The Blue Mountains offer a unique opportunity to explore Australia’s natural beauty and historic past without having to travel the distance. Spend a day visiting the park and its attractions, another wandering the streets of Katoomba and Leura and round out the stay with a bit of adventure.
Day 1: Explore Mother Nature
Pack a lunch and start the day with an easy hike from Leura Cascades to Bridal Veil Falls, where stunning views of natural waterfalls provide a beautiful backdrop for a relaxing picnic. Next, embark on the more challenging Echo Point Trail, where a Giant Stairway leads to the valley where Three Sisters stands. After a long and exhausting day in the park, hop about the Katoomba Scenic Railway, which provides free rides for hikers back to the plateau.
Day 2: Head into Town
Start your day in Leura, a town nicknamed “The Jewel of the Mountain’s Crown”. Enjoy breakfast at one of Leura Mall’s cafes, then wander through the high-end shops and local galleries that line its halls. Next, head into town and explore the private gardens that line this historic town’s idyllic streets and stop by the Toy and Railway Museum. Make the short journey to nearby Katoomba and catch a documentary about Blue Mountains National Park at the Edge Cinema before checking out the Explorers Marked Tree, where early discoverers carved their initials into its trunk and limbs.
Day 3: Get a Taste of Adventure
Finish a Blue Mountains stay with a bit of adventure. After exploring the easy-to-access passages of Jenolan Caves, take the Plughole Tour. This physically demanding excursion includes steep climbs and rapid ascents that will challenge even the most dedicated climber.