you can travel to the Blue Mountains from Sydney Central Station. The journey takes around two hours, and the train departs every hour. Once you arrive at the Katoomba station, you can easily explore the town, and its many attractions are located within walking distance from the station. 

Car – f you prefer to drive, you can rent a car and take a scenic drive to the Blue Mountains. The drive takes around 90 minutes from the centre of Sydney, and the route is well-signposted. 

Bus – It’s also easy to reach the Blue Mountains by bus, with several bus companies offering services from Sydney.

Katoomba

Weather in The Blue Mountains

The weather in the Blue Mountains region can get cold during the middle of the year (Australia’s winter months), averaging 13° in the day and 6° during the night, while the warmer summer months average around 27° during the day and 16°at night. 

Tipping in Australia

Tipping in Australia is not expected (unless the service is worth the tip), but these are usually for restaurant staff or your tour guide. It is optional but appreciated in some industries like hospitality. 

Visa for Australia

Insurance

Katoomba Falls

Things to do in the Blue Mountains

Hike the many trails

Visit the Three Sisters Lookout 

Another must-do activity in the Blue Mountains is visiting the Three Sisters lookout. The Three Sisters is an iconic rock formation towers over the valley below. The best time to visit is sunset, when the rocks glow a vibrant orange hue.

Ride the Scenic World Cable Car

For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, the Blue Mountains also offers a range of attractions that will keep you entertained. From the Scenic World cable car that takes you on a journey over the valley to the Jenolan Caves, one of the world’s most spectacular cave systems, there is something for everyone in the Blue Mountains.

Enjoy a day of Horse Riding.

Horse Riding Blue Mountains
Photo by Melanie Dretvic on Unsplash

Browse the shops in Katoomba.

Browse Katoomba and the little cafes and boutiques along the way. In addition, this small country town has a few restaurants, and you will find a few galleries along the way. A great little place to wander around, and you may even pick up a quirky little souvenir or two. 

Book a ticket on the Hop on, Hop off bus.

Admire the magical glow worms.

Toy and Train Museum

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or simply looking to unwind and connect with nature, the Blue Mountains is the ultimate adventure destination. So what are you waiting for? Book your trip today and prepare to be awed by the beauty of this incredible region.

The Three sisters

Accommodation in the Blue Mountains

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa

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  • Paula Barreca Barnes

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