If you are planning to spend a whole day at the Blue Mountains National Park, here is what your itinerary should look like. Don't try and squeeze them all in, but you can definitely manage 3 to 5 of them.
1. Scenic World
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains at Scenic World, the world's steepest scenic railway. Perfect for the entire family, Scenic World is one of the best ways to witness the Blue Mountains in all their glory. There are other activities you can try here, including the scenic walkway, skyway and cableway, all of which offer a starkly different experience!
2. Three Sisters
One of the most popular attractions at the Blue Mountains, the Three Sisters is a trio of rock formation surrounded by blue hues of rocky mountains and a seemingly endless expanse of green valley. Three Sisters is named so after a legend wherein three sisters were turned to stone by a sorcerer to protect them from three young men. Before he could undo the spell, the sorcerer died, leaving the sisters trapped in stone!
3. Pulpit Rock Lookout
Located near Blackheath in Blue Mountains National Park, Pulpit Rock is a multi-tiered lookout which juts precariously on a blade of rock perched atop the glorious Grose Valley. At Pulpit Rock, you can enjoy mountain biking, scenic views of Blue Gum Forest and Govetts Leap, and even a quaint picnic with your loved
4. Breenhold Gardens
Spread across 45 hectares of opulent gardens, parkland and native bushland, Breenhold Gardens is a must visit when in Blue Mountains. Home to hundreds of evergreen Northern Hemisphere and local trees and shrubs, the gardens offer spectacular colors of Autumn. You can also enjoy a peaceful picnic here but barbeques are not allowed.
5. Wentworth Falls
The starting point of several treks into the Valley of the Waters, the Wentworth Falls is amongst the most popular tourist attractions in the mountains. The beautiful town is named after the waterfall which has an over 300m drop. There is a rewarding trek from the town which offers magnificent views of the valley before reaching the top of the waterfalls.
6. Japanese Bathhouse
Set amidst the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park, the Japanese Garden and Bathhouse is quite literally heaven on earth. The bathhouse has been converted from a Tudor house facing a lake and offers selene views of the Blue Mountains valley. You can opt for an herbal steam bath to rejuvenate your body after a tiring day of travel.
7. Jenolan Caves
Exquisite limestone caves located within the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve, west of the Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves are perfect for tourists looking for something different. A collection of 9 glorious caves await you at Jenolan, an award-winning tourist attraction. There is a bar, restaurant and even a range of accommodation to make the experience memorable for you.
8. Glow Worm Tunnels
The Glow Worm Tunnel is a popular destination for tourists and locals looking to see glow worms in their natural environment. This disused railway tunnel is 400 metres long and is now home to glow worms, which are the larvae of the fungus gnat. There is a walking track available as well which is the fastest and easiest way to explore the famed tunnel. The only drawback is that it is a guided tour only experience and you will need to shell AU$65 to enter the tunnels.
9. Sunset at Blackheath Lookout
Journey along Shipley Plateau, through pretty orchards and farms, to reach Blackheath Lookout. This stunning place offers wild views to the north and west of the Great Dividing Range over the Kanimbla Valley. Best experienced when the sun is setting, Blackheath Lookout is the best place to wind down after a day of trekking and walking. 10. Kings Tableland A plateau located in the Blue Mountains, Kings Tableland is the remains of an eroded sandstone layer that covers an area of almost 1,000 meters, just south of Wentworth Falls. The plateau was named after King George III and offers stunning views of the Blue Mountains National Park.