The breathtaking scenery of the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains, NSW. Credit: Destination NSW

Mia Woolrich

Posted February 18, 2022

While the Blue Mountains is world famous for its spectacular natural attractions, there’s far more to discover in and around its historic mountain towns.

Just a few hours’ drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is home to a collection of small towns that will capture the hearts of nature and culture lovers alike. Katoomba is the Blue Mountains most visited town and is a great starting point to take in some stunning scenery, as well bask in the village’s Art Deco splendour.

Then, the aptly appointed ‘garden village’ of Leura. Nature lovers will delight in Leura’s manicured gardens, tree-lined mall and variety of bush walks. The mountain’s highest village, Blackheath, is also a must-visit and is renowned for its antique shopping and cultural hub.

We hope you’re feeling up for some fresh mountain air and old-fashioned village charm, because the Blue Mountains is ready for you to explore, and we’ve compiled a list of the region’s must-dos. 


Scenic World

A visit to Scenic World is a great way to take in some epic views without having to wear out your hiking boots.

Here you can travel from clifftops to the valley floor via the steepest railway in the world, take a panoramic cable car ride and gaze up at the majestic forest from a well-maintained boardwalk.

Echo Point

The Blue Mountain’s most famous lookout is Echo Point - and for good reason. Head to one of Echo Point’s viewing platforms to catch some seriously jaw dropping views of the Jamison Valley and the unique Three Sisters rock formation. Sunset is perhaps the most magical time to go, when you’ll see bats swooping through the golden valley.

Katoomba Falls Night Walk

One of Katoomba’s most unique attractions comes alive after the sun has set. Recently upgraded with lighting, the 1.3km walking path offers the chance to nocturnally view the beautiful natural sites of Orphan Rock, Witches Leap, Katoomba Falls and Katoomba Cascades.

It’s an easy walk and a wonderfully atmospheric experience, especially if you get lucky with a clear starry night.

Art Deco Funk

Art Deco lovers will delight in the town’s historic buildings that are now home to an eclectic mix of antique and gift shops, cafes and restaurants. Katoomba has a great variety of dining options, and beer lovers will embrace a trip to the local brewery, which is housed in a very cool space.

Make sure you also check out the contemporary side of Katoomba. Head to the hidden gem of Beverly Place where you’ll find some brilliant local street art. 


Katoomba. Credit: Destination NSW

Visit some of Katoomba's historic buildings and cafes. Credit: Destination NSW


Edwardian Beauty

What Katoomba has in Art Deco beauty, Leura offers in Edwardian charm. Shopping is a pleasurable experience here - pop your head into one of the many clothing boutiques and gift stores that are housed within old cottages and even an old church.

For such a quaint small town, Leura delivers on the international food scene - whether it’s Indian, Japanese or fine-dining that you’re after.

Everglades Gardens

A must-see is the historic Everglades Gardens. Opened in the 1930s, these well-maintained gardens showcase a stunning variety of European and native Australian landscaping. We recommend picking up some local treats in town and enjoying a picnic on the tranquil grounds.

Bush walking

There are many incredible bush walks right on Laura’s doorstep, whether you’re up for a strenuous adventure or a casual stroll is more your style. On the leisurely side, the Leura Cascades circuit is an easily accessible track that takes you to a beautiful waterfall and back.


Echo Point Lookout. Credit: Destination NSW
Everglades Historic House. Credit: Destination NSW


Step back in time

A hotspot for antique shopping, head to the Victory Theatre Antique Centre and fossick for a unique souvenir to take home. Billed as the largest antiques hub west of Sydney, this historic centre also offers a cosy cafe to grab a bite.

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre

This cultural hub is a must-visit to learn about the Indigenous history of the Blue Mountains, as well as get expert advice on walking tracks and other activities. The centre is also the starting point of a few picturesque walking tracks and picnic areas.

Campbell Rhododendron Garden

These gardens are one of Blackheath’s most notable gems. This delightful spot comes especially alive in spring, when the Rhododendrons bloom spectacularly.

The garden is well-worth visiting all year round though, offering a stunning 18 hectares of carefully harmonised native flora and European flowers. 

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