Perhaps most famous for its iconic Three Sisters rock formation, the Blue Mountains - just 90 minutes from Sydney, Australia - offers a place of incredible scenic landscapes to hike, photograph and explore.

Only 90 minutes’ drive west of Sydney, or an easy two hour train journey, the Blue Mountains offer a scenic, rural contrast to the vibrancy of New South Wales’ capital and Australia’s most populous city.

The main town is Katoomba, which is where most visitors to the area will base their stay. However, alternatives include nearby Leura and the more remote Wolgan Valley, where the luxurious Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is set.

The Blue Mountains area is one million hectares of natural beauty; comprising cliffs, canyons, forests and waterfalls. The area is all about immersing oneself in Australia’s stunning rural beauty, where you can horseback ride alongside kangaroos; explore the Jenolan caves; be taken on a tour into the eucalyptus forests with a local Aboriginal guide; or wander on foot to marvel at the rock formations and waterfalls, such as the Three Sisters (best admired from Echo Point), Katoomba and Wentworth Falls.

For an easier pace, you can ride the Scenic Skyway gondola across Jamison Valley and take a trip on the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway; perfect for children who will love the thrill of the 400 metre descent. With its amazing views and rare flora, the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens is a lovely place to spend an afternoon or retreat to an art deco café in Katoomba to write out your postcards.

Our team of Travel Specialists can add a tailor-made Blue Mountains itinerary to your Australia holiday, and suggest the best places to stay.

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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

New South Wales
Blue Mountains
Why you'll love this resort...
  • Set on 7,000 acres of outback, encounter wild birds, kangaroos, wallabies and wombats
  • The journey here is spectacular, whether you arrive by car or helicopter
  • A personalised itinerary is created for you, ensuring you get the best from your stay
  • Wake to the sights and sounds of wild birds and kangaroos hopping across the valley floor
Inspiring Australia
Group Tour

Inspiring Australia

New South Wales
+8 others
12 nights from £7,059 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Travel in a small group of up to 20 people on this luxury guided escorted tour
  • Visit Aboriginal communities and guides who provide an insight into their culture, tradition, and their relationship with the land – including medicines derived from the forest itself
  • Visit Australia's most iconic attractions including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Sydney Harbour
  • Discover the natural beauty of New South Wales' Blue Mountains and it's award-winning wines in the Hunter Valley
Luxury Sydney, Reef and Rainforest

Luxury Sydney, Reef and Rainforest

New South Wales
+3 others
12 nights from £6,075 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Discover the ancient rainforests of Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation
  • Be whisked away by helicopter for a picnic lunch on a secluded sand island at Vlassof Cay
  • Take in the stunning beauty of the Whitsunday Islands from the air on a helicopter flight to Whitehaven Beach
  • Enjoy a private tour of the breathtaking World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park

Lilianfels Resort & Spa is nestled in two acres of manicured gardens on the edge of the majestic Jamison Valley in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.  The hotel is steeped in history and celebrates its Victorian origins through its design, with ornate open fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and plush Victorian-style furnishings. There is a wide range of accommodation...

Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Spicers Sangoma Retreat

New South Wales
Blue Mountains

The retreat makes full use of the beautiful surroundings with full width, floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious outdoor decks. Fitting for the beautiful Blue Mountains setting, here you’ll find a real sense of bringing the outdoors in. Spicers Sangoma Retreat is ideal both as a base for exploring the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, and as a place to relax and simply enjoy the serenity of na...

Located only 90 minutes’ drive west of Sydney, between the villages of Leura and Wentworth Falls, Fairmont Resort is the perfect addition to your Sydney holiday, providing a contrast of a bustling vibrant city and a peaceful mountain retreat surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. The hotel offers 222 accommodations in a variety of room types overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens and gro...

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