Blue Mountains

Ultimate guide to things to do in Blue Mountains with kids

The Blue Mountains, just a 90-minute drive west of Sydney, or a two-hour train trip from Central Station, is a World Heritage-listed landscape of sandstone plateaus and deep valleys, and the perfect backdrop for a family holiday. 

Lookout over the Jameson Valley and the iconic view of the Three Sisters from Echo Point in Katoomba and explore the valley below at Scenic World. Here you can be suspended across the valley on the Skyway or be lowered into it on the Scenic Railway or Cable Car to the boardwalks through the bush. 

Bushwalking is a popular activity with many trails and walks of all difficulties and lengths throughout the mountains, connecting to waterfalls and fantastic views and for the adventurous, you can try canyoning, abseiling, mountain bike riding or in Megalong Valley, horse-riding.

The Jenolan Caves are some of the oldest natural caves in the world, and the largest in Australia.

At nearby Jenolan Caves, you’ll find an underground wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites where you can enjoy self-guided tours, guide-led tours and adventure caving. Along with the magical limestone caves, you can hike the surrounding bushland on the Jenolan River Walk. 

Take a walk in one of the many historic landscaped gardens or visit the sensational cool climate gardens of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah, where you’ll find more than 6,000 different species of plants. The kids will love the garden’s Adventure Quest, a self-guided, hands on tour available daily.

Or simply explore one of the region’s historic towns including Leura, Katoomba, Blackheath, Hartley and Lithgow. You’ll find them filled with cosy cafes and unique shops. 

Top things to do in Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a great destination for families. Here are ten not to be missed things to see and do.

  1. Head to Echo Point for views of the iconic Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley. 
  2. Ride the Skyway, Cableway and Railway at Scenic World for awesome views. 
  3. Visit The Candy Store at Leura to stock up on your favourite sweet treats from around the world.
  4. Take a one hour Hop On, Hop Off Blue Mountains Trolley Tour. 
  5. Take the self-guided Adventure Quest at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.
  6. Head into an underground wonderland at Jenolan Caves.
  7. Explore the magnificent, manicured gardens at Everglades.
  8. Get spooked in historic Hartley Historic Village. 
  9. Enjoy a traditional Xmas style celebration in the middle of the year.
  10. Learn about Australia’s Aboriginal culture at Waradah Aboriginal Centre.

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Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains National Park, Australia

Best time to visit Blue Mountains as a family

The Blue Mountains is a magical destination for families all year round. A blaze of colour in in autumn, warmed by fireplaces in winter, lush and lovely in spring as its flowers start to bloom, and wonderfully warm in summer, there is something special about each and every season. The warmest weather falls between December to February when temps can get slightly high, and the coolest from June to August when you will need to rug up, especially in the evenings and early mornings. 

Thanks in no small part to its popular Yulefest celebrations, which sees the Mountains turned into a Christmassy wonderland, winter is peak tourist season so you will need to book accommodation well ahead to secure family friendly digs. For great weather, stunning colours, more affordable prices and less people, visit between March and May or September and November.

Credit: The Gingerbread House Katoomba

Family-friendly places to eat in Blue Mountains

Surrounded by farmland, you can expect good produce and even better food at the Blue Mountains’ many cafes and restaurants that cater for children.

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be especially well catered for as there are loads of candy stores, bakeries and chocolate shops. Indulge in a children’s high tea with a view at the historic Hydro Majestic. Enjoy handmade chocolates and steaming mugs of hot chocolate at the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company. Browse the thousands of varieties of sweets, including chocolates, candies and fudges at Hartley’s The Lolly Bug. In Leura, stock up on sweet treats from around the world at The Candy Store. The Gingerbread House, set inside a 100-year-old renovated church in Katoomba, is a haven for families. You’ll find plenty of sweet treats as well as a menu of kid friendly café favourites and a huge outside play area with a cubby house, slide and climbing frame.

Grand Canyon Blue Mountains

Things to do for free in Blue Mountains

  • A visit to the Blue Mountains doesn’t need to cost and arm and a leg as many of its main attractions are completely free. The must-see attraction is the spectacular Three Sisters at Echo Point Katoomba, which is also the starting point for the Giant Stairway walk. There are other free walking trails of varying difficulty along The National Pass including the Nature Track, Wentworth Pass, the Overcliff-Undercliff Walk, Vera Falls Track, Kings Tableland and the historic Charles Darwin Walk. 
  • On the western side of the Blue Mountains, Hartley Historic Village, a beautifully preserved 19th Century village, is a must to explore. 
  • And at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah, the only botanic garden located in a World Heritage Area, explore cool climate gardens or head off on a self-guided Adventure Quest to enjoy hands-on activities and discover plants from around the world.
What’s on?

The best annual events for families in Blue Mountains

March - Blue Mountains Music Festival

A three-day festival of folk, roots and blues music, featuring selected artists from around the world and across Australia.

April - Springwood Foundation Day

You’ll find fun and entertainment for the whole family at this annual celebration.

April - Ironfest

An annual cultural heritage festival in Lithgow celebrating innovation with a metal edge.

April/May – Sculpture at Scenic World

The rainforest of the Blue Mountains will be transformed into a world-class outdoor gallery during this five week art festival.

June - The Winter Magic Festival

The Blue Mountains’ biggest annual event will see musicians, magicians, dancers and performers take over Katoomba.

June, July and August – Yulefest

Enjoy traditional Christmas style celebrations.

October - The Leura Gardens Festival

Enjoy the dazzling spring garden displays.

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