About the Blue Mountains

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is one of Australia's most spectacular regions. It is less than two hours from Sydney by car or train and the surrounding picturesque towns offer a great range of restaurants and accommodation as well as an endless variety of fun things to do.

The Blue Mountains is a magical place at any time of the year: Glowing in autumn, cool in winter, colourful in spring and refreshing in summer. The Blue Mountains is densely populated with Eucalyptus trees which are responsible for the mountains appearing blue in colour. The Greater Blue Mountains was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000 and was one of 15 World Heritage places included in the National Heritage List in 2007.

Bushwalks abound in the region, an excellent way to take in the region's natural attractions, with trails to suit all comfort levels. Visitors have the opportunity to discover the region's Aboriginal history and culture with guided walks, artwork exhibitions and traditional performances. There are also wonderful shopping opportunities with an array of quaint gift shops featuring antiques, Australiana, books, confectionary, fine art and more. The Blue Mountains make for the perfect holiday destination for families, nature lovers, and adventure seekers.


Katoomba is the main town of the Blue Mountains. It is situated on the Great Western Highway 100km west of Sydney CBD and 39km south-east of Lithgow. Katoomba railway station is on the Blue Mountains railway line.


There is a wide variety of cafes and restaurants along the main street of Katoomba. There are two large supermarkets to purchase food (Coles and Woolworths). There is also an Aldi and Kmart. Nearby Leura is also know for its specialty stores and cafes.


It is 2.6km from Katoomba train station to Scenic World and the Ultra-Trail Australia Event Hub. Shops and restaurants and all within walking distance. Taxi services are available (ph 02-4782 1311). For bus services there is the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus which offers a selection of hop on hop off packages or the Blue Mountains Trolley Tours.


There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Blue Mountains. You can encounter lush rainforest and ethereal waterfalls and visit breath-taking lookouts. You can follow one of the many walking tracks that weave through the Blue Mountains and discover creeks, waterfalls, lookouts, canyons and caves and be sure to keep an eye out for native wildlife as you make your way through the ancient bushland! There is also a thriving artistic scene in the Blue Mountains, so be sure to visit one of the many art galleries or cultural events within the area.
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Below are some trails to explore around the Ultra-Trail Australia HQ. For all the details of the walks and other trails in nearby towns, head to bluemountainsaustralia.com