Backpacking the Blue Mountains

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    THE BLUE MOUNTAIN'S MOST FAMOUS NATURAL ATTRACTION - THE ICONIC THREE SISTERS AT KATOOMBA: Photo - Sally Mayman, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR ADRENALINE RUSH ACTIVITIES LIKE ABSEILING: Photo - Nick Rains, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    ADMIRE THE SPECTACULAR VIEWS FROM ONE OF THE MANY LOOKOUTS, LIKE MT HAY LOOKOUT: Photo - Chris Jones, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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Blue Mountains Highlights

  • One of the best places for adrenaline rush and adventure activities in New South Wales. Here you can go abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning, horse riding, mountain biking, bush walking (hiking) and plenty more.

  • Witness some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia in one of the three World Heritage Listed National Parks.

  • Visit the famous Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point.

  • Explore Australia's most impressive limestone caves at Jenolan Caves.

About the Blue Mountains

Population 77,000

Just over an hour's drive or train ride from Sydney, the Blue Mountains have it all for the nature lover and adventure seeker.

You can visit the one of Australia's most famous natural attractions, The Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point or explore some of the spectacular scenery in over one million hectares of World Heritage Listed landscape across three different national parks. There is also the Jenolan Caves, Australia's most impressive limestone caves.

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush or seeking some adventure, there are many activities available such as abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning, horse riding and plenty more.

You can also visit some of the quaint towns with their great cafes, art galleries and friendly atmosphere.

Main towns in the Blue Mountains


Katoomba

Population 9,000

Katoomba is the main town in the Blue Mountains. Here you will find many of the main tourist attractions such as The Three Sisters, the Scenic World Skyway and The Edge Cinema as well as some awe-inspiring views from Echo Point.

Many tours start here and there is also a range of accommodation types available.

The town has some great eating-places, pubs and shops. There are also plenty of alternative therapies to get you healthy.

Leura

Population 3,750

With its fine gardens, grand homes, galleries, cafes and restaurants, Leura is a charming little town worth a visit. From here you can also take a walk along one of the bush tracks that leads to spectacular mountain and valley views.

Blackheath

Population 4,100

Being the highest town above sea level in the Blue Mountains, you can see some spectacular views of the region from Govett's Leap, Evans Lookout, Grose Valley and Hargreaves Lookout.

This village is also known for spectacular seasonal garden displays, great cafes and heritage atmosphere.

Wentworth Falls

Population 5,400

This historic town is a good base to explore the surrounding World Heritage-listed national park. The town offers spectacular views over the Jamison Valley and located close by is the magnificent Wentworth Falls. There are also good cafes to eat and galleries and shops to visit.

Orientation Map for the Blue Mountains


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Orientation Map for the Blue Mountains (Katoomba)

Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre - Echo Point

Echo Point Road
Katoomba, New South Wales
Phone 1300 653 408
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