Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains, photo by Adam J. W. C.
Blue Mountains (photo by Adam J. W. C.)
 

The Blue Mountains, located immediately to the west of Sydney, is one of the most accessible areas of highland wilderness in the country.

Although not particularly high for a mountain range, the Blue Mountains is nonetheless renowned for its uniquely majestic scenery, diverse cultural attractions, and relatively tranquil, alternative mode of life.

It is also know for a wide range of outdoor and nature-oriented activities that are available.

The Blue Mountains region was inscribed as a World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 2000.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
 

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Comfort Inn Redleaf Resort

Redleaf Resort is located on 2 acres of landscaped gardens in Blackheath, bordering on the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park. The property features a licensed restaurant, a heated outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi access. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$104 - $148

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Snowgums in Katoomba

Snowgums in Katoomba offers accommodation in Katoomba. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$106

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Katoomba Mountain Lodge

Katoomba Mountain Lodge is situated in the heart of the Blue Mountains National Park. The heritage lodge is just 3 minutes’ walk from Katoomba Train Station. Free WiFi and free parking are included. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$17 - $121

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Broomelea Bed & Breakfast

Positioned in Leura in the beautiful Blue Mountains, Broomelea Bed & Breakfast offers free WiFi, a guest lounge with a cosy fireplace, and a library all within a genuine federation home. Free parking is available on-site. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$153

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Blue Mountains Heritage Motel

Blue Mountains Heritage Motel is set in the centre of Katoomba, just 3 minutes' drive from the Three Sisters. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV and en suite bathroom. Guests enjoy free on-site parking and 21-minutes of free Wi-Fi per room, per day. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$89 - $787

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Katoomba Modern Luxury Apartment (3A)

Katoomba Modern Luxury Apartment (3A)

Situated in Katoomba, Katoomba Modern Luxury Apartment (3A) offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi. The apartment is 2.1 km from Katoomba Scenic World. The kitchen has a dishwasher and an oven, as well as a kettle. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$102

$102-
Echo Point Village

Echo Point Village

Echo Point Village offers self-catering accommodation located in Katoomba. Free WiFi access is available. The property is 1.1 km from Katoomba Scenic World and 600 metres from The Three Sisters. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$102

$102-
Katoomba Modern Luxury Apartment (1A)

Katoomba Modern Luxury Apartment (1A)

Set in Katoomba, this air-conditioned apartment features free WiFi. The unit is 2.2 km from Katoomba Scenic World. The kitchen features a dishwasher and an oven. A flat-screen TV is featured. Three Sisters Cable Car is 2. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$102

$102-
Carrington Hotel

Carrington Hotel

200 meters from Katoomba Train Station, The Carrington offers elegant accommodation in a heritage-listed refurbished manor. It features fine dining options, a nightclub and the relaxing Renaissance Day Spa. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$102 - $239

$102-
Comfort Inn Redleaf Resort

Comfort Inn Redleaf Resort

Redleaf Resort is located on 2 acres of landscaped gardens in Blackheath, bordering on the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park. The property features a licensed restaurant, a heated outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi access. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$104 - $148

$104-
Snowgums in Katoomba

Snowgums in Katoomba

Snowgums in Katoomba offers accommodation in Katoomba. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$106

$106-
Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains

Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains

Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains has been elegantly refurbished and offers art deco inspired décor that reflect the rich heritage of this iconic hotel. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$108

$108-
Crimson Villa

Crimson Villa

Just 5 minutes’ drive from the famous Three Sisters, Crimson Villa offers a private balcony with mountain and garden views. Surrounded by lovely gardens, it features barbecue facilities and unlimited free WiFi per day. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$113 - $151

$113-
The Chalet Guesthouse And Studio

The Chalet Guesthouse And Studio

Offering free WiFi and free continental breakfast, the historic Chalet Guesthouse is centrally located in the Upper Blue Mountains. Set in a quiet area away from the highway, it boasts a heritage dining room with an open fireplace. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$114 - $182

$114-
Elizabeth Flats

Elizabeth Flats

Located in central Katoomba, Elizabeth Flats offers beautifully restored accommodation with garden views. Free WiFi is provided to all guests. Elizabeth Flats Katoomba is a 5-minute drive from the popular Three Sisters and Scenic World. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$114

$114-
Leura Garden Apartment

Leura Garden Apartment

Located in the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park, Leura Garden Apartment, offers pet-friendly accommodation 5-minute drive from Leura Village and the train station. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$114

$114-
Lush on Lurline

Lush on Lurline

Offering free WiFi, Lush on Lurline is located in Katoomba, just 10 minutes' walk from The Three Sisters and 5 minutes' drive from Katoomba Scenic World. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$114

$114-
Leura Lady

Leura Lady

Just 5 minutes’ walk from Leura Train Station, Leura Lady is a self-contained cottage with a fireplace and barbecue facilities. Located in the heart of Leura Village, it offers a lovely garden where you can relax. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$114 - $170

$114-
The Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa Retreat

The Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa Retreat

Located just outside of Katoomba’s town centre, this 4.5-star hotel offers panoramic views of the World Heritage Blue Mountains. It features a day spa, outdoor pool (seasonal), fitness centre and a cocktail bar. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$120 - $454

$120-
Jamison Guesthouse

Jamison Guesthouse

Offering free WiFi, a restaurant and a guest lounge with a fireplace and library, Jamison Guesthouse is located in Katoomba. Guests can relax on the covered verandah overlooking Blue Mountains National Park. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$121

$121-
St Raphael

St Raphael

Offering free WiFi and a garden, St Raphael is set in Leura, 34 km from Penrith. Katoomba is 2.1 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site. All units include a seating and dining area. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$125

$125-
Secrets Hideaway

Secrets Hideaway

Set on 2 acres of garden lively with bird life, Secrets Hideaway is ideally positioned to explore the majestic Blue Mountains. All suites boast a relaxing spa bath and a cosy fireplace. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$129

$129-

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Canyoning

The Blue Mountains area and surrounding national parks contains many hundreds of the world's most magnificent sandstone slot canyons. Adventure companies based in the mountains offer guided day canyoning trips through some of the more popular canyons such as Empress, Grand Canyon, Claustral, Rocky Creek, Wollangambe, and Whungee Whengee. It is also possible to canyon on one’s own with the proper equipment and experience.
Lowland Mountains
The Blue Mountains are filled with small villages. Katoomba is the main visitor district of the mountains, with Echo Point (Three Sisters), Scenic World, Wentworth Falls and Leura all within a few kilometers. The towns of Blackheath and Mount Victoria are smaller tourist centers in their own right, only around 15 minutes drive from Katoomba.

There are several dramatic lookout points. The most popular attraction in the Mountains is Echo Point at Katoomba, with great views of the Jamison Valley and the Three Sisters. Another is Govett's Leap, a lookout at Blackheath, with views over the Grose Valley and hiking trails. A drive filled with views is Cliff Drive, around Katoomba and Leura.
Hiking and Trekking
There are literally hundreds of hiking opportunities in the mountains, from short 1 km walks to lookouts, to multi-day treks. The most is the Six Foot Track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.

The Blue Mountains have a number of waterfalls that are worth hiking to. This includes Gordon Falls (close to Leura), Kanangra Walls (in Kanangra Boyd National Park) and Wentworth Falls.
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