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LOCATION The Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, are approximately 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Sydney
VISITORS PER YEAR About 155,000
DAYTIME TEMPERATURES Jan: 73°F (23°C); Apr: 61°F (16°C); Jul: 50°F (10°C); Oct: 63°F (17°C)
Australia’s Blue Mountains range, set in arguably the continent’s most beautiful region, defies classification. Comprising seven national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this remarkable area is a mix of everything Australia has to offer.
The mountain ranges, referred to as Upper and Lower, are home to Australia’s only temperate rain forest and a wealth of flora, including dozens of species found nowhere else in the continent. With numerous walking trails and out-of-the-way preserves just begging to be explored, there is something for everyone, served up against the backdrop of the Blue Mountains.
Getting There and Around The Blue Mountains are easily reached from Sydney by rental car, train, or private bus.
When to Go The Australian winter, which occurs between Jun–Aug, is quite chilly. Dec–Feb is warmer and a better time to visit, though sees more visitors as a consequence.