Beyond Sydney: Visiting the Blue Mountains

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So you plan on visiting the Blue Mountains, but you’re wondering how? when? what to do?

In around 90 minutes from the centre of Sydney, you can be lost in the wild mountain ranges of New South Wales and forget the sounds of the city in almost an instant. The Blue Mountains lie an hour and a half West of Sydney via car (the most popular means of transport), or a two hour train journey. After a few days in the city, I packed my bags again and took off to the Blue Mountains for a whimsical weekend to remember.

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Travelling to the Blue Mountains

As mentioned, the journey to the Blue Mountains is a mere hour and a half, by which time you will reach the popular towns of Katoomba and Leura. Here is where you will find most accommodation offers, however you enter the “Blue Mountains” some time before, when you enter the town of Glenbrook which is located just 74km West of Sydney.

Once inside the mountain range, you can choose a range of towns to stay in or simply stop by en route to those with more accommodations on offer.

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What to See & Do

Once here, there’s plenty to see and do inside the region.

For starters, the Three Sisters is one of Australia’s most prominent landmarks who attract millions of visitors each year. The Aboriginal legend is that these three sisters turned to stone.

If you want to get active, there are plenty of fantastic bush tracks to walk on during the day, or even consider a multi-day bush walk with camping an option throughout the Blue Mountains.

Govetts Keap in Blackheath is a popular short drive and hike away, offering a spectacular single waterfall to view.

Wentworth Falls in Katoomba are also impressive and can be visited on multiple walks of varying lengths.

Finally, a popular tourist location wouldn’t fully be itself without a touristy attraction! If you’re travelling with kids or just want something a little more structured, another popular stop is “Scenic World” in Katoomba.

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A Luxurious Weekend Getaway

So how do you go about booking yourself into a luxurious getaway in the Blue Mountains?

One of the region’s premier properties, Lilianfels Resort & Spa, is an absolute stellar and sits right by the lookout for the Three Sisters. If you’re visiting the region for a special occasion, there could be no better place to book a two-night weekend getaway.

This hotel has an old classical Australian charm that just can’t be matched and allows you to almost step back in time. Plus, if you’re here in the warmer months you can take a dip in the outdoor pool or during winter (as I was during my visit), make use of the indoor heated pool.

Buffet breakfast is an absolute must, especially if you’re heading back on the road that day.

Rates from $199 over winter.

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    alfredo ciano
    July 17, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Dear Brooke Your Posts Are Marvelous : I Love You !!!

    Kara Cummins
    July 13, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I live in the Blue Mountains! I have been travelling Europe for 6 months now and have seen amazing places but crave nothing more than my mountains (although they’re more like hills really). Love and am so inspired by your blog!

    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)
    July 7, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I love the blue mountains! That are so beautiful and amazing!

    July 7, 2015 at 8:29 am


    July 6, 2015 at 5:54 am

    I viaited the blue mountains! It was so beautiful there. I’m glad I made the trip.


    Sian @ The Blonde Tourist
    July 5, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Was just here a few weekends ago ! The Blue Mountains are a beautiful place to visit by car or train. DOn’t miss the recently renovated Hydro Majestic hotel or a walk to Wentworth Falls. One of my favourite places in my hometown <3

    Paulaena Marie
    July 5, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I’ll be visiting Katoomba with some uni friends soon and this guide is very useful! Thanks!

    Grace Blake
    July 5, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I love the Blue Mountains! The Three Sisters are sensational at sunset. Great pictures!

    July 5, 2015 at 3:03 am

    I’ll defiantly see this on my next trip to Australia looks beautiful

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    July 5, 2015 at 2:58 am

    I loved the Blue Mountains and thought it was the perfect day trip! I would love to go back and stay at that resort though!

    July 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I would also suggest a visit to the Leuralla New South Wales Toy and Railway Museum near Katoomba for a fascinating look at toys from around the world. The gardens are supposed to be good in Summer but when we went in Autumn were a little past their best

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    July 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I’ve been to Sydney so many times but never to the Blue Mountains. Must have been so picturesque!

    Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog
    July 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Brooke, your photos of the Blue Mountains are beautiful! We went for a day on the train a few years ago, and it was so misty the entire time, that we could barely see anything. It cleared for a couple of seconds enough to get a quick (sort of) photo of the Three Sisters, before the clouds descended again. It was very atmospheric – just not great for those views! We ended up going to the Imax cinema so that at least we could watch the film of what it was supposed to look like! Definitely want to go back when the weather’s more like it is in your photos!

    Grace Taffa
    July 4, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I also find there is good antique shops in Blackheath as well