Blue Mountains in One Day

A Self-Guided Blue Mountains Day Tour

This highlights itinerary takes you to all the essential sights – including the iconic Three Sisters, Scenic World and the beautiful Leura Cascades – and also allows time for you to discover a few hidden treasures. To make the most of your day, we recommend starting in Katoomba between 9am and 10am.

Time Needed:

It’s best to have a full day.

Best Bus Pass:

Lyrebird Pass


Lookouts & Views


Scenic Rides

Short Bushwalks


Stop 1 – Katoomba Street

Stop 6 – Honeymoon Lookout

and take the 40 min Prince Henry Cliff Walk to

Stop 7 – Echo Point (The Three Sisters)

Stop 8 – Scenic Skyway


Stop 11 – Scenic World

Stop 16 – Katoomba Falls Tourist Park

cross road to explore Katoomba Falls and Cascades

Stop 7 – Echo Point and the Three Sisters

Stop 23 – Pool of Siloam

then walk to

Stop 24 – Gordon Falls

Stop 26 – Leura Cascades

Stop 28 – Leura Village

Katoomba Street

Jump off the train and collect your Explorer Bus Pass from our ticket office right next to Katoomba station. Grab a coffee, or pick up some picnic supplies, then “Let’s Go Exploring!”.

Watch the Art Deco storefronts of Katoomba Street slide by as your driver steers you through town and shares a few essential sightseeing tips. Within 10 minutes you’re out of the houses and getting your first views of the Australian Bush.

Scenic World

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Scenic World

Hop off at Scenic World for unique views of the Blue Mountains wilderness.

Start with a return trip on the Skyway for a bird’s eye view of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and the rugged Jamison Valley, then take your seat on the Scenic Railway – the steepest railway in the world. While the Indiana Jones music plays, you drop down smoothly through a natural tunnel in the rock and shoot out amid rainforest in the bottom of the valley.

Explore the forest on foot via the Scenic Walkway, before a treetop-skimming ride on the Scenic Cableway to complete your lap of Scenic World

Cliff Tops & Valleys Tour

Meet the Explorer Bus at Scenic World and get your breath back as we take you on a beautiful drive around past Eagle Hawk Lookout. Here is our chance to give you a little detail about the history and geology of the region. Then we pull up at Narrow Neck Lookout where you have views over both the Jamison & Megalong Valleys. Narrow Neck Lookout is a great spot for photos of the nearby massive sandstone cliffs, the green pastures & farms of the Megalong Valley, and the distant mountain ridges of The Great Dividing Range as they disappear into the blue eucalyptus haze.

Then, as you head back toward the Three Sisters, hear your driver tell the story of three girls called Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo … and how they came to be turned to stone!

Honeymoon Lookout to Echo Point Bushwalk

Hop off the bus at Stop 15 and cross the road to Honeymoon Lookout – the starting point of our favourite short walks in the Blue Mountains. Wander through the shade of the towering eucalyptus trees to a soundtrack of constant birdsong, and see if you can spot the colourful parrots, bower birds and lyrebirds that make their home in this forest as you walk past several stunning lookouts towards the Three Sisters.

Turn left at the stairway that leads down to Honeymoon Bridge, and walk across to stand on the base of the first of the Three Sisters. To reach Echo Point you then follow the wide track that curves gently uphill to Queen Elizabeth Lookout and the world famous view of the Three Sisters.

Echo Point & the Three Sisters

As you emerge from the trees and walk out toward the edge of Echo Point, the Blue Mountains most epic view opens before you. Spend a few minutes soaking up the postcard view of the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary and the Jamison Valley – and see for yourself exactly how the Blue Mountains get their name.

Time for Lunch

Lookout at Echo Point is a convenient place to grab a snack with great views from the terrace. Alternatively, pack a picnic and eat al fresco on the grassy lawns at your next stop, the lovely Leura Cascades.

Leura Cascades

Now you’re full of energy again, it’s time for another great (and easy) bushwalk, this time down alongside the bubbling stream that tumbles down the whitewater staircase of Leura Cascades. We suggest you give yourself an hour to enjoy this beautiful and popular spot.

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Pool of Siloam & Lyrebird Dell

Hop off at Stop 18 and put your walking shoes on to discover one of the hidden treasures of the Blue Mountains. The Pool of Siloam is an absolutely enchanting spot – a secluded pool set in thick forest, with a big sandy beach and a 7-metre waterfall (which you can cool yourself under on a hot day). It’s a wonderfully cool and shady spot to spend a hot afternoon, and the beauty of the place more than repays the effort of walking down the stairs to get here.

You can avoid walking back up by walking upstream along the creek through Lyrebird Dell.

Everglades Historic House & Garden

Alternatively if that’s too much walking, here’s an easy alternative that’s sure to thrill the gardeners in your party happy. Stay on the bus and ride through Leura’s neatly manicured lawns and hedges to Everglades (show your Explorer Bus pass here for a big discount on entry). Have a wander through the 12 acres of tulip beds, sculptures and trickling streams.

Leura Village

Before you jump on the train back to Sydney, treat yourself to the very Blue Mountains ritual of a Devonshire Tea in one of Leura’s great cafes. Suitably recharged, browse the many specialty shops for some unique locally made gifts.

The Train Home

When the bright lights start calling, you can jump on the train back to Sydney straight from Leura.