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Top 10 Free Attractions
The Blue Mountains Australia offers so many things to see and do for free, however we couldn't possibly list all of them. You may have other suggestions which you feel should be included in the Top 10. Please use this page as a guide only and feel free to share your feedback and comments with our fans on facebook.
The Three Sisters – Echo Point Katoomba
The must see attraction in the Blue Mountains is the spectacular Three Sisters at Echo Point Katoomba. Featuring amazing views of the awe inspiring Jamison Valley. The Three Sisters is also the starting point for the Giant Stairway. The Katoomba Visitor Information Centre is also situated at Echo Point. (Street parking fees apply close to Echo Point).
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden – Mount Tomah
The 28 acre garden has a large collection of plants from around the world, particularly the southern hemisphere, and is the ‘cool climate garden’ of the Royal Botanic Gardens Trust.
Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah NSW 2758
Govetts Leap – Blackheath
Possibly one of the most breathtaking views within the entire region. Govetts Leap at Blackheath is easily accessible by car. Also located along Govetts Leap road is the National Parks and Wildlife Service Heritage Centre which marks the starting point for the wheelchair friendly Fairfax Heritage Track.
The National Pass – Wentworth Falls
The National Pass is part of a network of tracks including the Nature Track, Wentworth Pass, the Overcliff-Undercliff Walk, Vera Falls Track, Kings Tableland and the historic Charles Darwin Walk that ambles upstream along Jamison Creek to Wentworth Falls village.Too many enjoyable buskwalks to fit into just one day.
A stroll through Leura Mall is a truly memorable experience as you browse through a selection of gorgeous unique retail outlets. Of course the choice is up to you as to whether or not you choose to spend any money, so you can be forgiven if you do not consider this entry as a ‘free attraction’, however you are guaranteed to have an enjoyable experience as you come to appreciate this quaint village and the hospitality of our local Blue Mountains community.
Historic Little Hartley Village
Beyond Mount Victoria on the western side of the Blue Mountains you can experience some of Australia’s heritage within the historic Little Hartley Village. Step back in time. Of particular interest is the sandstone Courthouse. Hartley Historic Site is open every day (except Christmas Eve & Christmas Day) from 10:00am to 4:30pm.
Leura Cascades is a peaceful setting for a family picnic or BBQ. From the Cascades you can leisurely walk to several waterfalls including Leura, Linda, Lila and Bridal Veil Falls. You can also walk to Copelands Lookout and Flying Fox Lookout. Attention to detail with sheltered picnic areas and a playground for children makes Leura Cascades a perfect picnic location. Situated along Cliff Drive in Leura.
Lapstone Zig Zag Walking Track
Only 50 minutes drive from Sydney. Not to be confused with the Zig Zag railway in Lithgow, the Zig Zag Walking Track is situated in Lapstone at the foot of the eastern side of the Blue Mountains accessible from the Great Western Highway at Emu Plains. The old Lapstone Zig Zag Railway was built in 1867 and was the first of its kind for the state of New South Wales, built as part of the line from Penrith to Weatherboard (Wentworth Falls). While there are no railway tracks to be seen, you can still see the original platform.
Springwood Sassafras Gully Walking Track
There are many entrances into the Sassafras Gully from Springwood and Faulconbridge. A walk through Sassafras Gully will take you to some tranquil waterfalls, Glenbrook Creek and you are more than likely to come across various forms of wildlife. Sassafras Gully is perfect for those wishing to experience the Blue Mountains bush away from the more popular tourist trails.