Only an hour from Sydney an incredible wealth of majestic scenery, attractions, exciting activities and speciality retail shops await you.
Here are some suggested itineraries to help you plan your Blue Mountains adventure:
Each one is a full day of Blue Mountains experiences or you can join them together for a stay of two or more nights.
Spend a day riding on the Trolley bus and hop on and off at all the local attractions around Katoomba and Leura? Visit Blue Mountains Trolley Tours or Blue Mountains Explorer Bus for your all day pass.
No trip to the area is complete without visiting the iconic Scenic World at Katoomba. Ride the world’s steepest railway, experience the thrill of walking on air on the skyway or take the cable car to the valley floor where you can stroll through ancient rainforest.
Beautiful gardens and fabulous cultural spaces are part of the diversity and appeal of the Blue Mountains experience. Situated on the edge of the Jamison Valley at Leura is the historic Everglades Gardens designed by Paul Sorenson. Stroll around the gardens, stop and admire the breathtaking views and stay for lunch in the café.
For those who enjoy a taste of shopping the Blue Mountains has a range of speciality retail stores for both the collector and the connoisseur. Bygone Beautys in Leura has the world’s largest private teapot collection and deals in antiques, collectibles and gifts. Browsing here or having a traditional Devonshire tea will be a memorable experience.
Start your day trip at the foot of the Blue Mountains at Glenbrook, where you can pick up a unique piece of handmade art or craft at The Brook Gifts. The Brook is a co-operative of talented local artists and craftsmen and has an amazing variety of unique gifts for almost any occasion.
Don’t miss stopping at Nana’s Teddies and Toys at Blaxland which is Australia’s largest teddy bear store. It has over 14,000 bears and animals to choose from including collectible bears from Deans of England, Hermann and Steiff bears from Germany.
Set in beautiful landscaped grounds, the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge is the former home of the controversial Australian artist Norman Lindsay. See changing exhibitions, the artist’s studios and characters from the Magic Pudding. There is a café in the grounds where you can enjoy lunch and a specialist gift shop which offers a range of limited edition prints, books and gifts.
Two days will enable you to experience all of these attractions - or pick your favourites to do on the one day.
A trip out to Jenolan Caves to see the most magnificent complex of limestone caves in the world will be unforgettable. Technology and imagination make tours increasingly awe inspiring and challenge seekers can experience adventure caving mentored by experts.
On the way there or back make sure you stop at Little Hartley to marvel at the handcrafted metal art and jewellery at the Talisman Gallery.
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah is home to 5000 cool climate plants species. Here you can enjoy dramatic displays of flowering plants, visit the heritage centre or stroll through pristine rainforest.
Accommodation is available at Jenolan Caves or at the Jungle Lodge at Mt Tomah if you are able to spend a night.
Don't forget you can watch videos of all the Blue Mountains experiences mentioned above and download a free Blue Mountains Map. You can find lots more accomodation options here and more information on the Blue Mountains here
Enjoy your trip!