The Blue Mountains National Park is located some 60km west of Sydney
. This World Heritage Listed wilderness features some spectacular scenery along its sandstone plateau and within its plunging valleys. The park covers a substantial area with numerous lookout points and bushwalks and much can be seen from your vehicle or requiring little walking.
A good place to start is the Glenbrook Visitors Centre at the main park entrance on Great Western Hwy. Here you can obtain a good map, local knowledge and continue on your merry way to explore the park’s attractions heading west along the highway.
Wentworth Falls via Falls Rd from the Wentworth Falls town centre is a stunning first stop on your Blue Mountains adventure. The falls carpark is 2km in and a 10 min walk down steps takes you to Princes Rock Lookout which overlooks the magnificent falls head on. The surrounding scenery is also breathtaking and paints a pretty picture of the fabulous scenic journey you are embarking on.
is a beautiful and charming garden village with tree lined streets, cherry blossoms and quaint shops. The main street, known as The Mall, features a variety of unique specialty shops with the personal customer service you’d expect in an outback country town. The Leura Doggie Store for V.I.P’s
(Very Important Pets) stands out with fashionable and designer items for dogs, anything you could imagine really. Pet owners will get a real kick out of this store.
The Leura Cascades feature a picturesque trickling waterfall amongst a rainforest setting of lush greenery. A 500m trail follows the gorgeous cascades through surrounding rainforest for an enjoyable walk with nature.
Cliff Drive between Leura and Katoomba offers some beautiful views on the way to Echo Point and The Three Sisters. These enchanting sandstone formations with a superb backdrop are a visual feast and popular attraction at Katoomba within easy walking distance.
Katoomba is the capital of the Blue Mountains, overlooking The Three Sisters and the Jamieson Valley. Scenic World operates from here and runs Cableway, Railway and “Walk On Air” Glass Carriage tours through the stunning Jamieson Valley. Katoomba also has plenty of specialty shops, dining and entertainment options to suit all budgets.
North of Katoomba is Evans Lookout, 4km off the hwy south of Blackheath. The prominent sandstone cliff faces looming over the deep sweeping valley, with mountain mist lingering in the air, is a picturesque combination worthy of photography.
Govetts Leap Lookout, 3km off the hwy from Blackheath town centre, overlooks Bridal Veil Falls spilling from high above the sandstone cliffs and into the gorge below. Govetts Creek carries the water through to the Grose River and is best viewed on a clear day.
Jenolan Caves offers some very different scenery from the magnificent sandstone plateaus and valleys. The 50km access road is 27km north of Blackheath off the highway. Jenolan boasts 11 limestone caves with mineral deposits forming all sorts of intriguing formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, columns, crystals and coral. A variety of guided tours operate daily between 9am and 5pm and Caves House accommodation, café and gift shop are on site.
Blue Mountains National Park is blessed with remarkable scenery, unique in its own right. There are more avenues to explore within the park if time permits, however this route and these attractions are certainly amongst the best and the most popular.
Note that accommodation is plentiful in the Blue Mountains and varies to suit all budgets. Caravan parks are located at Katoomba, Blackheath and Jenolan, the Blue Mountains YHA at Katoomba and a variety of B&Bs, cabins, cottages, guesthouses and hotels scattered throughout the region. Camping is limited to certain areas in the national park and most sites are off the beaten track, except Perrys Lookdown east of Blackheath.
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Destinations in New South Wales
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