Visiting the Blue Mountains from Sydney

March 4, 2013 by

Local Recommendations, Sightseeing, Things To Do

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The Blue Mountains — photo by Alex Bikfalvi via Flickr.

It’s just a 90-minute train ride to the Blue Mountains from Sydney. Just an hour and a half to fresh, clean air, speckled with breezes of eucalyptus, and plenty of panoramic views. The Blue Mountains makes the perfect destination for relaxing, shopping, eating or even adventuring for a day or long weekend.

Top attractions at the Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters: The Three Sisters tower over the Jamison Valley, and the rock formations combined with the Aboriginal background story make it one of the most popular attractions in the Blue Mountains. Located near Katoomba, visitors make it a stop to bask in the beauty of these three sisters, trapped forever in the rock.

Jenolan Caves: This large cave network in the Blue Mountains is known as the oldest discovered open caves in the world. Each cave, that is able to be toured, offers a unique story – and more and more are still being uncovered of the 25 mile network as we speak.

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is located in Mount Tomah and features a 622 acre plot of land with cool-climate plant-life and perfect mountain views. It’s the perfect stop on the way to or back from the Blue Mountains.

Featherdale Wildlife Park: This Australian zoo is located en route to the Blue Mountains and features dozens of native animals that allow you to get up close and personal.

Blue Mountains local towns

Besides relaxing in nature, the many towns that make up the Blue Mountains provide numerous ways to spend the days. Of these, Katoomba would be the most popular as it is lined with hostels and guest houses, restaurants and trendy little cafes. Leura is the nearby quaint town that is popular because of its galleries, shops and restaurants – those of which help to create the heritage vibe throughout. In addition, the Cliff Drive takes visitors to Katoomba Falls.

Other towns of note include Wentworth Falls and Medlow Bath.

Activities at the Blue Mountains

Because they are mountains, tourists seek out adventure activities of all kinds including abseiling, canyoning, hiking and cycling. For a more subtle approach, horseback riding, guided bushwalks, Segway tours and coach-based tours remain on the menu.

Take a tour of the Blue Mountains from Sydney

-Brooke Schoenman

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