Blue Mountains NSW Australia
View Over the Blue Mountains
Located on the traditional lands of the Darug and Gundungurra Nations, the Blue Mountains occupy an area of over 1,000 square kilometres of World Heritage National Park; and are proudly one of the top three most visited Australian destinations.
Originally considered as impassable by Europeans, the Blue Mountains remained unventured until 1813; 25 years after their original naming of Carmarthen Hills and Landsdowne Hills by Governor Phillip.
Their name was changed promptly the same year, following the observation of the distinctive blue haze caused by eucalyptus vapour which often hugs the slopes.
With the realisation that the landscape was not so impassable as initially thought; roads began to be forged into the hills throughout 1814. By the time gold was discovered in the 1850s, the Blue Mountains were well on their way as a founded community.
Today’s visitors are rewarded with vast wonderland views of natural untamed bush, stunning landscapes and spectacular rock formations, complimented with a full spectrum of accommodation and dining options with which to enjoy your exploration.
The Blue Mountains lie 110km west of Sydney, at Latitude 33.44 S and Longitude 150.34 E. Driving time from Sydney is only around 90 minutes along the Great Western Highway; and approximately 1-3 hours by train, dependant on which town in the region you choose to travel. Trains leave Sydney hourly. The closest airport and port is Sydney.
Summer temperatures average 18C in the Upper Mountains and drop to 5C during winter months. The Lower Mountains are noticeably warmer: climbing to 29C in the summer and 16C in the winter.
Although the region is known for snow, the ‘white stuff’ only touches the Upper Mountains on an average of 5 days a year.
Rainfall reaches a monthly average of 150mm during the summer and 85mm in winter.
The great aspect to the Blue Mountains is that all of its highlights are easily accessible. Key attractions can be found in the Katoomba region, and many easily reached on foot from the town.
For a train journey that’s elevating in every sense; the world’s steepest railway climbs 415 metres from Violet Street, providing both an exhilarating and historical delight.
The Jenolan Caves are said to be the best example of limestone caves in Australia, and for breathtaking views take the short journey to Echo Point.
Be transported above the natural wonders such as ancient ravines, spectacular waterfalls, and the stunning sandstone formations of ‘The Three Sisters’ in The Scenic Skyway cable car (featuring a state-of-the-art glass floor).
There are great walking trails along the Six Foot Track for the active or, if you prefer to let someone else take the strain, the Katoomba Explorer Bus will take you to the key sites around the area.
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