Blue Mountain National Park
The spectacular Blue Mountain National Park is a UNESCO-protected park to the west of Sydney, part of the Blue Mountains Region in New South Wales.
The spectacular Blue Mountain National Park is a UNESCO-protected park to the west of Sydney, part of the Blue Mountains Region in New South Wales. It’s best known for the famous Three Sisters sandstone rock formation near the town of Katoomba.
With vast forests of eucalyptus, the plants emit a mist of eucalyptus oil, covering the mountains in a haze that looks blue from Sydney, giving the region its name.
The area is actually an uplifted plateau, with its highest point being the peak of Mount Werong at 1,215 meters above sea level. The national park hosts a variety of biomes, and thus is home to a widely diverse range of species, from a third of Australia’s bird species, to mammals, reptiles, and frogs.
Apart from enjoying stunning scenic panoramas, hike over 250 walking trails, explore Jenolan caves and set out on a quintessentially Ozzie bushwalk. The national park is also stomping ground to nature enthusiasts who go canyoning, rock climbing, and mountain biking in the area. Savor a picnic in the middle of the wilderness, explore Jamison Valley and take in the impressive sight of Wentworth Waterfalls.
To get to Blue Mountain National Park, join a tour from Sydney or drive to Katoomba via the M4 Motorway or take a train from Central Station to Katoomba. Once in Katoomba, take the public bus to Echo Point or hop on the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.