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Blue Mountains National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Blue Mountains National Park.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Sydney to the Upper Blue Mountains area: 

    • Take the City West Link to Parramatta Road and veer right onto the Western Motorway (M4)
    • Travel along the Western Motorway (M4) for about 45km, which changes to the Great Western Highway after Nepean River.
    • Continue along the Great Western Highway and look for signs to Blue Mountains National Park

    Park entry points

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    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information

    By public transport

    Depending on which area you're visiting, Blue Mountains National Park is accessible from a number of stations, including Blackheath, Glenbrook, Katoomba, Leura, and Wentworth Falls. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are so many great tracks and trails waiting for you in Blue Mountains National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    The park's waterfalls should be impressive after summer rain so it's a good time to walk the waterfall tracks. Try Victoria Falls for a challenging walk or take the Furber Steps beside Katoomba Falls.

    Spring

    Walk the quiet sandy trail surrounded by flannel flowers, native irises and boronias to the impressive lookout at Lockleys Pylon off Mount Hay Road.

    Summer

    On a hot day Jellybean Pool is a great place for a dip or walk along the shaded depths of the Grand Canyon at Blackheath.

    Winter

    Walk the historic National Pass, one of the Blue Mountain's classic walks. When you're finished, head to Conservation Hut for a hot chocolate or cuppa – you will have earned it.

    Facilities

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    Cafe/kiosk

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    Wireless internet

    Electric power

    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glenbrook area.

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    • Multi-Park Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
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    • Country Parks Pass - For all parks in Country NSW (except Kosciuszko) $45 (1 year) / $75 (2 years)
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    • Single Country Park Pass - For entry to a single park in country NSW (except Kosciuszko). $22 (1 year) / $40 (2 years)
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    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Camping safety

    Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

    Fire safety

    During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit; it helps emergency services locate you, using your smartphone's GPS.

    Please note, there is limited mobile phone reception in this park. You’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000) or use the Emergency + app.

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Map of Blue Mountains National Park

    Contact

    • in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
    • Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.

    • Park entry fees:

      $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glenbrook area.

      Buy an annual pass.
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      • Blue Mountains (Glenbrook)
        (02) 4720 6200 (Infoline)
        Contact hours: Entry station is open weekends, public holidays and school holidays only.
      • Blue Mountains National Park, Bruce Road, Glenbrook NSW
      • Fax: (02) 4739 6665
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      • Richmond
        (02) 4588 2400
        Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
      • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
      • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
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      • Oberon
        (02) 6336 1972
        Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
      • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
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    Visitor centre

    Nearby towns

    Katoomba (3 km)

    Katoomba is at the heart of most of the stunning natural attractions that make up the Blue Mountains National Park. You can admire deep valleys, sandstone plateaus, waterfalls and native animals from the many walking trails and lookouts near Katoomba.

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    Wentworth Falls (7 km)

    Wentworth Falls is a historic town in the Blue Mountains. It's a good base to explore this World Heritage-listed area on foot.

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    Lithgow (24 km)

    Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valley and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.

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    Hanging rock, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: David Finnegan