7 Prettiest Swimming Holes in the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains swimming holes

This guide explores the seven best waterholes in the Blue Mountains where you can go for a quiet swim, including details on how to find them.

There is nothing quite like swimming in an idyllic natural waterhole in the Blue Mountains, ideally with a beautiful waterfall dropping into the pool. But going for a dip is not the only reason to visit these wild swimming holes. The exciting bushwalking trails to get to these spots are just as enjoyable.

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Empire Pass and Dantes Glen Waterfall Circuit in North Lawson

Empire Pass and Dantes Glen Waterfall Circuit in North Lawson

The Empire Pass and Dantes Glen Waterfall Circuit is a beautiful bushwalking trail in North Lawson, taking in four small but pretty waterfalls.

Over a century old, the not-so-well-known Empire Pass navigates through a scenic rainforest environment along various creeks.

If you’d like to do a shorter walk, the Dantes Glen Track is only 1.8 km long and includes three of the four waterfalls. Keep reading to find out more!

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The Beautiful Katoomba Falls Round Walk in the Blue Mountains

Katoomba Falls Round Walk in the Blue Mountains

Katoomba Falls is a beautiful segmented waterfall situated between Echo Point and Scenic World in the Katoomba area of the Blue Mountains.

A short but picturesque circuit walking trail, starting at Scenic World, guides visitors through rainforest scenery to the waterfall, with panoramic views of Jamison Valley as a welcome bonus.

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The Beautiful Birdwood Gully Round Walk in Springwood

Birdwood Gully Walk in Springwood

The Birdwood Gully Round Walk is an easy to moderately challenging bushwalking trail in the Springwood area of the Blue Mountains.

This family-friendly walking trail follows Springwood Creek through beautiful scenery that includes caves, cliff overhangs, small footbridges, large trees, and so much more.

In this article, we will share the highlights of this walk, explain how best to get there, and offer suggestions on other things to do nearby.

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7 Best Blue Mountains Day Tours from Sydney

Best Blue Mountains day tours from Sydney

Reviews of seven of the best Blue Mountains day tours, based on value for money, transport, duration, highlights, and tour operator.

The Blue Mountains region is the most popular tourist and weekend getaway destination in Sydney and New South Wales. And one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to enjoy the beauty of this beautiful national park is by joining a professional Blue Mountains tour.

A day tour to the Blue Mountains is a great way to see all the highlights in comfort and style, especially if you’ve never been there before and don’t have your own transport.

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11 Best Dog Friendly Walks in the Blue Mountains

Dog friendly walks in the Blue Mountains

Find the best dog-friendly walks in the Blue Mountains in this guide, from short and easy walking trails to more challenging bushwalking tracks.

The Blue Mountains region is Sydney’s most popular destination for weekend recreation activities. Sadly, though, our canine friends can not always come with us when we visit the Blue Mountains to go hiking.

As a general rule of thumb, dogs cannot go inside National Parks. But since the Blue Mountains region is not all National Park, there are many walking trails, parks, and other areas where dogs are more than welcome.

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Where to Stay in the Blue Mountains (10 Best Hotels)

Where to stay in the Blue Mountains (best hotels)

Find out where to stay in the Blue Mountains with this accommodation guide, outlining the best hotels in the most popular towns.

Staying overnight in the Blue Mountains makes the trip to Sydney’s most famous national park even more special.

While most visitors plan day trips to the Blue Mountains, booking overnight accommodation for one or two nights will allow you to take your time and fully enjoy the popular walks and sights.

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Kanangra Walls in Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Kanangra Walls in Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Part of the Greater Blue Mountains, Kanangra-Boyd National Park is a remote wilderness area just under 200 km from Sydney.

This beautiful national park is a real treat for those looking for an escape from the city, with various walking trails, lookout points, and waterfalls to explore.

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20 Best Blue Mountains Walks (Hiking Guide)

Blue Mountains walks

Our comprehensive guide to the 20 best walks in the Blue Mountains, from easy, family-friendly walking trails to challenging half-day hikes.

With so many beautiful walking tracks, the Blue Mountains is a true paradise for bushwalkers, exploring scenic waterfalls, deep valleys, and many lookout points that offer panoramic views.

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Asgard Swamp and Thor Head Walking Track in the Blue Mountains

Asgard Swamp and Thor Head Walking Track

The walking track to Asgard Swamp, Thor Head, and Asgard Mine, commonly referred to as the Asgard Swamp Track, is an adventurous hike navigating through stunning Blue Mountains scenery.

This quiet walk on the Asgard Plateau passes several interesting sights with fantastic Grose Valley views to enjoy from multiple vantage points.

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15 Best Picnic Spots in the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains picnic spots

Not only is the Blue Mountains the perfect day trip destination to go hiking and visit amazing lookouts, but there are also many fantastic picnic spots where you can enjoy a lunch in the great outdoors.

We have shortlisted 15 of the most scenic picnic spots in the Blue Mountains, some easy to find with great facilities and others a bit harder to get to but with fantastic views.

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Bridal Veil Falls Circuit (Via Amphitheatre and Fern Bower Track)

Bridal Veil Falls Circuit

The Bridal Veil Falls Circuit is a stunning walking track in the Leura area of the Blue Mountains, navigating through a rainforest landscape with waterfalls, creeks, and large cliff walls.

Bridal Veil Falls, also referred to as Leura Falls, is a stunning cascade waterfall on Leura Falls Creek, flowing into Jamison Valley.

The best way to see this waterfall and its beautiful surroundings is by doing the 4 km Bridal Veil Falls Circuit, which includes the Amphitheatre Walking Track and the Fern Bower Track.

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Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest Walking Track

Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest Walking Track

The steep walking track from Perrys Lookdown near Blackheath to the Blue Gum Forest in the Grose Valley is a challenging but rewarding bushwalking adventure.

The Acacia Flats camping ground is only 500m away from the forest where you can set up your tent and stay overnight in beautiful surroundings.

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The Nature Track in Wentworth Falls

Nature Track in Wentworth Falls

The short but scenic Nature Track in Wentworth Falls is a spectacular 3.5 km circuit trail that starts and ends at the old Conservation Hut.

This often ignored but highly enjoyable walking track follows the edge of an escarpment before descending to lower grounds, where it takes in a section of the Valley of the Waters.

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Discover the Govetts Leap Lookout and Falls in Blackheath

Govetts Leap Lookout and Bridal Veil Falls

The Govetts Leap Lookout near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains offers spectacular views of the Grose Valley and surrounding cliff walls.

Near the lookout are several short and long hiking trails, one leading to the Barrow Lookout, from where visitors can see the Govetts Leap Falls from very close by.

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Giant Stairway to Furber Steps Loop in Katoomba

Giant Stairway to Furber Steps Loop in Katoomba

The Giant Stairway to Furber Steps Loop in the Katoomba area of the Blue Mountains is a fantastic hike that includes two iconic staircases.

This moderately challenging walking track is one of the best in the Blue Mountains, with panoramic valley views, unique rock formations, beautiful forests, and much more.

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Elysian Rock Lookout and the Buttenshaw Bridge

Elysian Rock Lookout and the Buttenshaw Bridge

The Elysian Rock Lookout is a beautiful viewing point in the Leura area of the Blue Mountains, with panoramic views over the Jamison Valley.

Elysian Rock consists of two sandstone viewing platforms (with seating) that are connected by the historic Buttenshaw Bridge.

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