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Head for the hills for these Blue Mountains attractions

West of Sydney are dozens of Blue Mountains attractions. Whether you want to head to a waterfall, explore an historic town or admire mountain scenery, this pristine region has it all. It’s one of the most famous wilderness areas in Australia and is perfect for nature lovers.

To explore these Blue Mountains attractions, all you have to do is hire a car from Sydney Airport and drive about 60km west of Sydney.

Leura

This charming town is famous for its health spas and cool-climate gardens. Visitors love taking photos of the 19th-century cottages, which make this place feel like a quaint English village. Cherry trees also line the main street, where you can stop to take a break at one of many antique stores, gift shops and cafes. The Toy and Railway Museum is also popular with tourists, especially children. Or if you just wanted to relax by a waterfall, head to the delightful Leura Cascades for a picnic.

Katoomba

Just a few kilometres away from beautiful Leura is Katoomba, which is the largest town in the Blue Mountains. It’s centrally located in the Blue Mountains National Park, making it a great place to base yourself to explore nearby attractions. There’s the Katoomba Scenic Railway, which at 52 decree incline through the Jamison Valley, is the steepest passenger railway in the world. Katoomba is also home to several galleries, second-hand bookstores and restaurants.

Hartley Historic Site

Step back in time with a visit to the Hartley Historic Site. You’ll find this settlement of sandstone buildings and newly renovated historic cottages on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. Explore the stories of the families who lived here and the artefacts spread throughout this important town. Join a guided tour of Hartley for a more in-depth experience.

Govetts Leap Lookout

Enjoy amazing views of the plunging Grose Valley. The views from Govetts Leap Lookout are some of the most stunning in the Blue Mountains. Admire the sandstone cliffs, the lush eucalyptus forest and Bridal Veil Falls. The lookout is easily accessible by car and there are plenty of challenging hikes nearby. You’ll also find Govetts Leap Lookout to be a lot less crowded than Echo Point, which is famous for its views of the Three Sisters.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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