Blue Mountains

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Intro

The Blue Mountains is Sydney's mecca for anyone interested in the outdoors. Climbers, canyoners, campers & hikers are all well served here. Thousands of tourists come up here and on the weekend thousands of daytrippers from Sydney. There are a few towns scattered along the highway and the local population is a mix of hippies & bogans. Katoomba is the main town and has a few decent pubs to drink ..

Attractions
National Pass Trail

Given the chance to walk just one trail in the Blue Mountains most will choose this. It is a majestic walk along the cliff face from Wentworth Falls to Empress Falls. Start at either the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area on Falls Rd or The Conservation Hut on Fletcher St both in Wentworth Falls town. It is a 3 hour walk depending on the trail you choose but the Overcliff Walk is highly recommended. Y ..

The Giant Stairway To Federal Pass

Very popular walking track. Park near Echo Point, the most famous lookout in the Blue Mountains. From here walk out to The Three Sisters and then down the Giant Stairway to Federal Pass. Turn right and follow Federal Pass to Scenic World. From here you can take a gondola back up to the top for about $20. Otherwise walk up the steep Furber Steps to the clifftop and back around to Echo Point pass ..

The Ruined Castle Walk

This walk joins Federal Pass Near the Narrowneck Carpark. Follow Glenraphael Dr off Cliff Dr to the carpark. From here follow the Golden Stairs down into the valley. About 5 hours return.

The Grand Canyon

Popular walk through a forested canyon. Very cool in the summer. Some unique caves and waterholes along the walk. Should take around 4 hours. Good spot for canyoning.

Leura Cascades

This is a short 30 min walk with a beautiful waterfall swimming hole and cave at the end. There is also the aptly named Majestic Lookout.

Lockley Pylon

Some driving on unsealed roads but 2wds should be fine. The walk is about 3 hours return but you should spend some more time checking out the pinnacles along the way. Pretty quiet walk with amazing views.

Darwins Walk

This is the walk Charles Darwin did when he came to the Blue Mountains. Very leisurely 2 hour walk but there is a lot to see including the Weeping Rock and Queens Cascades.

Sassafras Gully

Nice walk that starts straight from Springwood Station. Walk through the carpark of the Shopping Centre and you will see the track on Springwood Rd. A great walk with some great lookouts and a little waterfall.

Coxs River

Walk past the cemetery and about 2 hours on there is a swing bridge over the river. You will reach a lodge where you can stay overnight for $45. It is best to book ahead here (sixfoottrackecolodge.com). Lots of facilities here including campground and pizza for $20. You can continue on from here to several tracks most notably the 6 ft track.

Prince Henry Cliff Walk

It takes about 4 hours to Scenic World and back. Beautiful walk with lots of lookouts and a few waterfalls.

Long Walks

Highlights of the multi day walks here are Mt Solitary, The 6 ft Track, Pierces Pass, The Glowworm Tunnel in Newnes & The Grose Valley. If you are camping out in the Blue Mountains pick up a Locator Beacon from either the National Parks Office in Blackheath or the Katoomba or Springwood Police Stations. They are free.

Lookouts

There are lookouts all over the place in the Blue Mountains. You should be able to find somewhere nice to watch the sun go up or down & snap a few pics.

Echo Point Lookout

Jaw dropping lookout next to the Three Sisters. You can get maps here and there is overpriced food. Lots of tourists.

Gordon Falls

Lookout of this amazing waterfall near Leura.

Govetts Leap

Incredible views of the Grose Valley. Lots of walks start around here.

Cliff Drive

Great drive with many lookouts just off the road.

Bells Line of Rd

Great drive, probably the best in the area. Much quieter than other roads in the Blue Mountains.

Narrow Neck

Follow the firetrail along about 2 hours. This is a remarkable track along a narrow ridge. Make sure your brakes are working.

Andersons Fire Trail

Starting from Kings Tableland Rd Wentworth Falls A fairly rough unsealed road. This is a long trail with very steep sections for advanced riders. Links to other trails. The views are amazing.

Oaks Trail

A long ride from Taylor Rd in Woodford near Woodford Station. Will take about 4 hours each way.

Faulconbridge Point Lookout

At the end of Grose Rd in Faulconbridge. Short pleasant ride with great views. You can detour to the Grose River on foot.

Blue Gum Swamp

A 10km loop at the end of White Cross Rd in Winmallee.

Rock Climbing

Lots of climbing in this area and there is definitely something for everyone.

Pierces Pass

Take the unsealed Pierces Pass Rd off Bells Line of Rd. From Pierces Pass picnic area from where it is a short walk to this group of great multi pitch climbs.

Mt Piddington

Very popular crag climbing just south of Mt. Victoria.

Glenbrook Gorge

Lots of walls along Glenbrook Creek just to the south of Glenbrook town. You can follow the Gorge Trail from Jellybean carpark on Bruce Rd Glenbrook to get here. Easy access.

Blackheath

Very popular with climbers. Particularly Centennial Glen, which draws a lot of sport climbers. Follow Centennial Track from Gordon St in Blackheath to the bottom of the gorge and plenty of rock.

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Jellybean Pool and Blue Pool

Two beautiful and easy to reach pools. Very popular in the summer. There is also an aboriginal rock drawing nearby worth checking out.

Paradise Pools

Little bit hard to find the trail here in a couple of sections. Park on Railway Prd which is off Tollgate Dr in Linden. You should find the trail just around the start of the road. Follow the trail north behind the houses until there is a clear path on your left. This is Paradise Walking track. Follow this track to the fork then turn right.

Minnehaha Falls

Little bit hard to find the trail but it is on the left from the carpark and follows Yosemite Creek. Some ladders etc to climb on steep parts on the trail. Beautiful waterfalls and swimming spot. You can climb up the cliffs and jump into the pool but it is very slippery.

Silver Cascades

Which is unsealed and a long drive off Great Western Hwy. There are a couple of pools here and a waterfall shower.

Clarence Dam

Turn off Chifley Rd just east of the rail line. The turnoff is marked Zig Zag Tunnel 1 Road Access. Stay on this road til you get to the locked gate and turn left onto the dirt road. Turn right and follow this road parallel to the railway tracks until you reach a 3 way intersection. Turn right and you will find this great swimming hole. You can jump into the water from surrounding cliffs.

Canyoning

Lots of famous canyons here including Empress, Grand Canyon, Claustral, Rocky Creek, Wollangambe, and Whungee Wheengee. If you are equipped and experienced you can take most of them on. If you are not highly experienced it is best to go through a company.

Blue Mountains Adventure

They also offer abseiling, rockclimbing and guided hikes.

High and Wild

They also have rockclimbing, abseiling and bush survival courses.

Jenolan Caves

About 1 1/2 hours out of Katoomba. West along The Great Western Hwy and then south along the beautiful Jenolan Caves Rd. Nettle Cave and The Devils Coachhouse are free. Guided tours of incredible 'show caves' are $42 to $55. Lucas Cave is the most popular and probably the most spectacular. There are some 'adventure cave' tours available, The Plughole starts with a 10m abseil and is $120. On Wed ..

Food
Red Door Cafe

Great cafe with decent prices and friendly staff.

Yellow Deli

Great sandwiches and coffee. If the staff seem a bit strange it is because this place is run by a cult of some sort.

The Corner Roast

Very generous portions. Plenty of choice and good service. This is exactly what you need after a long day in the bush.

Sanwiye

Big portions of Korean style favourites. Good price and it is pretty healthy food.

Pie in the Sky

Good place to pick up some pies for your drive.

The Potager Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens

Expensive but a great spot to eat on the balcony looking out over the gardens and forest beyond.

Accommodation
Camping

North of the Great Western Highway camping is limited to established campgrounds. South of the highway you can camp anywhere in the National Park. As long as you are not too close to a picnic area, lookout, trail or road.

Euroka Campground

Large shady campground with a swimming hole nearby (Portal Waterhole). $20 a site, you need to book in advance in the summer.

Murphys Glen Campground

The road can be difficult for 2wd but it is a fairly short drive. Free.

Perrys Lookdown Campground

Small site at the end of an unsealed road. Beautiful views and lots of walks and lookouts in this area. Free.

Ingar Campground

Great campground with decent facilities. There are plenty of mountain biking trails around here. You can swim at the creek nearby.

Blackheath Glen Reserve

Nice campsite that is easy to get to and very popular.

Cathedral Reserve Campsite

Free and easy to access campsite. Good place to stop along Bells Line of Rd. Lots of daytrippers.

Deep Pass

>This is a walkin campground and is a bit of a mission to get to. From Lithgow follow State Mine Gully Rd north until it becomes Glowworm Tunnel Rd. Keep following Glowworm Tunnel Rd making sure to stay right after Bungleboori Picnic area. Turn right at the end of the pine plantation into Eastern Boundary Rd. Turn left at the second intersection at a large clearing. Then turn right at the first ..

Blue Mountains YHA

Great hostel with BBQ and fireplace.

No 14 Budget Accommodation

Really nice, small friendly & quiet hostel with everything you need.

The Flying Fox Hostel

Small friendly hostel. Nice garden and outside fireplace. The owner is very helpful.

Blue Mountains Backpacker Hostel

Lots of space here as well as a free pool table & BBQ.

Katoomba Mountain Lodge

Beautiful old lodge with good common areas.