Things to do in the Blue Mountains with kids
The Three Sisters
If you’re looking for things to do in the Blue Mountains, a visit to the Three Sisters is a must. The best place to view the famous Three Sisters is from Echo Point Lookout in Katoomba.
The rock formation sits over 900-metres above sea level. The Three Sisters are said to have been standing for around 200-million years, making them one of the oldest tourist attractions in Australia. Formed by land erosion during the Triassic period, the sandstone cliff faces corroded over time due to wind and rain.
According to an Aboriginal Dreamtime story, three sisters named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, lived in the heart of the Jamison Valley as part of the Katoomba tribe.
Their hearts were captured by three brothers from another tribe, however the laws of the land forbade the girls from marrying outside their people. The three brothers took to battle in anger in hopes to wed the sisters.
But to keep the girls from harm, a witch-doctor turned them to stone for the duration of the battle. In the ensuing chaos, the witch-doctor was killed and therefore never able to reverse the spell.
Get up-close-and-personal with the Sisters by heading down the Three Sisters walking trail, which begins at the lookout. The track is short, only one-kilometre in length.
After descending the Giant Stairway, cross the Honeymoon Bridge over the valley to sit under one of the stunning rock formations.
Floodlights illuminate the Three Sisters until 11pm every night, so you can even visit after dark. However, we recommend a day trip so you can see the insane mountainous backdrop behind the Sisters, making for great family photo opportunities.
There is parking available nearby. Time limits and fees apply, but the spaces become free from 5pm.
Right around the corner from the Three Sisters is Scenic World in Katoomba. There may be a lot of things to do in the Blue Mountains, but this should definitely be on the top of your list. It’s one of the best family-friendly institutes in the mountains, offering activities for a full itinerary of fun.
Discover the thrill of riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway. The 52-degree incline lowers passengers down to the rainforest floor inside a glass-roofed tram. Choose your thrill-level by adjusting your seat position by up to 20-degrees. It ranges from Original at 52-degrees to Cliffhanger at a seat-gripping 64-degrees.
Once you’ve made it to the bottom, go for a stroll along the Scenic Walkway, a 500-metre elevated boardwalk. The 20-minute walk is the perfect way to explore beneath the canopy. Keep your eye out for some the stunning native wildlife that call the Blue Mountains home.
There is also the Scenic Cableway, which descends into the Jamison Valley on a 545-metre cable. It’s a great way to journey down the mountain face and explore the rainforest below.
If you’re feeling even more adventurous, step onto the Scenic Skyway. This is one of our most promising recommendations, easily being one of the best things to do in the Blue Mountains. Enjoy panoramic views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, Mt Solitary and Jamison Valley in a unique way.
Only the bravest will board this 270-metre suspended cable car. Beware, looking down means staring right into the ravines below through the glass-floor. Opened in 1958, the Scenic Skyway was Australia’s first cable car.
Check out the map of Scenic World to plan your day. Purchase a Scenic Pass and enjoy a return journey on the Scenic Skyway, a one-way descent on the Scenic Railway, access to the Scenic Walkway and a one-way ascending trip on the Scenic Cableway.
An Adult Pass costs $49.90 and Children’s Passes $27.90. A one adult, one child Family Pass costs $77.80. Add an extra adult for $49.90 and extra child (4-13) for $23.30.
Book online at scenicworld.com.
Blue Mountains Star-Gazing
If you’re staying in the Blue Mountains overnight, or don’t mind a night drive back home, this is one of the most unique things to do in the Blue Mountains.
The company is lead by French-born Astronomy & Astrophysics PhD graduate Dr Dimitri Douchin. He is driven to provide immersive and meaningful experiences to guests, so they return to Earth more relaxed, connected, curious and happy.
Blue Mountains Stargazing‘s most popular tour is The Sunset Stargazing Tour, which goes for around 90-minutes and takes place at Wentworth Falls Lookout on Sir H Burrell Drive.
The tour will see you ogling the likes of the Milky Way, the Orion Nebula, Mars, Venus and if you’re lucky, maybe even a shooting star, all through a professional-grade telescope.
Dimitri teaches guests about the history of the region, specifically of Australia’s Aboriginal people and their connection to the land. You will also learn how to identify stars with the naked eye!
Tickets are $70 for adults and $50 for children aged 4-11, and can be purchased from the website.
There is parking available along Sir H Burrell Drive, or Wentworth Falls train station is just a 20-minute walk away.
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Turn off the scenic Bells Line of Road in Mt Tomah to discover the beauty of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. The garden covers 250-hectares of land, 30 of which is open to the public. There are around 13 feature gardens within the park, ranging from North American Woodlands to the Rhododendron Garden.
Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a family feed amongst a range of native and exotic plant species. Kids will be enthralled by quirky, colourful flowers and towering ancient trees. Wander together down one of the many pathways between gardens, or attend a walking tour led by a volunteer guide.
With sweeping vistas and more than 40,000 native, exotic and rare plants, visiting these stunning Botanic Gardens is one of the best things to do in the Blue Mountains with kids. Check out this detailed map to discover which garden you want to visit first when exploring this natural sanctuary.
There is an on-site car park and entry is free of charge. The garden is open every day of the year, excluding Christmas, from 9am to 5pm.
Considered to be some of the most spectacular caves in Australia, the Jenolan Caves are a must when looking for things to do in the Blue Mountains. Not only is this cave system the largest in Australia, it is also the oldest, dating back centuries.
For thousands of years, this location has been known to the local Aboriginal population as Binoomea, roughly translating to “dark places”.
In the 1980’s, European explorers investigated the caves by candlelight. Today, the caves are an Australian staple, protected by conservationists and locals alike.
Take a guided tour along sustainably built walkways, designed to limit impact on the structural integrity and natural beauty of the caves. You’ll walk over deep holes and bubbling streams as awe-inspiring stalagmites and stalactites hang overhead.
Choose from five different caves, all offering a unique experience. The Temple of Baal Cave has a minimum age limit of 10, however the others are open to all ages. Kids will leave gob-smacked after seeing mammoth chambers, giant columns, underground rivers and crystal formations up close.
Pick a cave and book a tour on the official Jenolan Caves website.
Adult prices start at $55, with child tickets costing $37 for those aged between 6-17. Buy a family pass – up to two adults and two children for $123.
Parking at Jenolan Caves is free but limited. Tours run from 9.30am to 5pm, every day of the year.
Jellybean Pool is towards the lower end of the Blue Mountains, in the suburb of Glenbrook. To reach the unique swimming spot, you’ll first have to traverse the one-kilometre Jellybean trail.
The walk isn’t long, taking around 15-minutes one-way. The path is wide and open, safe for little feet. Along the way, keep your eye out for native bird life such as Rainbow Lorikeet, Gang-Gang Cockatoo and Nankeen Kestrel.
Junior adventurers will have their efforts rewarded by the end, when Jellybean Pool is lain out before them. A large, shaded sandbank offers respite from the heat. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy along the shores at one of the best swimming holes in the Blue Mountains, listening to the kids splashing about in the safe, freshwater shallows.
The pool is surrounded by large rock formations, which make for great jumping platforms. However, always take care and beware of submerged rocks.
Leave your car at the Glenbrook Information Centre. Parking costs $8 per car, per day. The area is open from 8:30am to 6pm daily, 7pm during daylight savings.
Blue Mountains Chocolate Company
If the kids have been exceptionally well-behaved, you might just have to reward them with a treat from the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company.
The cafe is located in an adorable cottage in Katoomba, only a 5-minute walk from the main drag of town.
You’ll be overwhelmed as soon as you enter. Chocolate treats crafted from only the finest Belgian couverture line the walls, instantly begging for you to buy them with their rich chocolatey scent.
The kids will be wild with delight after seeing the extensive menu, offering everything from homemade cakes to gooey fudge, delicious ice-cream to drinks made with real chocolate, not powder. Once you try it, you won’t be able to go back.
There are over 50 different varieties of handmade chocolates available for your purchasing. Let the kids pick a treat to remember the trip by, although it’ll probably be gone by the time you get home!
Snuggle up inside and sip a warm hot chocolate after a day out in the cold mountain air.If you’re brave, tighten your scarf and head out to the verandah, where you can enjoy your treats by the toasty wood fire.
Parents will be thankful for the on-site playground, allowing kids to expel some energy after all that sugar.
The Blue Mountains Chocolate Company is one of our top recommendations when suggesting things to do in the Blue Mountains. They’re open from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week, with free parking on-site.
Wentworth Falls Lake
One of the best things to do in the Blue Mountains with kids has got to be a visit to Wentworth Falls Lake. It was originally created by the damming of Jamison Creek to supply water for the steam railway. Now, it is home to a variety of wildlife, from crayfish to dragonfly nymphs.
The lake-side park is dotted with playgrounds, all varying in ability and size. The shipwreck playground is specifically built for little ones, with a small slide and giant noughts and crosses. Another playground further down the park will entertained the older kids. There’s a bigger, bumpier slide, a rickety wooden bridge and other challenging climbing structures for kids to go wild on.
Make sure to pack a picnic, as there is ample space for lunch in the sun. Designated barbecue areas mean grumbling tummies can be satisfied by a fresh-cooked sausage sizzle.
If you’ve forgotten snacks, the LoveBites Coffee Co truck is permanently stationed near the car park. Extra change will score you the likes of toasted sandwiches and brownies, plus delicious coffee for mum and dad.
Bring scooters and bikes to traverse the couple kilometres of pathways around the lake.
There is sufficient parking space available for free and public toilets located on-site.
Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum
The Toy & Railway Museum in Leura is home to the largest collection of toys in the Southern Hemisphere. The historic, early 20th century building is the second home on the site. The first was lost in the 1909 bush fires.
The ensemble of toys inside range from Barbie to Tin Tin and come from as far back as the 1920’s. Thousands of delighted visitors can’t be wrong: it is a definite must for the kid in us all.
Families and serious collectors alike can explore pre-and post-war toys including dolls, teddy bears, lead figures, comics and books, tinplate trains, aeroplanes, automobiles and working model-railway layouts, spread out across a few different floors.
Set on a five-hectare plot of beautiful cool-climate gardens, the property offers extensive views of the great sandstone cliffs and blue vistas of the Jamison Valley.
Outside, you’ll find a chugging mini-railway system that you can walk around, and train memorabilia perfect for family photos.
Located on Olympian Parade in Leura, the Toy & Railway Museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily.
Park along any of the residential streets for free, as on-site parking isn’t available.
There is a $14 adults and $6 children’s admission fee, which you simply pay at the front desk as you enter.
Trees Adventure is located on the foothills of the Blue Mountains, at the confluence of the Grose and Nepean rivers in Yarramundi.
The area is named after local chief and doctor of the Buruberongal tribe of the Darug people, Yarramundi. He and his father met Governor Phillip and established their family as the first Indigenous people to achieve land grants, sanction mixed marriage and other academic achievements.
It is now the perfect place for kids to expel their energy, giving them the opportunity to experience something new and exciting.
Once secured with a harness, children and adults alike can soar through the treetops on an array of flying foxes, tight ropes and tunnels.
The 2.5-hour session (including expert training) will have you climbing across treetop platforms built on more than 70 Sydney Blue Gums.
There are 10 courses to choose from, including 80+ challenges and over 15 flying foxes, the longest being 100-metres in length.
For adults, the 2.5-hour session will cost $51. For youth aged 8-17, tickets cost $41. For kids aged 4-7, the price is $28. You can purchase tickets on their website.
Equipment and training are included in prices. Check in 15-minutes prior to your booking time.
Yarramundi is only a only a 25-minute drive from Springwood in the Blue Mountains.
Megalong Valley Tea Rooms
Built in 1956, the Megalong Valley Tea Rooms have been serving up delectable treats for over 60 years. Not only can you devour delicious food here, but you have the rare opportunity to view the mountains from the bottom end. The huge escarpments offer stunning views from the Tea Rooms year round.
Megalong Valley Tea Rooms are the only remaining example of what was once a booming Devonshire tea industry in the area. Because of this, they stick to tradition and use the same apple pie recipe that was used on the first day of trade over half a century ago. It’s a must when visiting.
If you’re looking for things to do in the Blue Mountains, this little detour is a great spot to head for families. Grab a table outside and let the kids enjoy the fresh air after munching down on some tasty treats.
The menu has a dedicated kids section, with the likes of toasties, fish baskets and eggs on toast. Afterwards, share ice-cream, a black forest torte or traditional scones with jam and cream.
The Tea Rooms are open from 9:30am to 3:30pm weekdays and 8:30am to 3:30pm on the weekend. There is plenty of free parking on-site.
To get here from the Blue Mountains, drive over the railway crossing in Blackheath onto Megalong Road. The drive is absolutely stunning, winding down through the rainforest and onto the flat plain of the valley.
If you’re wanting things to do in the Blue Mountains that will keep your cool during the summer, Minnehaha Falls is the place for you.
The water hole is on the northern side of Katoomba, meaning it’s further away from the more popular tourist destinations in the heart of town.
A 20-metre cascading waterfall fills the swimming hole at the bottom, making for the perfect swimming spot for kids of all ages. The water is deep, but that’s what floatation devices are for right? Plus, the edges of the pool and lined with rocky ledges that gradually descend into the pool. This creates an outer rim of semi-submerged seating, meaning little ones can splash around without loosing their footing.
Set up camp for the day around the edges of the pool, which are shaded by looming rock formations covered in foliage, making it feel especially secluded.
To get to Minnehaha Falls, take the 20-minute walk down to the pool, which consists of a 10-minute descent down some steep stairs. Make sure to grab hold of littlies hand’s here.
There is free parking in the Minnehaha Reserve car park off Minnehaha Road, north Katoomba. Okay, I think we’ve said Minnehaha enough now.
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