Blue Mountains National Park Travel Guide

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    Three Sisters as seen from Echo point
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Blue Mountains National Park Things to Do

  • The Emporia

    In my top ten list of things to do whilst in the Blue Mountains comes the Emporia in Leura.What a variety. There's a specialty Christmas Shop, art gallery, Bygone Beauties and so many quality boutique shops it's hard to believe there are so many in just two blocks.It's indicative of how many tourists the place attracts that they are so...

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  • Canyoning with Blue Mountains Adventure...

    WOW. A word which finds itself uttered time and time again by all members of the group as it progresses through Yileen Canyon. And the biggest 'wow' factor doesn't even arrive until the canyon is done and all that awaits you is a stunning abseil down a waterfall.The day started early, leaving Sydney at 6.00 a.m. for the 90-minute drive into...

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  • Katoomba Coal Mine

    Just a few minutes into the Scenic Walk we came upon the Coal Mine Exhibition. There is an audio visual display located in the coal mine entrance that shows the history of mining in the mountains. Life size bronze sculptures of a mine worker and his pit pony and a display of the tools used by the miners. It's amazing to think people toiled away in...

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  • Beautiful Birds

    During our visit to the Blue Mountains we observed many birds in the area. Most were brightly colored in red, green and blues.

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  • Bird watching

    There's a lot of bird life in the Blue Mountains. In different parts you'll find different species. For instance, you're likely to see yellow tailed black cockatoos along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk but not over at Govetts Leap.The yellow tufted honeyeater can be spied on the western slopes but you're more likely to see New Holland honeyeaters...

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  • Prince Henry Cliff Walk

    This is the most scenic of all the walks in the Blue Mountains and goes from Katoomba to Leura, covering the top of the cliff line and many of the major lookouts. With photogenic vistas and waterfalls all along the way, the views of the Jamison Valley are unsurpassed. Time should be set aside to dawdle along the cliffs and soak up the serenity of...

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  • Scribbly gums

    You might notice these trees if you do a bit of bushwalking. There are actually quite a few varieties but if you're bushwalking and tell someone "That's a scribbly gum" then you'll be correct.Eucalyptus haemastoma, the best known type occurring near SydneyEucalyptus sclerophylla, similar to Eucalyptus haemastoma, with smaller gumnutsEucalyptus...

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  • Leura Cascades to Gordon Falls

    This is an excellent section of cliff top track with many lookouts giving different aspects of the Blue Mountains, including the back side of the famous Three Sisters.You pass beside Leura Cascades and Bridal Veil Falls before heading around to Gordon Falls. There may also be other falls if you are there immediately after rain as I was last time....

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  • Gordon Falls

    These falls are viewed by probably only about 10% or less of the tourist hordes which is a shame, not so much for the falls themselves but the Prince Henry Cliff walk in that area is varied and very interesting.The stretch I'm referring to is the 1.8 km section from Leura to Gordon Falls. Black cockatoos tend to frequent the area and there are...

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Blue Mountains National Park Restaurants

  • High tea

    A luxurious way to top off a trip to the Blue Mountains is high tea at Lillianfels. The historic hotel over looking the valley is a perfect location for fancy tea and scones. The service was attentive and no request was too much. We observed a couple ask for a vegan high tea (ie no eggs, no butter, no honey, no milk) mm tough call but the kitchen...

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  • Atmosphere and Food

    Like so many of the restaurants in Katoomba's main street, the Paragon has atmosphere, which may explain why 1 in 3 shops in the main street is a restaurant. It's amazing to think that so many can survive but, survive they do.The dull lighting and classical motifs on the wall, like large cameos make this a place to relax and chill out. I loved...

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  • Funky Hippie Cafe, Live Local Music

    This is the most laid-back cafe you will ever come across! It has a range of board games and card games for you to play, books to read, weird, fantastical and ever changing art on the walls (which you can buy if you really like it), including pictures drawn by the younger clientele (though I'm not sure you can buy these ones!).Weekend nights you...

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Blue Mountains National Park Transportation

  • Trolley Tours around Katoomba and Leura.

    There seems to be much confusion on how best to see the Blue Mountains independantly?The two hour train trip from Central to Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains is the best way to get there if you don't have a car.When purchasing your ticket at Central Railway Station, you may be offered a "Link" Ticket by the station staff which includes...

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  • BLUE MOUNTAINS EXPLORER LINK

    In answer to a forum question.A good way to do the Blue mountains on your own from Sydney, is to buy the combination Train/bus ticket known as the "Explorer Link." The Blue Mountains ExplorerLink combines CityRail travel to Katoomba Station and day access to the hop-on, hop-off Explorer bus, a red double decker that drives between 30 attractions...

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  • TAKE A TRAIN FROM THE CITY CENTRAL TO...

    BLUE MOUNTAINS The city to the Blue Mountains is a great day out. When its hot in the city it is always a great escape to get on a train to Katoomba...Katoomba is the main railway station for the Blue Mountains area. Intecity train services are frequent and the cost of a return ticket is I beleive about $25.oo (please check as there has recently...

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Blue Mountains National Park Shopping

  • 3 Floors of Antique Books

    This place is the best if you like books. It's got tens of thousands. There are three floors of second hand books of every description. They are all categorised and if you need a particular book they will be able to point out where it is. I found a book there the other day that I'd been looking for for years. If you have a book you're not sure of...

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  • Hiking Guides

    Located at Echo Point, the visitors center has a lot of information for the hikers. Since they do not charge for entry costs, the park recovers some money by selling booklets about each hike. It includes history, animals, flora and hiking paths information. They are really cheap (like $3 AUD per booklet) so buy one and:1) Dont get lost2) Support...

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Blue Mountains National Park Local Customs

  • ALWAYS MAKE SURE ALL CAMP FIRES ARE...

    When hiking in these vast National Parks ..There are many dangers you can be confronted with and is best to be experienced and well prepared, with all the neccesary items that you will need for good navigation, good communication, good warm clothing, and good camping gear. One of the most dangerous things to happen is FIRE...PLEASE make sure that...

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  • Winter Magic Festival

    Every year at Katoomba there is the Winter Magic Festival. It is usually held mid to late June; the date changes each year and it is held on a Saturday. You can find out the precise date close to the time (as in late may, early June) by looking up Blue Mountains websites or the local paper (included below). It is a custom of most people to dress up...

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  • The Blue Haze

    Huge eucalyptus trees in the blue mountains gives this natiol park its name!The ultrafine oil mist gives it his colour!

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Blue Mountains National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • BE AWARE WHEN HIKING..DONT GET LOST

    BLUE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK The Blue mountains National Park is one of many National Parks here that join togeather in this area and create a huge area of open bushland . These combined National Parks (as one joins another)of the "Blue Mountains NP , Kanangra Boyd NP, Wollemi NP, Nattai NP and Yengo NP cover over a million acres and these are...

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  • BE CAREFUL!!!

    This is a copy of an article in the Sydney Morning Herald and indicates the importance of safety, even when you think you're smarter than the official stance:"THREE experienced adventurers will face court after they allegedly ignored locked gates and warning signs to go canyoning in the Blue Mountains during torrential rain, forcing police and...

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  • BEWARE OF WILDLIFE WHEN DRIVING IN THE...

    BEWARE OF WILDLIFE PLEASE When driving in or through these National Parks always be aware of wildlife. The wildlife in these National Parks is prolific and very unique . The most dangerous time is when the sun is setting, as this is when most of the animals are foraging for food. They tend to stay out of the sun and heat of the day choosing to lay...

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Blue Mountains National Park What to Pack

  • ALWAYS CARRY A STRONG INSECT REPELLANT

    I always carry a small backpack that carries my everyday outdoor needs. This carries also my camera gear safe and out of sight. A bottle of fresh drinking water. A wet face towel in a plastic "ziplok" sandwich bag. (for when its really hot) I carry a small rolled up poncho that can cover myself and my backpack. A good pair of walking/hiking...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF DRINKING WATER

    EVEN IF JUST TAKING A SMALL BUSHWALK: TAKE A SMALL BACKPACK WITH YOU WITH SOME ESENTIALS: ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF DRINKING WATER WITH YOU: MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A WARM JACKET AS THE WEATHER CAN CHANGE VERY QUICKLY HERE IN THE MOUNTAINS..CARRY A GOOD INSECT REPELLANTALWAYS USE THE LOCAL AMENITIES BEFORE SETTING OFF. GOOD HIKING OR WALKING BOOTS: A...

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  • Pack for the Weather

    The mountains are generally much coler than the city so make sure to have warm clothes or layers. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and hiking. Bring an umbrella or hooded jacket in case it rains; and it does sometimes. We brought sunblock, bug repellant, bandaids and aspirin. Digital camera Plenty of botled water and snacks.

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Blue Mountains National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Waterfall circuit

    Ever seeking new paths, I purchased the "Blue Mountains Best Bushwalks", a volume with more than 60 walks. First I headed out to Mount Victoria and did a couple of walks but, next, I chose the other end of the Blue Mountains, or rather, Lorraine chose it for me.The Waterfall Circuit at Lawson was our chosen one; a 3 km, 1 1/2 hour easy rated walk...

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  • Sunset Rock

    At the western end of Mount Victoria is a turnoff on the left into Grand View Rd. Near its end you'll come to Beaufort Ave, where you can leave your vehicle at the intersection because there's no parking and it's a dead end. From here Beaufort leads to this fine lookout over Wilsons Gully.As suggested, if the clouds are right it's a good place to...

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  • The Roenitz Pass experience continued

    Having done the walk I can let you know a couple of things. I didn't include the fact that the walk is labelled "easy". Take it from me, it's definitely not! The zig-zag is steep and rocky and then the trail through the pass is almost indiscernable in places, sometimes overgrown with ferns. Then it gets hard as you slog up towards Ross Cave. It's...

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Blue Mountains National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf in the gully

    I love Blackheath Golf Course. I played there first probably in the 1980's and everytime I've been there it's a pleasure simply walking around the course. I've threatened many a time to leave my clubs in the vehicle and simply take my camera, especially in spring and autumn.It's a relatively short course with only three par 5's and it's not that...

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  • Hiking

    When you do the bushwalking mentioned throughout these pages it is advisable to keep two things in mind. One is water. Ideally you should carry some with you as you do lose moisture, especially in summer, and you need to replace it.The other is comfortable shoes, mentioned elsewhere but worth repeating.It's also good to have maps, readily...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Blue Mountains National Park Favorites

  • Leura Gardens Festival

    Every year, about the first week of October, Leura has a garden festival. Several locals open up their gardens to the public for about 10 days. You can visit them yourself in your own transport or catch a shuttle bus that goes around.If you get lucky you might even find a garden that's open that's not on the list, as I did in 2012.If you'd like a...

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  • More Leura Gardens festival

    Seemed a shame to waste all my pictures so I thought I'd throw in a few more, mainly because nobody reads travelogues.The lady in the last picture, Claudia Fisk, is actually the owner/creator of the garden.Once you're in Leura the signs are everywhere and maps are freely available at all the gardens as well as the Tourist Information Centre.

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  • Vere Gordon Childe

    Childe was a noted archaeologist and philologist who specialized in European pre history. In addition, he was also a devout Marxist. Once upon a time he was both Director and Professor of European Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology in London.In mid 1956, Childe decided to retire from his position as Director a year prematurely and gave the...

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Explore Deeper into Blue Mountains National Park
The Roenitz experience
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Grand Canyon - a different view
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Govetts Leap
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Walking in the rain
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Victoria Falls part two
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Victoria Falls
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Birds of the Blue Mountains
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ENJOY THE ABUNDANT BIRDLIFE TO BE FOUND HERE
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BUSHWALKING IN THE NATIONAL PARK
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Mt Victoria
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Medlow Bath
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Walking Track Between Eastern Station to Leura
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Scenic World Blue Mountains
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Blue Mountains Bus Company
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Blue Mountains Explorer Bus
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CityRail to Blue Mountains
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Scenic Skyway
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The Three Sisters
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by Train
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The Trolley or the bus that is the question!
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Springwood Village
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Scenic Railway
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Scenic Skyway
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The Three Sisters
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Blue Lake
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Carlottas Arch
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Echo Point
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ZIG ZAG RAILWAY
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SCENIC WORLD - SKYWAY
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Walkabout Aboriginal trek though Blue Mountains
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Echo Point
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The Thousand Steps
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Wentworth Falls
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Waterfall walk - Mount Wilson
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Grand Canyon part two
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Grand Canyon
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Sefton Cottage part two
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Sefton Cottage
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Glenbrook Lagoon
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Skyway
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Map of Blue Mountains National Park

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