Hiking The Blue Mountains National Park

The 2nd most popular hiking trail in Australia.

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Near Sydney, the Blue Mountains National Park features spectacular gorges which are the result of erosion caused by the Grose River and Glenbrook Creek through 600m of colorful sandstones, shales and coal measures. The park is covered with tall eucalyptus forests with many waterfalls and shady glens. Lookouts at Govettts Leap (Blackheath) and Echo Point (Katoomba) offer panoramic views. The park has numerous hikes within its boundaries. Commuter trains run from Sydney into the heart of BMNP and to the main town of Katoomba.

Overall, Blue Mountains National Park is the 2nd most popular hiking trail of all 16 hikes in Australia.


Local Contact(s):  BMNP (02) 4787- 8877 or 4788-5247; Australia Tourism (800) 369-6863; Tourist Guide to the Blue Mountains; Blue Mountain Adventure Co. (02) 4782-1271

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Tropical Australia: QNLD And NSW" from

Recommended Map:  "TOPO Australia" from Garmin

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Jemby Lodge (02) 4787-7622; YHA Hostel, Katoomba

Luxury Loding:  Cleopatra (02) 4787-8456; Lilianfels Blue Mountain Resort, Katoomba (61) 0247801200

Breakfast Restaurant:  Cafe Bon Ton, Leura

GPS:  -33.842, 150.2966

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  7/31/2016

ID:  6673


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