There is a LOT to do in the Blue Mountains
- it's so much more than a daytrip!
We often have guests extend their bookings when they arrive as they want to experience more of what's on offer.. and that's usually just the most popular walks that we tell them about..the tip of the iceberg. Sometimes it's not possible to extend when you arrive as we are already booked out. Don't have to miss out - extend your stay now!
We are of course happy to answer any specific questions before or during your stay - just ask us.
Check out the official Visit Blue Mountains guide as well.
One of the most popular things people come to the Blue Mountains for is the extensive network of bushwalks.
We can help you plan the best walks for you when you come to stay. We also have books for our guests to borrow during their stay and free maps. There are options for all fitness levels - even if it's just taking more time to get through all the stairs!
Into photography, or want to learn from world renowned professionals?
The Blue Mountains is the place for you!
Ask us about the local photography tours, workshops, and local galleries.
Pic below is by renowned local photographer Gary P Hayes, who also runs workshops.
Arts and Culture
The Blue Mountains is located within the Country of the Darug and Gundungurra peoples. We have a lot of options if culture and arts of all kinds is your thing, including the Cultural Centre., Lost Bear Art Gallery, Norman Lindsay Gallery, Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts,,John Wilson Gallery ,Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum , Nolan on Lovel Gallery , Falls Gallery, Gallery Blackheath,, Rex-Livingston Art , Mt Vic Gallery ,
You can either bring your own, or hire a bike locally.
A great way to explore the Mountains, through villages and an alternative way to see the great outdoors. Many tracks to choose from with various levels of difficulty.
Blue Mountain Bikes offer an awesome pre-booked mobile service. They meet you near the start of a trail (near public transport) with your bike and gear ready to go!
Go to Blue Mountain Bikes for more information.
Currently closed due to COVID restrictions.
Many people come to the Mountains with the misconception that Jenolan Caves is closer to Katoomba. The Caves are about 1.5 hours' drive from Katoomba. If you don't have your own car, there is only one option for you and that is CDC Tours who have a daily trip that leaves from outside The Carrington Hotel at 1030am and doesn't get back until 5pm. In that time, you can get a maximum of two cave tours, as the set tour times need to be worked into the bus leaves for the return trip at 3.30pm.
If you self drive then you have more flexibility of course. We can also book the Cave tours, and give you a 5% discount when we book direct.
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden – Mount Tomah
Definitely worth a visit!
The vast array of flora is beautifully laid out on 28 hectares within a World Heritage Area and is focused on the conservation of cool climate plants. Maybe buy a Waratah, and chill out while having coffee.
Located 45 mins drive from No.14 Lovel St, a visit to the garden will make you feel a world away.
Events and Music
COVID has of course meant the cancellation of many of our wonderful events, but they'll be back! Live music has returned in COVID safe format. You will be pleasantly surprised by the quantity and quality of .music and events in the Blue Mountains area. We were when we moved here a few years ago..
Just a few examples...,
Free music every Sunday
The annual Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues
Lady Luck Festival
Roaring 20s Festival
Autumn gardens in Mount Wilson
Winter Magic Festival
Christmas in July
Mayfield Garden Festival
Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival
With many lookouts easily accessible to the train stations, and/or the car, there are hundreds of places to view the Blue Mountains which is a rugged region west of Sydney in Australia’s New South Wales. Known for dramatic scenery, it encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls.
Here is a sneak preview of some of the most popular.
Abseiling, Rock Climbing and Canyoning
High and Wild has been leading the way in Blue Mountains adventure tours since 1989.
They are a group of skilled and passionate outdoor adventurers whose aim is to provide people from all parts of the world and all walks of life an opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of the Blue Mountains.
High'n'Wild offer Canyoning, Abseiling, Rock Climbing, and Bush Survival experiences.
Use promo code No14 to get a 10% discount when you book!
Go to High'n'Wild for more information
Short or long, fast or slow, easy or hard, there is a running event designed just for you!
From easy Parkruns, to Ultra Marathons, the Blue Mountains is the host of many well known events.
Some of them just need to be seen to be believed !
Ultra Trail Australia: UTA50 & UTA100
Six Foot Track Marathon
Maximum Adventure Race Series: Blue Mountains
Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon
Blue Goat's Backyard Marathon
Knapsack Lap Race
Every Saturday Lawson 5km Parkrun
Looking to learn more about this beautiful place?
There are many options, including winery tours, eco tours, 4WD tours, sunset tours, night tours, ghost tours, photography tours.
We are happy to put you in touch with the locals who run these tours.
You won't be disappointed!
Blue Mountains Explorer Hop On Hop Off Bus
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus has had to reduce their schedule due to the COVID pandemic. Currently, the Boomerang Pass tour is run each Saturday. The full hop-on-hop-off service will run during school holidays. The new route includes a stop just a few minutes downhill from No14 Lovel St at Nolan on Lovel Art Gallery.
Go to BM Explorer Bus for more information
Film and Theatre
We can pretty much guarantee that you have not been to a movie theatre like Mount Vic Flicks
We also have more conventional cinemas for those hot or rainy days at The Edge
Into the theatre and watch a stage show? Come and check this out at the Blue Mountains Theatre
Due to COVID restrictions, Scenic World is currently open Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon and every day during school holidays.
Established in 1945, Scenic World began with Harry Hammon’s entrepreneurial vision to transform a former coal mine into an iconic tourist attraction. creating what is still today the world’s steepest passenger train.
Today, Scenic World continues to be owned and operated by the Hammon Family.
You may prefer to descend into the Valley on foot, but keep in mind that Scenic World also offer a 'Bushwalkers Pass' one way up on the Scenic Railway, which your legs may thank you for if you're coming up from Federal Pass for example.
There are a few stunning natural waterholes for you to cool off in ( probably not a good idea for winter! ) . Here a few for you to consider...
Ingar Campground, Wentworth Falls.
Minnehaha Falls, Katoomba.
Silver Cascades, Mount Victoria.
Paradise Pool, Linden
Jellybean Pool, Glenbrook.
Other things to see and do..
There is no shortage of incredible and unique activities or places to see.
Here are some to consider...
Glow Worm Tunnel
Virtual reality canyoning experience
Sculptures at Scenic World
Blue Mountains Antiques and Collectables Fair
Blue Mountains Hospital Annual Quilt Show
Blackheath Flower and Craft Show
Puddin’ Day – Magic Pudding Fun
Leura Gardens Festival
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival