The Blue Mountains National Park covers 617,000 acres, and rises more than 1,000 meters above sea level; they are about 62 miles west of Sydney.
Listed on the World Heritage register, the Blue Mountains are known for eucalypt forests, rare plants, spectacular scenery, waterfalls, lookouts, cliff faces and numerous walking tracks.
Exploring the Blue Mountains
The region's cool climate has made it an ideal summer location for 'Sydneysiders' to escape the heat. Approaching the mountains they appear blue due to the haze produced by light reflecting off the fine droplets of oil given off by the eucalyptus trees that cover the rugged slopes and valleys.
Katoomba, (Aboriginal word meaning 'shiny, tumbling water') is the main town in the region and is a good starting point for exploring the area.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Blue Mountains
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Blue Mountains, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Blue Mountains
Places & hotels on the map
Places near the Blue Mountains
- Sydney 52 miles away
- Kangaroo Valley 71 miles away
- Hunter Valley 88 miles away
- Jervis Bay 100 miles away
- Port Stephens 125 miles away
- Tilba Tilba 180 miles away
- Bermagui 187 miles away
- The Sapphire Coast 201 miles away
- Merimbula 220 miles away
- New South Wales 234 miles away
- Gipsy Point 262 miles away
- Bellingen 273 miles away
- Croajingolong National Park 281 miles away
- Coffs Coast 282 miles away
- Coffs Harbour 289 miles away
Photos of the Blue Mountains
Accommodation choices for the Blue Mountains
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Blue Mountains. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
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