Things to do in Katoomba

Our most recommended things to do in Katoomba

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

1. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

Enjoy an excursion from Sydney into the Blue Mountains. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and experience the amazing variety of Australian wildlife. Hand-feed kangaroos, see Koalas, and wombats, as well as many more native Australian birds and wildlife. Enjoy a visit to Leura Village, where you can buy your own lunch at a cafe or bakery. Your tour includes the 3 rides at Scenic World, Cableway, Skyway, and Railway. Stop at Echo Point to enjoy splendid views of the Jamison Valley and the 3 Sisters, a towering rock formation from the Dreamtime.  Bypass Sydney’s peak traffic on a Ferry cruise along Parramatta River into Circular Quay. From there you will make your own way back to your accommodation.

Katoomba: Blue Mountains Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Scenic World

2. Katoomba: Blue Mountains Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Scenic World

With this full-day combination package you’ll discover the best the Blue Mountains area has to offer. The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus makes it possible to plan the day according to your interests, with departures every 30 minutes through most of the day. Hop off and back on at any of the 29 stops throughout the region, visiting waterfalls, galleries, gardens, eateries and the major attractions of The 3 Sisters and Scenic World. At Scenic World, ride the world's steepest Scenic Railway down into the valley and then walk along the Scenic Walkway. Board the Scenic Cableway up out of the valley. Glide above ancient ravines and waterfalls on the Scenic Skyway, enjoying spectacular views. Extra value additions with this Pass: 40% Discount on entry to Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition A free glass of wine, beer or coffee with every meal at Leura Garage or Palett Dining 10% off all treatments at Ubika Day Spa at Fairmont Resort & Spa Leura 10% discount on full priced chocolates at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company Katoomba A free coffee with a dessert or meal at The Gingerbread House Katoomba 10% off accommodation at Blue Mountains YHA & Equeva Group Hotels

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Tour

3. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Tour

Depart Sydney and journey in a comfortable coach to the heart of the Blue Mountains, named for the blue tinge the mountain range takes on when viewed from a distance. Enjoy a guided bushwalk off the beaten track to a spectacular lookout, before exploring a mountain village at lunchtime. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney's leading animal attraction, where you can see a koala, feed kangaroos, and see other indigenous creatures such as wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Black-Breasted Buzzards and many more. Then, explore the Blue Mountains National Park on a guided bushwalk. See amazing waterfalls and rainforest flora, and discover secluded lookouts. Go to the Three Sisters rock formation, towering across the Jamison Valley at Katoomba. Return to the city in the comfort of your tour vehicle after a great day exploring the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Katoomba: Hop-On Hop-Off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Pass

4. Katoomba: Hop-On Hop-Off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Pass

Discover the Blue Mountains with a hop-on hop-off bus pass in Katoomba. Plan your day around the major attractions with 37 stops. Stroll through the rainforest, explore local galleries, and experience crystal clear waterfalls. The full-day pass has no restrictions – simply hop-on and hop-off as you please. This means you can plan your day around all the major attractions on offer in the region. Take a cliff top walk with stunning views, touch the Three Sisters, view crystal clear waterfalls, stroll through the rainforest or take in the majesty of the valleys from any of the lookouts. The hop-on hop-off bus tour has 37 stops around Leura and Katoomba. Plan your day at your own pace with the option of visiting the waterfalls, attractions, galleries, gardens, bushwalks, cafes, and restaurants in the area.

Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

5. Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

Leave Sydney and begin your day of exploration by journeying to the Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area, on a comfortable bus. Explore the park on a guided bushwalk, visit local towns, and marvel at your stunning surroundings, as your guide gives you informative commentary. Known for its stunning display of natural beauty and vast rainforests clad in eucalyptus trees, the Blue Mountains are over 100 million years old and span over thousands of hectares. The combination of the scorching Australian sun and fine oil mist from the eucalyptus leaves gives off a distinctive blue haze, earning The Blue Mountains their name. Your first stop is in the quaint town of Glenbrook, where you can enjoy a coffee or a quick snack before making your way to Euroka. Truly an authentic Australian experience, Euroka is campground near Glenbrook that is ideal for spotting native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before beginning your guided walk to Wentworth Falls. Appreciate the stunning surroundings on this hour walk through the bush. Marvel at the spectacular views from Wentworth falls and make your way along the stunning forests of Jamison Valley. Make your way to the locality’s iconic landmark, the Three Sisters rock formation. This is the ideal spot to capture photos of the Sisters whilst avoiding the morning crowds. Keep a close eye out for some of Australia's most iconic and unique wildlife here. As you come to the end of your tour, head to a secret sunset location for spectacular and undisturbed panoramic views. Witness the dazzling range of colors on display and experience the magic and charm of the mountains in the golden hour before sunset, before returning to your starting point.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

6. Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

After a lazy start to your morning in Sydney, embark upon a truly special day in one of the most spectacular world heritage listed national parks, the Blue Mountains. You will leave the hustle and bustle of the Sydney metropolis and avoid the peak hour traffic, driving west towards the national park. Once there, you will explore the Blue Mountains National Park, with the regular tourist buses long gone, you will be left alone to soak in the golden hours before sunset. On your Blue Mountains tour, you will learn all about the native flora and fauna as well as the indigenous people of the Blue Mountains. Upon arriving in the Blue Mountains, you will commence an awe-inspiring scenic bush walk overlooking the breathtaking Jamison Valley. You will make your way to a sensational lookout across one of the most remarkable waterfalls in Australia, Wentworth Falls. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at one of the perfect lookouts chosen by your experienced tour guide. This is where you will have a closer look at the iconic Three Sisters sandstone formation. You can enjoy your Blue Mountains sunset whilst overlooking amazing views of Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle, and Narrow Neck Plateau. Your guide will take you to some terrific vantage points, allowing for the perfect sunset photo opportunities.

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Guide Tour, Scenic World & Lunch

7. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Guide Tour, Scenic World & Lunch

Join a guided day trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains. Gaze at the rainforest in Scenic World, see the iconic Three Sisters from Echo Point, savor a lunch, meet animals native to Australia at Featherdale Wildlife Park, and enjoy a cruise back to Sydney. Begin the tour with pickup at select hotels in Syndey, then set off on your adventure. Arrive at Scenic World amusement park in the Blue Mountains. Ride the Scenic Railway, Skyway, and Cableway. Skip the queues and head straight to the rides. Take a stroll on a boardwalk through the rainforest and hear all about its ecosystem. Then, follow your guide to a cliff lookout and soak in panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, with its pink sandstone cliffs and eucalyptus-bound forests. Next, walk down the road to Echo Point and admire sweeping views of the Three Sisters rock formation from the lookout. Learn about its cultural significance from your guide. Then, enjoy some time on your own to wander around and take photos. After working up an appetite, tuck into lunch at a bistro-style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains. After your meal, continue to Featherdale Wildlife Park to spend some time close to some of Australia's natives. Get a hands-on experience with native animals, including hand-feeding a kangaroo. After spending the day connecting with nature in the World Heritage-listed area of the Blue Mountains, Take a ferry back to Sydney along the Parramatta River. Glide past landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, ending the trip at Circular Quay. 

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Deluxe Minivan Group Tour

8. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Deluxe Minivan Group Tour

Embark on a guided trip to the Blue Mountains on a full-day minivan tour from Sydney. Visit multiple lookouts and take in the views of Jamison Valley. Ride the world's steepest railway and visit Sydney Zoo. Your first port of call will be at Echo Point, where you will have the closest and best view of the Three Sisters. Witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley, and experience for yourself the raw magic the Blue Mountains create. Next, visit Scenic World and dare yourself to ride the steepest railway in the world. The trains drive down with an incline of 52-64 degrees, but the views from the top are also spectacular. The Scenic Cableway & Skyway offers magnificent views of the Three Sisters and the Valley. After, visit the quaint village of Leura. Explore the boutique store and enjoy lunch at one of the cafes or restaurants (at your own expense). On the way back to Sydney, venture to the Western Plains to visit Sydney Zoo — Sydney’s ultimate wildlife experience. See a koala or a wallaby with an amazing nocturnal enclosure of Australian mammals and reptiles. Sydney Zoo not only provides a huge range of Australian animals but also animals from all over the world. Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a ferry ride on the Parramatta River to Circular Quay. Travel under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay where your tour will conclude in the late afternoon.

Blue Mountains Day Tour: Wildlife Park, Lunch & Bushwalks

9. Blue Mountains Day Tour: Wildlife Park, Lunch & Bushwalks

Start the full-day program with a visit to awarding-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park. See and touch Australian wildlife, take a photo with a koala and hand feed a kangaroo. Join an eco-accredited guide on a bushwalk in the World Heritage national park. Take in awesome views from lookouts and see a stunning waterfall. Enjoy a tasty picnic lunch made with fresh local products, see the famous 3 Sisters rock formation and hear about local Aboriginal legends. Discover the Furber Steps, a path cut into the side of a cliff. Descend into a valley surrounded by rainforest. Take the famous Scenic Railway back to the top (at your own expense) or challenge yourself to return via the steps.

Sydney: Blue Mountains & Featherdale Wildlife Park Day Trip

10. Sydney: Blue Mountains & Featherdale Wildlife Park Day Trip

A visit to Sydney is not complete without a tour of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. This private tour full-day tour incorporates both the majestic Blue Mountains and a unique experience with Australian wildlife. Informative commentary throughout the day will focus on the flora and fauna of the Blue Mountains, its unique formation and the local culture of the area. As a general itinerary, after pick up from hotel, we make our first stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park when the animals are often at their most active. Your guide will lead you through this mostly indigenous animal attraction. There will be the opportunity to feed a range of wallabies and kangaroos as well as have a photo taken with a koala (own expense). We then make our way into the scenic Blue Mountains and be immersed in their unique beauty and formation at a series of popular as well as lesser-known lookouts. Depending on the group's preference, lunch is taken at either the small town of Leura or Echo Point. The afternoon offers a range of activities including further photo opportunities at waterfalls and cascades, easy bushwalks or shopping at Leura before we venture back down the mountain. The day concludes with guests being returned to their hotel at around 4 pm. Experienced local tour guide provides informative narration throughout the day offering a deeper understanding of Australia's Aboriginal heritage, colonial history & modern culture. All tours are private so no wasting time picking up other passengers from around the city as well as the option to customize the day's activities to best suit your group.

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What people are saying about Katoomba

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,855 reviews

From pick up to being dropped off Robert was fantastic and very informative We did the trip on 22 Oct and the weather held out all day so we saw the 3 sisters and did all 3 rides at scenic railway Lunch was good, and as we had a spare hour Robert took us to a couple of extra places Featherdale park was great as I wanted to feed the kangaroos, Robert took me straight to them so I had plenty of time to spend with them, that is something on my bucket list I will never forget Robert is great and funny as well as full of chat, if you get him as your driver your in for a great day I would definitely give him 17/17 he knows why

The trip was exactly as described and expected. Steve does a great job to bring humor and entertainment, with plenty of jokes thrown in between the short, but interesting information on the sites we were passing/visiting. The bush walk was fairly short and done as an alternative to scenic rides. It still had nice views and was a time well spent. Hint - be ready for a bit of mud on the path, especially after heavy rains. Good shoes help a lot

Even though there was lots of fog and rain, the day was interesting and fun! And our guide (Jed, I think, was his name?) used his own card at the end when a few of us were caught at the ferry with cash, but no credit or bank card to access and pay for the ferry ride home.

Fabulous, the tour guide and driver were both very friendly and helpful. The scenery and the sky rides were amazing, highly recommend for a taste of what the Blue Mountains area has to offer.

Well organised. BOB was brilliant .very helpful and informative. Nothing seemed too much trouble for him. Lunch was okay. The Blue mountains stunning. Would reccommend