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Things to do in Blue Mountains

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Viewpoint
“Well worth the trip up to Katoomba. Amazing scenery, great cliff walks and of course the skyway, cable car and scenic railway ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Iconic view, absolutely amazing at changing light. Worth getting up early for a look at the sunrise, and equally amazing at sunset. A short walk back up the hill to the milk bar and they have delicious lemon myrtle donuts, or if you are there at sunset there is a nice wine bar that serves regional wines and food.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“Art gallery, library, cafe, lookout, and shop selling local artisans wares.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Art Gallery
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“An award winning restaurant, cafe and bar located in the heart of Leura. Rustic-chic decor and industrial car-themed art, offering delicious pizza and share plates.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Hotel
“I love catching up with friends in the lounge room. Especially in winter when the fire is roaring.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Bar
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“Fantastic wood-fired pizzas, live music on the weekends, excellent cocktails and just a nice vibe. If going with family, go a little earlier, separate booths available away from the bar.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Excellent walk to Evan's lookout and visit the local pie shop in Blackheath”
  • 51 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Step back in time to the 1930's era of cinema! Mount Vic Flicks offers an authentic cinema experience serving tea in mugs from their old world candy bar while screening the best of films from today and the past. Join a public screening or host your own private event! This is one of our favourite things to do.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Fantastic botanical garden on the other side of the Blue Mountains. We visit fairly often in different seasons. They have a restaurant, too.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Experience the great outdoors - mountains, rivers, rainforests and canyons. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Nature
“Blue Mountains is beautiful - any time of the year (fairly cold in winter - mid May-mid August), but it is worth it, amazing place. There is also Jenolan Caves.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Open every day, Jenolan Caves are the largest, most spectacular and most famous caves in Australia. Explore the world's oldest caves - one of the most outstanding cave systems in the world. You are never too young or old to experience the amazing - award-winning tours, adventure caving, scenic bush walks and Australian Aboriginal culture. Glimpse Australian birds and animals in the wild, including kangaroos and platypus. Relax in our magnificent Chisolm's Restaurant, café or bar. We even offer accommodation - hotel, motel, cottage or backpacker lodge. More than a tourist attraction, we also host school excursions, unique weddings, conferences and team building days. Set in Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness, Jenolan Caves are a national treasure, of awe-inspiring beauty and scale.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Road
“Iconic Leura Mall has a fabulous range of shops, cafes and places to check out! The main street is ablaze with cherry blossom in springtime.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Lodging
“Another favorite for us to take our visitors, family and friends. There are a number of caves to explore at different fitness levels. A unique spot to see for sure!”
  • 44 locals recommend
Café
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“My favorite coffee, Campos - nice and strong. Good food, pricey for the mountains but good quality.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“An picturesque location to picnic, relax and soak up the natural glory that Australia has to offer.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Art Gallery
“An award winning restaurant, cafe and bar located in the heart of Leura. Rustic-chic decor and industrial car-themed art, offering delicious pizza and share plates.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
“Fantastic wood-fired pizzas, live music on the weekends, excellent cocktails and just a nice vibe. If going with family, go a little earlier, separate booths available away from the bar.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Hotel
“I love catching up with friends in the lounge room. Especially in winter when the fire is roaring.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food, service and atmosphere. Japanese fusion food. Gluten free and vegetarian options. Everything is cooked in a stone oven. Open for Lunch and Dinner Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The doors at Silk’s Brasserie are open every day of the week for lunch and dinner. The ambience of the dining room is delightful, warm and inviting all year round. High ceilings, ochre-coloured walls, smart black and white chequerboard floor and the crisp linen-covered tables all contribute to a memorable dining experience.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Set in a bush location with views & a open fire in winter. Many easy walking tracks from this location. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great cocktail bar, beautifully quirky dining room, this place is a favourite with locals..”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Historic renovated convict built Ambermere Rose Inn...You will experience Amazing food and the Historic Building has funky tastful renovated rooms with fire places, and court yard sitting area with views to the cliff lines in a valley setting ”
  • 12 locals recommend

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