Peacefully hidden within a rugged region just west of Sydney you’ll find the tranquil and refreshing World Heritage site, Blue Mountains. Fun fact alert: The Blue Mountains got its name from the blue haze that is created by the extensive eucalypt forests. You’ll feel like you’re in a different country compared to the relatively flat terrain of the land down under. Relax and unwind amongst the steep cliffs, forest and waterfalls that encompass the area.
Staying in a Blue Mountains hostel puts you right in the heart of the national park and means you are only a short hop away from the many trails. Choose a hostel just minutes from Echo Point for epic views of the iconic Three Sisters. Or opt for a Blue Mountain hostel with a spa and sauna to really relax after a busy day of hiking. Blue Mountain hostels often have a cosy log fire too - a perfect place to chill out over a cup of tea and a tim tam with other travellers.
Katoomba is the main hub of activity in the Blue Mountains and the starting point for most travellers offering easy access to the famous Three Sisters and Scenic World as well as endless outdoor activities. Wentworth Falls has a more off-the beaten path vibe with quieter hiking trails, whilst quaint village Leura is the place to head for boutique shops and great nightlife.
The Blue Mountains has a lot to offer both adventure seekers and chilled-out travellers. Take your time exploring the trails or for a less strenuous day the botanic gardens in Mount Tomah are a great way to get your fresh-air fix. For adrenaline junkies, head to Scenic World where you can ride the world’s steepest incline passenger railway through ancient rainforests or take a cable car between the cliff tops. There are many magnificent caves with subterranean rivers in this World Heritage area, and there's plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife - keep an eye out for platypus!
Transport around the Blue Mountains area is made easy with the Great Western Highway and railway running parallel across the region. Jump on one of two ‘hop on hop off’ busses, grab a cab, tag onto public buses or catch a shuttle bus that runs between the Katoomba Railway Station, the Three Sisters and Scenic World. The best way to get the Blue Mountains is by train from the Central Train Station in Sydney which has a direct link with the airport. The journey to Katoomba takes around 2 hours.