Things To Do In The Blue Mountains
This breakdown of the best things to do in the Australian Blue Mountains focuses on the areas in and around the towns of Katoomba and Leura. It is throughout these two locations that the fantastic Blue Mountains Explorer hop-on hop-off bus tour operates. This open-top sightseeing excursion is the easiest means by which to travel to all of the area's top landmarks and attractions. Buses make frequent departures from right outside Katoomba Railway Station, thereby saving time and easing hassle should you arrive by train from Sydney.
Katoomba and Leura are situated on one of the region's most spectacular panoramic overlooks, and at certain points along the cliff side the views are simply stunning. By heading over to Echo Point you'll find yourself within direct view of the famous Three Sisters rock formation. Further to the north-east lie the Leura Cascades and Gordon Falls, two awesome natural water features that both serve as magical backdrops for a nature walk down to Leura Forest. If you're feeling particularly energetic hop-off at stop 8 on the bus tour route, a location which places you next to the Katoomba Cascades. From this point you can embark on the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, an east-bound trek along the rim of the Jamison Valley that runs all the way to the Gordon Falls lookout.
At the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company you can spectate a professional chocolatier work his craft in a glass walled kitchen. The Chocolate Co. also offers cooking classes for up to 4 people so long as they're booked in advance. If you're not savouring sweet delights there's also numerous quirky museums and art galleries throughout Katoomba and Leura.
Outside the aptly named 'Lost Bear Gallery' stands a striking polar bear statue by acclaimed artist Ian Swift. Let this curiously misplaced Arctic creature be your introduction to Katoomba's centre of visual expression. The picturesque building has 12 exhibition spaces each exploring a distinct aspect of contemporary art. Lost Bear is joined by a handful of artistic counterparts in Leura. Disembark in the centre of the neighbouring suburb (stop 22, Gladstone Road) and look out for 'The Nook Arts & Crafts Gallery', 'Papyrus Gallery', and 'Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery'.
While in Leura you might want to check out two interestingly unusual museums. The 'Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum' and the 'Bygone Beauty's Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms' are two prominent cultural attractions worth looking up before continuing your Blue Mountains sightseeing journey.