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Explorer Bus Timetable

Discover what you will find at each Bus Stop along the way

Stop 1 - Katoomba

Home to the iconic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba is bursting with quirky shops, antiques, cafés, buskers and bakeries and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Stop 2 - The Arts Corner

If you’re not quite ready to start exploring yet, take a stroll down the main street to browse the shops and galleries at Stop 2. Here you will find quirky cafés, restaurants and stores, funky art galleries, op-shops, the Katoomba Hattery and the famous Yellow Deli.

Just around the corner is the impressive Katoomba Street Art Walk which is lined with world standard street art from international, national and local artists. The Street Art Walk is located in Beverly Place and it is well worth a wander either before or after exploring.

There are Woolworths and Aldi Supermarkets, a pharmacy and bottle shop close by.

Stop 3 - Katoomba RSL

Katoomba RSL is a fantastic registered club with live entertainment, and a café with cakes and coffee. The Red Poppy Brasserie offers reasonably priced and generously portioned meals. Tasty har-grilled steaks, signature burgers, delicious house-made schnitzels, traditional pizzas and decadent desserts as well as regular specials. Yum!

If you’re staying overnight, make use of the club courtesy bus that can pick you up from your local accommodation and drop you back afterwards.

Stop 4 - Carrington Park

Carrington Park is a family-friendly park with stunning valley views. The Prince Henry Cliff Walk from here to Echo Point is a fantastic walk if you are ready to stretch your legs early. It will take between 1 and 1.5 hours. If you’re not that keen just yet, we highly recommend that you hop off at Honeymoon Lookout first.

Elysian Restaurant has an ever-changing menu of craft cocktails and unique wines as well as delicious dishes designed for sharing. It is a welcoming space with warm hospitality. Enjoy a drink or two overlooking the valley, or spend some time indulging in some deliciously irresistible culinary delights.

Stop 5 - Honeymoon Lookout

The best place to hop off first to spend some time taking in the stunning views from the lookout. Then enjoy a stroll along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk to Echo Point. This one-way easy walk allows for spectacular cliff top views as you meander towards the famous Three Sisters. When you arrive at Echo Point, there is some time to explore before you hop on the next bus to continue exploring!

Stop 6 - Echo Point
Echo Point is home to the famous Three Sisters. You will find some wonderful views here from many different lookouts as well as some fantastic walks. The Three Sisters Walk is great for families. There is a café, restaurant, bar, souvenir shop, information centre and more! 
Stop 7 - Scenic Skyway

The Scenic Skyway is the highest single-span cable car in the world, and if you have a Scenic World pass, you can join the Skyway here and hop off at the other side (Scenic World) where you can then complete the other rides. If you want to streamline your Scenic World experience, ride the Skyway across to Scenic World first, then go down the Scenic Railway, stroll along the Walkway and come up the Scenic Cableway, then hop back on the bus at Scenic World. The rides are unlimited all day though, so if you have the time, you may want to spend longer and take multiple rides.

Stop 8 - Katoomba Cascades

Katoomba Cascades is the gateway to waterfalls and wonder. It is a wonderful place for a short walk across the cascading waterfalls.

Walk 5 is a fantastic snapshot, with a little bit of everything along the way. Cascades, waterfalls, valley views from the cliff top, wildlife and native birds. It is only a short walk but delivers a lot. Stunning!

There is a large park with picnic tables and plenty of space for kids to run and play and it is a fantastic option for a picnic.

Stop 9 - Katoomba Falls

A great place for a picnic or to let the kids burn off some energy at the nearby park. There are public toilets close by and some of the most amazing short walks in the Blue Mountains.

Take a stroll to Reid’s Plateau via the Katoomba Falls Round Walk or tackle the almost 1000 hand-cut Furber Steps and everything in between. There are stunning valley views, you can watch the Skyway glide across the valley and there are many different spots to view the falls. The Round Walk is night-lit after dark, and it is a wonderful experience.

Stop 10 - Scenic World

Scenic World entry is included with every Lyrebird and Kookaburra pass. If you have one of these passes, it is important that you do not go past Scenic World without first completing the rides. All rides are unlimited for one day.

Scenic Skyway – the highest single-span cable car in the world and twice the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Skyway offers spectacular views of Jamison Valley, the Three Sisters and Katoomba Falls. It has an electro-glass floor that leaves you dancing on air 270 metres above the valley floor!

Scenic Railway – the steepest train in the world! The Railway descends deep into the Jamison Valley, reaching an incline of 52°. You can adjust the seating position to the “laid back” position for a more relaxed ride, or to the “Cliffhanger” position if you want to literally stand up and sit down at the same time!

Scenic Cableway – the largest and steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere, the Cableway glides above the treetops with amazing views across the valley towards the Three Sisters and Orphan Rock.

Scenic Walkway – the walkway is the longest elevated boardwalk in Australia, winding through the temperate rainforest with towering trees, and sounds of bird calls and gently falling water create a rainforest symphony.

Stop 11 - Narrow Neck Lookout

This is a wonderful place for a picnic, some bird watching, and photography. The walk along the Narrow Neck Peninsula is stunning and has you feeling like you’re in the middle of nowhere.

Stop 12 – Devil’s Hole

This is a great option for keen walkers who have a good level of fitness. At some spots you will need to slip and slide and on the way out some climbing is required. If you’re up to the challenge, you will be rewarded with some amazing views!

Stop 13 – Cahill’s Lookout

Cahills Lookout is the perfect place for a picnic, some short walks, wonderful views over the Megalong Valley and Great Dividing Range, and it is the best place to enjoy a Blue Mountains sunset. Walk 11 to Peckmans Plateau Lookout is an easy walk and highly recommended!

Stop 14 – Katoomba Falls Tourist Park

Camping, and cabin accommodation with a park close by and Katoomba Falls just across the street. This is a great way to explore the Katoomba Falls area after visiting Scenic World.

Stop 15 – Café Lurline

Recently voted Best Café in Katoomba, Café Lurline is a fantastic option for breakfast, lunch or both! On Friday & Saturday nights, you can also enjoy dinner as Pedro’s Grill fires up. Warm, friendly family service and delightfully delicious meals. Highly recommended!

Stop 16 – Fine Arts Galleries

Lost Bear Gallery and Gallery 96 are exquisite galleries and well worth a visit for any art-lover.

Stop 17 – Kiah Lookout

You will enjoy stunning views from Kiah Lookout, and there are many amazing walks that begin or intersect this point. We recommend that you walk from here to the Bridal Veil Falls and onto Leura Cascades. It will take a little longer than visiting the cascades from the next stop, but it is well worth it.

For the super keen walkers, there is also the option to walk the Prince Henry Cliff Walk or Dardanelles Pass to Echo Point and beyond.

Stop 18 – Leura Cascades

No visit to the Blue Mountains is complete without taking some time to experience the beauty and tranquility of Leura Cascades. It is a wonderful place with stunning cascading waterfalls, hanging swamps, towering tree ferns and an abundance of bird life. The scent of eucalyptus fills the crisp air as you descend towards the cascading waterfalls.

It is well worth spending at least one hour here and it’s a great spot for a picnic. If you want to stay longer, later in the day, it is about 30 minutes to walk from here into Leura Village and you can relax with a drink or a bite to eat and hop on a train either towards Sydney, or back to Katoomba if you are staying overnight.

Extend the walk to include the Prince Henry Cliff Walk to Gordon Falls Lookout which offers stunning views and many different ecosystems as you stroll towards Olympian Rock, Elysian Rock and Gordon Falls Lookout. Amazing!

Stop 19 – Gordon Falls Lookout

The short walk down to Gordon Falls Lookout earns you a unique view that takes in the back of the Three Sisters, the 200 metre drop of Gordon Falls, a small slice of distant Lake Burragorang, and the long craggy finger of Sublime Point. Best of all, you can often have this secluded spot all to yourself. This is a very short and easy walk and we recommend that you enjoy Walk 17 along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk and hop back on the bus at Olympian Rock Lookout.

Stop 20 – Elysian & Olympian Lookouts

There are two fantastic lookouts here. Olympian Rock and Elysian Rock and you can take a short loop walk between both of them, then return to the bus stop. You can also reach this spot from Gordon Falls via the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

An excellent option is to take the Prince Henry Cliff Walk past Tarpeian Rock to the Leura Cascades and hop back on there. This is a wonderful way to approach the cascades.

Stop 21 – Lyrebird Dell

Lyrebird Dell is a wonderful place to enjoy some peace and tranquility, and search for fascinating ancient Aboriginal carvings. It is believed that the local Aboriginal tribes used the area as a meeting place, and the large sandstone cave as a shelter. There have been many artefacts found here, some thought to be tens of thousands of years old.

You can enjoy this as a return walk, but we highly recommend that you continue to the Pool of Siloam and then Gordon Falls Lookout. This will take about an hour and it is well worth the effort. There are public toilets and a picnic & play area at the Gordon Falls Reserve.

Stop 22 - Leura Village

Amongst gorgeous gardens and heritage buildings you will find a multitude of specialty shops, antiques, cafés, restaurants, chocolate and lolly shops, unique toys and more!
Leura is the perfect place for some retail therapy or a bite to eat when you’re looking to unwind. There is a supermarket near the bus stop if you need supplies, and it is a very short stroll to the train station which is one stop closer to Sydney.

Stop 23 - Leura Railway Station
For a more relaxed finish to your day, you can catch a train from Leura instead of Katoomba. It is actually closer to Sydney. Trains depart Leura 4 minutes after Katoomba.

Sightseeing

There’s plenty of cool places in the Blue Mountains to explore, from awesome art collaborations, to some of the best views of the Blue Mountains. For the foodies out there, you can explore Katoomba and Leura’s incredible range of international and local foods. From mouth-watering Balinese curries to beloved local craft beer and specialty coffee, this little corner of the world has a bit of everything.

 

Walks to discover

The Blue Mountains have some pretty fantastic walks to experience. Walk at your own pace as you enjoy stunning cliff edge views as well as all manner of Blue Mountain vegetation and native wildlife. Along each walk there’ll be plenty of places to stop and admire it all, not to mention some pretty awe-inspiring picnic areas! Whether you’re travelling by yourself, with friends, or with family, you’ll find at least one of our walks to your taste!

Itineraries

There’s a lot to see in the Blue Mountains! If you’re unsure what to see or where to go, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re just spending a day there, or making a big family trip of it, we’ve put together some options for everyone. These will take you through the best spots in the mountains, with opportunities for shopping, sight-seeing, and eating some delicious local foods.

Places to Eat & Drink

The wonders of the Blue Mountains don’t stop at the sightseeing.  Amplify your experience by dining at some wonderful local establishments. Click through to discover where to eat in relation to each Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Stop.

Walk 1 (Stop 6 to 7)

Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Honeymoon Lookout to Echo Point
40min

This is the very best place to hop off first, and if you only have time for one walk, this should be the one!

It takes just a few minutes more than walking to the Three Sisters from Echo Point, and gives you unique views and a real sense of peace and tranquility as you meander along the cliff top.

Head right around the front of the lookout to begin walking the cliff top towards the Three Sisters.

Along the way there are a number of lookouts and you’ll easily have time to stop at each one for some photographs or to simply enjoy the view.

When you reach the top of the Giant Stairway, turn left and walk down the first set of steps that lead onto the Honeymoon Bridge.

It’s here that you can cross the bridge and literally step out onto the famous Three Sisters.

From there, come back up the steps and turn left to continue to Echo Point.

Buses depart here for both Scenic World and Leura so ask the driver which direction the bus is going before you leave.