Blue Mountains accommodation options range from cozy cottages and guesthouses to self-catering heritage homes and luxury eco resorts. The towns of Katoomba, Leura, Blackheath, and Lithgow have the most dining, and shopping. In other enclaves, you may be limited to where you can eat out, or have to rely on meals provided by your hosts.
Teeming with craft shops showcasing artisanal talent and antique stores, Blue Mountains shopping champions the beautiful, homegrown, and independent. You will find collectibles displayed in heritage buildings along an antiques' trail that winds from Blackheath down to Wentworth Falls. The weekends see a string of markets pop up in the townships, where local produce and live music make for a fun day out.
The Blue Mountains area is a magical UNESCO World Heritage Site that begs to be explored. From hundreds of walking trails to the oldest-known caves in the world, the scenery here is spectacular and easily navigated. Be sure to check out man-made gems too - from gastronomy to shopping, and an intriguing network of galleries and museums.
Picture ancient rainforests and shimmering cascades, where the eucalyptus-scented air shades the area an unusual misty blue. Covering 1,000 hectares over 8 national parks, the Blue Mountains were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000. In the hilltop towns and villages, you'll discover that culture and character here is as unique as its scenery.
After a day filled with activities and adventure, the Blue Mountains’ villages offer relaxing spots in which to unwind. From cozy cocktails in inviting wine bars, terraces presiding over the Jamison Valley, and historic movie theatres, there are plenty of pit stops to whet your tastebuds, ease your mind, and ponder the sights and sounds of the day.
The Blue Mountains is the ideal place to spend family time. Together, you can explore the great outdoors, get sweaty on active pursuits, and learn about nature and wildlife. Old railways can whisk you through the scenery and cable cars provide thrills above the ground. Charming towns are chances to potter around pretty streets or laze about in a park with a picnic.
There's a real homegrown feel to the arts and culture of the Blue Mountains, led by the community spirit of the hill stations and towns. Many artists, drawn by the sheer natural beauty of the area, call the Blue Mountains home. They display their work in independent galleries and art markets. Aboriginal legacy can be seen in Kings Tableland.
Homespun bistros, scenic lookouts, and heritage buildings are the places to head to taste the cuisine of the Blue Mountains. Menus here span the globe, from the best Chinese food west of Sydney, to concept cooking in Blackheath. For travelling gourmands, restaurants serving Modern Australian dishes are not to be missed.
A 90-minute drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains area draws both day-trippers and world travellers. Its magnificent scenery, string of charming townships, famed restaurants, and artistic spirit make the area somewhat unique within Australia. Whether you want to thrill the family with a teeth-clenching train ride, view contemporary art and craft, or cozy up in an historic hotel, the Blue Mountains can accommodate.
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