The Blue Mountains, located immediately to the west of the sprawling metropolitan area that is Sydney, is one of the most accessible areas of unspoilt natural beauty in New South Wales, Australia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Blue Mountains is renowned for its majestic scenery, cultural attractions and for its relatively tranquil, alternative mode of life.
The Three Sisters is the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular landmark located at Echo Point Katoomba, around 2.5 kilometres from the Great Western Highway Essentially an unusual rock formation representing three sisters who were turned to stone according to Aboriginal legend, this iconic visitor attraction is experienced by millions of people each year.
Take the Zig Zag Railway to literally zigzag up the mountains. A historic railway, it was the main system for travelling to and from the mountains before tunnels were made. The train journey up and down the mountain takes about 1.5 hours.
Beyond Mount Victoria on the western side of the Blue Mountains you can experience some of Australia’s heritage within the historic Little Hartley Village. Step back in time. Of particular interest is the sandstone Courthouse. Hartley Historic Site is open every day (except Christmas Eve & Christmas Day) from 10:00am to 4:30pm.
The most popular means of transport to the Blue Mountains is by car. The entrance to the Blue Mountains at Glenbrook/Lapstone is only around 50 minutes drive from Sydney. From the city, follow the signs to Parramatta. The M4 Motorway starts at Strathfield and takes you through to Lapstone in the Blue Mountains.
Alternatively, from Central you can board an air-conditioned double-decker Mountains Train. The journey to the Mountains will most likely stop at Strathfield, Parramatta, Penrith, Emu Plains, and then all stations up the Blue Mountains.