Autumn in the Blue Mountains.
The Blue Mountains is one of those must see destinations.
Named after the blue haze created by the eucalyptus oil in the air above the
mountain gum forests, the Blue Mountains is within easy reach from Sydney with
both road and rail access.
With numerous villages dotted along the way, the
Blue Mountains has long been renowned for offering some of the best bush walks
in the world, from cascading waterfalls, magnificent panoramas of sandstone
plateau, forested river valleys and deep gorges. There is rainforests and
fern-filled gullies, and abundance of flora and fauna. There are also a number
of other local attractions and after the hard days walk and exploring, you can
relax in one of the wonderful cafes and restaurants found in the region.
Mountains Explorer Bus
Ph: 02 4782 4807
Departs Katoomba daily. See 27 of the
major Blue Mountains attractions, hop on and hop off, for unlimited day travel.
There are a number of National Parks
Discovery Walks both day and night, to experience. Contact any of the local
visitor centres or the
National Parks and Wildlife Heritage
For some suggested
scenic bushwalks click here.
Ph: 02 4782 8900
Experience the sensation of plunging
into wild canyon, abseiling down a sheer rock face, floating over magnificent
mist-filled valleys, raging waters and waterfalls, underground caves, ancient
wilderness and come face to face with the world's oldest living trees, the
Wollemi pines. Experience this and more at The Edge movie.
37 Everglades Ave, LEURA NSW 2780
LEURA Ph: 02 4784 1938
Constructed in the 30s by Danish born
master gardener, Paul Sorensen, in conjunction with its owner Henri Van de
Velde, Everglades is Australias most spectacular inter-war period garden.
Stroll along formal European-style terraces and winding paths reveals the
many moods of Everglades, from the tranquillity of the Reflection Pool, the
gracious lawn lined with flowering Japanese cherry trees, to the contemplative
Grotto Pool and waterfall. This 5.2 ha garden also has breathtaking views of the
The most spectacular limestone caves
in Australia, currently with a choice of nine caves. If you are looking for
something more exhilarating, try the Adventure Caving or the Ghost Tour.
Australian Heritage Centre
Megalong Rd, MEGALONG VALLEY NSW
Ph: 02 4787 8188 Fax: 02 4787 9116
Part of a unique pioneering homestead set in the heart of the Blue Mountains.
It reflects the lifestyles of the pioneers from the past through to today and
offers a great insight into the history of this era. Offers ranch guesthouse,
BYO horse holidays, riding lessons, pony rides, campouts and more.
Located in north Katoomba is Minnehaha Reserve, home to Minnehaha Falls. The
falls are on Yosemite Creek, above Katoomba Creek junction, and accessible to
walkers. The reserve is at the end of Minnie Ha Ha Road, off South Street. There
is a 2.7 kilometres return walk from the carpark to the Falls.
Mount Tomah Botanic
Ph: 02 4567 2154
105 km west of Sydney in the Blue
Mountains. The garden takes its name from the mountain on which it is located.
Mount Vic Flicks
Harley Ave, MOUNT VICTORIA NSW 2786 Ph: 02 4787 1577
cinema whose sister cinema is The
Ritz, North Yorkshire, England.
The Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum
Ph: 02 4751 1067
The former home of the artist and
writer Norman Lindsay who left many of his artworks, including paintings,
etchings, sculptures, books and model ships to the National Trust. Have a picnic
in the landscaped gardens decorated with fountains and statues, created by
Katoomba St, KATOOMBA NSW 2780
Ph: 02 4782 2928 Fax: 02
This world famous Paragon Restaurant
has been operating since 1916. Retaining original decor and furnishings of the
interwar Art Deco period. Listed by the National Trust, the Paragon reflects the
style, quality and elegance of the age which created it, with the Cocktail Bar
and Dining Room being evocative of the era of cloche hats, tea dances, flappers
The Paragon is also famous for the quality of its cakes and
pastries, but in particular for the fine hand-made chocolates, made on the
premises, as it has always been done for the last 86 plus years.
Check out the many pictures of famous faces who have come through the door,
including the likes of Ginger Rogers, Lee Marvin, Bob Dylan, Ben Chifley, Barry
Humphries and Dame Joan Sutherland.
Cnr Violet St & Cliff Drive, KATOOMBA NSW 2780
Ph: 02 4782 2699
Fax: 02 4782 5675
Includes the Katoomba Sceniscender
(Australia's steepest cable car), Scenic Railway (the worlds steepest incline
railway), and the Scenic Skyway (the only horizontal gondola ride in Australia).
Werriberri Trail Riders
Megalong Rd, MEGALONG VALLEY NSW
Ph: 02 4787 9171
A family concern offering pony rides
for children and rides of varying duration and challenge ranging from a
half-hour to three hours, a day ride and camp-outs from two to 10 days.
Zig Zag Railway
Ph: 02 6355 2955 Fax: 02 6355 2954 Ph: 02 6351 4826
(Recorded timetable enquiries)
Constructed between 1866 and 1869,
and acclaimed as a major engineering achievement of its time, the railway was
constructed to enable produce to be taken to Sydney from the farming regions
beyond the Blue Mountains and to develop the coal and iron ore deposits found in
the Lithgow Valley.
The railway lies on the western side of the Blue Mountains and runs between
Clarence Station at the highest point and Bottom Points Station at the lowest
point. Today, visitors can relive the thrill of the ride with a journey through two tunnels, over three magnificent
sandstone viaducts and stops at scenic lookouts. Steam trains run on the
weekends, public holidays and school holidays. On other days, the train ride is
on a vintage rail motor.