The wonderful thing about the Blue Mountains is that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you love food, hiking, photography, sight-seeing, relaxing in the countryside, shopping or cultural history or Australian and NSW history in general, there are so many incredible experiences and activities just waiting to be had. Here are just five of the best things to do when you’re in the Blue Mountains. There are also heaps of other awesome things to do here too btw – this is just a quick list containing only a few of them:
1. Best View: The Three Sisters at Katoomba
You may have seen it in photos but there’s nothing like visiting this iconic site in person. The Three Sisters at Katoomba is one of the most uniquely recognised natural landmarks in all of Australia, and if you’re visiting the Blue Mountains it’s one of those “bucket list” experiences you’ll never forget. You can view it from a number of vantage points, and if you’re brave you can also see it from the Scenic Skyway cable car. Everyone needs to take a selfie with the Sisters!
2. Best Walking Trail: Charles Darwin Walk at Wentworth Falls
The best thing about the mountains is that so many of its attractions are free of charge. The Charles Darwin Walk is one of the loveliest trails in the mountains, and its gently sloping hills and short distance make it accessible to almost everyone. This is 2.4 kilometres of gorgeous bushland, and it was named for Darwin himself after he walked this trail back in 1836. Strolling the boardwalk, you will see rock pools, hanging swamps and lots of wildlife.
3. Best Historical Site: Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath
Seen from the highway, the Hydro Majestic Hotel has a long and colourful history. It has recently been restored to its former glory after years of neglect, and is now a sparkling little historical gem in the upper mountains. The heritage listed building is unique for its mish mash of different architectural styles, including Art Deco and Edwardian. It opened as a luxury health retreat in 1906, and now adds a generous dash of golden-era glamour to the local landscape.
4. Best Food: Mountain High Pies at Wentworth Falls
We might be biased, but we think our pies are the best in the Blue Mountains. But don’t just take our word for it… We recently won three out of four major awards at the “Great Aussie Pie Competition”, scooping the pool with our unique Brekky Pie – you can read more about that here in one of our other blog articles. We were also voted the “Best Pies in the Blue Mountains” on the official Blue Mountains Facebook page, emerging as the clear favourites against some stiff local competition.
5. Best Kept Secret: The Water Nymph’s Dell Wentworth Falls
This lush little site is off the beaten track, so it’s one of those best-kept secrets that only locals know about. Once you start walking down the trail you’ll feel like you’re back in prehistoric times, surrounded by pristine natural rainforest, melodic bird song and the rustling of wildlife in the ground cover. The only way you’ll know that you’re still in the modern era is the little picnic table at the rest area. It’s one of those hidden gems that most people never get to see. This walk is not for people who struggle with steps – there are literally hundreds of steps to reach the valley floor, but the effort is very much worth the gorgeous Dell at the bottom! Find out more about the Water Nymph’s Dell here.
As mentioned at the start of the article this is just a quick little blog post and only lists a few of the great attractions here at the Blue Mountains. We will add other attractions to our website soon and also other blog posts featuring even more. There is SOO much to see and do!