Beyond Sydney: Visiting the Blue Mountains

So you plan on visiting the Blue Mountains, but you’re wondering how? when? what to do?

In around 90 minutes from the centre of Sydney, you can be lost in the wild mountain ranges of New South Wales and forget the sounds of the city in almost an instant. The Blue Mountains lie an hour and a half West of Sydney via car (the most popular means of transport), or a two hour train journey. After a few days in the city, I packed my bags again and took off to the Blue Mountains for a whimsical weekend to remember.

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Travelling to the Blue Mountains

As mentioned, the journey to the Blue Mountains is a mere hour and a half, by which time you will reach the popular towns of Katoomba and Leura. Here is where you will find most accommodation offers, however you enter the “Blue Mountains” some time before, when you enter the town of Glenbrook which is located just 74km West of Sydney.

Once inside the mountain range, you can choose a range of towns to stay in or simply stop by en route to those with more accommodations on offer.

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What to See & Do

Once here, there’s plenty to see and do inside the region.

For starters, the Three Sisters is one of Australia’s most prominent landmarks who attract millions of visitors each year. The Aboriginal legend is that these three sisters turned to stone.

If you want to get active, there are plenty of fantastic bush tracks to walk on during the day, or even consider a multi-day bush walk with camping an option throughout the Blue Mountains.

Govetts Keap in Blackheath is a popular short drive and hike away, offering a spectacular single waterfall to view.

Wentworth Falls in Katoomba are also impressive and can be visited on multiple walks of varying lengths.

Finally, a popular tourist location wouldn’t fully be itself without a touristy attraction! If you’re travelling with kids or just want something a little more structured, another popular stop is “Scenic World” in Katoomba.

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A Luxurious Weekend Getaway

So how do you go about booking yourself into a luxurious getaway in the Blue Mountains?

One of the region’s premier properties, Lilianfels Resort & Spa, is an absolute stellar and sits right by the lookout for the Three Sisters. If you’re visiting the region for a special occasion, there could be no better place to book a two-night weekend getaway.

This hotel has an old classical Australian charm that just can’t be matched and allows you to almost step back in time. Plus, if you’re here in the warmer months you can take a dip in the outdoor pool or during winter (as I was during my visit), make use of the indoor heated pool.

Buffet breakfast is an absolute must, especially if you’re heading back on the road that day.

Rates from $199 over winter.

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