7 amazing ways to see the Blue Mountains

It’s been a long time since Mrs Romance or I have been to the Blue Mountains. I don’t know why it’s been so long. Only an hour and a half west of Sydney, this enormous national park has some of the most stunning scenery.

And the surrounding townships are so quaint and interesting, with great restaurants, fun shopping and plenty to do.

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Our recent visit was only for a couple of nights but we managed to see a lot in that time. With such a big area to cover, it can be a bit daunting knowing where to start, but thankfully help is at hand.

Here are our top 7 ways to see the best the Blue Mountains National Park has to offer:

1. Echo Point

This is by far and away the best vantage point to see the biggest draw card of the Blue Mountains – the Three Sisters rock formation.

Local Aboriginal legend has it that these rocks were once 3 sisters who caught the eye of three brothers of a neighbouring tribe. The brothers tried to kidnap them so to protect them, a witchdoctor turned them to stone.

He meant to turn them back when it was safe again, but he was killed and so there they stand to this day, Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo – the Three Sisters.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Best views of the Blue Mountains

2. The Giant Stairway

Round the base of the Three Sisters is one of the more popular bush walks you can do in the mountains. It’s an easy-to-medium walk and only takes about 1 ½ hours.

To get back up from the valley floor, you can take the funicular train or climb back up the stairs as you wish.

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3. Scenic World’s Scenic Skyway

This cable car crosses the Federal Pass Ravine from the Scenic World HQ to take you to the amazing Cliff View Lookout.

From 270m up, your view from Australia’s highest cable car is amazing. The centre of the car has a glass bottom floor you can see all the way down to the valley at your feet.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Best views of the Blue Mountains

4. Scenic World’s Scenic Cableway

This cable car goes from the valley floor back up to the Scenic World centre. It’s the biggest cable car in Australia, holding up to 84 people. If you look in the picture above you can just see the cable car!

The 360-degree views from this car out over the forests of the Jamison Valley are stunning.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Best views of the Blue Mountains

5. Scenic World’s funicular railway

Certainly not for the faint hearted, this train – the last working vestige of the coal mines that ran here 130 years ago – runs on a steep track to the bottom of the escarpment.

At 52 degrees, it’s the steepest railway in the world, so the views from the carriage are literally through the roof – I thank you!

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6. Scenic World’s Scenic Walkway

The 2.4km of boardwalk that leads you around the stunning canopy of the forest in the mountain valley is perfect for a relaxing stroll.

The walkway is elevated to minimise its impact on the local environment and teaches you a bit about what you can see and what this part of the Blue Mountains was used for back in the day.

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7. Bush walks

The Blue Mountains National Park covers an area of over 2,600km2 with hundreds of amazing bushwalks you can take. The walks range from an hour’s walk to 4 days out in the wilderness.

Here’s a quick list of some of the walks with pdf maps and directions. Otherwise the Katoomba YHA has more detailed notes on bushwalks as does the Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre.

Bonus:

If you’re not in the mood for getting up close and personal or if the weather’s a bit dodgy, there are still plenty of indoor options to enjoy the breathtaking views in and around the Blue Mountains.

Mr and Mrs Romance - High Tea at the Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains

My new favourite way to ‘window shop’ the Blue Mountains is from the comfort of the Hydro Majestic, a hotel and spa with a stately seat looking down over the Megalong Valley. It does an excellent high tea we highly recommend.

Check out our review of the Hydro Majestic and the high teas they do there.

Alternatively, try Echoes Boutique Hotel and Restaurant. The food they do there is sensational. We had dinner here, which was amazing, but due to the lack of sun we couldn’t see much of the views.

We returned the next day though and were rewarded with some amazing scenery.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Best views of the Blue Mountains

Have you been to the Blue Mountains? Do you have any tips on where to go for a great view? Tell us in the comments!

Images by Mrs Romance using an Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera.
We visited Blue Mountains Scenic World as guests of Destination NSW.

25 Comments

  • Absolutely stunning! It has been oh so long since i have visited the Blue Mountains. Must plan a trip soon.:)
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    • Reply June 4, 2015

      Mr Romance

      It’s such a lovely area, isn’t it, Kat. People get so excited about the beaches in Australia, sometimes we forget to look behind us at the rest of this beautiful country!
      Jxx

  • Gosh, what a pretty place. Looks so serene and beautiful and relaxing. The husband is always big on any place with an amazing view. The Blue Mountains would definitely make the cut!
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    • Reply June 4, 2015

      Mr Romance

      It’s such a lovely part of the country, Sonia – well worth a visit. Reckon Mr SS would enjoy coming here. Well worth a trip up.
      Jxx

  • Reply June 3, 2015

    mtns mama

    Just a heads up – the view from the Hydro is Megalong Valley 😉 the one from the Cable car is Jamison Valley. Lots more to the Mountains than Katoomba! Try Mt Victoria, Blackheath and surrounds for more amazing views. Wentworth Falls, Lawson and Hazelbrook for more awesome bushwalking.

    • Reply June 4, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Hi Mtns Mama (love your handle btw!). Thanks for the corrections – apologies for that. Have corrected our mistakes. Hold your horses on us not covering anywhere else in the Blue Mountains though – this is only just the start! Oh, plus we featured the Schwartz Patisserie in Wentworth a while ago too. Love this part of NSW. There’s so much more going for it than just Katoomba. Did you know the first camping trip Mrs Romance ever went on was at Kanangra Walls? We took a hike down to the Dancing Cave – amazing bit of our history.
      Anyway, thanks for your input. Hope you enjoyed the rest of our post. 🙂
      Jxx

  • Scenic World has breathtaking views but there are so many beautiful bush walks in the mountains and almost all of them have breathtaking views. One of my favourites is Govett’s Leap in Blackheath. Definitely worth a peek! We’re going to the Mountains in a few weeks and I cannot wait!
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    • Reply June 4, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Hey Sammie. Yes, Govett’s Leap is a classic destination – we love Blackheath too. A great range of restaurants there. When you go to the Blue Mountains, be sure to check out Parklands in Blackheath. Awesome value for money and beautiful rooms.
      Jxx

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  • Oh wow, Jim are you really trying to entice us to the Blue Mountains or this coincidence? I feel if we never make it there we have seen it with this beautiful snapshot of the area… and high tea? Hmm maybe we just have to make it there sooner rather than later. Thanks so much for sharing and especially for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard.
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    • Reply June 7, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Ha ha! Thank you, Lyn. So glad you liked the pics and the write-up. Yes, I’m definitely trying to entice you to the Blue Mountains – it’s one of those places that shouldn’t be missed. And if it takes high tea to get you there, so be it!
      Thanks for inviting us over on to your link-up party. Lots of fun. 🙂
      Jxx

  • Reply June 7, 2015

    Elaine J. Masters

    What a discovery. I had no idea there were so many ways to see the Blue Mountains. Great pictures.
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    • Reply June 7, 2015

      Mr Romance

      So glad you found us, Elaine! Yes, the Blue Mountains has so many amazing vistas. These 7 are the ones we’ve found and love, but there are so many more. Glad you like the photos. Thanks for stopping by.
      Jxx

  • Reply June 7, 2015

    Anda

    I love when legends are tied up in rock formations or waterfalls or nature in general. Makes the place more interesting. This is a really beautiful Park that I haven’t even heard about so far. I recently took a trip up a mountain in Switzerland in a cable car almost identical with the one in your picture. Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Postcard. When you have a chance, please display our badge. You can copy it at the end of my post (in the highlighted gray area) and paste it into yours (in the text editor).
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    • Reply June 7, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Hi Anda. It’s great when you get to know a place by its local history, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by.
      Jim

  • I haven’t actually ever made it to the Blue Mountains but I would love to and hope to get there one day. Especially if there is the option of high tea if the weather is gloomy.
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    • Reply June 7, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Ah, you should get over there, Malinda. It’s amazing how close to built up areas all this nature is. Well worth a visit. As for the high tea, I think it’s still a good option on sunny days too! 😉
      Jxx

  • Reply June 8, 2015

    Ruth - Tanama Tales

    Amazed by your article! What a beautiful place (and I love waterfalls). Thanks for sharing. I felt like I went there for a moment.
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    • Reply June 8, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Thank you, Ruth! That’s a really lovely thing to say. So glad you enjoyed our write-up. 🙂
      Jxx

  • Oh wow, how beautiful! I absolutely adore the photo looking up at the trees – the patterns made by the leaves are incredible!

    • Reply June 10, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Hi Marcella. So glad you like the photos. Mrs Romance’s work really does this part of New South Wales justice. Those palms are amazing, aren’t they?
      Jxx

  • Reply June 19, 2015

    Meghan

    A great post! My parents own the Blackheath Motor Inn and I love going to visit them. The Jenolan Caves are also a great place to visit. The whole of the Blue Mountains a such beautiful part of Australia!

    • Reply June 19, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Ah yes, I remember driving past the Motor Inn, Meghan! What a small world! Yes, the Jenolan Calves are awesome. Mrs Romance took me there years ago when we first started going out. Stunning in the caves, and the Blue Lagoon is amazing too. Very underrated part of the country, the mountains.
      Jxx

  • Your photos are so beautiful. Just breathtaking scenery. It’s been many years since we’ve been, so I should plan a day trip up there, but wouldn’t it be freezing at the moment? It’s cold enough down here in the city!
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