Luxury Hotels in the Blue Mountains

Stretched out among the ancient, crumpled ranges inland from Sydney, the Blue Mountains once formed a barrier to the westward expansion of the fledgling colony of New South Wales. These days, however, the region is easily reached from Sydney via modern roads and the world’s steepest railway. Towns like Katoomba, built on the edge of precipitous plateaux, overlook echoing gorges and eroded pinnacles. The air is heavy with the scent of aromatics distilled from the endless eucalyptus forests, which give the air the slightly blue tinge that gave rise to the area’s name. The region’s proximity to Sydney means that 5-star hotel and upmarket accommodation options are in plentiful supply in the Blue Mountains. In this landscape of towering escarpments and dramatic canyons, the luxury hotels, spars and eco-retreats have an ethos based on purity, relaxing cafes, serenity and rejuvenation: perfect antidotes for the pressures and strains of modern life. In the Blue Mountains you can re-engage with the natural world and rejuvenate your soul in the wilderness. The Blue Mountains also feature a plethora of exceptional food and wine options to reinvigorate you after a hard day’s relaxation.

Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

Set on 28 acres, in the heart of Blackheath, the Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges is a luxurious hotel option that acts as a great base for exploring the Blue Mountains. Just 11km from the iconic Three Sisters, the hotel is very close to the Govetts Leap Lookout and the […]

prices from $350 AUD

Grand View Hotel

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

Originally built in 1833 the Grand View Hotel is an historic choice of Blue Mountains Accommodation. A 4 Star rated hotel in the Wentworth Falls Village, it enjoys a wonderful location just 160 metres from the Wentworth Falls Railway Station. The Blue Mountains is a 10km drive away, while Katoomba […]

prices from $350 AUD

Fairmont Resort & Spa

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

Located right on the fringes of the magnificent Jamison Valley, the Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains MGallery by Sofitel is an excellent choice of 4 Star hotel for those wanting an upscale accommodation choice. It is just a short 10 minute drive to the Wentworth Falls and Three Sisters. […]

prices from $350 AUD

Hotel Mountain Heritage

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

If you are looking for a hotel that offers spectacular views of the Blue Mountains then the historic Hotel Mountain Heritage Blue Mountains is definitely for you. A 4.5 star rated deluxe accommodation; this property is situated on the crest of a ridge that offers scintillating panoramic vistas of this […]

prices from $350 AUD

Echoes Boutique Hotel

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

Providing an intimate and homely retreat that offers panoramic views of the Blue Mountains, the Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant offers 4 star accommodation in the heart of Katoomba. Located within a 5 minute walk to the Three Sisters, it is also just a 20 minute stroll to Katoomba Scenic […]

prices from $350 AUD

Carrington Hotel

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

The Carrington Hotel is a comfortable and elegant 4 star rated property in a recently refurbished heritage listed manor building.  Just 200 metres from the Katoomba train station and only 2.5km to the Three Sisters, it is an excellent choice of Blue Mountains accommodation in which to explore this UNESCO […]

prices from $350 AUD

Palais Royale

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

An historic boutique hotel that exudes style and luxury, the Palais Royale is the perfect place to stay in the Blue Mountains for a romantic getaway. Located in Katoomba it is an outstanding retreat that lies in close proximity to the Three Sisters and Katoomba Scenic World. Both of which […]

prices from $350 AUD

Hydro Majestic

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

Explore the Blue Mountains from the Hydro Majestic. Located in the small town of Medlow Bath, this luxury hotel proudly shows off its art deco features, surrounded by some of Australia’s most exquisite scenery. This accommodation is perfect for a weekend getaway to indulge in local produce and wine and […]

prices from $350 AUD

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

The Greater Blue Mountains is the home of the luxury hotel, Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley. Relax and unwind in one of Australia’s most beautiful areas; home to gorgeous wildlife and breathtaking views. With so much on offer at the hotel and experiences in the surrounding area, this is […]

prices from $350 AUD

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

Located in the world heritage listed area of the Blue Mountains National Park is the stunning Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa. This luxury hotel is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and is only a 90-minute drive from Sydney. Indulge in the resort’s many facilities and take advantage of the space […]

prices from $350 AUD

The soaring sandstone bluffs, deep gorges, stupendous waterfalls and thick eucalypt forests of the Blue Mountains once formed a seemingly impenetrable barrier to the westward expansion of the fledgling colony of New South Wales. These days, however, exploring the Blue Mountains is easy. From the comfort of your luxury hotel, you can venture out into the wilderness, have some epic adventures, but never be too far from a nice coffee, a languid lunch, or a fancy dinner. Try some of these outings for a start:     

Ride the world’s steepest train

With dinosaur exhibits, an aerial cableway, rainforest walkways, and the world’s steepest railway, Scenic World will give you an adrenaline fix, an introduction to the natural history of the Blue Mountains, and an opportunity to revel in the grandeur of this splendid wilderness. 

Wander in the wilderness…or ride horses

The Blue Mountains are a hikers paradise, with hundreds of kilometres of easy trails leading to spectacular viewpoints and overlooks. Even if you don’t want to venture too far from your luxury hotel, you’ll still be able to find a short walk or two in the fresh, eucalypt-scented air. For a more romantic escapade, go for a horse ride in the hills and pretend that you and your partner are characters in an Outback western.

Visit the Three Sisters

Arguably the most famous attraction in the Blue Mountains, these three spires of layered sandstone are just a short distance from Katoomba (a town that is an attraction in itself). You can stroll out to Echo Point and take in the staggering vista of the ranges during the day, or venture out there at night to see the Three Sisters lit up by floodlights against the black velvet backdrop of the sky.

Go canyoning

If you’ve ever wanted to abseil into a canyon, climb down a waterfall, or slide into a mossy slot via a chute of white water, the Blue Mountains is the place to do it. A number of companies offer full-on, adrenaline-fuelled excursions into the deepest recesses of the ranges, where you can unleash your inner Indiana Jones. 

Nocturnal emissions

After dark, the environs of the Blue Mountains take on a whole new life. You can gaze at the stars from a blanket on the ground, and see glowworms glittering beneath shadowy overhangs and in crepuscular caverns. There are self-guided glowworm walks around Katoomba and Leura, or you can go on a guided eco-tour of the Blue Mountains nightlife.  

Explore the world’s oldest caves

Venture into the Jenolan Caves, thought to be the world’s oldest caverns. The ethereal subterranean depths are brought to life with subtle lighting, guided ghost tours, and passages leading to vast, crepuscular halls where you can experience the total absence of light. 

Sample the local beer

If you and your partner in crime are fans of the amber nectar, there is beer aplenty just waiting to be drunk in the Blue Mountains. From country pubs where you can get to know the locals, to brewery cafes such as the Zig Zag Brewery, you’ll be spoiled for choice if you want a cold one after a day’s exploring.

Coffee culture

Ahhhh…coffee! What could be better than sipping a latte at one of the many Blue Mountains cafés, or downing a decaf in a garden overlooking a panorama of rolling hills and blue-tinted air? Throughout the Blue Mountains, you’ll find exquisite coffee in all manner of out-of-the-way places. All you need is a sense of adventure and a desire to follow the back roads and byways to suss out the best shots in the hills.

Take High Tea at the Hydro

The Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath has been welcoming guests to its Art Deco halls for more than a century. Newly refurbished to its original splendour, you and your love can look suave as you sip a genteel cup of tea and enjoy bijoux cakes and sandwiches in the Wintergarden Room, overlooking the Megalong Valley. You could even upgrade your High Tea to include a glass of sparkling Australian wine…and settle in for the evening.   

Ebike the trails

There are some stunning mountain bike trails in the Blue Mountains. But if the big uphill grinds and pell-mell descents aren’t quite your style, you can hire eBikes from various outlets across the region, and take a more sedate ride along tree-lined back roads and secluded forest trails. After all, you’re on holiday. There’s no need to get too strenuous!