Discover the Blue Mountains and its World Heritage wilderness by train.
Rugged gorges and sandstone cliffs, thick forests and stunning vistas… right on Sydney’s doorstep.
Just a couple of hours west of Sydney’s Central Station, the Blue Mountains is a perfect day trip to visit friends and relatives, or stay longer and experience the cultural elegance and natural wonder of the ‘mountain life’.
Getting to the Blue Mountains
NSW TrainLink Intercity trains travel from and to Sydney at least every hour, and take around two hours to the top of the Blue Mountains. There are express services with limited stops, including Katoomba.
Other services will enable you to hop on or off at a local station close to the sites and attractions.
Blue Mountains trains leave from the Intercity Platforms at Sydney’s Central Station - Platforms 4 to 14.
Recent increases in the amount of seating on selected Blue Mountains trains means more room and more comfort. See the information at Central Station and Blue Mountains stations about what services have the most seats.
Extra trains, including Express services, are planned for later in 2017, so enjoying the Blue Mountains will be easier and more comfortable. Check back here for more information shortly.
You’ll need an Opal card to travel on NSW TrainLink Intercity services, including to and from the Blue Mountains – get one from your local Opal reseller.
Getting around the Blue Mountains
NSW TrainLink Intercity services stop at most Blue Mountains stations.
The local Explorer Bus leaves Katoomba Station for a circuit of 29 of the world-famous attractions that have given the Blue Mountains its reputation.
Local taxis and bus services will get you to all the key locations and attractions.
What to do and see in the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains is about astounding natural beauty. But its also home to a gorgeous array of fine food, creative cultures and indulgent experiences.
The blue haze the mountains are named after is the result of eucalyptus oil released into the atmosphere by the vast forests.
Most of the area is World Heritage wilderness, but the villages that dot the railway and highway corridor offer more than just access to the natural beauty.
Katoomba is the main town and is central to most of the more popular attractions. Its famous cafes and the historic Carrington Hotel are just minutes from Katoomba Railway Station. A visit to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in the middle of town is a must-do for art exhibitions and to get a deeper understanding of the region and its people.
Scenic World is a few kilometres west of Katoomba on the edge of the escarpment. The Scenic Skyway, Cableway and Railway take you over and into the majesty of the Jamison Valley.
Katoomba Cascades babble down into the valley and form the headwaters of the Kedumba River. A short walk starts at Katoomba Falls Park and extends to the Prince Henry Cliff Walk around the escarpment.
Following this walk east takes you to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, showcasing the extraordinary talents and proud celebration of Aboriginal Indigenous culture, art and dance. From there it is a short stroll to the famous The Three Sisters and Echo Point Lookout.
The Three Sisters are pillars of sandstone standing together over the valley and are the result of wind and rain swirling over the cliff face to sculpt the iconic shapes.
Further east in Leura, is Gordon Falls. Take in the views at one of many peaceful picnic spots before walking into Leura village – the heart of fine fare and the classic mountain village feel.
Laura Railway Station is right in town. Hop on a train here to explore more the mountains – from Springwood and Wentworth Falls in the east and Blackheath and Medlow Bath in the west – home to the famous art-deco Hydro Majestic hotel.
Remember – even though its just on the edge of Sydney, it is the mountains, so expect mountain weather! Crisp fresh air, warm log fires, romantic mists with ‘phantom falls’, perfect spring sunshine – its all part of the Blue Mountains special atmosphere.
- Check out Sydney.com for more information about visiting the Blue Mountains.
Events in the Blue Mountains
Australian Gnome Convention- Glenbrook – An Australia Day like no other! Thousands of gnomes convene to celebrate Australia Day at Glenbrook Park. Owners welcome, too.
Blue Mountains Music Festival – Katoomba – The 23rd ‘BMMF’ showcases great sounds in one of Australia’s premier festival destinations.
Winter Magic – Katoomba – A most anticipated event where artists, musicians, stalls and the community take over one of Australia’s most famous towns.
Leura Garden Festival – Leura – A feast of new growth, masses of flowers and gorgeous bulbs… in all their glory.
Rhododendron Festival – Blackheath - Gardens, art exhibitions, bikes, cars, model trains on display, entertainment and much more.
For more information about these and other events in the Blue Mountains, visit Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centres.