Things to do and see
The Blue Mountains is renowned for its spectacular landscapes and bushwalking, but there are many other incredible activities, experiences and things to see and do in this unique setting. All of this is available in your backyard when you live in the Blue Mountains.
A natural wonderland of rugged escarpments, deep canyons and vast tracts of pristine bushland, the Blue Mountains is an adventure playground with countless opportunities to immerse yourself in nature and connect with this ancient land. Guided tours run by passionate locals include unforgettable canyoning experiences, bushwalks to magical glow worm-lit caves, abseiling, horseriding and mountain biking.
Stretch your legs on one of the area’s many iconic walks through the Blue Mountains National Park, including tracks such as the Grand Canyon and Prince Henry Cliff Walk. You’ll find plenty of camping adventure options. Perrys Lookdown offers a campground near spectacular views from the top of the escarpment across Grose Valley. From here a walk descends into Blue Gum Forest. Euroka Campground is another beautiful location, near Glenbrook, with a walking trail leading along the Nepean River into a spectacular gorge.
Council has 105 parks across the Blue Mountains. We provide 29 sportsgrounds and 66 sport courts. We manage 135kms of walking tracks and 90 lookouts. We own and maintain 5 aquatic centres, 34km of bike paths, 15km of the Greater Blue Mountains Trail, 7 cliff sport precincts, 6 skate parks, 5 natural campgrounds and 2 tourist parks. Other facilities run by clubs on council managed lands include a BMX bike track at Lawson and hang gliding launch facilities at Mount Blackheath.
With a focus on fresh, regional produce and gourmet experiences capitalising on its stunning location, dining in the Blue Mountains has really come of age, with a slew of innovative restaurants and cafes – from casual to hatted fine-dining masterpieces – presenting a veritable feast of flavours.
The music scene in the Blue Mountains has always been lively, with local and visiting artists performing at venues including the Boiler House Restaurant and Blackheath Bar & Bistro. Meanwhile, the Blue Mountains Music Festival held each March celebrates roots music and jazz.
With sensational views over the deep valley troughs and rolling peaks formed over millions of years, the lookouts in the Blue Mountains are spectacular. You’ll find them at the end of winding trails, on easily-accessible short tracks or hidden away amongst lush bushland.
Echo Point looks out over the immense Jamison Valley and the famous Three Sisters, while Wentworth Falls Lookout has magnificent views over the 187m waterfall. Admire Govetts Leap, named after the first European to visit the area in 1831, or take a winding drive along the peninsula that divides the Jamison and Megalong Valleys to Narrow Neck.
Inspired by endless vistas softened by a distinctive blue haze and drawn by fresh air and a spirit of adventure, the Blue Mountains has lured artists and creatives since ancient times. This rich legacy continues today, with countless galleries, markets and boutique shops showcasing the talents of local artists and artisans, while colourful events spread the joy to the community at large.