The Blue Mountains are home to some of New South Wales’ most distinctive natural landmarks; an easy walk from Echo Point takes you to a clifftop lookout with spectacular views over the Three Sisters. Aboriginal legend has it that this unusual rock formation represents three women who were magically turned to stone. Another effortless way to see the area’s dramatic landscape is to take the thrilling Katoomba Scenic Railway in combination with the Scenic Skyway, a glass-bottomed cable car that crosses the eucalypt-clad Jamison Valley.
The Hunter Valley is synonymous with fine food and wine, as well as a standout golf and spa destination. There are over 150 wineries here, with Semillons, chardonnays and shirazes being of particular note. Inspired by the quality of the fertile region’s produce, many top chefs have made the Hunter Valley home and as a result, there are a huge number of fabulous restaurants and first-rate cooking schools.
A holiday to the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley can be easily combined, or independently incorporated into any Australian holiday itinerary.
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Learn about “The Dreaming” and uncover bush tucker on a guided walkabout tour through the Blue Mountains. Explore the colossal Jenolan Caves, go fruit-picking and have afternoon tea in an attractive rural town such as Leura, Lithgow or Blackheath.
Enjoy a wine-tasting tour through the Hunter Valley or broaden your culinary horizons with a cooking master class. For exercise, tee off at the new Jack Newton-designed Par-72 Stonebridge Golf Course or take to the network of walking and cycling tracks threading Barrington Tops National Park.
- Panoramic views and the spectacular Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains
- Scenic World’s skyway, railway, cableway and walkway in Katoomba
- Impressive Jenolan Caves and Jurassic-era rainforests
- Aboriginal traditions, culture and history
- Pastoral panoramas throughout the lush Hunter Valley
- Pretty country towns and historic hamlets
- Epicurean delights from farm-fresh produce to acclaimed restaurants
- Farmers markets, vineyards and gourmet food producers
- Luxurious health retreats and day spas
- Scenic cycling and walking trails
Accommodation – Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley
Suggested Tours Featuring Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley
The Blue Mountains is a World Heritage-listed highland region approximately 100km west of Sydney. Driving takes around 90 minutes and there are plentiful scenic lookouts en route.
The Hunter Valley is linked by a new expressway from Sydney and Newcastle. The region is a collection of picturesque small towns and villages, with the most well-known of them – Pokolbin – being 165km north of Sydney and 62km west of Newcastle.