Blue Mountains

How to Spend the Day in the Blue Mountains

What are the blue mountains?

The Blue Mountains are a must-see destination to experience some of New South Wales’ most iconic natural beauty.  Situated very close to Sydney, it is super easy to spend the day or more here.  Especially using our tailored guide on a day in the Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains holds its name due to the many eucalyptus trees, which in the heat, release a mist of oils that look blue in the light.

There are many different attractions and hiking trails within the Blue Mountains range.  Therefore, we have made a guide that will enable you to get the most out of your day trip. Or, alternatively, it can help to shape one of your days if you plan to stay longer. 

Scenic view of Blue Mountains, Sydney

How To Get There

Getting to the Blue Mountains from Sydney couldn’t be easier. Furthermore, if you're staying in Sydney during your trip, be sure to check out our full guide on Sydney here.


Driving to the Blue Mountains will take around 1 hour 30 minutes from the city centre.  This is the distance to the main area of the mountain range.  In addition, having a car will also make it very easy to get around the different areas and attractions.


Don’t fret if you don’t have a car because the train is also a great way to reach the Blue Mountains.  In fact, this is how we did it! From Central Station, it only takes just under 2 hours.  We recommend getting off at Katoomba Station. In this case, you can find a timetable of train times here.

Top tip: If you’re heading there by train, choose to travel on a Sunday.  As a result, you'll be able to get half-price travel!

Image of two Sydney trains on the platform

How to Get Around Once You’ve Reached Katoomba Station

Firstly, Katoomba is a town worth spending a little time in before you venture off.  Due to it being full of nice cafes, antique stores and charm.

Once you’re ready to go, if you want to keep to a tight budget, it is possible to go around all the major attractions via the local buses.  However, we decided to go for the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. Consequently, this added extra ease to our day in the Blue Mountains.  Due to not having to think about what buses to get and we were dropped off right by everywhere that we wanted to go.


Image of tickets for the Explorer Bus, Blue Mountains Sydney

What To Do & See

Scenic World

From Katoomba Station, our first stop was Scenic World.  Scenic World is a really fun way to see the mountains and is definitely great for first-time visitors.  Due to there being 4 different unique angles of the beauty that is the Blue Mountains!  It should be noted that the 'Discovery Pass' gives you access to all 4 experiences. To summarise, these experiences include the Scenic Railway, Skyway, Cableway and Walkway. We would recommend the experiences in the following order:

Scenic Skyway

The Skyway is like one giant cablecar that provides 360-degree views of Katoomba Falls, the three sisters and Jamison Valley, stretching out to the horizon.  Suspended 270 metres above the rainforest canopy, this actually makes the Skyway twice the height of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia’s highest cable car!  It doesn’t end here though, the skyway has another trick up its sleeve.  Stand on the platform in the middle and watch your feet.  The breathtaking views beneath are revealed through an electro-glass floor!

Image from Scenic Skyway ride in 'Scenic World' Blue Mountains

Scenic Railway

Keeping up with their record-breaking experiences, the Scenic Railway is the steepest passenger railway in the world!  Step onboard, choose how you’d like to be seated.  Stay neutral, in a relaxing reclined position or leaning an extra 12 degrees forward with the adventurous ‘Cliffhanger’.  Following this, shoot down a cliff-side tunnel with views of the rainforest and the beautiful Jamison Valley through the glass roof.

Image of Scenic Railway exiting tunnel, Scenic World, Blue Mountains Sydney

Scenic Walkway

Get off the train at the bottom station and you will be able to access the elevated boardwalk of the Scenic Walkway, which covers 2.4km of Jurassic rainforest to stroll through. Along the way, you have the chance to learn about the site’s coal mining history and the various local flora.  There are various options to walk, from a quick 10 minutes to a leisurely hour.

Scenic walkway through tall trees in Blue Mountains, Sydney
Scenic Cableway

Whichever route of the Scenic Walkway you take, you will be able to end the walk at the entrance to the Scenic Cableway.  On this cablecar, you can take in the panoramic views of the Blue Mountains.  This includes views of the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls.

Additionally, there are access points to other walks within the National Park along the way if you’d like to delve in deeper.

This will bring you back to the main entrance of Scenic World, where you are free to do any of the experiences again. Alternatively,you can check out the gift store, have a bite to eat or just simply move onto the next bit of your Blue Mountains adventure.

Cable Car over iconic Blue Mountains, Sydney

Honeymoon Lookout to Echo Point

Firstly, head to Honeymoon Lookout for the starting point to a lovely short walk in the Blue Mountains towards Echo Point.  Following this, head right and wander along the path in the shade of the towering eucalyptus trees. If you’re lucky, you may spot some colourful parrots, bower birds and the incredible lyrebirds.  The lookouts along this route are absolutely stunning.  Before you know it, you’re looking across at the next spot, the Three Sisters.

Honeymoon Lookout over Blue Mountains, Sydney

Three Sisters

So according to Aboriginal legend, 3 sisters were turned to stone by a witch doctor to protect them from a battle.  However, the witch doctor later died and was the only one who could reverse the spell.  As a result, the sisters remain here in their rock formation!

Here is your perfect photo opportunity with the legend and it is also possible to head down a set of stairs and get close enough to touch!

If you fancy taking a break here, there’s a lovely café at Echo Point called The Lookout. This cafe has fab views from the terrace to soak in, as you re-energise.

Two hands touching iconic rock formation in Blue Mountains, Sydney

Leura Cascades

Leura Cascades is one of the top scenic spots in the Blue Mountains, with a beautiful track to take alongside it.  The track takes you along the cascades, with tall ferns on one side and the calming sounds of trickling water on the other.  It’s an easy short walk, which can be done in half an hour.  However, with the amazing views at the bottom, you may be down there for a while!

Waterfall in Blue Mountains, Sydney

Prince Henry Cliff Walk

Our favourite walk is the track between Leura Cascades and The Pool of Siloam.  This Cliff Walk provides stunning views over the mountains with points of interest along the way.  Such as the Elysian Rock Lookout, caves and Gordon Falls.

View of the Blue Mountains, Sydney

The Pool of Siloam

One of the hidden treasures of the Blue Mountains is this secluded, enchanting pool.  With forest surrounds and waterfall included, this feels like a little slice of paradise.  It should be noted that it takes a little while to head down the stairs. Even so, it is so, so worth it! Plus, you won’t need to walk back up them either!

Pools of Siloam, A Waterfall in Blue Mountains, Sydney

Lyrebird Dell Walking Track

Head along the creek on this walk, passing more waterfalls.  In addition, catch a lookout spot just as the sun is setting to see the orange glow intertwine with the blue mist of the Blue Mountains.  Beautiful!

Sunset over Blue Mountains, Sydney


The end of the Lyrebird Dell walk will finish your perfect adventure through the beautiful Blue Mountains. Thus leading you into the charming village of Leura. This village has a feeling of stepping back in time with cute, charismatic shops along the main street.

To round off the day, we highly recommend a visit to one of the villages' bars.  We loved The Bunker Cafe, as the views were stunning in the fairy-light covered terrace.

A 'Hill Billy' cider sitting on a fairy lit table, Blue Mountains, Sydney

Heading Back

Last but not least, from Leura, you can catch the train or drive straight back to Sydney.  Easy peasy!

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