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Blue Mountains

Look out over cliffs, hike through gorges and dine in quaint mountain towns in this eucalyptus-covered nature park.

Drive only an hour and a half out of Sydney to reach the Blue Mountains, a sprawling nature park and UNESCO World Heritage site. These mountains within the Great Dividing Range feature scenic gorges, historic towns and walking trails, which will lead you past waterfalls and rock formations. 

Start at the park’s lookouts for panoramic views of its eucalyptus-covered gorges. On sunny days, you will be able to see how the mountains got their name. Eucalyptus oil, water vapour and dust bend the sunlight to produce a unique blue hue that covers the mountains like a veil. Check out the view at Govetts Leap, which is spectacular at dusk and dawn.

Head to Echo Point for views of the Three Sisters rock formation and to find the trailhead to one of the park’s most accessible hikes. Climb down the Giant Stairway into the gorge and take Australia’s steepest cable car back up to the cliffs again. Extreme outdoor activities are available as well, including climbing, mountain biking and canyoning.

The park includes many large waterfalls, which you can see along trails or from various lookouts. Check out the stunning Wentworth Falls, which spill over several tiers of cliff before reaching the valley below.

Visit some of the small towns amongst the Blue Mountains. The region was settled in the 1860s, when mining began. Shop and dine in Katoomba, the area’s largest town. Blackheath and Leura feature some attractions as well, including the Everglades Historic House and Gardens and the Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum.

The best way to reach the Blue Mountains is by car. The drive up the mountains is very scenic and you will find plenty of free parking once you arrive. You can also arrive by train, which leaves from Sydney and stops in Katoomba and several other towns in the area. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the variety of views, trails and towns that the Blue Mountains have to offer.


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Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains - MGallery by Sofitel NZ$193
Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2019
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Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains - MGallery by Sofitel

Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains - MGallery by Sofitel

1 Sublime Point Road, Leura, NSW
     
    4.2 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    I really enjoyed our stay at the Hotel but I thought areas of it were a bit drab, some colour and flowers around the place might have lifted things a bit. The aquarium also looks very old and dull. The main draw of the hotel is the view through to the iconic Blue Mountains but this view is obscured ...

    Lilianfels Resort & Spa - Blue Mountains NZ$254
    Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2019
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    Lilianfels Resort & Spa - Blue Mountains

    Lilianfels Resort & Spa - Blue Mountains

    5-19 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba, NSW
       
      4.6 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Lovely old-worldly ambience. Wonderful professional staff, good food, lovely rooms, spectacular location.

      The Carrington Hotel NZ$130
      Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2019
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      The Carrington Hotel

      The Carrington Hotel

      15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW
         
        4.4 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        The Carrington Hotel is a beautiful, historic hotel in the heart of Katoomba. Situated on the main street but set back far enough to be quiet, the hotel is charming, warm and comfortable with welcoming staff. Room 25 on the first floor opens out on to a long, shared balcony with views over the grounds ...

        Novotel Sydney West HQ Hotel NZ$134
        Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2019
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        Novotel Sydney West HQ Hotel

        Novotel Sydney West HQ Hotel

        33 Railway Street, Rooty Hill, NSW
           
          4.6 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Huge rooms. Comfortable beds, great staff. Perfect!

          Lurline House NZ$100
          Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2019
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          Lurline House

          Lurline House

          122 Lurline Street, Katoomba, NSW
             
            4.9 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            We loved the property, our room, the décor overall and the friendly staff. The breakfast was excellent.

            Mercure Penrith NZ$160
            Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2019
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            Mercure Penrith

            Mercure Penrith

            Cnr. Jamison & Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW
               
              4.1 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Close to football ground walking distance. Next door to club

              Valuesuites Penrith NZ$114
              Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2019
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              Valuesuites Penrith

              Valuesuites Penrith

              Billington Place, Emu Plains, NSW
                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Only drawback was that the pillows were hard Close to shops and eateries Very clean, staff were excellent

                The Hydro Majestic Hotel NZ$205
                Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019
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                The Hydro Majestic Hotel

                The Hydro Majestic Hotel

                52 - 88 Great Western Highway, Medlow Bath, NSW
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Room was very warm I liked the decor Not clear if water in bar fridge was complimentary or charged a rate

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