I have been lucky enough to visit the Blue Mountains twice in the last six months so I thought it was high time I wrote a blog about this stunning part of New South Wales, Australia. I recently got to spend two days here with some awesome photographers thanks to Visit NSW. There are still so many awesome places to experience and photograph as it is one massive area but these are my top 7 favourite must see spots. Lets get started…
7. Mt Portal, Blue Mountains
Mt Portal is a lookout perched a top the lower ridge of Blue Mountains National Park. It offers magical views over the Nepean River and Glenbrook Gorge. Its a great base for thrill seekers who love abseiling or climbing. It is a long dirt road to get to the lookout but nothing a decent car can’t handle.
6. Princes Rock Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park
If you head towards Wentworth Falls and park in the car park, halfway along the sidewalk there is a track to Princes Rock Lookout. You can get spectacular views of Wentworth Falls from here including stunning views over the valley floor. This whole area is filled with gorgeous walks to a lot of different sections of the Blue Mountains National Park. You could literally spend a week exploring this amazing part of the Blue Mountains.
5. Sylvia Falls, The Valley of the Waters
Sylvia Falls located in The Valley of the Waters is one stunningly beautiful waterfall that you find after walking down what feels like a thousands steps. After passing by Empress Falls you will come across Sylvia Falls. You can keep exploring further passed Sylvia Falls to find some more waterfalls but I didn’t have time to check those out. I will just have to make another trip back to this beautiful part of Australia again soon. The walk back up is not for the faint hearted either. I was a bit sore the next day to be honest but it was so worth it to see this gorgeous area.
4. Empress Falls, The Valley of the Waters
Empress Falls is the first waterfall that you come across on The Valley of the Waters walk. A majestic 30 metre cascade of water that flows though a canyon and out into the Jamison Valley. This is a great place to do some canyoning if you are into that sort of thing. If not, its great just to watch people canyoning down the face of the waterfall. I really thought Queensland had all the best waterfalls in Australia but these two are right up there with the best of them!
3. Three Sisters, Blue Mountains
The iconic three sisters can be viewed from a few different places throughout the Blue Mountains. I even sat on one of them when I was on a school excursion at age 11. A great way to view them is from the Scenic Skyway at Scenic World. Suspended 270 metres above ancient ravines, the Skyway provides a unique thrill as breathtaking views are revealed beneath your feet through the electro-glass cabin floor. With 360° views, the 720 metre journey provides the best views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Jamison Valley stretching to the horizon.
Another great viewpoint of the Three Sisters is from Echo Point. Unfortunately they were covered in fog the day I was there so I have re-added it to the list of places to go back and see!
2. Lincolns Rock, Blue Mountains
Lincolns Rock is a gigantic flat rock (also known as flat rock) hanging over the Jamieson Valley. It is a stunning place to watch the sun go down and watch the ever changing colours of the rocks and valley below. There is also a really cool cave below the main shelf that faces West. There is a track down and around the side of the shelf though so please don’t attempt to climb down the face of the cliff.
1. Govetts Leap Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park
Govetts Leap Lookout is my Number 1 favourite spot in the Blue Mountains. Especially at sunrise. If you are lucky enough, the Grose valley will be filled with fog as the sun rises over the ancient mountains. Once the sun hits the cliffs you see the beautiful colours of the sandstone appear. And if you look to your right you get views of the 180 metre Bridal Veil Falls (also known as Govetts Leap Falls). It really is a beautiful way to bring in the morning. There are plenty of walks that you can do from Govetts Leap Lookout including Evans Lookout and Pulpit Rock. Bear in mind these walks can take 2-3 hours one way. There is a shorter walk to Bridal Veil Falls which takes about an hour.
And that concludes the 7 must see spots in the Blue Mountains. I still have so much more to see and explore in this stunning part of Australia. I look forward to the next time I visit and what other gems I will discover.
Big thanks to Visit NSW for having me. This was a sponsored stay but as always, all opinions are my own.
NOTE: Visit NSW does not condone or encourage sitting or standing on the edge of cliffs. Any photos depicting this was at the risk of Larissa Dening.
Have you been to the Blue Mountains? What were your favourite places to visit? I would love to know, so leave a comment below.