Natural Highlights

NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS

display.image (3)It's all around you. When you visit the Blue Mountains you become immersed in nature.

With breathtaking views at almost every turn, cascading waterfalls, majestic eucalypt trees, curious wildlife and walking tracks into the wilderness. Our nature will nurture you.

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is Australia's most accessible wilderness. It is one of Australia's iconic landscapes and has received National Landscape status in recognition of its world class experiences of environmental and cultural significance.

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was selected for inscription on the World Heritage List in 2000 when it was internationally recognised as containing outstanding examples of evolutionary processes and possessing significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity.

Discover all the natural highlights that the Blue Mountains have to offer.

4WD Oberon Colong Historic Stock Route
Intrepid 4WD tourers love the 4WD Oberon Colong historic stock route. The drive takes you through the southern part of Blue Mountains National Park, adjacent to Kanangra-Boyd National Park. Before arriving at Yerranderie Regional Park, the route also passes through Yerranderie State Conservation Area. The route follows slopes that plunge down to Wollondilly River to the south and Kowmung River to the north. Along the way, you ll get tantalising glimpses ...
Mount Werong Road, Shooters Hill, NSW, 2787
Andersons Fire Trail
Anderson Fire Trail runs from Bedford Creek near Woodford to Kings Tableland at Wentworth Falls and is suitable for mountain biking and walking. The Trail also provides access to Murphys Glen and Ingar Picnic Area which is a popular campsite and picnic area. Access to Ingar Picnic Area is from Kings Tableland Road. ...
Bedford Creek to Kings Tableland, Woodford, NSW, 2778
Andersons Trail
An exhilarating cycling route that takes you deep into the central wilderness of Blue Mountains National Park, Andersons trail descends into unspoilt bushland and links to Woodford - Oaks trail for an added challenge. With ultra steep sections, this loose gravel trail is an adrenalin-fuelled adventure bound to challenge even those most experienced at mountain biking. Winding through steep gullies, scenic creek crossings and dense scrub, you might be sharing the ...
Kings Tableland Road, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Anvil Rock
Located at the end of Hat Hill Road in the Grose Valley, this weathered sandstone rock formation offers magnificent views over the Grose Valley to Mount Banks and Mount Hay. The Lookout gets it's name from an anvil that was placed on the lookout in 1940. A wind eroded cave is just 400 metres to the west. Dirt road access for two kilometres. It is a ...
End of Hat Hill Road, Grose Valley, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Baal Bone Gap picnic area
If you re four-wheel driving, head out to Baal Bone Gap for a picnic and some of the finest views in the Blue Mountains. You ll find huge examples of the rock pagodas that make this part of the mountains unique and see stunning sandstone cliffs and extensive views. Baal Bone Gap is a popular place to begin a bushwalking exploration of the western end of the park. Enjoy a picnic ...
Baal Bone Gap picnic area, Wolgan Valley, NSW,
Bicentennial Trail
Visitors to Gardens of Stone National Park can ride or bike the Crown Creek fire trail, a section of the iconic Bicentennial trail, which stretches for 5,330 kilometres along the Great Dividing Range of eastern Australia, from Cooktown in Queensland to Healesville, near Melbourne. The trail allows you the total freedom of riding through this unspoilt and dramatic country as well as a sense of the pioneering spirit of the horse ...
Corner Blackfellows Hand Trail and Wolgan Road, Lidsdale, NSW, 2790
Blackheath Lookouts Driving Route
For some of the most awe-inspiring mountain, valley and waterfall views in the state, you can t miss this driving route, taking in an amazing cluster of Blackheath lookouts. A brilliant introduction to the spectacular western region of Blue Mountains National Park, it s a hassle-free driving tour for keen photography buffs and visitors of all ages. From Anvil Rock lookout and Wind Eroded Cave, you can gaze across to Grosse ...
Shipley Road, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Blue Mountains National Park
Blue Mountains National Park, one of the most well known parks in Australia, is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. It's known for its remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values, including protecting sites of Aboriginal cultural significance. The views from the park s lookouts are magnificent; you ll look out over hazy blue forests, waterfalls and rock formations. Echo Point at Katoomba is a popular spot, offering ...
Kings Tableland Road, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Blue Mountains National Park - National Pass
Starting at Wentworth Falls picnic area, this walk passes epic lookouts with sweeping, amazing views of the waterfall plunging down into the Jamison Valley, before reaching the historic Grand Stairway. Built into the side of the cliff, the National Pass is a spectacular walking track offering unrivalled views of the many natural wonders of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Your journey begins at Wentworth Falls picnic area, where you can ...
Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls, NSW, 2782
Blue Mountains Walking Tracks
Enjoy the beauty of the Blue Mountains by taking a walk through the forests. Discover the diversity of the area as you travel through natural landscapes and those that exhibit the shaping hand of human occupation. There is a walk to tempt everyone - from a gentle stroll to the Blue Pool, a more difficult climb to see the Aboriginal hand paintings or the challenging Wentworth Falls track. The Blue ...
Blue Mountain National Park, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Blue Pool walking track
A challenging yet short hike that s well worth the effort, Blue Pool walking track leads to an idyllic swimming hole in a tranquil bush setting. Located in the Glenbrook area of Blue Mountains National Park, it s an ideal day-trip for families or friends wanting a relaxing day out, far from the city. Following the track through the bush, look for the vibrant red flowers of the bottlebrush and the ...
Bruce Road, Glenbrook, NSW, 2773
Boyd River Loop
Take the easy route to peaceful cycling on Boyd River loop, a 21 kilometre journey that follows fire trails and roads in Kanangra-Boyd National Park. This is the perfect cycling adventure for just about everyone. Starting in the campground at Boyd River, this loop circuit takes bike riders south along Kanangra Walls Road before heading off down Morong Creek fire trail. The going is easy; the track gently rolling with a ...
Kanangra Walls Road, Kanangra, NSW, 2787
Burramoko Ridge (Hanging Rock) cycle trail
For an awe-inspiring ride to the edge of the magnificent Grose Wilderness, Burramoko cycle trail leads along a ridge to a dramatic rocky bluff. A trail of medium difficulty, it s an ideal nature day trip in Blue Mountains National Park, near Blackheath. With scenic valley views and crisp mountain air, it s a sublime ride for adventurous cyclists and bushwalkers. Meandering through heathlands and open forests, look for the distinctive ...
Ridgewell Road, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Campbell Rhododendron Gardens
The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens at Blackheath, about 120 kilometres west of Sydney, cover an area of 18.3 hectares (45 acres). An incredble display of exotic plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, maples and deciduous trees planted amongst Australian native bushland. A place for the enjoyment of nature's beauty. Open all year round, the gardens are at their spectacular best from late September to mid November when the blossoms are flourishing and in April ...
Bacchante Street, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Carlotta Arch Walking Track
Be astounded by the beauty of the world s oldest cave system on the picturesque Carlotta Arch walking track, also known as Shaping Waters walk. Part of the exquisite Jenolan Caves network in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Carlotta Arch walking track leads you along a short, circular track and offers a stunning introduction to the reserve. Beginning opposite heritage-listed Caves House, the track climbs steeply uphill and incorporates plenty ...
Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan, NSW, 2790
Centennial Glen
Just one kilometre west of Blackheath, Centennial Glen is a cool Glen with small waterfalls, ferns and impressive sandstone overhangs and provides excellent views of Kanimbla Valley. The Glen is also a popular site for rock climbers. The Centennial Glen/Porters Pass circuit walk takes about three hours, and has some steep sections and can be damp underfoot so care should be taken. ...
End of Bundarra Street and follow the dirt road west, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Charles Darwin walk
Follow in the footsteps of the famous naturalist, Charles Darwin, who walked this popular track in 1836. Starting from Wilson Park, today's visitors can stroll the boardwalk and bush track through open forest, shrub, and hanging swamps to the national park boundary, where the walk meets Weeping Rock loop. Along the way, Jamison Creek's rock pools and cascades are tranquil spots to cool your feet on a hot day. Bird ...
Falls Road, Wentworth Falls, NSW, 2782
Cliff Top Trail
If you re after an energetic walk while taking in the natural beauty of Blue Mountains National Park, this track will certainly get your heart pumping. Cliff Top walking track follows the cliff edge from Govetts Leap lookout to Evans lookout. Located near Blackheath, you ll be treated to inspiring views over the iconic Grose Valley. And with the sun shining from the east, this is the perfect track to ...
Evans Lookout Road, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Echo Point Lookout
Echo Point lookout is on the traditional land of the Gundungurra and Darug People. Perched on the edge of the escarpment, in Katoomba and it has panoramic views of the Jamison Valley and the iconic Three Sisters. It is the gateway to many great walks, from the easy pathway that leads out to the Three Sisters to the more challenging Giant Stairway which leads you down almost 1,000 ...
Echo Point Road, Katoomba, NSW, 2780
Evans Lookout
Head to Evans lookout and nearby Valley View lookout in Blue Mountains National Park if you're seeking incredible views, especially around sunrise and sunset. It's also a good spot to begin one of several day walks. A brilliant introduction to the wonders of Blue Mountains National Park, Evans lookout offers breathtaking views towards Grose Valley, especially with the sandstone cliff walls glowing orange at sunset. Located near Blackheath, it s a ...
Evans Lookout Road, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Federal Pass
If you like your scenic views from the ground up, you ll love this magnificent walk through Jamison Valley. Originally built by the Katoomba community, from Leura Forest to Katoomba Falls, the track was extended on the old horse-drawn coal tramway line and now goes all the way to Ruined Castle, on the other side of Jamison Valley. This historic walking track follows the base of the cliffs from Leura to Ruined ...
Cliff Drive, Leura, NSW, 2780
Furber Steps
Head to the Blue Mountains National Park and take on the Furber Steps-Scenic Railway Walking Track. Descend down the steep Furber Steps and discover scenic views, waterfalls, birdwatching and more in astonishing Blue Mountains surrounds. The 2.4 kilometre return track takes around two hours to complete and traverses lush rainforest. The popular walking track goes deep into the Jamison Valley, offering great views of Mount Solitary, amazing views of Three ...
Federal Pass, Katoomba, NSW, 2780
Gardens of Stone National Park
Be inspired by the dramatic landscape at Gardens of Stone. This World Heritage area features stunning rock pagodas, sandstone cliffs, canyons and breathtaking scenic views. To walk among the exquisite and varied rock pagoda formations, sandstone cliffs and canyons at Gardens of Stone National Park is a memorable experience. The extraordinary rock shapes, the stunning scenic views over the valleys and the mesa of Pantoneys Crown make this area of the ...
Gardens of Stone National Park, Wolgan Valley, NSW,
Giant Stairway
Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains National Park and take on the challenging Echo Point to Scenic World walking track via the Giant Stairway. Enjoy awe-inspiring views from Echo Point lookout before descending into the valley over more than 800 steel and stone steps. The steps were originally forged in 1909. Keep an eye out for amazing native flora and astounding native wildlife in the bush of the ...
, Katoomba, NSW, 2780
Glenbrook - Nepean lookout
Millions of years ago, the river etched a path through the sandstone, creating the magnificent Fairlight Gorge. Today, you can admire the resulting landscape and scenic mountain views from Glenbrook - Nepean lookout, in Blue Mountains National Park. It s a great pit stop on a car touring sightseeing trip to the scenic Glenbrook area. A short and easy track leads to the unfenced lookout where you can gaze down the ...
Glenbrook - Nepean lookout, Blue Labyrinth, NSW,
Glenbrook Gorge Track
This dynamic track is for the adventurous at heart, and will have you rock-hopping down the beautiful Glenbrook Gorge in no time. Located in the eastern reaches of Blue Mountains National Park, Glenbrook Gorge track is short yet challenging and bound to get that heart pumping. Tracing the base of the gorge, there s the chance to get off-track as you wade your way down the creek. Look out for the ...
Bruce Road, Glenbrook, NSW, 2773
Glow Worm Tunnel
The Glow Worms are located in an old rail tunnel 400 metres in length. It was originally constructed as part of the railway line to Newnes Kerosene Shale Works. The line was dismantled around the 1940s.The tunnel is located 40 kilometres from Lithgow on the Newnes Plateau. Good walking shoes and a torch are required for the walk through the tunnel. The glow worms found in the tunnel are the larvae ...
Newnes State Forest, north of Lithgow, Lithgow, NSW, 2790
Gordon Falls lookout and picnic area
For some of the most incredible views in NSW, you can t go past Gordon Falls lookout and picnic area in Blue Mountains National Park, near Leura. With sweeping views, excellent birdwatching, bush walking and a playground for the kids, there s something for everyone, making it a popular spot for a family day-trip. From the lookout, the waterfall plunges over a 200m drop. Gaze across to the impressive views of ...
Lone Pine Avenue, Leura, NSW, 2780
Govetts Leap Lookout
Govetts Leap Lookout is a popular spot to stop and view the spectacular panorama before descending into the Grose Valley for one of the regions more physical walks where you can view the towering cliffs leading back up to Perry Lookdown and Evans Lookout. At the top of the escarpment is a picnic ground, toilets and access to cliff top walks plus the Fairfax Heritage Track which is suitable for wheelchairs ...
Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Grand Canyon Track
Arresting sandstone walls, ever-present waterfalls and abundant native plants line the awesome Grand Canyon track near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. The historic loop track takes you into the heart of this World Heritage-listed landscape. It's an intimate and adventurous track which walkers have trodden since 1907. Setting out from Evans lookout, the well-shaded track meanders through luscious native vegetation of ferns and golden wattles, and remains close to Greaves Creek, ...
Evans Lookout Road, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Greater Blue Mountains Drive
This Greater Blue Mountains Drive Discovery Trail explores five routes radiating out like the spokes of a wheel, each an out-and-back drive and can be done in any order from the charming mountain village of Blackheath. Offering a journey across plateau and valley environments, this Discovery Trail includes a wide selection of lookouts, picnic sites and walks. Highlights of the Trail include Pulpit Rock, Govetts Leap, ...
Corner Govetts Leap Road and Great Western Highway, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Greater Blue Mountains Drive - Blue Mountains Discovery Trail
The 'edge-of-the-world' drive around the cliff tops between Katoomba and Wentworth Falls are part of this Blue Mountains Discovery Trail. Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, it is packed full of lookouts, picnic areas and walking tracks located alongside galleries, cafes, museums, antiques and accommodation in the villages of Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls. Highlights include Echo Point and the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Scenic ...
Great Western Highway, Katoomba, NSW, 2780
Greater Blue Mountains Drive - Glenbrook Discovery Trail
Entering the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area at Glenbrook the first Discovery Trail you will encounter is the Glenbrook Discovery Trail exploring the sandstone 'Blue Labyrinth' beyond Glenbrook Creek gorge. Plan your visit at the Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre at Glenbrook where local staff can help and advise on local road conditions, especially after heavy or prolonged rain. The park entry fee gives access to a road system connecting several ...
Great Western Highway, Glenbrook, NSW, 2773
Hargraves Lookout
A pleasant drive to the western end of Shipley Plateau passing local apple orchards will bring you to Hargraves Lookout and provide magnificent views over the rural Megalong Valley. At the very end of Shipley Plateau is Mount Blackheath, a popular hang-gliding site from a purpose built ram near the lookout at 1076 metres. If the conditions are right gliders soar over the Kanimbla Valley and sometimes can reach ...
Views over Shipley Plateau, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Hartley Historic Site
Step into this historic inland settlement among the sandstone buildings of Hartley Historic Site, on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. Stay in the newly renovated historic cottages. The village also offers a gallery, cafe and tours. Step back in time within the historic village of Hartley set into the western edge of the beautiful Blue Mountains. Set among pastures, orchards, native plants and nineteenth and twentieth-century cottage gardens, the ...
Hartley Historic Site, Hartley, NSW,
Hassans Walls Lookout
Hassans Walls Lookout is the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains at approximately 1,100 metres above sea level. Look out to Mount Wilson, Mount York, Mount Tarana and Mount Blaxland and the whole Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong Valleys and Mount Bindo (1,363 metres). You can also walk or ride around Hassans Walls Lookout. ...
Hassans Walls Reserve, Lithgow, NSW, 2790
Hawkesbury Lookout
Ideally located on the drive between the Hawkesbury region and the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury Lookout offers beautiful scenic views and is a great picnic spot. Stop to stretch your legs. You ll find Hawkesbury lookout conveniently located on Hawkesbury Road at Hawkesbury Heights one of the Blue Mountains smallest towns. This grassy lookout is bordered by tall trees and is an excellent spot to pull over on your drive ...
Hawkesbury Road, Hawkesbury Heights, NSW, 2777
Horseriding at Turon Gates
Experience horse riding in the Blue Mountains, cross rivers and enjoy the magic of the Australian bush with the experienced Turon Gates team. They cater to beginners to experienced riders and group riders by ability (unless otherwise requested) so that if you are experienced you can trot, canter and even swim with your horse in the river. Rides are limited to five people per ride. Children aged nine years and ...
942 Upper Turon Road, Capertee, NSW, 2846
Jack Evans Walking Track
Named in honour of a labourer from the nearby Warragamba Dam, Jack Evans walking track leads through picturesque rock formations. Located in the southern reaches of Blue Mountains National Park, it s a perfect hike for experienced walkers and keen nature photographers. Passing towering angophoras and grass trees, the hard track descends steeply into the gorge. Be sure to look for the rare ground orchids when you stop to admire the ...
Bruce Road, Glenbrook, NSW, 2773
Jellybean Track
When it s time to pack up the car and get out of town, the Jellybean track offers a great day trip for you and the kids. Starting at the Glenbrook entrance to the Blue Mountains National Park, the walk follows an easy track down the hill to Jellybean pool. It s a great spot to cool off on hot days. This walk takes you into the Glenbrook Gorge, passing mountain ...
Bruce Road, Glenbrook, NSW, 2773
Jenolan Caves
Open every day of the year, Jenolan Caves is regarded as one of Australia's most spectacular cave systems. With guided tours (choice of nine spectacular show caves), underground rivers and awe-inspiring formations, Jenolan is among the finest and oldest cave systems in the world. Explore on fantastic guided cave tours. Reveal your wild side on Adventure Caving. Survive intriguing ghost tours and night tours. Download the Jenolan App for ...
4655 Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves, NSW, 2790
Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
Explore the caves at Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Not far from Oberon, it s a great daytrip or weekend away; you can stay overnight in heritage accommodation. Regarded as Australia s most outstanding cave system, Jenolan Caves is the oldest cave system in the world and is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The main attraction is the vast network of caves and a number of them can be ...
Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve, Jenolan, NSW, 2790
Jenolan River Walking Track
It s hard not to feel energised by the abundant and pristine beauty that surrounds you on this gorgeous, easy walk at Jenolan Caves. Suitable for almost everyone, and at any time of year, Jenolan River walking track is all about scenic water views. Beginning and ending from the eastern side of Grand Arch, the track rewards you with beautiful views of the river, lake, waterfalls and suspension bridge. You can ...
Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves, NSW, 2790
Kanangra-Boyd lookout
Accessible to all, including those in wheelchairs, Kanangra-Boyd lookout offers unparalleled views across one of Australia s most spectacular landscapes; Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. From the unfenced lookout, an easy 10 minutes walk from the Kanangra Walls carpark, you can peer out over Kanangra Deep to Kanangra Walls and in the distance, Mount Cloudmaker, which is often circled by mist. Remember to look up, though. If you adjust your ...
Kanangra-Boyd lookout, Kanangra, NSW, 2787
Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Just 180 kilometres from the outskirts of Sydney, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, part of Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, feels like you ve crossed an ocean to get there. Take in the magnificent scenery the sheer sandstone cliff faces of Kanangra Walls or mist-wreathed Mount Cloudmaker before walking down forest-lined trails to one of the park s waterfalls. Keep your eyes peeled for echidnas and lyrebirds, ...
Kanangra Walls Road, Kanangra, NSW,
Lake Lyell Recreation Park
Lake Lyell is a beautiful destination within two hours drive from Sydney. It provides visitors with access to the lake via a concrete boat ramp for waterskiing, fishing, kayaking and general boating. The park has both powered and unpowered sites, hot showers, free barbecues, and a children's' playground. It is a magnificent bush setting, and only 10 minutes from Lithgow. The park also has a number of picnic tables, catering ...
LOT 1 Magpie Hollow Road, South Bowenfels, NSW, 2790
Leura Cascades
Leura Cascades is a popular picnic area set amidst tall eucalypts. Nearby you can take a walk beside the rapids on Leura Falls Creek down to Bridal Veil Falls and Leura Falls. Be prepared and plan your walks as several walks can be accessed from here and can either take you along the cliff tops to Echo Point or down through the Leura Forest and via the ...
Leura Falls Creek, Leura, NSW, 2780
Leura Cascades Fern Bower
Leura Cascades Fern Bower circuit is a moderately challenging track along an impressive cliff line, with waterfalls and gorgeous scenic views. A great walk for those who love to get amongst it, you ll venture deep into the lush vegetation of Jamison Valley in Blue Mountains National Park. With so many lookouts and vistas, it s a photographer s paradise. From Leura Cascades picnic area, this medium track leads to a ...
Chelmsford Road, Katoomba, NSW, 2780
Leura Cascades picnic area
You ll feel like you re on the edge of the world as you gaze across Jamieson Valley from Leura Cascades picnic area. A reviving break while on a driving holiday or cycling trip, it s also a great base for exploring the dramatic cliffs in the southern section of Blue Mountains National Park. With a picture perfect backdrop, why not make the most of the opportunity and assemble the family ...
Leura Cascades picnic area, Leura, NSW,
Lockyers Road Walking Track
Lockyers Road Walking Track is one of the most historic walking tracks in the Blue Mountains. The track is one of the original 'roads' used to descend into Hartley Vale. Hand built by convicts, remnants of their handiwork can still be seen all along the track. The track has beautiful views over the Hartley Valley, and spectacular birdlife. ...
Lockyers Road, Hartley Vale, NSW, 2790