Blue Mountains, Australia: 29 pictures that will make you go WOW!

It was easy for the Blue Mountains to earn its Unesco World Heritage status because they really are so incredibly beautiful. Eucalypt trees blanket the valleys and slopes. It is the oil from their leaves that infuses the air with a blue haze giving the mountains their hue.

The sandstone cliffs change color with the light, becoming rosy pink at dusk and dawn. There are seemingly endless bushwalks (hikes) through towering tree ferns and glow worm caves, passed swimming ponds and waterfalls, and over chiseled rocky outcrops with gob-stopping views. For rock climbers and abseilers, the Blue Mountains are quite the playground.

Location: The Blue Mountains begin just 65 km inland from Sydney and rise to 1100 meters.

Getting There: You can catch the train to Katoomba from Central Station in Sydney (2 hours), or drive (1.5 hours).

How long do I need: You can do a day trip from Sydney, but there is just so much to see here, I recommend spending a couple of days at least. If you have wheels, you can explore the little towns such as charming Leura or Mount Wilson with its incredible spring gardens and autumn colours. I’ll write another blog on ‘Things to do in the Blue Mountains’ which will help you decide how long you want to give them.

And without further ado, allow me to present the magnificent Blue Mountains, Australia. (All photographers have been credited with their names or Instagram names.)

Grose Valley, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Gary P Hayes
Grose Valley, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Gary P Hayes
Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Travel4Climb
Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Travel4Climb
Leura Cascades, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: MKet82
Leura Cascades, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: MKet82
Bowtells Swing Bridge, Coxs River, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Murray Takle
Bowtells Swing Bridge, Coxs River, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Murray Takle
Glow worm cave, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Shane Corduroy Photography
Glow worm cave, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Shane Corduroy Photography
Valley hike, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: AmaandaRaae
Valley hike, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: AmaandaRaae
Abseilers, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: ClaireNinjaFranklin
Abseilers, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: ClaireNinjaFranklin
Cockatoo, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Clarkey1963
Cockatoo, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Clarkey1963
Mountain biking the Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: FootlooseFotography
Mountain biking the Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: FootlooseFotography
Mount Wilson in autumn, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: DB0120
Mount Wilson in autumn, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: DB0120
Megalong Road, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: MKet82
Megalong Road, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: MKet82
Red Hand Cave, Glenbrook National Park, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Cosborne1972
Red Hand Cave, Glenbrook National Park, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Cosborne1972
Mount Tomah, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Bec_Ski9
Mount Tomah, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Bec_Ski9
Starry night, Kings Tableland, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: JaiDeep_Photography
Starry night, Kings Tableland, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: JaiDeep_Photography
National Pass, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: DavidRomaPhotography
National Pass, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: DavidRomaPhotography
Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: ChrisNobs
Tree Ferns, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: CraigWallPhoto Tree Ferns, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: CraigWallPhoto
Scenic Skyway, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Anyundita
Scenic Skyway, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Anyundita
Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: LeBackPacker
Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: LeBackPacker
Camping beneath the stars, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: KarlLindsayPhotography
Camping beneath the stars, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: KarlLindsayPhotography
Echo Point, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Geoff Gynn
Echo Point, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Geoff Gynn
McMahons Lookout, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: AliChrissy
McMahons Lookout, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: AliChrissy
Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: OnTheRope_Photo
Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: OnTheRope_Photo
Cockatoo, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: BexterDownUnder
Cockatoo, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: BexterDownUnder
Wallabies, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: AtKini
Wallabies, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: AtKini
Echidna, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: FootlooseFotography
Echidna, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: FootlooseFotography
Gorge, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: WeHaveAVisual
Gorge, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: WeHaveAVisual
Hang on! (turn image 90 degrees clockwise) Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Stephieeee_
Hang on! (turn image 90 degrees clockwise) Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: Stephieeee_  
Sunset over Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: S_DanielTran_
Sunset over Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains, Australia. Photo: S_DanielTran_

A fun, free, and affordable way to explore Australia is by camper van. Four friends, a family, or a couple can rent one from as little as $49 per day all inclusive (plus insurance at $3/day if you need it). For trips longer than 3 months, buying an ex-rental and selling it back when you’re finished is a more economical way of doing it. See my article on why the best way to see Australia is in a camper van.

If you know of any magic places in the Blue Mountains you’d like to share, feel free to write about them in the comments.

Happy travels!

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