The Greater Blue Mountains Drive
Stop at Katoomba for Scenic World’s railway, cable car, skyway and walkway for views of the famous Three Sisters rock formation. Mount Tomah gardens contain one of the world’s largest collections of cool climate plants.
Visit one of the nearby wine regions or enjoy local wines and local produce in quality restaurants. In Faulconbridge, there’s a gallery and museum dedicated to the life and works of Norman Lindsay, one of Australia’s most famous artists.
Discover World Heritage beauty
The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area includes some of the most significant national parks and conservation areas in Australia. You can drive from Sydney to this region of deep valleys, dense eucalypt forest and sandstone cliffs in less than two hours and begin your exploration.
The Greater Blue Mountains Drive has 18 charming trips that branch off the main route. Drive northwest to get to the vineyards and farming areas of the Upper Hunter, the Hawkesbury region, Mudgee and Orange. Drive southwest for the Southern Highlands, another wine region. Stop at cellar doors to sample local wines and buy fresh local produce at farm gates.
Attractions along the way include deep sandstone gorges, craggy outcrops, creeks, historic villages, winding tree-lined country roads and the famous blue haze of the eucalypt forests. You’ll find a range of accommodation, from hotels to bed and breakfast establishments.
You can theme your adventures to include national parks, cool-climate gardens, historic buildings, activities such as rock climbing and bushwalking. Or relax and enjoy eating and drinking some of NSW’s finest foods and wines in quality restaurants and cafes.
At Katoomba, Scenic World’s railway will plunge you into ancient rainforest. Generally cooler than the coast, the Blue Mountains is home to Australia’s premier cool-climate gardens, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.