The Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains NSW Australia

1 Where Are the Blue Mountains?

In the traditional land of the Gundungurra and Darug People, you'll find the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

The Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Area is more than one million hectares. And, is found in the Aboriginal Nations of the Darkinjung, Darug, Dharawal, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, and Wiradjuri People.  They stand in the NSW state electorates of Bathurst, Blue Mountains, Goulburn Mulwaree, Hawkesbury, Londonderry, Mulgoa, Penrith, and Upper Hunter.

They are about one hour and thirty-minute drive inland from Sydney, Australia.

2 What You'll Find and Things to Do in Blue Mountains Australia

  • Rugged Mountains
  • Lookouts
  • Boardwalk
  • Viewing Platforms
  • Amphitheatre
  • Walking Tracks
  • Bush Tracks
  • Trails
  • Waterfalls
  • Plateaus
  • Canyons
  • Waterways & Rivers
  • Grasslands
  • Wetlands
  • Woodlands
  • Swamps
  • Alpine Terrains
  • Valleys
  • Hills
  • Forests & Rain Forests
  • Gum Trees (Eucalyptus Forest)
  • Sandstone Formations
  • Railway
  • Cable Car
  • Caves
  • Lyrebirds
  • Rosellas
  • Giant Stairway
Jennifer Empey in the Blue Mountains NSW

Three Sisters Blue Mountains Walk

Gum Tree in the Background

3 Why Are the Blue Mountains Blue?

According to Blue Mountain Heritage, a blue haze is formed from the combination of water condensation, dust fragments, and eucalyptus oils when they blend with light.

Thus, your eyes will see the blue of the light in the air. And, you'll wonder and feel that the mountains are blue.

4 Blue Mountains The Three Sisters Walk

Three Sisters Walk in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia

Three Sisters Walk

Where are the Three Sisters?

​The Three Sisters are at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.

You can stand on Echo Point lookout and see the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains NSW.

Take a walk along the trail to the Three Sisters. Along the way, you'll walk among the tall gum trees.

The Three Sisters are three sandstone rock formations found in the Jamison Valley near Katoomba.

Where is the best place to view the Three Sisters?

At Echo Point Lookout is the best vantage point to view the Three Sisters at the Blue Mountains. You can walk out to the platform to view the mountains. And, you can go on a walk to view them closer.

Arch at Entrance to Three Sisters Walk in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia

Arch at the Entrance to the Three Sisters Walk

Where does the Three Sisters walk start?

As you walk out, you'll find on your left before the building, the Information Centre, an arch that is the entrance to the trail to the Three Sisters Walk.

Here you can walk along the track to get a closer view of the Three Sisters. 

How much does it cost to walk to the Three Sisters?

It is free to walk to the Three Sisters. However, the car parking in surrounding streets is time-limited and metered so you'll need to pay for parking. 

How long does the Three Sisters walk take?

The walk is 80 meters return. And, National Parks suggests allowing 25 to 45 minutes for the walk.

I was on the walk for about 45 minutes, but I didn't go down close. Because it was getting close to sunset and wanted to be back at Echo Point Lookout for the sunset. I did that a long time ago in my twenties.

The Three Sisters at Sunset in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia
The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia

The Three Sisters Blue Mountains

5 Echo Point Lookout Three Sisters

At Echo Point Lookout, you can visit the Echo Point Information Centre.

In the streets surrounding Echo Point, the car parks have parking meters so there are parking fees and time limits.

On the lookout, there are toilets available.

And you can walk out on the platform and view the Three Sisters and the Blue Mountains.

The local city council made upgrades at Echo Point in the Blue Mountains including an amphitheatre.

And you can go to another lookout added to Echo Point, the Prince of Wales Lookout. Then, take a walk on the night-lit board.

Be there at sunset. And, you can watch the colours of sunset shine upon the Three Sisters. The Three Sisters are floodlit at night. Check the time it stops.

Echo Point at the Blue Mountains NSW Australia
Sunset at Echo Point in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia
Engraved Stone at Echo Point Plague at Echo Point in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia

Engraved Stone at Echo Point

WHEN I REACHED THE LOOKOUT AT ECHO POINT, THE LIGHT WAS THICK AND GOLDEN,

AS IF IT HAD PASSED ALL DAY THROUGH A BUTTERFLY’S DUSTY WING.

~ Delia Falconer 1997

‘The Service of Clouds’

6 Three Sisters Walking Track

You can walk along the Three Sisters Walking Track amongst the tall gum (eucalypt) trees. You will get a close-up view of the Three Sisters.

When it is close to sunset, the sinking sun shines its light through the gum trees.

You can find more details and a map of the Three Sisters Walk at National Parks, check for the link in Travel Essentials below. Make sure you check for park closure due to weather conditions like fire danger.

 

Now in the west the colours change,
The blue with crimson blending;
Behind the far Dividing Range,
The sun is fast descending.

 

And mellowed day comes o’er the place,
And softens ragged edges ...

 

~Henry Lawson

'The Blue Mountains'

Tall Gum Trees in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia
Tall Trees in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia

Daydream amongst the gum (eucalyptus) trees

Seat at Sunset in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia

Sit in solitude with nature whilst the sun goes down

7 Boars Head Lookout

You can drive further down the road and visit the Boars Head at Boars Head Lookout. When I went it was less crowded and easy to find a car park compared to the parking for the Echo Point Lookout.

Can you see it?

Check for updates to parking fees as the City Council has plans for Echo Point and Boars Head Lookout areas being considered in January 2023.

Boars Head at the Blue Mountains

Boars Head Blue Mountains

Jennifer Empey at Boars Head Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Australia

Boars Head Lookout

8 Things to Do in the Blue Mountains National Park

Activities you can do in the Blue Mountains are

  • Giant Staircase
  • Scenic Walkway and walks starting at Scenic World
  • Katoomba Falls: see
  • Cable Car at Scenic World
  • Scenic Railway at Scenic World

And, you'll find Visit NSW gives an overview of many walks and tracks in the bush that you can take. You can find a list of lookouts, walks, tracks, trails, and caves below.

Lookouts

    • Echo Point
    • Three Sisters
    • Prince of Wales
    • Boars Head
    • Cahill's
    • Queen Victoria
    • Queen Elizabeth
    • Wollumai
    • Spooners
    • Lady Darley's
    • Allambie
    • Orphan Rock
    • Tallawalla
    • Narrow Head
    • Landslide
    • Malaita
    • Eagle Hawk
    • Kiah
    • Bridal Veil
    • Gordon Falls
    • Elysian Rock
    • Narrow Neck
    • Golf Link
  • Walking Tracks

    • Three Sisters
    • Federal Pass
    • Dardanelles Pass Loop
  • Cliff Walks

    • Prince Henry
  • Walks

    • Underfalls
    • Round
  • Trails

    • Narrow Neck Plateau Trail
  • Tracks

    • Furber Steps
    • Pool of Siloam
  • Points

    • Honeymoon

 

Caves

  • Jenolan Caves

Blue Mountains Travel Details

Travel Essentials

For travel essentials like links for weather details and national parks on my NSW travel guide.

Where Are the Blue Mountains in New South Wales?

Search the below link to find their location, the Three Sisters, and the Lookout Echo Point.

You can view the location of the Three Sisters Walk Blue Mountains on the map

And, you can use the map for directions to get to the Blue Mountains  Update the first box to your current location.

9 Experiences & Tours

The kind of tours and experiences you can go on:

  • Day Trips & Tours from Sydney
  • Glow Worms
  • Scenic World
  • Jenolan Caves

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