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the Blue Mountains

3 pixel space The Carrington hotel, Katoomba, NSW

The Carrington

Grand old hotel in Katoomba's main street, updated, olde-world charm, low-rates option

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, Katoomba, NSW

Lilianfels Resort & Spa

Grand country resort offering luxury accommodation

Palaise Royale hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Palais Royale

Elegent hotel in centre of Katoomba, beautifully restored & well priced

Kurrara Historic Guest House, Katoomba, NSW

Kurrara Historic Guest House

Built in 1902 and retaining period features, this highly-rated guest house is a 15-minute walk to the Three Sisters

Jamison Guest House, Katoomba, NSW

Jamison Guest House

Highly rated by guests

 hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Echoes Boutique Hotel

On the edge of the escarpment with amazing views

Windradyne B&B, Katoomba, NSW

Windradyne Boutique
Bed & Breakfast

Highly rated by guests, next to Echo Point viewing area

Lurline House, Katoomba, NSW

Lurline House

Highly rated by guests, built in 1910 and next to Echo Point viewing area

 hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Snowgums B&B

Highly rated B&B in Katoomba

Shelton-Lea B & B, Katoomba, NSW

Shelton-Lea B&B

Highly rated, well priced, 10-minute walk to Scenic World

 hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Highland Cottage

Vacation home situated in picturesque Leura, adjoining Katoomba - sleeps five

Mountain Heritage Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Mountain Heritage Hotel

4.5-star hotel with panoramic views of the Blue Mountains

 hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Melba House Boutique B&B

Comprising self-contained suites, Melba House is 20-minutes walk from the Three Sisters

 hotel, Katoomba, NSW

3 sisters cottage

The 3 Sisters Cottage is Three minutes walk from the Giant Stairway, which leads into the Jamison Valley

 hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Katoomba Manor

50 metres from Katoomba railway station, garden setting

 Elizabeth Flats, Katoomba, NSW

Elizabeth Flats

Restored and divided into flats, in central Katoomba

 No.14 Hostel, Katoomba, NSW

No.14 Hostel

Shared and private rooms with wooden floors, bed linen and access to shared bathroom facilities

Sidneys Retreat, Katoomba, NSW

Sidneys Retreat

Two-bedroom cottage featuring a balcony with mountain views

Ironstone Views, Katoomba, NSW

Ironstone Views

Units situated just 1.3km from Scenic World

Blue Mountains YHA, Katoomba, NSW

Blue Mountains YHA

Has garden, barbecue area and game room with billiards, and is less than half a kilometer from Katoomba train station

Blue Mountains Backpacker Hostel, Katoomba, NSW

Blue Mountains
Backpacker Hostel

Free internet access, free laundry services and BBQ facilities, communal lounge area with a fireplace - 250m from train station

La Maison Boutique Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

La Maison Boutique Hotel

Sauna and hot tub, and guests enjoy free continental breakfast

Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Clarendon Guesthouse

Historic guesthouse offering free WiFi, cocktail bar with fireplace, and regular live music

Dantosa Blue Mountains Retreat, Katoomba, NSW

Dantosa Blue
Mountains Retreat

Units in peaceful setting 3.5km from Scenic World, free wi-fi, parking on site

3 Sisters Motel, Katoomba, NSW

3 Sisters Motel

500metres from Three Sisters viewing platform - voted Australia's "Best Value Motel" by the UK Sunday Times newspaper

Blue Mountains

3 pixel gap Three Sisters at the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney

The huge rock formation, the "Three Sisters", is the most famous icon associated with the Blue Mountains, accessible by train or just one hour's drive west of Sydney. The Blue Mountains is one of the most scenic tourist spots in Australia.

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There are many reasons not to miss the famous Blue Mountains

See also Jenolan Caves


The Blue Mountains, an hour or so west of Sydney either by train, car or coach, is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the world.

Here you'll find densely forested Australian bushland, blue-coloured mountains with towering yellow-brown rockfaces, magnificent vistas of valleys and stand-out rock formations and


A World Heritage-listed national park, the Blue Mountains embraces 26 townships within the 1433-square-kilometres park.


The splendour of the Blue Mountains is best seen at Katoomba, a picturesque town with a population of 8000 about 1000 metres above sea level. Katoomba is home to grand old hotels and other buildings that date back to the 1920s and '30s, when it was a summer retreat for the rich and famous escaping the heatwaves in Sydney. The wealthy would travel on trains to Katoomba and stay at grand hotels like The Carrington.


The town sits just two kilometres from the ridge that runs along the escarpment that rises up from the edges of the Jamison Valley. Some of Katoomba's homes can be seen scattered along the top of the escarpment.


The main focal point for visitors is Echo Point, where a large tourism complex has been built to give visitors the opportunity to view the mountains from a safe, but spectacular, vantage point. Large viewing areas and a modern visitor information centre and restaurant complex have been built here. Echo Point offers magnificent views out across the Jamison Valley and Blue Mountains and visitors can admire the famous Three Sisters rock formation and look out onto the expanse of the Blue Mountains and the escarpment that contains the Jamison Valley.


The visitor information centre is also a starting point for the walking paths that skirt around the clifftops or snake down the side of the mountain to the valley floor. A short walk from Echo Point is the "Giant Stairway", which provides access to nature walks through the valley.


Scenic World, to one side of the information centre, is an extensive tourist facility that includes the Katooma Scenic Railway and Scenic Skyway cable car.


The Scenic Railway is a railway line running almost vertically down the side of a 300-metre cliff. It was originally built as part of coal and oil shale mining operations in the Jamison Valley but now it is used to give tourists a scary ride down the side of a rockface. Passengers sit in an open-caged, roller-coaster-type carriage that drops over the side of the rockface and is lowered almost vertically to the valley floor, 300-metres below. The carriage is lowered and then raised back up by cables and a huge counterweight. This is the steepest funicular railway in the world and a great ride, but not one for the faint-hearted.


The Scenic Skyway cable car glides on a cable strung across part of the Jamison Valley with views of Katoomba Falls and Orphan Rock. The car has a liquid crystal panel floor, which becomes transparent when the car leaves the Skyway station.


Katoomba is also home to other grand hotels like The Carrington, hotels like the Hydro Majestic and Palais Royale. The Carrington, right in the heart of the town, is perhaps the grandest of them all. It enjoyed a recent refurbishment that resurrected the splendour and beauty of the earlier days. It has a wonderful old-world breakfast room and an amazing billiards room.


World Heritage listing

The Blue Mountains was declared a World Heritage park in November 2000. It was nominated for its outstanding natural values, including the biodiversity of its plant and animal communities, its vegetation - which is dominated by Australia's unique eucalypts - and for the beauty of its natural landscapes.



The region offers a myriad of activities for the visitor from bush walking, to browsing for antiques, adventuring through lime stone caves, with the Jenolan Caves with its 40 kilometers of multi level passageways as a spectacular example, enjoying the native gardens, travelling on the zig zag railway, taking one of the many Eco Tours or just lazing about one of many tranquil townships dotted throughout the region.


Stay at accommodation within the Blue Mountains at Katoomba, Leura or Wentworth Falls and enjoy early morning scenic walks, breathtaking views and clean crisp fresh mountain air.


Things to See & Do


The "Beyond" in the See Sydney and Beyond Smartvisit Card gives entry to the Norman Lindsay Museum and Gallery, Jenolan Caves, Everglades, Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and much more. Included in the price is a free guidebook.


One & Two Day Activities

Tours of the Blue Mountains are many and varied; from a scenic flight in a helicopter to one or two day bus or small group 4WD tours. Explore the sights, scents, feel and sounds of the Australian bush in its most spectacular and beautiful.

Blue Mountains pictures

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One of the viewing platforms at Echo Point. This one looks out onto the Three Sisters.

Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, NSW

The town of Katoomba can be seen in the distance, back from the escarpment that encompasses the Jamison Valley.

Rocky ledge along a cliff face in the Blue Mountains, NSW

Paths along rock ledges lead to amazing views of the valley and mountains.

One of the man walking paths in the Blue Mountains, NSW

A visitor makes her way along one of the walking paths that lead down into the Jamison Valley.

Scenic Skycar at the Blue Mountains, NSW

The Scenic Skycar gives visitors spectacular views of Katoomba Falls and Orphan Rock.

A seat on the top of the escarpment at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, NSW

A seat stands on its own along one of the paths that skirt around the top of the escarpement. Glorious views from here.

Bridge leading to the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, NSW

Following a path around the top of the escarpement you come to a small bridge that takes you onto a viewing platform cut into the side of the first of the Three Sisters.

Scenic Railway in the Blue Mountains, NSW

The rails of the "Scenic Railway", a scary ride in a caged carriage that glides almost vertically down the side of a 300-metre cliff. Not for the faint-hearted.

Eacho Point in the Blue Mountains, NSW

One of the exquisitely-coloured rock formations in the Echo Point area.

Waterfall in the Blue Mountains, NSW

Above and below: Waterfalls are scattered throughout the Jamison Valley.

Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, NSWRocky path in the Blue Mountains, NSW

Left: a bridge crosses to a viewing platform cut into the side of one of the Three Sisters. Right: A path leads onto a ledge that snakes around a rockface.

Tours to the
Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Small-Group Guided Adventure Tour, from Sydney, 10 hours, from $A85