Photo: Panoramic view of Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains
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Explore the history, the antique and art galleries, Australian flora, bird and wildlife and play at golf courses with spectacular views.
The Blue Mountains offer majestic views and great bushwalk experiences. See the weather for the Blue Mountains, Today and Forecasts Blue Mountains Weather.
When the colony was first founded in 1788 it took many years before a route across the mountains was discovered by the European settlers. Led by William Cox, their explorer party, after listening to the aboriginal’s advice to stick to the ridges found their way to the rich fertile hinterlands.
Many homes that you can find here amongst the trees date back to the Victorian Days, as do the buildings in the small towns along the Great Western Highway.
There are lots of things to do for families such as bush walking and hiking, riding the scenic Zig Zag railway or visiting the World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point with the Skyway cable car and its breathtaking views, as well as the world’s steepest railway. Or pan for gold at Sofala, just west of the mountain range or visit the Hartley Historic Village.
The Blue Mountains National Park has unusual rock formations, mountains, ridges and steep cliffs, waterfalls, easy to long walks, native animals and stunningly colourful birdlife.
You can go horseriding at Megalong Valley or visit the Australian Heritage Centre. Visit Mt. Blackheath with spectacular views of the mountains or enjoy a Devonshire Tea at the Megalong Valley Tearoom.
There are many different walks of differing length and difficulty available in the Blue Mountains.
Try the Jellybean pool at Glenbrook, a 2km easy walk to go for a swim, or see the South Lawson waterfalls with lots of birdlife and great views, a medium walk of about 150 minutes at Lawson.
There are more than 240,000 hectares of National Park to explore. People do occasionally get lost, so do get advice at the one of the visitors centres at the villages and towns in the mountains.
The local aboriginals, the Gundungarra, Wiradjuri and Dharug tribes, had been traversing the mountains for thousands of years. Blue Mountains Walkabout tour offers a chance for you to experience the local aboriginal culture, education, foods and adventure for yourself.
There are a number of bus tours operating from Sydney offering a wide range of Blue Mountains experiences, including Aboriginal, as well as 4WD adventures.
Daily tours are available of the Jenolan Caves are an amazing ancient labyrinth of caves and river systems.
To the west of the Blue Mountains are the fertile plains of Central NSW with lots of historical gold mining and farming towns, including :
There are many historic inns and pubs, grand hotels and resorts dating from the 1800’s in the Blue Mountains. There are also caravan parks to modern luxury resort accommodation that offers a variety of stays including backpackers and discount hotels for those wishing to stay longer than a day visit. You can book hotels and resorts in the Blue Mountains:
The fresh mountain air and views can make food taste better! There are plenty of eateries and restaurants dotting the mountains to accommodate even the most discerning palate with almost all cuisines represented here.
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