The Blue Mountains is an easy day trip from Sydney. Travel from the city to Katoomba takes around 90 minutes by car, or two hours by rail. Trains leave from Sydney's Central Station every hour.
Katoomba is the most visited town in the Blue Mountains. Attractions include the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway incline in the world, and a cable-car Skyway more than 650 feet above the ground.
The Three Sisters is a sandstone rock formation near Echo Point, around 1.5 miles from Katoomba. Each of the "sisters" is more than 3,000 feet tall. Access to the Three Sisters is via the "Giant Stairway," an 800-step descent into the Jamison Valley.
One hour's drive from Katoomba, the Jenolan Caves are among the oldest cave formations in the world. Nine limestone caves are open to tourists, featuring underground rivers, stalactites and stalagmites. Adventure caving is available.
The Blue Mountains is a popular destination for abseiling, rock climbing and cycling. Hiking and horse riding groups routinely observe kangaroos, koalas and wombats in their natural habitat.
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