Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Explore World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, home of the famous Three Sisters in Katoomba. Discover iconic lookouts and waterfalls, historic walking tracks, mountain biking, Aboriginal culture, adventure sports, and camping - right on Sydney's doorstep.

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Blue Mountains Heritage Centre is a good introduction to this popular park, and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Pack a picnic and enjoy a day trip to marvel at the Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point, in Katoomba. Take in sweeping views of sheer sandstone cliffs and hazy blue Grose Valley declared wilderness area from Govetts Leap, in Blackheath. At Wentworth Falls you're spoilt for choice with world-clas lookouts, walks and waterfalls.

This certified Ecotourism Destination is a walker's paradise, boasting over 140km of tracks and trails. Why not walk a section of historic Prince Henry Cliff walk, between Katoomba and Leura. Climb Mount Banks' summit or descend into the Grand Canyon. Combine a short walk with Aboriginal rock art or a swim in a natural pool, near Glenbrook.

Mountain bike riders can tackle the famed Woodford-Oaks trail, scenic Narrow Neck, or Faulconbridge Ridge trail. There are also great opportunities for adventure sports tours, including abseiling, rock climbing and canyoning.

Within 2 hours' drive from Sydney, you can be camping by majestic eucalypts at Euroka, or watching a spectacular sunset at Perrys Lookdown. Seek solitude at remote Acacia Flat, or 4WD to Mount Werong or Burralow Creek, for a night of stargazing and wildlife spotting.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/blue-mountains-national-park/local-alerts

There are 6 areas in this park:

Three Sisters iconic rock formation, Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/OEH

Katoomba area

Katoomba area is the heart of Blue Mountains National Park. This popular day trip from Sydney is home of the iconic Three Sisters. It's packed with heritage walks, world-class views and waterfalls, in...

Panoramic view of Grose Valley from Govetts Leap lookout, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH

Blackheath area

Blackheath area spoils you with amazing walks, mountain biking and cliff top views in Blue Mountains National Park. Visit Govetts Leap, conquer the Grand Canyon and explore the Grose Wilderness.

Kids playing at Jellybean Pool, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government

Glenbrook area

Glenbrook area is your eastern gateway to Blue Mountains National Park from Sydney. Camp in the wild and enjoy natural swimming spots, Aboriginal rock art, walks and mountain biking, so close to Sydne...

View of Grose River from Faulconbridge Point, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/OEH

Lower Grose Valley area

The Lower Grose Valley area of Blue Mountains National Park tempts you with crowd-free nature escapes. Discover remote camping, walks, and mountain bike trails to secluded lookouts and waterfalls, les...

Afternoon sun on Mount Banks, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Craig Marshall/OEH

Mount Wilson area

Visit the natural wonders of Mount Wilson area on an exhilarating walk or mountain bike ride. Hike to Mount Banks, or explore canyons and wilderness in this remote corner of Blue Mountains National Pa...

A family walk up Carlons Creek track, near Dunphys campground, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH.

Southern Blue Mountains area

The Southern Blue Mountains area near Oberon is a hidden corner of Blue Mountains National Park. Get off the beaten track and explore remote campgrounds, wilderness walks and 4WD routes. Nearby, Yerra...

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    To get to Blue Mountains National Park there:

    From Sydney:

    • Take the M4 and the Great Western Highway for Glenbrook, the southern side of the Lower Grose Valley, Katoomba and Blackheath areas.
    • The Southern Blue Mountains area is accessed via Oberon or Jenolan Caves.

    From Richmond via Bells Line of Road:

    • Take the Bells Line of Road for the northern side of the Lower Grose Valley, and the Mount Wilson area.
    • You can also take Bells Line of Road to Bell, then connect with the Great Western Highway via Darling Causeway.

    From Lithgow:

    • Follow the Great Western Highway east toward Sydney.
    • You can also follow Chifley Road from Lithgow, which becomes Bells Line of Road.
    • Darling Causeway connects the highway and Bells Line of Road between Mount Victoria and Bell.

    Roads into Blue Mountains National Park can be busy, especially on weekends and public holidays during summer. For up-to-date traffic information, we recommend you visit the Live Traffic NSW website.

    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 Glenbrook, Woodford, Faulconbridge, Leura, Wentworth Falls, Katoomba and Blackheath. Visit the Transport NSW website to plan your trip.

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

    Annual passes and entry fees (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/passes-and-fees)

    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.

    All Blue Mountains National Park visitors planning a long hike, off-track or overnight adventure, or visiting a remote part of the park, are recommended to fill in the trip intention form and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Find out more about hiring a PLB and completing a trip intention form on the dedicated iPads available at Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Katoomba Police Station, Springwood Police Station.

    You can pick one up:

    • between 9am - 4pm at the NPWS Office in Blackheath or
    • after hours from the Police Stations at Katoomba and Springwood.

    Keep well back from cliff edges and waterfalls at all times, especially when taking photos. Please stay on tracks and be aware of your surroundings and footing.

    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.

    Cycling safety

    Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these cycling safety tips.

    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 and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    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.

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    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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    Lithgow (18 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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    Sydney City Centre (63 km)

    No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.

    www.sydney.com

    The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: S Alton/OEH.