National Parks / Natural World
Blue Mountains National Park and Heritage Centre Katoomba
Where is it at?
Blue Mountains National Park and Heritage Centre
Echo Point Road
Tel: 02 4787 8877
After 2.5 km down Govetts Leap Road you'll arrive at the park entrance and shortly after that a roundabout. The Blue Mountains Heritage Centre building is the second left off the roundabout.
Where are we going today?
Blue Mountains National Park is one of the most iconic parks in the entire country - and is a great day out for the whole family!
There is so much to see and do here, most people actually make weekends of it. First and foremost kids and families come here for the hiking. The walks are very in difficulty, and take you past some pretty incredible sights, like the famous Three Sisters. There are even wheelchair accessible tracks so everyone can enjoy them. There are about 15 different areas you can walk in, each area with up to 10 tracks within them - so you won't be short on choice! The walks range from 30 minutes to 5 hours, so completely perfect for any family of any fitness level.
The famous Scenic World Blue Mountains operates all through the year - even in wet weather so don't let a little rain stop you!
Don't know what the Scenic World is? Well, it is the steepest incline railway in the WORLD! There is also the Scenic Skyway which is where you will be suspended above the valley floor! Eeek! We would tell you to not look down, but the view is incredible!
A lot of the parks heritage tracks and lookouts were created for the Victorian-era day trippers and honeymooners, so there is a ton of fascinating history to uncover during your time there. Can you just imagine walking down those steep staircases and navigating those narrow tracks in a full suit or a dress with a bustle!? We couldn't!
If you love a bit of adventure, then make sure you don't miss the adventure sports. Rock climbing, horse riding, and deep canyons await you!
On a clear day, you can see 29km away, so get ready to see some incredible views!
When can we go?
Always open, but might be closed if there is bad weather.
The park has a fascinating selection of field trips and educational options. It's a great place for kids to go and learn about nature, wildlife and the environment. .
Any Top Tips?
In this park, vehicle entry fees are $7 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated 'pay and display' machines (5c coins not accepted) please bring correct coins!.
Need a little extra help?
There is a ramp from the carpark into the heritage centre. The centre's toilets have been designed for wheelchair access. Also, some of the walking trails are wheelchair accessible too!.
Can I get one of those?
There are plenty of Australian-made souvenirs, clothing and gifts. You certainly won't go home empty handed!.
The nearby town of Katoomba is a sweet town to enjoy some of your trip at - tea houses and souvenir shops could even be a whole day in themselves!.
What people are saying?
by Jim Walsh
What a beautiful, special place this is!! We are from the States where the Western States have incredible scenery, and all sorts of natural beauty. The Blue Mountains are world class in their uniqueness and accessibility. How lucky you Aussies are to have this absolute treasure in your country. My wife and I will return to Australia and make this a "must see" again!
by Carmen Zauss
Such a beautiful place on this planet. I'm a Sydneysider, originally from Germany, and I regularly have friends and family over for a visit. My husband and I always take our visitors to the Blue Mountains and I can't imagine we will ever get bored of it! All the different walks we have done there offered absolutely amazing views. I personally love the Charles Darwin Walk best but whichever walk you choose you cannot go wrong!
PS: There is a German Bakery in Wentworth Falls, worth going there for breakfast before you start exploring the area :)
by Ali Taylor
Gorgeous, picturesque place with heaps of history and breathtaking views. Well worth a visit for anyone who's never been
by Michael Turtle
A really beautiful area - but lots of potential ways to enjoy it. If you've never been before and only have a day, I would recommend the hike from Echo point to Leura, down the stairs, along Federal Pass and up Furber Steps. It'll take three of four hours total but gives you a great look at the diverse ecosystems.
by Sophia Zhu
Definitely worth the one hour ride from Sydney if you enjoy hiking among beautiful landscapes of mountains and waterfalls