Antiques and Shops
Spend the day browsing through the Blue Mountains’ many antiques stores. Blue Mountains Antiques at the top of Leura Mall and the wonderful Victory Theatre at Blackheath are just two. Go window shopping and browsing, there’s larger well known stores as well as the smaller stores unique to the Blue Mountains.
You can purchase groceries and supplies at Woolworths in Leura or Coles in Katoomba.
Bushwalking and Adventure Activities
The Blue Mountains area is fantastic for bushwalking. Visit Info Blue Mountains or Wildwalks to discover more about walking in the mountains or request a bush walking brochure from Visit Blue Mountains. If you’re looking for an organised activity, you can Google search guided walks or one of the many abseiling, canyoning and rock climbing operators that specialise in outdoor adventure tours in the mountains.
Remember, if you are venturing into the Blue Mountains, you should register the details of your trip at Katoomba, Blackheath or Springwood Police Station and follow the Think Before You Trek guidelines. Think Before You Trek is a bush safety initiative between the NSW Police Force and the National Parks and Wildlife Service which aims to provide bushwalkers and adventurers with a free loaned Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) in case of emergency.
Cafés Restaurants and Eateries
The mountains is also known for great food and coffee. Plan your day trip around coffee and great food stops from the many Leura or Katoomba eateries. Spend your evening dining at one of the many fine local restaurants.
Art and Culture
The Blue Mountains is also loved for its rich cultural life, galleries and vibrant art scene. You can go gallery hopping, have dinner and take in a show at The Clarendon or plan your visit to coincide with one of the many popular Mountains festivals, including Katoomba Winter Magic on during the winter solstice in June, Leura Gardens Festival and Village Fair or Blackheath Rhododendron Festival which are all held in October, the Roaring 20s Festival in February, or the Blue Mountains Music Festival in March.
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre features the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition which is devoted to education about the distinctive environment, history and culture of the Blue Mountains region.
Sightseeing and the Outdoors
The Blue Mountains is one of Australia’s most scenic destinations, a World Heritage area surrounded by dramatic sandstone escarpments and beautiful waterfalls plunging into deep forests. Visit the famous Three Sisters at Echo Point, Sublime Point Lookout at Leura, Govett’s Leap Lookout at Blackheath or Kings Tableland at Wentworth Falls.
Wentworth Falls Lake and Blackheath Park are a great place to take the kids to play. Make sure you take some bread and feed the ducks during your visit. For a taste of nostalgia visit The Everglades Historic House and Gardens or Leuralla.
Explore the local area by catching the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus – hop on and off at one of 29 Blue Mountains locations around Katoomba and Leura. Going futher afield you can also explore the whole region by car, check out Greater Blue Mountains Drive for more information. No visit to the Blue Mountains is complete without visiting Scenic World for spectacular views and for a ride straight to the valley floor on the steepest railway in the world.
Don’t forget to bring your camera, the Blue Mountains are a photographer’s paradise.