Blue Mountains Open Gardens
Open late, you can experience endless starry skies with your family and friends at Scenic World, just 90 minutes from Sydney.
Enjoy all the rides that you love, but like you‘ve never experienced them before – at night!
Whether you want to take an exhilarating ride on the world’s steepest railway, explore the mystery of the ancient rainforest or discover how high the Skyway glides above the valley floor, there’s something for everyone at Scenic World.
After your adventure, relax over dinner at EATS270 and enjoy the view as twilight falls over the iconic Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and the Jamison Valley.
Visit during the summer school holidays and save with Scenic World’s Early Bird Entry – with generous family passes from $77.00.
The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters is the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular landmark. Located at Echo Point Katoomba, around 2.5 kilometres from the Great Western Highway, this iconic visitor attraction is experienced by millions of people each year.
The Three Sisters is essentially an unusual rock formation representing three sisters who according to Aboriginal legend were turned to stone.
The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. The Three Sisters is also floodlit until around 11pm each evening looking simply spectacular set against the black background of the night sky.
Each of the Three Sisters stand at 922, 918 & 906 metres tall, respectively.
That's over 3000 feet above sea level!
Bushwalks & Bushwalking Tracks
There are so many amazing bushwalking tracks to explore throughout the Blue mountains region.
Check out the table below of some of the more popular walks in this stunning World Heritage listed region.
Blue Mountains Open Gardens
The Blue Mountains Region is famous for its magnificent cool climate exotic gardens, which during Autumn and Spring are ablaze with Autumn colour. Gardens are privately owned and therefore opening times and days are at the discretion of the owner. Many of the village streets also display magnificent Autumn and Spring colours.
The home of traditional shoppping. It's also a place where history, the arts, breath-taking natural scenery and cafe culture merge, making it a fascinating place to explore at a leisurely pace - on foot. To get the most out of your visit to Katoomba, the principal township in our World Heritage Blue Mountains, we suggest you follow this map.
Leura Gardens Festival
The Leura Gardens Festival is a registered charity, the objective of which is to provide funds for medical equipment and patient care at the Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital.
Management of the Festival is in the hands of a voluntary committee currently chaired by Mr Ray Wiles and supported during the Festival by around 400 volunteers from the local community.
The Festival was founded in 1965 when four gardens were opened in October and $900 was raised. Over the following 21 years the number of gardens participating increased and the Festival was extended to nine days, covering two weekends and the intervening weekdays. Additional attractions are now also offered to visitors, including art in the gardens and music in the gardens.
In the first 21 years of the Festival over $250,000 was raised and used to purchase hospital medical equipment and to improve hospital amenities. In the following 7 years between 1986 and 1993 a further $500, 000 was raised. This money was spent to equip and furnish a high-dependency unit and two palliative care suites.
This world class natural feature and tourist destination hasn't won awards for nothing. With over 340 million years under their belt and the distinction of being the world's oldest discovered open cave system, a visit to the caves is a memorable occasion. I love it for other reasons: the mystical ambience that exists in this isolated spot, the winding journey up the mountain and the beautiful blue pool of water that skirts the Grand Arch.
The perfect summertime activity, this underground adventure encompasses cool temps, shade and outdoor exercise. In addition, you can partake of concerts, theatre, adventure caving or a Legends, Mysteries & Ghosts' tour within the caves.
Check out the official Jenolan Caves website for all you need to know. Best not to rock up, but research first to avoid any disappointment. Cave tours (there are 11 caves open for viewing) and other activities occur at scheduled times and can sell out at busy periods like the school holidays. Give yourself an hour to get there from Katoomba.
Horse-riding the Megalong Valley
Megalong Valley Farm offers Australiana style country atmosphere, horse-riding and the chance to sit with a beverage around a campfire or outdoor tables down in the Megalong. Kids will love the wandering donkeys, sheep and ponies and the pony ride around the pond.
Govetts Leap – Blackheath
Possibly one of the most breathtaking views within the entire region. Govetts Leap at Blackheath is easily accessible by car. Also located along Govetts Leap road is the National Parks and Wildlife Service Heritage Centre which marks the starting point for the wheelchair friendly Fairfax Heritage Track.
The National Pass – Wentworth Falls
The National Pass is part of a network of tracks including the Nature Track, Wentworth Pass, the Overcliff-Undercliff Walk, Vera Falls Track, Kings Tableland and the historic Charles Darwin Walk that ambles upstream along Jamison Creek to Wentworth Falls village.Too many enjoyable buskwalks to fit into just one day.