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Blue Mountains NSW

Updated on June 20, 2014

Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Only about 100km (60 miles ) west of Sydney is the beautiful area of the Blue Mountains, NSW (New South Wales). It is accessible by road and rail. There are many walks in this area for exploring the magnificent views, waterfalls and bushland in the Blue Mountains. This page contains some of our favourite places to visit when sight-seeing in the Blue Mountains NSW.

The Blue Mountains are part of the Great Dividing Range which stretches 3500km (2175miles) down the east coast of Australia from the northern tip of Queensland (Qld), through NSW and finishing in Victoria (Vic). The Blue Mountain National Park was set aside in 1959 and now has the highest number of visitors of any national park in NSW.

Major Attractions in the Blue Mountains, NSW

Katoomba

Katoomba is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Blue Mountains, NSW due to the surrounding spectacular mountain scenery. From Echo Point, just south of the town, the famous Three Sisters rock formation can be viewed and there is a steep track, called the Giant Stairway which leads down to (or up from) the Jamison Valley.

An alternative way down into the valley is by the Katoomba scenic railway, which, at 52°, is reported to be the world's steepest cable-driven railway. There are walking tracks down in the valley so you can explore the beautiful bushlands.

Another way to see the sights is from the Scenic Skyway which travels across the gorge, with spectacular views of the Katoomba Falls.

Location of Katoomba and the Three Sisters

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Three Sisters

Three Sisters
Three Sisters

Scenic Skyway and Scenic Railway

Scenic Skyway Cable Car

Scenic Skyway Cable Car
Scenic Skyway Cable Car

Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Caves are a collection of limestone caves located 175km (110 miles) west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Many of the caves have spectacular rock formations and are open to paying visitors. The caves were first opened to tourists in the mid nineteenth century.

Stalactites, Jenolan Caves

Stalactites, Jenolan Caves
Stalactites, Jenolan Caves

Nettle Cave, Jenolan Caves (photo taken c1888)

Nettle Cave, Jenolan Caves (photo taken c1888)
Nettle Cave, Jenolan Caves (photo taken c1888)

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Bushwalks in the Blue Mountains

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon walking track descends 350m (1150 feet) into a canyon in the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW. It is a three to four hour walk, but if you take as many photos as I did, it could take all day! The walk takes you next to Greaves Creek, through varying vegetation, through a small tunnel and behind a waterfall. The track is currently under repairs closed on weekdays (still open weekends) until January 2010.

Below are some of the highlights of our recent walk.

Steep walls in the Grand Canyon

Steep walls in the Grand Canyon
Steep walls in the Grand Canyon

Walk behind a waterfall

Walk behind a waterfall
Walk behind a waterfall

Beautiful Blue Mountains bush

Beautiful Blue Mountains bush
Beautiful Blue Mountains bush

Track through the rainforest, Blue Mountains

Track through the rainforest, Blue Mountains
Track through the rainforest, Blue Mountains

Make sure you drop by and say "G'day"

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice photos

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      @RhondaAlbom: Get over there, Pukeko, I promise you that you will have the best time!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      You make me homesick. Can I come stay with you if I come back? Can I bring my wife? And my two cats? One of them is pretty fat, I have to warn you (26 pounds).

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a full and wonderful experience you have given us here! The Skyway ride would be a memory for a lifetime and I sure would want to get under that waterfall. Too bad that you aren't a hop, skip, and a jump away. I feel refreshed, maybe its the negative ions from the waterfall. Thank you!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for the glimpse of your beautiful country. I'd love to visit someday!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I've never been here but it certainly looks like somewhere I'd love to visit. Wonderful pictures and that waterfall pic is fantastic! Really nice video too - that railway looks more like a rollercoaster!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      We have been in New Zealand for 6 years and still haven't made it across the tasman to Australia. This lens just might be the encouragement I need.

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      luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

      Great job on this, Congrats on Rocketmoms Graduation. Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Stunning!

      Congratulations on Graduating RocketMom!

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      Lynne Schroeder 7 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      You have done a lovely job on my hometown. I myself haven't been down into the Grand Canyon, mainly because there are a lot of steps and my knees can't take it. Please come visit my lens which I will be adding lots to as time goes by. A Short Stay In The Blue Mountains

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      This is amazing. I would love to go through your The Grand Canyon. Thanks for sharing.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      These are beautiful photos!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      This looks totally awesome!