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The Blue Mountains PDF Print E-mail

The Blue Mountains in New South Wales embraces 26 townships in an area of 1,433 square kilometres. The townships are situated from 50 to 120 km west of Sydney and are within 1,000 square kilometres of this World Heritage listed National Park.

The Blue Mountains was declared a World Heritage park in November 2000. It was nominated for its outstanding natural values, including the biodiversity of its plant and animal communities, its vegetation, which is dominated by Australia's unique eucalypts, and for the beauty of its natural landscapes.

Getting to the Blue Mountains is easy enough, a relaxing train trip from Sydney takes about an hour from Central Station. Most trains go through to Mount Victoria, this however will take about 2.5 hours. The most popular way to get to the mountains is to drive or take a tour bus. It takes about 90 minutes from Sydney to get to the main tourist destination of Leura and Katoomba.

The region offers a myriad of activities for the visitor from bush walking, to browsing for antiques, adventuring through lime stone caves, with the Jenolan Caves with its 40 kilometers of multi level passageways as a spectacular example, enjoying the native gardens, travelling on the zig zag railway, taking one of the many Eco Tours or just lazing about one of many tranquil townships dotted throughout the region.

Stay at accommodation within the Blue Mountains and enjoy early morning scenic walks, breathtaking views and clean crisp mountain air.

Should you wish to do a day or overnight trip with a tourgroup, see here for some Blue Mountains tour operators:

The Three Sisters Zig Zag Railway
The Three Sisters Zig Zag Railway
Blue Mountains Jenolan Caves
Blue Mountains Jenolan Caves

Key Things to Do in the Blue Mountains:

For more information, visit:

- venture through Katoomba village after your day's activity
- Visit the Jenolan Caves
- Do a self-guided day-walk through the blue mountains
- See the famous Three Sisters from the Scenic Railway
- Take a trip on the ZigZag railway steam train

- Blue Mountains
- Jenolan Caves
- Scenic Railways

Map of the Blue Mountains
Map: Blue Mountains

The Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Opera House

The Opera House

The Blue Mountains

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Northern Beaches

Sydney Harbour Bridge