I love the Blue Mountains! And even though I have been there on multiple occasions it never ceases to amaze me with its sheer beauty and magnificence.
If you have not been to the Blue Mountains before I can’t recommend doing so highly enough. You really haven’t seen nature until you have paid a visit here.
The Blue Mountains is very rugged terrain which features the most dramatic scenery. I’m talking ancient formations of steep cliffs, gorgeous waterfalls, eucalyptus forests and wide open spaces.
It is about 50km to the north west of the Sydney CBD and takes about 50 minutes of driving to reach. If you are planning a visit there, check out my recommendations for some of the best things to see and do.
No trip to the Blue Mountains is complete without a visit to the Three Sisters.
Probably the park’s most spectacular landmark, these three gorgeous sandstone towers, are located at Echo Point Katoomba, which is about 2.5 kilometres from the Great Western Highway.
Named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, they all stand over 900 metres tall and look out magnificently over the Jamison Valley.
When you come here I recommend staying for a while, because as the light changes you will get a different perspective on the Three Sisters throughout the course of the day.
Something else I would recommend doing is coming here at night. It is floodlit until 11pm and just looks sensational against the night sky.
Another attraction I love is The Jenolan Caves.
You will find them in the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve, which is west of the Blue Mountains, in Jenolan, within the Central Tablelands region.
The magnificent caves are one of the largest and most incredible caves in the whole of Australia and are a truly spectacular natural wonder.
There are lots of different tours you can choose to do, and you will see some remarkable formations as you descend underground. My favourite tour is Chifley Cave, which showcases the most beautiful spa crystal.
The Blue Mountains is known for its sensational coffee, and I have drunk plenty of fantastic lattes here over the years.
There are a number of excellent cafes and coffee shops in the area that serve up a delicious range of lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites and all manner of specialty brews.
My favourite place for a coffee is Cassiopeia, which is situated in both Springwood and Katoomba. These guys make serious coffee!
I also recommend Blue Mist Café in Wentworth Falls, or the really cool Leura Garage (pictured) Red Door Café in Leura.
Oh and in case you are wondering, I like skinny lattes, double shot with one sugar!
I love beautiful gardens and one of my favourite spots is Mayfield Garden. Located in Oberon (about 45min further inland from the Blue Mountains), across 16 hectares, this is Australia’s largest cool climate garden.
It is a lovely spot to walk around and has a range of interesting features like a 13 metre tall obelisk, a number of waterfalls, a grotto, lake, Chinese pagoda and of course lots of fantastic flowers and green space.
This is a great place to bring your partner on a date and is also a fabulous place to visit when you want to just escape the pressures of city life for a while.
Perhaps they are inspired by the natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, but there is a strong artistic community around the Blue Mountains.
Whenever I head up there, especially near Katoomba, I always try and check out an art gallery or two. My favourite is the Blue Mountains Culture Centre which is one of the leading regional art galleries in Australia.
I also like to check out the art gallery at the Everglades House & Gardens over in Leura, which also has tremendous views over the Jamison too.