Blue Mountains National Park
With its sandstone cliffs, dramatic canyons, and huge eucalyptus trees from where the blue haze for which its name rises, the Blue Mountains National Park is a magnet for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. You can see the famed Three Sisters rock formation from a scenic cliff top lookout, abseil over a waterfall, and discover the Jenolan Caves. Experienced bushwalkers Read more...
With its sandstone cliffs, dramatic canyons, and huge eucalyptus trees from where the blue haze for which its name rises, the Blue Mountains National Park is a magnet for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. You can see the famed Three Sisters rock formation from a scenic cliff top lookout, abseil over a waterfall, and discover the Jenolan Caves. Experienced bushwalkers and climbers can also explore the deep gorges and high rocks—all while keeping an eye out for kangaroos, wallabies, and tiger quoll. The park is under an hour’s drive from NSW’s capital of Sydney.
- Best for wildlife-spotting: Eurokah Campground is popular with campers, as well as kangaroos and cockatoos.
- Best for views: Perrys Lookdown Campground boasts expansive views over the rugged Grose Valley and Blue Gum Forest.
- Best for secluded wilderness: Acadia Flat Campground rewards well-experienced and intrepid campers with panoramic views and plenty of space.
Tips for Snagging a Campsite Reservation
- Booking is required for all campgrounds in the National Park. Go to the park’s official website and click “book now” on the campground’s page to see availability. If you have trouble booking online, call the National Parks Contact Centre.
- Some sites do have offices onsite, but don’t rely on being able to make a last-minute reservation.
- Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance. As some grounds only have a handful of camping spots, aim to book as early as possible.A
When to Go
Summer is definitely the most popular time to visit the Blue Mountains, but much of the rest of the year has its own appeal. While winter is cold in the Blue Mountains and only suitable for experienced and well-kitted out campers, the spring and fall seasons have the advantage of being far less crowded and, although mornings and nights can be crisp, temperatures are relatively mild. As the Blue Mountains is a favorite weekend getaway for Sydneysiders, try to visit on a weekday.
Know Before You Go
- National Park campsites are often remote and have limited facilities, so come prepared.
- Perrys Lookdown only allows campers to stay for one night.
- While 2WD vehicles can access most campgrounds, a 4WD is recommended for some, including Murphys Glen, especially after rain.
- Getting to Acacia Flat Campground requires a 1.25-mile (two-kilometer) hike from Perrys Lookout or five-mile (eight-kilometer) hike from Pierces Pass.
- Pets are not permitted anywhere in Blue Mountains National Park.