Blue Mountains Australia - Discover Australia's Spectacular Blue Mountains
Back to Nature in The Spectacular Blue Mountains Australia
The Blue Mountains are located approximately 100 kilometres west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. They are not actually a mountain range but rather a series of cliffs and gorges. Much of the area is classified as a World Heritage Site.
The name Blue Mountains comes from the blue appearance of the range when viewed from Sydney, a consequence of the many eucalyptus trees in the area.
The Blue Mountains are resplendent in natural beauty and feature many bushwalks (hiking tracks), waterfalls and lookouts. Tourism is the predominant industry and tourists are well catered for.
The Three Sisters
A famous rock formation located at Katoomba. A walkway known as The Giant Staircase provides access.
The Katoomba Scenic Railway
One of the mountains oldest attractions the Scenic Railway is famous for being the steepest railway in the world, as verified by the Guinness Book of Records. It has a maximum gradient of 52 degrees.
The Scenic Skyway and Scenicscender
Located at Katoomba you can ride the Scenicscender to the valley floor or take the Skyway across the Jamison Valley.
Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum
Located at Faulconbridge, the gallery is run by The National Trust of Australia and includes the origianal Norman Lindsay homestead. The gallery houses a variety of Australian artwork. The house and gardens featured in the film Sirens.
A spectacular limestone cave system, Jenolan Caves are considered one of the world's best. Located 70 kilometres South West of Katoomba.
Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
Home of the oldest remaining roundhouse in New South Wales.
The Toy Museum
At Olympian Parade Leura you will find a magnificent mansion called Leuralla which is home to a facinating collection of trains and toys.
The Zig Zag Railway
An old fashioned railway with steam-powered engines near Lithgow.
Megalong Valley Farm
A great day out for families with young children. Features a friendship farm, picnic area, animal shows, sheep shearing and cow milking.
Kings Tableland Observatory
Located at Wentworth Falls at an altitude of 930 metres the observatory is has 3 modern telescopes
Afternoon tea at Katoomba's Carrington Hotel is a delicious feast for families and a chance to see some living history. For Harry Potter fans, check out the cupboard under the stairs.
Also located at Katoomba is the Paragon Cafe, a chocoholic's paridise.
A great family day out for families.
Features lush vegetation with lots of walks, lookouts and private gardens.
The Wollemi Pine
The Wollemi Pine (known as the Dinosaur Tree ) was disovered in the Blue Mountains by David Noble and his companions in 1994.David put a cutting in his pack and took it home to try and identify it. He had actually found 23 strange-looking pines, stretching up to 40 metres high through the canopy of a deep and inaccessible gorge. Scientists later recognised that it was very rare and dated back for millions of years.