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Beautiful display of autumn leaves in the Blue Mountains.
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.

Blue Mountains Attractions

Blue 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.
Bushwalks
• 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 Centre, Blackheath.

For some suggested scenic bushwalks click here.
The Edge
• 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.
Everglades Gardens
• 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 Australia’s 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 Jamison Valley.


Jenolan Caves
• 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.
Megalong Australian Heritage Centre
• Megalong Rd, MEGALONG VALLEY NSW • Ph: 02 4787 8188 • Fax: 02 4787 9116 • Email
• 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.
Minnehaha Falls
• 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 Garden
• 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.

Mount Vic Flicks
• Harley Ave, MOUNT VICTORIA NSW 2786 • Ph: 02 4787 1577
• Popular small 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 Norman Lindsay.

The Paragon, Katoomba St, Katoomba.

The Paragon
• Katoomba St, KATOOMBA NSW 2780
• Ph: 02 4782 2928 • Fax: 02 4782 4744 • Email
• 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 and jazz.

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.


Scenic World
• 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 world’s 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 • Email (online form)
• 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) • Email
• 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.
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• Blue Mountains Pet-Friendly Destinations
• Blue Mountains Pet Friendly Accommodation
Pet Friendly Off Leash Areas
• Ph: 02 4780 5000 (for further information on council's Dog Off Leash Exercise Areas)
• Blue Mountains City Council has a number of off leash exercise areas for dogs. Check their website for location details, with information on location and approved hours of use.
 
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