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A Guide to Exploring Australia's Blue Mountains

A Guide to Exploring Australia's Blue Mountains

Picture of Hannah Lewis
Updated: 1 May 2017
The Blue Mountains is one of the most scenic places to visit in Australia. It is best known for its national park and beautiful bushlands, but there is plenty more to see and do that doesn’t involve putting on your hiking boots.

Where to stay

Given you’re in the mountains where it gets cold, renting a cosy cottage is one of the best options. Blue Mountains Cabins have a range of different cabin options all tucked into the trees overlooking the valley and vista. These include the Treehouse which soars high into the treetops and romantic Love Cabin. Or if you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, you can stay at the Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa. Here you can get a relaxing massage or cool off with a swim after a long day of hiking.

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Things to do

There are so many hikes throughout the Blue Mountains for all fitness levels and age groups. The Jellybean track is an easy option which takes you to a jelly bean shaped pool perfect for swimming in. For a more challenging track, Jack Evans Track is a challenging one our trek where you can rock hop among the wildflowers. Or, if you want to immerse yourself in nature in a more relaxing way than you can do at at Scenic World, you can take a journey on the Skywalk which is suspended 270 metres above ground, where you will be gliding across the canopy of trees in a cabin with glass floors. Or for something a bit more relaxing, you can get on board the scenic railway which is the steepest passenger train in the world.  Discover the thrill of a 52 degree incline riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway.

Things to see

There are so many beautiful things to see in the Blue Mountains that it’s hard to squeeze it all in, but a good place to start is at the famous Three Sisters. The Three Sisters is a is a stunning rock formation at the north escarpment of the Jamison Valley. Not far from there you will also find the Wentworth Falls, an incredible three-tiered waterfall that comes from the Jamison Creek. Everglades Historic House & Gardens is definitely worth adding on the list too. The European-style garden was established back in the 1930s and has sweeping views of the Jamison Valley. Be sure to enjoy a cup of tea under in the terrace and some cherry blossoms.

Where to eat and drink

Fresh Espresso

With beans from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, this place will please any serious coffee drinkers. It is a great pit stop for when you’re exploring the high street in the little town of Katoomba.

Red Door Cafe

The venue is as homely as comforting as the menu. At Red Door you can have decadent breakfasts like French toast and porridge with rhubarb, cinnamon and brown sugar, which is served all day long.

Leura Garage

You wouldn’t think a former mechanic workshop could be such a vibrant cafe, but Leura Garage certain is. Paying homage to its past, it is decorated with old car parts and engines. By nightfall the venue turns into a busy little wine and tapas bar. Be sure to order a meat board.

Tomah Gardens Restaurant

Chef Sean Moran is the man behind one of Sydney’s best restaurants. Sean’s Panoroma opted for a scene change and opened this beautiful restaurant. It has been awarded a hat which is Australia’s very own version of a Michelin star. He sources the best local ingredients creating healthy, wholesome meals with a menu that changes daily.