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Official Visitor Guide

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The Blue Mountains is located within the Country of the Dharug and

Gundungurra peoples. Blue Mountains City Council recognises that

Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and

deep connection to their Country and that this is of great cultural

significance to Aboriginal people, both locally and in the region.

As you travel through the Blue Mountains, immerse yourself in the

wonders of the natural landscapes and the rich cultural and spiritual

sites of Dharug and Gundungurra Country. Please step thoughtfully

on these lands, respecting the traditions of the ancestors who walked

before us, and preserve them for generations to come.

Blue Mountains City Council pays respect to Elders past and present

and emerging while recognising the strength, capacity and resilience

of past and present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the

Blue Mountains region.

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GETTING

HERE

SELF-DRIVE AIR RAIL

An easy 90 minute drive

from Sydney along the

M4 then the Great Western

Highway (GWH).

• Canberra: 3 hr via M31

Hume Motorway

• Newcastle:

2 hr 20 mins via M1

• Wollongong:

1 hr 30 mins via M31

Hume Motorway

• Hunter Valley:

3 hr 20 mins via M1

GETTING AROUND

LITHGOW

National

Park

National

Park

BELL

BLACKHEATH

KATOOMBA

BLUE

MOUNTAINS

Sydney Airport hosts

domestic flights from

Melbourne, Brisbane,

Gold Coast, Adelaide,

Perth, Canberra, Hobart

and a host of regional

NSW destinations.

133 SYD (793)

sydneyairport.com.au

GLENBROOK

WOLLONGONG

PENRITH

Katoomba Taxi Service • 02 4782 1311 • katoombataxis.com.au

GOSFORD

PARRAMATTA

Less than 2 hours from

Central Station to Katoomba.

The Blue Mountains Line

departs almost every hour.

Most villages in the

Blue Mountains have a

dedicated train station.

Transport Info 131 500

transportnsw.info

Tickets 136 725

opal.com.au

see Opal for Visitors

Springwood Taxi Service • 02 4751 1444 • springwoodtaxis.com.au

Blue Mountains Transit • 02 4751 1077 • cdcbus.com.au/blue-mts-transit

Popular Route: 686 Katoomba to Scenic World via Echo Pt (Loop Service)

SYDNEY

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES

1300 653 408

Come and meet our friendly team at your nearest

Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre.

GLENBROOK

Located at the foot of the mountains,

the Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre

is your gateway to the Blue Mountains

and an essential first stop.

Whether visiting for the day, spending

the weekend or staying a while, our

friendly staff can help you plan your

perfect Blue Mountains escape.

While you are there, browse our range

of local and Australian-made products.

The MTNS MADE range of local artisan

wares are not your typical souvenirs!

Great Western Highway, Glenbrook

BLUE MOUNTAINS HERITAGE CENTRE

NSW NATIONAL PARKS

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

ECHO POINT, KATOOMBA

Further up the mountains, perched on

the edge of the escarpment, the Echo

Point Visitor Information Centre offers

stunning views of the Jamison Valley and

the legendary Three Sisters. If you are

contemplating a bushwalk, our staff can

provide expert advice and maps to help

you make the most of the Blue Mountains

World Heritage Area.

While you are there, roam our accessible,

night-lit boardwalk that connects the

lookouts, and take in the views from

our amphitheatre.

Echo Point Rd, Katoomba

Go to bmcc.nsw.gov.au/visitor-information for opening hours.

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (Blackheath) provides information

on history and Aboriginal heritage, as well as educational displays

and souvenirs, of Blue Mountains National Park.

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Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

Eco Tourism

keeps the Blue Mountains beautiful

Surrounded by World Heritage Listed wilderness, the Blue Mountains is a natural

wonder right on Sydney’s doorstep. It is one of only two destinations in the world

surrounded by a UNESCO-declared World Heritage National Park. We want you to

enjoy our beautiful home now, and for it to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Here are some tips for travelling sustainably in the Blue Mountains:

1. Preserve our World Heritage Listed Area: Take only memories and photos

and leave only footprints. Enjoy the natural beauty on offer, however never

stray from the path when bushwalking or taking in the views at our lookouts.

2. Help reduce waste: Bring your own reusable cup and refillable water

bottle when visiting the Blue Mountains. Better yet, pick up a reusable cup

or water bottle from one of our local shops as a memento of your visit.

3. Shop, play, dine and stay local: During your stay support Blue Mountains

local businesses where you can. The Blue Mountains offers an array of shopping,

dining, accommodation, and tourism experiences suitable for everyone.

4. Use the Green Travel Guide: Use the Green Travel Guide to find tourism operators

and destinations certified by Ecotourism Australia as a high quality eco experience.

Go to: greentravelguide.org

Remember that small acts can make a huge difference towards

the sustainability of our Blue Mountains.

BUSHWALKING

• Plan your walk: know the level of

difficulty, weather forecasts and

and NPWS park alerts.

• Tell somebody: let someone know

where you are going, when you expect

to return and who is with you. Submit

a trip intention form on the NPWS

website.

• Stay on track: walking tracks in

the Blue Mountains are not always

signposted so take care.

• Dress appropriately: waterproof and

windproof clothing, comfortable and

protective shoes, lightweight layers

and sun protection.

• Pack the right gear: water, food, bags

for rubbish, a topographic map and

compass and a first aid kit. If you are

really heading bush, pick up a personal

locator beacon (PLB) from Springwood

or Katoomba Police Station, or the Blue

Mountains Heritage Centre Blackheath.

• Do not rely on mobile phone

coverage: Reception may not be

available, batteries die, phones can

be lost or damaged.

For more bushwalking safety information

visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife

Service at nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/

safety/bushwalking-safety, email

parks.info@environment.nsw.gov.au

or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

FIRES AND FLOODS

• Check the NSW RFS website

• Download the Fires Near Me mobile app

• Call the NSW RFS bushfire information

line on 1800 679 737

• Listen to local radio

Bushfire danger ratings are issued during

the bushfire danger period. The higher

the fire danger, the more dangerous the

conditions. Summer storms in the Blue

Mountains can cause flash flooding.

For more information see:

Live traffic - livetraffic.com

NSW Police - police.nsw.gov.au

SES - ses.nsw.gov.au

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Image: Destination NSW

Whether you are here to create family memories,

your own adventure, a romantic escape or a weekend

with friends, the Blue Mountains has so much to offer.

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

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There are hundreds of bushwalks in the Blue Mountains, from short gentle strolls

to multi-day rugged wilderness adventures, and nearly as many lookouts, waterfalls,

and nature experiences to choose from. Here are just a few:

BUSHWALKS

• In Springwood, the Sassafras Gully track is a half-day walk that follows the path

of natural gullies past dramatic rock features. Birdwood Gully is a sensational walk

that covers such a variety of terrain you will be amazed at all you experience.

• The 1.3km Katoomba Falls Reserve Night-lit Walk gives a unique, night-time viewing

experience of outstanding natural features such as Orphan Rock, Witches Leap,

Katoomba Falls and Katoomba Cascades. At certain vantage points you can also

see the Three Sisters lit up.

• The Six Foot Track is a challenging three-day hike. Starting at Katoomba, you will

pass waterfalls and wild rivers into the Megalong Valley, cross a unique swing bridge,

climb the range, and arrive at Jenolan Caves.

• Fairfax Heritage walking track is an easy walk that meanders from the Blue Mountains

Heritage Centre to the dramatic cliffs and lookouts of Govetts Leap.

WATERFALLS

• The South Lawson Waterfall Circuit is a string of four

waterfalls along a dog-friendly walk. North Lawson

Waterfall Loop circuit takes in three waterfalls. The

steep stairs in and out of Dante’s Glen will get your

heart pumping!

• Majestic Wentworth Falls is one of the most stunning

waterfalls in Australia. The sheer scale of the falls,

plummeting hundreds of metres down a sandstone

cliff face, will leave you breathless.

• Leura Cascades is a popular picnic area with a

walk beside the rapids on Leura Falls Creek, down

to Bridal Veil Falls and Leura Falls.

NUT PICKING

Pick your own walnuts or chestnuts at farms located

in the beautiful Mt. Irvine or Mt. Wilson regions of the

Blue Mountains. These experiences are only available

seasonally.

Image: Filippo Rivetti

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

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LOOKOUTS

STARGAZING

• A short and easy track leads to the

unfenced Glenbrook-Nepean Lookout

where you can gaze down the steep

tree-lined gorge on your left and

Nepean River on the right.

Trade the neon glare of the city for

the dark sky of the world heritage

listed wilderness with one of the

Blue Mountains Stargazing experiences.

• Awe-inspiring views can be found all

along the escarpment at Wentworth

Falls. Jamison Lookout gives expansive

views over Jamison Valley. Rocket Point,

Fletchers and Princes Rock Lookouts

all offer different and dazzling views

of the Falls.

• Sublime Point Lookout, in Leura, offers

birdwatching and scenic Jamison Valley

views that seem to go on forever.

• Cahill’s Lookout offers breathtaking

views of the Megalong Valley, Megalong

Head, Boars Head Rock and the Narrow

Neck Peninsula.

• Hargraves Lookout provides magnificent

views over Megalong Valley.

• Govetts Leap is one of the most famous

lookouts in Australia, with a stunning

waterfall plummeting down the cliff and

endless views across the Grose Valley.

• Perrys Lookdown offers grand views

from the top of the escarpment into

the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains

National Park and the Grose Valley.

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

GLOW WORMS & FIREFLIES

There are a variety of tour guides offering

glow worm and firefly tours across the

Blue Mountains. These small group

tours take you walking through the

bush at night, into caves, canyons, or

rock overhangs, to discover a magical,

twinkling world.

Image: Destination NSW

ATTRACTIONS

• Glenbrook Cinema is a charming spot

to catch art house, award-winning and

contemporary films.

• Mount Vic Flicks cinema is a revamped

1930s public hall, showing mainstream

and art house movies, and serving

home baked goods.

• Those with an appreciation of history,

architecture and photography must

visit Lennox Bridge, the oldest bridge

on mainland Australia.

• The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden,

Mount Tomah is the spectacular cool

climate garden of the Royal Botanic

Garden and Domain Trust.

• Echo Point is home to the famous Three

Sisters. It is surrounded by bushwalks,

amazing lookouts and world-famous

views of the Jamison Valley.

Image: Time Out

Image: Time Out

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ADVENTURE

There are a million ways to get your

heart racing in the Blue Mountains.

Here are just a few suggestions:

Blue Mountains Adventure Company’s

speciality is assisting people of all ages

and abilities on abseiling, climbing,

canyoning and hiking adventures in

the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage

Area. They passionately believe these

experiences should provide unique

and positive outcomes for both

participants and for the environment.

Megalong Valley Farm’s wilderness

horse riding centre offers a range of

experiences, from escorted trail rides

through to multi-day riding adventures.

Image: Destination NSW

At Scenic World you can ride the world’s

steepest incline railway, glide between

clifftops on the glass-floored Scenic Skyway,

descend into the ancient Jamison Valley

by Scenic Cableway, and explore Jurassic

rainforest along the Scenic Walkway.

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Darren Edwards; Destination NSW

Image: James Horan, Destination NSW

Image: Time Out

Switch off your phone and turn on your adventurous side. The Blue Mountains is any

nature-lover’s dream. Explore unspoiled bushland and discover the natural beauty of

our World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park on one of our many bushwalks.

For the most awe-inspiring lookouts, you must visit Echo Point or Govetts Leap.

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Image: Destination NSW

Image: Time Out

Image: Destination NSW

Savour

The Blue Mountains has a vibrant nightlife from Springwood to Leura, Katoomba

to Blackheath. Stay the night and discover many great places to eat, drink, dance,

catch a band or see a show. For a different kind of night-time experience stroll

the Katoomba Falls Reserve Night-lit walk.

Tantalise your palate and discover our many great restaurants, cafés, co-ops,

breweries and wineries. Taste award-winning beer, decadent chocolate, elegant

high-tea, and our local produce straight from the farm or cellar door.

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Image: Emirates OneandOnly Wolgan Valley

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Time Out

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax, so what better excuse for

a trip to the Blue Mountains than to indulge in whatever rejuvenates you. The Blue

Mountains has many restorative and indulgent spas, massage therapists, yoga studios,

nature walks, food co-operatives and even cooking classes. Whichever way you like to

unwind, the Blue Mountains has something for you.

With a rich history in the arts and a thriving cultural scene, the Blue Mountains

is a creative hub of impressive galleries, museums, theatres, music and literature.

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Varuna, the National Writers’ House are

landmark cultural institutions. Unleash your artistic side in the Blue Mountains.

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Villages

GLENBROOK

You have arrived! Glenbrook is the perfect village to recalibrate your senses and slip

into the Mountain’s pace of life. Pull off the highway and into a haven. A pretty village

where heritage buildings are thoughtfully repurposed to accommodate modern

boutiques and vibrant cafés. The gateway to the World Heritage Listed Wilderness

Area, Glenbrook is where your journey starts, and your memories begin.

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Home to a thriving café culture,

Glenbrook will delight the

most discerning of caffeine

connoisseurs. Or perhaps you

love discovering new treasures?

Talk to boutique owners and

you will find many have chosen

to showcase local or emerging

designers, or stock those with

ethical practices.

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Villages

SPRINGWOOD

Springwood is an urban village with a boho edge. Perhaps imbued with the

spirit of famed resident and Australia’s most infamous bohemian, Norman Lindsay.

With an abundance of beautiful walks surrounding the village, travellers have been

making their escape to Springwood since the 1880s.

Stroll the length of Macquarie Road to take in the mix of historic buildings and

contemporary businesses. Start outside Springwood Railway Station where the

impressive Victorian era buildings will transport you to the golden age of rail travel.

Villages

LAWSON

Lawson is a village that needs to be experienced gently and slowly to reveal its

secrets. It’s the place you go to chase waterfalls, to learn how to live more lightly

on the earth and sample the newest entrants on the restaurant scene.

A friendly village; you’ll feel instantly at home if you grab a coffee, take a seat on the

footpath at a café and chat with the passers-by. Many emerging restaurateurs have

chosen Lawson to launch their ventures, giving the village a vibrant food scene.

From cool casual bites to themed degustation, Lawson caters to all tastes.

As befits a boho hub, Springwood has a bevy of tempting plant-based eating

options for those who like their food fresh, healthy, and sustainable.

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Time Out

Experience the cultural landscape of the

Blue Mountains at the Blue Mountains Theatre

and Community Hub and neighbouring

Braemar House & Gallery.

For a truly nourishing experience,

replenish body, mind and planet

at Lyttleton Stores Cooperative;

a not-for-profit community

enterprise and a hub of creativity

and culture, food and community.

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Blue Mountains Region

To Hunter Valley

To Bathurst

To Mudgee

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

WOLLEMI

NATIONAL PARK

Jen olan Caves Road

Lake Lyell

To Jenolan

Caves

Hampton

Duckmaloi Rd

To Oberon

STATE

FORESTS

Hartley

GREAT WES TERN H

Little

Hartley

IG HWAY

BLACKHEATH

Kanimbla Valley

Cox’s River

Megalong

Valley

C hifley Road

Mt

York

Clarence

Darling Causeway

KATOOMBA

Old Ford

Reserve

Bell

Mt Victoria

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

Medlow Bath

The Three Sisters

Grose Valley

Leura

Jamison Valley

4WD

Mt Wilson

Mt Banks

BELLS

GREAT W ESTERN HIGHW AY

4WD

Mt Hay

Wentworth

Falls

Lawson

Bullaburra

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

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LINE OF ROAD

Mt Tomah

Mt Irvine

Bilpin

4WD

Faulconbridge Winmalee

Springwood

Linden

Hazelbrook

Woodford

Kurrajong

Heights

Warrimoo

Blaxland

Kurrajong

Hawkesbur y Road

Emu

Plains

GLENBROOK

Lapstone

Nepean River

Comleroy Rd

Yarramundi

PENRITH

The Norther n Rd

North Richmond

To Canberra

To Singleton

and Hunter Valley

RICHMOND

Putty Rd

To Sydney

(approx 60km)

To Windsor


Murray St

long St

To

Katoomba

42kms

Glenbrook

Lagoon

Jersey Ave

Wascoe St

Glenell Rd

Haymet St

Railway St

Olympian Pde

Leuralla

itheatre

Glenbrook

Aquatic Centre

Elysian

Rock

Village of Glenbrook

Leura

Railway

Station

Leura ura Ma Mall

Abbey St

Malvern Rd

Balmoral Rd

Leuralla

Toy and

Railway

Museum

Leura Mall

Glenbrook Rd

Victory Ln

Mitchells Pass

Grose St

Oli vet St

Craigend St

Wascoe St

Lennox St

Gordon

Falls

Lookout

Britain St

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

Hare St

Moore St

Prince Henry

Cliff Walk

Gordon Creek

Churchill St

Levy St

Spencer St

Moun

High St

York St

Albert St

t Hay Rd

Churchill

Road

Reserve

GREAT WESTERN H W Y

Railway Pde

Ross St

Holmes St

Easter St

Barnet St

Arcadia Ave

A 3 2

Gate

Park k St

Glenbrook

Everglades Railway

Gardens Station

Blue

Pool

Gate

Burfitt Pde

fi

Mitchells

Myall Av

Lennox

Bridge

Lachlan Ave

Everglades Ave

GREAT WESTERN

Knapsack

Park

Wentworth Ave

Blaxland Ave

Jamieson St

The Links Rd

West St

Cook St

HIGHWAY

Pas s

Digger Cooper

Marges

Reserve

Lookout

To Penrith

Knapsack

Gully

Bridge

Elizabeths

Lookout

Gladstone Rd

Knapsack

Gully

Viaduct

Mount St

Lucasville St

Brooklands St

Brook

A32

Rd

Bush Pl

Cliff View Rd

*Entrance Fee

Applies

Emu Rd

Jellybean Pool

Morven Rd

Lapstone Zig Zag

Walking Track

Explorers Rd

Chalmers

Lookout

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

John

Whitton

Memorial

Place

Scott Av

Kurrawang St

Northcote Rd

Craigend St

Watkins Rd

RAAF

Glenbrook

K napsac k St

Sublime Point Rd

Railway Pde

St Georges Rd

Herbert St

Darks

Common

Bluff

Lookout

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

GREAT WESTERN HIGHWAY

Lapstone

Oval

Fairmont Pl

Mount

Portal

Tunnel View

Lookout

To

Sydney

Leonay

Golf

Course

Grover St

Penrith 3km

Sydney 54km

A32

Leonay Pde

Lapstone

Railway

Station

Portal

Lookout

Nepean River

Blaxland R d

Village of Wentworth Falls

Flora St

Leura

Golf Course

Hill St

To Leura

and Katoomba

via Great

Western

Highway

CanberraSt

Evans St

Darwin Av

Country

Club

Bass Rd

Cook Rd

Sinclair Cres

Bate St

Empress

Lookout

Beatty St

Country

Club

Waratah Rd

Valley Rd

Gladstone St

Valley Rd

Erica Rd

Conservation

Hut

Pine Av

Banksia Rd

GREAT W E S T E RN

Mort St

Parkes St

Pauline Av

HWY

Armstrong St

Pritchard St

Backhouse St

Fletcher St

Wentworth St

Breakfast

Point

Lookout

Blaxland Rd

Wentworth

Falls Country

Club

Toulon Rd

Wentworth

Falls Lake

Sinclair Cres

Matcham Av

A32

Central

Park

Falls Rd

Mulheran Ln

Jamison

Lookout

Princes Rock

Lookout

McLaughlin Av

Sir HenryBurrell Dr

Roselle St

Lake St

Pitt Park

Wilson

Park

Yanko Av

Historic

Tarella

Cottage

Jamieson St

Wilson St Page Av

Wentworth

Falls

Lookout

Station St

Darwins Walk

Blaxland Rd

Hillcrest Rd

Hume Av

Jamison Ck

Glenview

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

Wentworth Falls

Railway Station

Nelson Av

Dal rymple Av

Yester Rd

H enderson Rd

Sandbox Rd

Lurline St

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

Westbo urne Av

Rd

Water Nymphs

Dell Walking Track

Railway Pde

Shortl andSt

Old Bathurst

Rd

TablelandsRd

To Sydney

Red

Hands

Cave

Unsealed Road

to Red Hands Cave

The Ironbarks

Sublime Point Lookout

To Euroka

Wentworth

Falls

Valley of the Waters

Jamison Creek

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Carlton Rd

St

Villages of Katoomba & Leura

To

Lithgow

Narrow

Farnells Rd

Wellington Rd

Stuarts Rd

Oak St

Cliff St

Neck Valley Rd

To

Cahills

Lookout

Land

Slide

Lookout

Narr ow Neck R d

Violet St

Frank

Walford Park

Ficus St

Eagle Hawk

Lookout

Cliff Dr

Peckmans Rd

Scenic World

Aquatic

Centre

Peckmans Rd

Neale

Katoomba

Falls

Reserve

Loftus St

Pine St

Gates Ave

Waratah St

Warialda St

Maple

Grove

Park

Katoomba

Falls

Night-Lit Walk

Scenic World

boardwalk

WalgettSt

The

Gully

Walk

St

Cascade St

Katoomba Falls R

GREAT WESTERN HWY

Murri St

Katoomba

Railway

Station

Blue Mountains

Cultural Centre

CliffDr

Kedumba River

d

Bathurst Rd

Parke St

Pa

Pioneer Pl

Katoomba St

Lilianfels

Park

Echo Point

To

Mini

Haha

Falls

A 3 2

nora ma Dr

Lurline St

Echo Point Rd

Lurline St

Darley St

Station St

Martin St

CivicPl

Gang Gang St

Vale St

Dora St

Miles Ave

Leichhardt St

Clissold St

Merriwa St

Coomonderry St

Oatley Ave

Warwick St

Kurrawan Rd

Raymond Rd

Forster Rd

The Three Sisters

Lyne St

Bourne

Cliff Dr

The

Giant

Stairway

York St York St

Hope St

Megalong St

Lovel St

Lett St

Magdala Pde

Coomassie St

Kanimbla St

Govett St

Rodova St

Cumberland St

Cliff Dr

Chelmsford

Dr

Leura

Kiah Cascades

Lookout

Leura

Falls

Railway Pde

Murray St

Megalong St

Leura

Park

Jersey Ave

Leuralla

Amphitheatre

Leura Falls Ck

Wascoe St

Olympian Pde

Elysian

Rock

Leura

Railway

Station

Leura ura Mall Ma

Abbey St

Malvern Rd

Balmoral Rd

Leuralla

Toy and

Railway

Museum

Leura Mall

Victory Ln

Britain St

Grose St

Craigend St

Gordon

Falls

Lookout

Prince Henry

Cliff Walk

Gordon Creek

Churchill St

Railway Pde

Spencer St

Moun

Albert St

t Hay Rd

Churchill

Road

Reserve

GREAT WESTERN H W Y

Holmes St

Easter St

Everglades

Gardens

Arcadia Ave

A 3 2

Everglades Ave

Myall Av

Lachlan Ave

Wentworth Ave

Blaxland Ave

Jamieson St

The Links Rd

West St

Cook St

Gladstone Rd

Cliff View Rd

Morven Rd

Scott Av

Kurrawang St

Northcote Rd

Craigend St

Watkins Rd

Sublime Point Rd

Digger Cooper

Reserve

Railway Pde

St Georges Rd

Herbert St

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

Fairmont Pl

To

Sydney

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

Sublime Point Lookout

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t

Carlton Rd

St

To

Mt Victoria

Old Ford

Reserve

Bundarra St

To

Kanimbla

Valley

Waragill St

Shipley Rd

To

Megalong

Valley

Village of Blackheath

GREAT WESTERN HIGHWAY A32

Blackheath

Railway

Station

Lookout St

Station St

Kubya St

Bridges St

Locked Gate

Sturt St

Wentworth St

Sutton

Park

A32

GREAT WESTERN HIGH WAY

To

Katoomba

Ridgewell Rd

The Campbell

Rhododendron

Gardens

Park Ave

Whitley

Park

Valley View Rd

GardinerCres

Wills

Govetts Leap Rd

Carysfort St

St

Prince George St

Irvine Ave

Hargraves St

Government Rd

Hat Hill Rd

Blackheath

Oval

Memorial

Park

Belvidere Ave

Hanging

Rock

Clubhouse

Wills St

Brightlands Ave

Evans Lookout Rd

Water Catchment Area

Kuranda St

Hat Hill Creek

Lawrence St

Blackheath

Golf Course

Boreas St

D ellSt

Cleopatra St

Hat Hill Rd

Clarence St

Braeside St

BLUE MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL PARK

Rodriguez Ave

Fourth St

Third St

Cleopatra St

To

Anvil Rock

& Perry’s

Lookdown

Heath St

Grose St

Second St

First St

Govetts Leap Rd Govetts Leap Rd

Jubilee Ave

Lake

Medlow

Romaine St

Popes Glen Creek

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Loftus St

Pine St

Gates Ave

Waratah St

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Leichhardt St

Clissold St

Merriwa St

Coomonderry St

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Villages

WENTWORTH FALLS

Wentworth Falls is defined by two beautiful - and vastly different - water features:

the idyllic lake, and the magnificent falls. Branching out in every direction are

world-famous walks and lookouts. Here, the only views as expansive as the

wilderness stretching out before you are the canopy of stars above you.

Give yourself over to the grandeur of nature when you visit the majestic

Wentworth Falls - offering spectacular views, dramatic escarpments,

abundant wilderness, and serene waterfalls.

Villages

LEURA

Leura is a refined jewel in the Mountains’ crown. Home to Old World gardens and timeless

wilderness, where indulgence can mean five-star dining, luxurious spa treatments or

hours of uninterrupted forest bathing, depending on what you are craving.

Leura’s many lookouts offer sweeping views of the Jamison Valley and Mt Solitary. There

are waterfalls to explore, excellent walking tracks and countless perfect picnic spots.

Nurture body and soul with a stay

at a yoga retreat, and a stargazing

experience.

The charming village strip

bustles with boutique

shopping and satisfying

eating.

Explore every nook and

cranny to uncover a range

of independent boutiques

and foodie favourites.

The Leura Mall is the heart of Leura village.

A ribbon of food, fashion, and homeware

boutiques with a row of blossoming cherry

trees down the centre. An assortment of cafés

dots the Mall from end to end, or dart down

a laneway to find your coffee fix. In the evening,

Leura offers cool cocktail bars and fine dining

establishments.

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Villages

KATOOMBA

Katoomba is the eclectic capital of the Blue Mountains, famed for its breath-taking

lookouts and eccentric atmosphere. Where grand hotels with vintage glamour overlook

curated street art galleries. Fabulous dining, unique retail spaces and a wealth of art

experiences make Katoomba a culture lover’s playground.

Splintering off the main road like so many secret passages, Katoomba is laced with

narrow laneways exhibiting mural, street and paste-up artworks. The village is peppered

with art galleries and is home to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. The curated Street

Art Walk displays world standard street art from all aerosol disciplines.

Image: Time Out

The view from Echo Point is one of the most recognisable in the world;

a glorious expanse of Deep Time wilderness that appears endless with

the iconic Three Sisters in the foreground.

Image: Destination NSW

At night Katoomba buzzes with live music,

friendly bars, and great restaurants.

Katoomba Falls Reserve Night-lit Walk gives a

unique night-time viewing experience of some of

the Blue Mountains’ most outstanding natural features.

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Villages

MEGALONG VALLEY

Megalong Valley’s rugged beauty hides luxurious pleasures. This is a place where

mindfulness comes naturally. Where you instinctively slow down into your surrounds

and let the calm envelop you. This is the escape you have been longing for.

Feel yourself unwind as the road into the valley bends and twists. You know you

are headed somewhere magical when the road takes you past a Mermaids Cave

and a pretty rainforest famous for its colourful displays of strange fungi.

As you drive on, the valley opens out and rainforest gives way to rural charm.

Embrace the rustic ambiance and stop in at an old-fashioned tea house.

Arrive at a pair of beautiful boutique vineyards with the finest cellar door view

in Australia. Drink it all in.

Villages

BLACKHEATH

Blackheath is the wintry heart of Mountains life. This is where you come to lounge

by roaring log fires, sip local cool climate reds and get lost in that book you always

meant to find the time to read. Home to some of the most spectacular views in the

world it is easy to understand why so many Creatives find inspiration, and

a home, in Blackheath.

Blackheath is surrounded by magnificent wilderness. Look out from Govetts Leap

into the immensity of the Grose Valley Wilderness, and from Shipley Plateau you

can take in the natural beauty of the Megalong Valley.

There are bushwalks of world-renown, as well as a fully-accessible walk that takes

in waterfalls and breath-taking views.

See the world at a

different pace when you

saddle up and explore

the valley on horseback.

You can literally ride

off into the sunset in

Megalong Valley.

Blackheath is the quintessential Mountains

experience; a vibrant main street, charming

period homes, antique-hunting, delicious

eats, colourful garden displays and

spectacular wilderness.

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Villages

THE MOUNTS AND BEYOND

MOUNT VICTORIA

The quaint village of Mount Victoria will charm you with its historic buildings, boutique

creative vendors and spectacular vistas over the West. Hike through convict camps

to Bushrangers’ Caves. Experience an authentic country picture house ‘Mt Vic Flicks’.

Pick up quirky artisan homewares or scour the antiques stores. There is a selection

of excellent cafes and inviting accommodation choices.

MOUNT TOMAH

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is the only botanic garden anywhere in the world

located within a United Nations World Heritage Area. This free garden houses hectares

of natural woodland, alpine rainforest and abundant wildlife. Restore body and mind

with a Guided Nature Therapy Walk.

MOUNT WILSON & MOUNT IRVINE

Experience natural beauty ranging from unspoiled wilderness to grand heritage gardens

in Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine. Attracting adventure-seekers as much as lovers

of Spring blooms and Autumn leaves, you can pick your own walnuts and chestnuts,

tour an 1880s Turkish Bath House or explore the Cathedral of Ferns.

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

There are no shops or ATMs in Mt

Wilson and Mt Irvine and mobile

reception can be unreliable. Bring

food, drinking water, cash, and a

full tank. Drive with care on the

narrow and winding roads.

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With so much to see and do, from sunrise

to star-lit night, you will want to put your

feet up, relax and rejuvenate. Choose a

village or two to make your home for

exploring the world heritage wilderness,

and wonder of the Blue Mountains.

For generations, people have come to rest

in the charming B&Bs and guesthouses

that offer traditional cosiness and personal

touches with unobtrusive old-world

hospitality.

Motels and hotels range from clean and

simple, through to grand heritage-listed

all-out glamour.

There are four-, five- and six-star resorts

where your every wish is met before you

even knew you wished it.

Travel with a light touch and look for

Ecotourism certified accommodation. Your

stay will help ensure the Blue Mountains

wilderness is here for future generations.

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

Blue Mountains accommodation

options are as varied as the people

who travel here. Truly embrace the

outdoors with a camping, vanning,

or working farm stay.

Image: Glenella

Image: Destination NSW

There are Air B&B

options from the foot to

the top of the Mountains

offering single rooms

through to entire

houses.

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CAFES

• Dine in or outdoors at Glenbrook Café

2773. The varied menu makes the most

of local organic produce.

• Kickaboom serves unique, travel-inspired

dishes in a cool space with a positive

atmosphere.

• Dbl Ristretto are renowned for

their skilful baristas.

• Specialty coffee roastery Cassiopeia has

three espresso bars across the region.

• Coffee specialists, Cortado Café,

know how to do coffee right.

• Go to Fed for fabulous fresh sandwiches

and coffee to take with you as you explore.

Image: Time Out

• Sorenson’s Glasshouse & Garden is an

oasis of calm. The hundred-year-old

glasshouse is a restaurant and shop,

surrounded by a nursery and gardens

to relax in.

• Laneway Espresso serves up gourmet

toasties that are next level!

• Red Door Café is where the locals

meet to brunch.

• Wayzgoose is famous for their flowerpot

scones.

• Tournament serves a seasonal menu

of locally grown produce in a heritage

industrial style building and provides

the perfect space to celebrate, in love

and life.

Image: Time Out

• Vincent Diner is a sophisticated yet

unpretentious dining choice with an

enticing cocktail list and Mediterraneaninfluenced

menu that changes seasonally.

• Arrana’s fine dining seasonal degustation

incorporates native Australian ingredients

served in modern, intimate and luxurious

surrounds.

• Napoli Corner specialises in the

traditional art of pizza-making and are

certified by the Associazione Verace

Pizza Napoletana.

• For an indulgent meal with style, Silks

Brasserie is a must. This veteran of Blue

Mountains fine dining is situated within

a glamorous 1920s manor, Silvermere.

• Named in tribute of a bizarre Andy

Warhol film, Madame Wang’s is a

restaurant and cocktail bar hidden away

above and behind an antique store.

• Leura Garage is a self-sustainable

showcase of local produce, regional

wines, and great times in a stylishly

repurposed mechanic’s workshop.

• The Bunker has weekly stargazing

dinners.

• Fireside dining at Embers will warm

your winter nights.

• 8 things takes you around the world in

eight dishes with “street food” prepared

daily by an international chef.

• Bootlegger specialises in low and slow,

and smoked meats served with craft

beers, whiskey flights, and live music.

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Time Out

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Time Out

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• Little Niche Nosh plates up amazing

vegan and vegetarian food, made fresh

daily, with delicious ingredients and

lots of love.

• 1TWO1 Organic Grocer & Café is a vegan

café equally popular with non-vegans.

Their Doughnut Days are gaining

cult status!

• Arrana’s seasonal seven-course

degustation menus include vegan,

vegetarian and pescatarian options.

• The Baker’s Wife Juicery & Salad Bar’s

gourmet ready-to-go salads are perfect

to take on your outdoor escapades.

Image: Time Out

• At Cedar Take-Away you can feast on a

plant-based kebab made by The Rolling

Stones and U2’s tour chef.

• Stock up on small batch fresh juice, apple

butter, homemade apple pies, jams, and

toffee apples at The Packing Shed at

Logan Brae Orchard.

• At any of the Growers or Farmers Markets

across the Mountains is where you will

pick up the freshest local organic fruit

and veg.

Image: Time Out

• Hidden away in a small industrial area

you will find Brew Mountains Brewery

craft beer and food trucks. Pick up

a vegan (or traditional) grazing box

and six pack to go if you need to keep

moving.

• At award-winning Mountain Culture

Beer Co brewery and bar the focus

is always on great beer to take you

on an adventure.

• Dryridge Estate and neighbour

Megalong Creek Estate are a pair of

beautiful boutique vineyards making

delectably drinkable wines that reflect

the unique terroir of the Valley. Each

vineyard offers wine tastings, and each

look out onto arguably the finest cellar

door view in Australia.

• Take cocktails in the decadent Salon

du Thé, with magnificent views

overlooking the Megalong Valley.

• Champagne Charlie’s Cocktail Bar

mixes up traditional and contemporary

cocktails to satisfy the discerning

connoisseur.

• Café 92 at the Conservation Hut has

stunning views across the Jamison

Valley. In Winter, gather around the

roaring log fire.

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• Black Cockatoo Bakery has two outlets;

a hip hole-in-the-wall outlet in Lawson

great to grab a loaf at, and a sit-in cafe in

Katoomba where you can sit in the bay

window, eating pastries and watching

the world parade by.

• Bakery Patisserie Schwarz, a specialist

German bakery, is a Wentworth Falls

institution. Their brezles are legendary!

• Tucked away in a back lane,

Weatherboard is a sweet local secret

with the most delectable cakes.

• Hominy Bakery’s signature organic

sourdough is as crusty and flavoursome

as you could hope for.

• Hydro Majestic Afternoon High Tea

is served in the grand Wintergarden with

panoramic views overlooking

the Megalong Valley.

• Avalon’s High Tea is served in a charming

art-deco dining room with lovely views

over Leura and the Jamison Valley.

• High Tea is served in Norman Lindsay’s

garden at Lindsay’s Café and starts

with a glass of bubbles.

• Treat yourself to something special and

experience the indulgent High Tea at

Fairmont Resort & Spa.

• Archer & Hobb Fine Tea Merchants

believe High Tea is not merely tea and

cake, but a chance to indulge in fine

food and time-honoured civility.

• High Tea is served by the fireplace in

the Lounge of Lilianfels Resort and Spa,

overlooking stunning courtyard gardens.

• Josophan’s creates extraordinary fine

chocolates using fresh, natural, local and

ethically sourced ingredients - and their

ice cream is divine!

Image: Destination NSW

Image: Destination NSW

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ACCESSIBLE BLUE MOUNTAINS

The Blue Mountains are for everybody. There is no such things as a ‘one size fits all’

experience, so speak directly to individual accommodation, entertainment, dining

or service providers to discuss your ideal holiday with them.

A good place to start is our Accessible Blue Mountains listing:

bmcc.nsw.gov.au/accessible-blue-mountains

Below is a small selection of accessible

experiences that may suit your travel plans:

• Glenbrook Park, Glenbrook,

has an accessible playground.

• The Blue Mountains Theatre &

Community Hub, Springwood, is

fully wheelchair accessible including

toilet facilities and a lift to all floors.

Wheelchair bookings can be made for

all performances. They accept companion

cards and have a hearing loop system

in the theatre.

• Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve,

Wentworth Falls, has a wheelchair

suitable loop path beside the

beautiful lake.

• Echo Point, Katoomba, home of the

Three Sisters features an accessible,

night-lit boardwalk connecting the

lookouts, amphitheatre and VIC.

A wheelchair-friendly walk leads from

the Visitor Information Centre to

beautiful Spooners Lookout.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre,

Katoomba, is fully-accessible and

showcases engaging creative cultural

programs and exhibitions.

• Street Art Walk, Katoomba, displays

world standard street art.

• Fairfax Heritage Walking Track,

Blackheath, is a fully accessible track

that includes Govetts Leap with its

incomparable views of the Grose Valley.

Bring the furriest members of the family with you when you holiday in the

Blue Mountains. You will find a host of accommodation providers, cafes and

walks that are pet friendly. Here are just a few suggestions:

• Café 2773, Glenbrook

• Marge’s and Elizabeth’s Lookouts,

Glenbrook

• Whitton Park Dog Off-leash area,

Glenbrook

• Birdwood Gully bushwalk, Springwood

• The South Lawson Waterfall circuit walk,

Lawson

• South Lawson Park Dog Off-leash park,

Lawson

The Visitor Information Centres can tell you where

your pets are welcome, and Blue Mountains

City Council has an extensive list of dog-friendly

accommodation, walks, parks as well as vet services

available on their website: bmcc.nsw.gov.au

Please remember, to protect our precious native

animals and environment, dogs and other pets are

not permitted in the Blue Mountains National Park.

• Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve,

Wentworth Falls

• Lilypad Café, Leura

• Minnehaha Walk and Waterfall,

Katoomba

• Megalong Valley Tea Rooms,

Megalong Valley

• Dry Ridge Estate Winery,

Megalong Valley

• Victory Café, Blackheath

Accessible Adult Change Facilities that

cater for users with high support needs

can be found at Glenbrook Park, the

Blue Mountains Theatre & Community

Hub, and in Katoomba at both Echo Point

and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

For details about these and MLAK facilities

in the Blue Mountains visit:

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bmcc.nsw.gov.au/accessandequity

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in the Blue Mountains

WEDDINGS AND ELOPEMENT

The Blue Mountains was once the

Honeymoon capital of Australia, and

it is easy to see why. There is so much

beauty to be found here; from avenues of

Autumnal trees ablaze to picture-perfect

gardens bursting with blooms, towering

escarpments glowing golden to views

that leave you breathless, from hotels

with grand ballrooms and sparkling

chandeliers to cozying up by the fire

as the snow falls outside. There is so

much romance to be had here.

Our friendly Visitor Information Centre

team has helped many a traveller to

find the perfect secluded lookout to

pop the question, or the most intimate

restaurant to toast new beginnings.

You can say “I do” among the vines of

a valley vineyard, under the stars, or on

the edge of the world lit by a setting sun.

The Mountains is bursting with creatives

and concierge services to help you plan

your special day. We have venues of all

sizes, floral artists, stylists, photographers,

cake masters and caterers all with flair

and originality. Your day will be as unique

as you two are.

Say yes to the Blue Mountains

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Disclaimer

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Maps - Illustrated by Meeri Annelii

@meeri_anneli

Photography - Liam Foster, Destination NSW, Time Out, James White Photography

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