If you like nature and you are spending a few days in Sydney or you live in the city, the Blue Mountains National Park in NSWis an essential visit.
In this article we show you how to go to the Blue Mountains, what to do and we tell you where the name of the Blue Mountains of Australia comes from.
TheBlue Mountainswere our first weekend getaway from Sydney.Although we had already been in Australia for a while, this was the first time we traveledto see the famousThree Sisters, theKatoomba Scenic Worldand get to knowKatoomba,the main town in the area.
Since then we have not stopped visiting Blue Mountains National Park. Every year we explore this enormous natural park a little more and we never return disappointed, on the contrary, always wanting to return as soon as possible. We love walking its trails, being amazed by its waterfalls and enjoying its natural pools.
The name ofBlue Mountainscomes from the blue color these mountains take when viewed from a distance . This color is given by the sun's rays when they collide with suspended particles formed by water and dust that float in this area creating an optical effect whereby everything looks blue.
The Blue Mountains of Australia have been home to theGundungurra and DarugAboriginal tribes. Evidence of its existence has been found dating back about 22,000 years. These tribes inhabited the area of the Blue Mountains and left numerous paintings and carved rocks.
How to go to the Blue Mountains?
The distance of the Blue Mountains from Sydney is about100 km on the M4 Motorwayand it takes almosttwo hoursto reach Katoomba.
The advantage of the car is that it allows you to move freely throughout the park and it is not necessary to pay a parking fee for access with a vehicle, as is the case in other parks in NSW.
If you are thinking of renting a car to visit the Blue Mountains (Australia) we advise you to compare prices of car rental companies with Airport Rental Cars , it is the one we use and they have a very good customer service.
It is a very comfortable and inexpensive way to explore the areas and villas close to the three stations, for example Katoomba.
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There are tours that leave from Sydney to spend a day in the Blue Mountains visiting the most touristic places.
If it is your first visit to these mountains and you don't feel like getting too complicated, or you don't have much time because you are traveling, it is a good option, prices range between $ 40 and $ 100.
What to see in the Blue Mountains
It is the main town in the area. From Katoomba Train Station you can walk to the Echo Point Lookout which offers spectacular views of the famous Three Sisters , icon of Australia's Blue Mountains.
The Katoomba Valley is beautiful and there are different hiking trails that start from the village, such as thePrince Henry Cliff (7 km ) and Mount Solitary(12 km)hikes.
A music festival is held in the Blue Mountains in March. During the festival there are blues and folk music concerts and markets for organic products.
In addition, in Katoomba there is a varied hotel and restaurant offer to taste the typical products of the area.
The ticket price for an adult is $ 39 and allows you to ride two funiculars to enjoy views of the Three Sisters and Jaminson Valley from the air. You can also get on the steepest passenger train in the world and enter a tropical forest following a walking route on some wooden platforms that have been built for the ride.
The experience is very touristy, but if you don't like hiking it is a good option.
Located in the heart of the Blue Mountains, Mount Wilson is a charming town in the purest British colonial style of the 19th century.
The best time to visit Mount Wilson is in the fall, when the leaves of the trees turn orange and reddish tones and give the town a very unique romantic character.
In addition to visiting the town, we advise you to go into the tropical forest and take a walk to see the falls. The name of the route is Mount Wilson Waterfall Track.
The Jenolan are a network of 300 limestone stalactite caves. Nine of these caves are currently open to the public and can be visited by doing one of the organized tours that you can find on their website. We leave you the link to his page in case you want to find more information: Jenolan Caves Website .
In addition, the area where the Jenolan Caves are located is beautiful and has some very popular trails such as the Jenolan River, from which you can see platypus, if you are a bit lucky.
Blue Mountains Botanical Garden: Mount Tomah
Mount Tomah is a spectacular botanical garden that spans 28 hectares and is home to thousands of plants from around the world. The garden also offers spectacular views of the Blue Mountains National Park. The entrance to the botanical garden is free and its hours are from 9am to 5:30 pm. If you want to know more about the botanical garden, we leave you the link to its website:Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.
Hartley, a historic town
In 1832 when the Vitoria pass, the road that gave access to the west, was created, the town of Hartley was created, which grew rapidly during the next fifty years and in which buildings such as a post office, a church, inns were built … With the arrival of the railway, the town fell into disuse and was practically abandoned.
Part of the town remains as it was in the nineteenth century and the entire Hartley area, both the renovated buildings and those that are still preserved allow us to travel back in time to learn about how the first Westerners who settled in the area in the nineteenth century lived. .
Things to do in Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains are perfect for a rural getaway from SydneyWhether you only have one day to enjoy them, or if you want to spend a weekend exploring them, there are many activities you can do in the national park: hiking, cycling, canyoning, strolling through historic towns, visiting galleries of local artists ...
In this section we leave you a selection, based on our experience, of the most popular trails, the most spectacular viewpoints and some of the waterfalls and natural pools that you can find in the Blue Mountains National Park.
We have also prepared amap for youthat contains all this information. You can download it and take it with you to get the most out of your adventure in the Blue Mountains of Australia.
Most famous trails
If, like us, you like to go for walks enjoying the landscape and exercising, we propose a few trails that will surprise you a lot. There are many more but these six can be done in one day and are not very demanding.
Follow the links of the trails to learn more about each of them.
Waterfalls and natural pools in the Blue Mountains
In the Blue Mountains National Park there are many waterfalls and if your visit is after a few days of rain, the experience of witnessing one of these waterfalls is spectacular. The most famous are the following:
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Hostels and youth hostels
In Katoomba you can find several hostels at a very good price. We recommend the Blue Mountains YHA .
Article published in August 2017 and updated in August 2018.
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