OK, so Blue Mountains is about the Three Sisters, Echo Point, Wentworth Falls, and Jenolan Caves. Great! A bit crowed most of the times, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of lesser-known spots that give you a classic remote Blue Mountains vibe minus the crowds. Even if you’re short on time, these places are easy enough to get to and boast some mind-blowing views of this World Heritage wilderness area.
Head past Wentworth Falls waterfall to the start of National Pass for some mad views (and vertigo) on the edge of a sheer drop, and bring your cozzies to take advantage of the refreshing swimming holes deep inside the lush rainforest.
There’s also Overcliff-Undercliff track that takes you along the dramatic cliffs and under a huge rock overhang towards the picturesque Valley Of The Waters. Both walks take a few hours.
Katoomba and Leura
Sublime Point lookout in Leura, just outside the park, has stunning views. It’s a short walk to this picnic and rock climbing area that’ll make you feel like a tiny insignificant speck on the edge of the world. Get there in the morning to catch Mount Solitary emerging from the mist, and once that clears you’ll see Katoomba from a different side.
Glenbrook’s Mount Portal lookout juts out over where Glenbrook Gorge meets the Nepean River. A view like that makes this spot a winner in our books: it’s a perfect snap against an epically green backdrop. Cool off at Blue Pool, only a 15min walk from the car, and while away the arvo floating along to the sounds of the bush.
Pulpit Rock lookout is an isolated pinnacle that is the perfect setting for a secret picnic.
If you plan this one right, you can see a bunch in one walk: start at Govetts Leap then leave the crowds behind by taking Pulpit walking track. It’s a few hours that takes you over a bridge, around crazy-high cliff edges and into 280-degree views.