Activities to explore in the Blue Mountains

1. Top scenic viewpoints and lookouts

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The Blue Mountains offer numerous scenic lookouts where visitors can admire the iconic sandstone cliffs and eucalypt valleys.

Many tourists visit Echo Point for views of the Three Sisters, a recommended spot. However, other less crowded places to enjoy mountain views include:

Lincolns Rock

Area: Wentworth Falls

Directions to Lincolns Rock can be found on Google Maps, with a parking area conveniently located next to the lookout.

The walking distance from your car is approximately 10 meters.

Ideal for enjoying the scenery of the Blue Mountains while relaxing.

Visitors can explore the cave below the rock for additional photo opportunities by walking to the far left of the lookout and following the small path down and around the cave.

Sublime Point Lookout

Area: Leura

Directions: Arrive at Sublime Point Lookout and park in the carpark at the beginning of the short trail.

Walking distance of approximately 80 meters down an unpaved path.

Ideal for enjoying panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, Kings Tableland, and Mount Solitary.

A recommended spot for taking photos is on the flat rock to the left of the trail before reaching the lookout. This location provides impressive views with fewer crowds, adding a unique touch to your pictures.

Pulpit Rock

Area: Blackheath

Directions: Park on Pulpit Rock Road and walk to the lookouts.

Visitors can walk as much or as little as they want along the ladders and paths leading to other viewing platforms.

Ideal for observing the Grose Valley and the Blue Gum Forest.

When visiting Pulpit Rock, be sure to allocate some time to explore the various ladders and lookouts for panoramic views in all directions.

2. Here are some recommended hikes in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains offer numerous hiking opportunities, with trails spanning hundreds of kilometres. Hikers can explore stunning clifftops, lush valleys, and the National Park on half-day or overnight hikes. Some recommended options include...

Prince Henry Cliff Walk

The Prince Henry Cliff Walk in the Blue Mountains covers numerous major tourist spots such as Scenic World, Katoomba Falls, Echo Point & the Three Sisters, Leura Cascades, and Bridal Veil Falls, making it one of the top day hikes in the region.

The area is easily accessible and offers a variety of detours, scenic views, lush foliage, and waterfalls.

Area: Katoomba/Leura

Starting point: Scenic World

The distance between points is 6.5km, with an estimated travel time of 2.5 hours, including frequent stops for photos and side trips.

Ideal for experiencing breathtaking views of cliffs and valleys, this trail offers access to some of the region's top viewpoints, such as Echo Point, and stunning waterfalls like Leura Cascades and Katoomba Falls.

Grand Canyon Loop Track

The Grand Canyon Loop walking track is a popular hike in Blue Mountains National Park, offering stunning scenery along a short route.

The walk offers a chance to experience the diverse landscape, including ferns, eucalypts, waterfalls, creeks, and unique rock formations resembling a "Grand Canyon" in NSW.

Area: Blackheath

Starting point: Evans Lookout

The distance is 7km, and it takes 2 hours with stops for photos.

Ideal for those seeking rich forest landscapes with plentiful flora, waterfalls, and streams.

Six Foot Track

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The Six Foot Track, spanning 45km from Jenolan Caves to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains National Park, was constructed in 1884 as a horse route between the two cities. Exactly 100 years later, the track was opened to hikers and has become one of Sydney's popular overnight hikes.

Over two to three days, visitors can explore underground caves with crystalline stalactites, enjoy the lush Megalong Valley, marvel at towering sandstone cliffs, and camp by pristine rivers, all within a 90-minute drive from the city.

The route from Jenolan Caves to Katoomba via the Megalong Valley covers various areas.

Starting point: Jenolan Caves

The distance between the two points is 45-50km, and travel takes 2-3 days.

Ideal for those seeking peace outdoors, the Blue Mountains offer a unique opportunity to explore diverse natural landscapes.

3. Scenic World

Katoomba's Scenic World offers attractions such as the steepest railway, wooden walkways through the forest, a cableway, and a clear-bottomed skyway for visitors to enjoy despite the tourist crowds.

Tickets for unlimited access may be pricier, around $40, but it is certainly an enjoyable experience.

4. There is a sculpture at Scenic World

During April and May, an outdoor art exhibition called Sculpture at Scenic World takes place at Scenic World. Artists display colourful pieces along the forest floor, making it a worthwhile visit. Guests can stroll along the wooden walkway and admire the beautiful and thought-provoking art installations. Entry to the exhibition is included in the price of a Scenic World ticket.

5. Jenolan Caves

There are numerous show caves to explore in Jenolan, each with distinct features. Visitors can join a tour to explore popular caves such as Lucas, Chifley, and Orient, where they can walk or crawl through fascinating formations and glistening crystals.

Orient Cave is an underground attraction with crystals and stalactites. Visitors can book a 90-minute tour online for $47.

6. Visit Katoomba's Street Art Walk

The Street Art Walk along Beverly Place in downtown Katoomba offers visitors a chance to explore a collection of art pieces created by local artists over the past five years. This laneway has become a vibrant and creative hotspot in the region, adding a pop of colour to the area. See this surprising artwork displayed during your visit to the Blue Mountains.

7. Leura's Sunday Markets take place on the weekends

The Sunday Markets in Leura are held on the first Sunday of every month from 9 am to 2 pm. Visitors can explore stalls offering art, collectibles, gifts, crafts, and food. The markets take place at Leura Public School on the Greater Western Highway.

If you like organized tours, we recommend the Blue Mountains Tour.