Situated just over an hour away from Sydney’s city centre is the beautiful Blue Mountains. This World Heritage Site consists of seven National Parks bursting with walking tracks, charming mountain towns, delicious local produce and incredible vistas.
Most people who have lived in Sydney have holidayed in the Blue Mountains at least once in their lives and it is becoming more and more popular for local and overseas visitors because of its reputation of stunning beauty and growing action adventure scene.
I recently spent a lux-adventure weekend revisiting some of the places I remember visiting on family holidays as a kid. It brought back so many great memories and gave me a new appreciation for this part of the world.
One of the highlights for me was visiting some of the most stunning lookouts with views over the blue hued valleys. So let me share some of those incredible views I loved so much and that this region is famous for with 7 stunning lookouts in Australia’s Blue Mountains.
The first place most visitors to the Blue Mountains visit is Echo Point to see the Three Sisters and get that iconic Blue Mountains shot. The lookout at Echo Point not only looks out on the Three Sisters but also the impressive Jamison Valley and is surrounded by sandstone cliff faces and plateaus. It’s also the starting point to some of the mountains best walks and home to the Tourist Information Centre where you can get info and maps on walks and the Blue Mountains region. If you come in the middle of the day expect to be swarmed by others trying to get the best view. Try visiting early, before 9.30am and you will have the place virtually to yourself.
Sublime Point Lookout
Located on the outskirts of the town of Leura, this lookout is probably the hardest to get to out of the seven but is still an easy walk from the carpark which takes about 15 minutes return with a few steps. From Sublime Point you get a great view of the back of the Three Sisters and it looks out over the Jamison Valley. What I loved about this lookout is that it’s not on the usual tourist trail meaning it’s much quieter than Echo Point but with equally stunning views.
Katoomba Cascades Lookout
The trail to Katoomba Cascades is located just off the road that runs between Echo Point and Scenic World. It’s an easy walk to see the falls and get to the lookout but there are also some more challenging walks that leave from here, taking you down into the Jamison Valley and rainforest below. From here you get another glimpse of the Three Sisters as well as being able to watch the Skyway cable car journey between the cliffs on each side of the lookout.
This was probably me favourite lookout of them all. We visited Cahills twice, first during the day and second in the late afternoon to watch the sunset over Narrow Neck Plateau and the Megalong Valley. This is a popular place for rock climbers during the day but other than that, it doesn’t get a lot of visitors. For our sunset visit, we got there at about 4.30pm and had the place to ourselves until we left after sunset. It is the perfect spot to enjoy some peace and quiet, listening to the birds in the forest below settle in for the night and watching the ever changing colours of the landscape.
Narrow Neck Lookout
This lookout barely has a carpark and is basically just a pull-over spot on the side of the road. The view is looking out over the Narrow Neck Plateau that separates the Jamison Valley from the Megalong Valley. While it doesn’t have the wow factor that some of the others do, if your driving past, it is definitely worth a stop.
If you head west along the highway from Katoomba, two towns away is the town of Blackheath and two of the Blue Mountain’s most stunning lookouts. Evans Lookout turn off is just before you get to the main town and looks out over both the Grose Valley and Govetts Leap. From here there are a number of walks you can take including the Cliff Top Track to Govetts Leap Lookout and the Grand Canyon Walk.
Govetts Leap Lookout
Known as one of the most spectacular lookouts in all of Australia, Govetts Leap is sure to take your breath away. The view is out through the blue hued valley of Govetts Leap surrounded by the sheer sandstone cliffs. From here you can see Bridal Veil Falls to the right and take off on the Cliff Top and Grand Canyon walks.
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Here is a short video I took of some of these lookouts.
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