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Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary: Perfect For Hikers and Adventurers

Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary: Perfect For Hikers and Adventurers

This Blue Mountains 3 Day itinerary will showcase some of the best walks, waterfalls, lookouts and natural wonders in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed area. Including a mix of well-known attractions and hidden gems in the Blue Mountains, this long weekend itinerary is tailored for bushwalkers, outdoor enthusiasts and natural wonder seekers. Ideally designed for those exploring the Blue Mountains by car, this 3 day itinerary will provide you with inspiration and general know-how to maximise your long weekend away.

Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary (Long Weekend Away)

It’s no surprise that the breathtaking Blue Mountains is the most visited national park in Australia. Beck and I totally get it! After all, the Blue Mountains is easily one of our favourite national parks in the country.

Truth be told, there are enough Blue Mountains walks, attractions and natural wonders to keep you busy for weeks, even months on end. But, what if you’ve only got a weekend or a long weekend away to explore the magical Blue Mountains?

If this is you, this action-packed 3 day itinerary, will help you explore as much of the Blue Mountains’ natural beauty as possible.

The sun is low and piercing through a partly cloudy sky over Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains

What to Expect On This Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary

Having completed this 3 day itinerary in the Blue Mountains ourselves, Beck and I are the first to admit that you’ll be pretty spent by the end of it. But, it’ll be totally worth it! Exploring the Blue Mountains by car from sunrise to sunset will ensure that you squeeze as much adventure into your long weekend away as possible.

But of course, if this Blue Mountains 3 Day itinerary from Sydney looks too intense for you, feel free to pull it apart and make it your own. Essentially, you could spread the three day’s worth of adventures over as many day trips as you please.

Also, don’t expect to visit all of the typical tourist attractions (such as the cable car at Scenic World) during this Blue Mountains 3 Day itinerary. Sure, we’ll include some of the main attractions in Katoomba such as Echo Point and the lookouts around Wentworth Falls. But, we’ll make sure to add a sense of adventure to it, such as completing an epic bushwalk, which involves these popular lookouts. Also, we’ve included a few hidden gems off the beaten track to really fuel the intrepid fire in your belly.

FYI – we planned this Blue Mountains 3 Day itinerary around sunrise walks. But, of course, feel free to complete the itinerary in any order that you like. It’s okay to switch around the activities or even the days. As long as you’re based in the Blue Mountains, you can be quite flexible with this 3 day itinerary, enjoying a brilliant long weekend away.

The sun is shining just above the horizon line above the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary: Day 1

The first day of this Blue Mountains trip from Sydney has you starting with a sunrise walk to the Fortress Ridge Lookout from Mount Hay Road in the Blackheath area. For the rest of the morning, it makes sense to do other walks that start along Mount Hay Road. In the afternoon, you’ll head to Wentworth Falls to explore all of the natural attractions in that area.

Fortress Ridge Lookout

Fortress Ridge Lookout is one of the most epic yet lesser-known lookouts made even better at sunrise. If you’re visiting from Sydney and want to catch the sunrise, you’ll have to set your alarm clock very early. Otherwise, consider staying in the Blue Mountains the night before. Personally, Beck and I started the walk around 3:45am in late October.

After a bumpy ride on Mount Hay Road, you’ll arrive at a small roadside parking area. Given Fortress Ridge is off the beaten track, don’t be surprised to have this car park and trail to yourselves. Even navigating in the dark for sunrise, the Fortress Ridge Trail is fairly straightforward. Eventually, you’ll arrive at a rocky outcrop with offers magnificent views of Grose Valley. All you have to do is wait for the sun to lift above the mountains to enjoy the views.

Fortress Ridge is one of the best Blue Mountains hiking trails for sunrise. Dan and Beck sit, overlooking a valley with many dark clouds above.
Fortress Ridge Lookout

Fortress Rock Lookout and Doctor Dark’s Cave

During this walk, you can also check out two other attractions – Fortress Rock Lookout and Doctor Dark’s Cave. To reach Fortress Rock Lookout, you’ll follow the side trail that’s around 700 metres from the parking area. If you’re doing it, after returning from the Fortress Ridge Lookout, you’ll turn right. From this junction, the lookout is only another 500 metres or so.

The views of Grose Valley from Fortress Rock Lookout are just as mesmerising as the views at Fortress Ridge Lookout. There’s also a chance to explore the historic Doctor Dark’s Cave at Fortress Ridge by taking another side trail. Certainly, this Blue Mountains 3 Day itinerary is off to a flying start with three amazing attractions jam-packed into one walk.

Beck and Dan look at a valley called Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains.
Fortress Rock Lookout

Lockleys Pylon

Near Fortress Ridge, along Mount Hay Road, you’ll find the trailhead for the Lockleys Pylon Walking Track. There is no parking area for Lockleys Pylon, rather, some roadside laybys where you can leave your car.

Given Lockleys Pylon is just a couple of ridges over from Fortress Ridge, understandably the terrain is quite similar. As a whole, the walking track isn’t quite as steep or long as the nearby Fortress Ridge Trail. Eventually, you’ll arrive at a spectacular vantage point overlooking Grose Valley and you’ll even spot a waterfall in the distance. Yet, the best views of all are just over the other side of Lockleys Pylon. There is a trail that leads down into the valley taking you to Blue Gum Forest. The views along this trail make for some magnificent photography.

Before moving on to Katoomba in the afternoon, it’s time for one more walk along Mount Hay Road.

Beck walks on the Lockleys Pylon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains

Mount Hay Summit and Butterbox Point

The final walk starting along Mount Hay Road that you’ll do is the Mount Hay Summit and Butterbox Point Walk. For this adventure, you’ll make your way to Mount Hay and Butterbox Point Car Park, which is a large car park at the end of the unsealed road. Atop Mount Hay Summit and Butterbox Point, you’ll enjoy marvellous views of Grose Valley.

So, on the first morning of your Blue Mountains long weekend away, you’ll complete three awesome walks off the beaten track. Now, it’s time to head to Katoomba to explore Wentworth Falls.

Dan looks at a valley called the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains

Wentworth Falls Lookouts Walk and Wentworth Pass

Wentworth Falls is a magnificent multi-tiered waterfall, measuring approx. 187 metres! It’s one of the best and most famous waterfalls in the Blue Mountains. So, in reality, visiting Wentworth Falls is a non-negotiable during your Blue Mountains 3 Day itinerary by car.

To explore Wentworth Falls, we recommend doing Wentworth Pass, which is an incredibly steep and adventurous 5km loop trail. From the top of Wentworth Falls, you essentially descend to the base of the waterfall. You then hike along Wentworth Pass to the Valley of the Waters where there are more epic waterfalls to chase.

Also, if you add on the Wentworth Falls Lookouts Walk, before your descent, you get to enjoy all of the best lookouts of the waterfall. By doing both the Wentworth Falls Lookouts Walk and Wentworth Pass, you’re looking at around a 7km walk altogether. Beck and I highly recommend doing both walks so you can enjoy Wentworth Falls in all its glory. Below, we’ll run through the main attractions you’ll see by doing the Wentworth Falls Lookouts Walk and Wentworth Pass.

FYI – it’s easiest to park at the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area. A backup option is to park at the Conservation Hut Cafe.

Wentworth Falls Track: Jamison Lookout and Wentworth Falls Lookout

The first part of the Wentworth Falls Lookouts Walk involves doing the Wentworth Falls Track. From the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, you’ll soon arrive at the large Jamison Lookout, which provides a stunning view of Jamison Valley. But with no views of the waterfall just yet, you’ll be keen to crack on!

The first lookout on the Wentworth Falls Track in the Blue Mountains called Jamison Lookout. A deep green topped valley is covered in relative darkness due to the overcast sky. Mount Solitary is seen far in the distance.
Jamison Lookout

You’ll then arrive at Wentworth Falls Lookout, where you can just make out the top of Wentworth Falls. Although, the sweeping views of Jamison Valley are the best part of this lookout.

The views of Jamison Valley from the Wentworth Falls Lookout in the Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls Lookout

Continuing along the Wentworth Falls Lookouts Walk, there is an option to do a short out and back to Weeping Rock or to complete the Weeping Rock Circuit.

Weeping Rock near the beginning of Wentworth Pass - one of the Blue Mountains hiking trails. A small cascades powerfully smashes onto a wet and relatiely flat rock platform.
Weeping Rock

Either way, after seeing Weeping Rock, you’ll rejoin the Wentworth Falls Lookouts Walk that takes you past a lovely small cascade called Queen’s Cascades. Eventually, the track ends at the top of Wentworth Falls, where you won’t enjoy any decent views of the waterfall itself. So, we recommend doing a small out and back walk to Fletchers Lookout, where you enjoy a good view of the waterfall.

Fletchers Lookout

For sure, Fletchers Lookout offers better views of Wentworth Falls compared with the Wentworth Falls Lookout. But, your views of the waterfall are still somewhat limited. Thankfully, other nearby lookouts offer better views of Wentworth Falls, including Rocket Point Lookout.

The top of the waterfall create a sprawling cascade over the multi-levelled rock platform in the Blue Mountains
Fletchers Lookout

Rocket Point Lookout

To get to Rocket Point Lookout, you’ll join the Rocket Point Lookout Track, which is another section of the Wentworth Falls Lookouts Walk. Beck and I highly recommend going to Rocket Point Lookout as the views from this viewpoint are superb. In our opinion, the Rocket Point Lookout provides the best view of the upper level of Wentworth Falls.

From Rocket Point Lookout, you enjoy birds-eye views of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains
Rocket Point Lookout

Princes Rock Lookout

Before embarking on the Wentworth Pass, you can also visit Princes Rock Lookout along the Wentworth Falls Lookouts Walk. For sure, Princes Rock Lookout affords one of the best viewpoints of Wentworth Falls. Although you’re some distance away, the magnificent waterfall is facing directly opposite you. So, it’s a great viewpoint to appreciate the scale and magnificence of the waterfall.

Wentworth Falls as seen from the Princes Rock Lookout in the Blue Mountains. A large waterfall looks even more impressive from a higher vantage point. Lots of eucalyptus bushland dominate the floor of the valley.
Princes Rock Lookout

Grand Stairway

After completing the Wentowrth Falls Lookouts Walk, it’s time to do Wenrowth Pass – a sure-fire highlight of your Blue Mountains long weekend away. By joining Wentworth Pass from the Wentworth Falls Track, you’ll descend the famous Grand Stairway. Undoubtedly, the Grand Stairway is one of the most majestic places in the Blue Mountains. Make sure to snap a classic photo walking under the overhang along the Grand Stairway!

A precariously placed track, surrounded with a fence, steers Beck around a steep cliff face in the Blue Mountains

The Base of Wentworth Falls

After descending the famous Grand Stairway, you’ll soon reach the base of the top level of Wentworth Falls. At this point of the walk, feel free to explore the smaller cascades in the area.

Then, after climbing down a series of ladders, you’ll reach the bottom of the waterfall. In other words, you’ll reach the base of the lower level of Wentworth Falls. From the base of the waterfall, you won’t be able to see the upper level of Wentworth Falls. Instead, you’ll enjoy sublime views of the lowest tier of the waterfall, which you won’t be able to see from the lookouts along the Wentworth Falls Lookouts Walk.

Valley of the Waters

One of the major attractions along Wentworth Pass is the amazing Valley of the Waters, where you’ll find numerous smaller yet equally breathtaking waterfalls. By following Wentworth Pass, you’ll eventually arrive at the Valley of the Waters Track. Initially, you’ll see Red Rock Falls, Britannia Falls, Flat Rock Falls and then ​​​​​​Lodore Falls. You’ll then reach Sylvia Falls and the well-known Empress Falls.

Empress Falls, Valley of Waters, Wentworth Pass. A beautiful waterfall cascades down a series of rocks, surrounded by lush green forest.
Empress Falls

Queen Victoria Lookout

Once you’ve walked up the Valley of the Waters along Wentworth Pass, you’ll reach the magnificent Queen Victoria Lookout at Conservation Hut. This is another lookout that provides stellar views of Jamison Valley. If you park at Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, you can take the short-cut trail from the Conservation Hut, to finish off Wentworth Pass.

By completing Wentworth Pass, you’ve completed the first day of your epic 3 day Blue Mountains itinerary by car.

Queen Elizabeth Lookout - seen immediately after ascending away from the Valley of the Waters. A deep valley surrounded by sheer sandstone cliff walls.

Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary: Day 2

If you’ve managed to complete the first day of this Blue Mountains long weekend itinerary, you’ll need a good night’s sleep! Not only because you’ll be buggered, but you’ll have the alarm set early again for another sunrise. This time, it’s a sunrise at Perry’s Lookdown in the Blackheath area.

After this sunrise walk, the rest of the itinerary on the second day involves adventuring and bushwalking in the Blackheath and Mount Wilson areas of the Blue Mountains

Perry’s Lookdown

Arriving for sunrise at Perry’s Lookdown is very straightforward. You can simply drive to the lookout and wait for the sunrise spectacle to unfold.

For sure, Perry’s Lookdown is a great shout for sunrise. Because this viewpoint isn’t as well known, you shouldn’t have to compete with crowds for a good spot on the viewing platform. Of course, popular sunrise lookouts like Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap certainly have the space to cater for larger crowds gathering for sunrise.

Anyway, with decent weather conditions, Perry’s Lookdown should provide you with a stunning sunrise. Expect broad orange hues on the horizon and sun rays penetrating the shadows of the valleys.

Anvil Rock Lookout

Once you’ve enjoyed sunrise at Perry’s Lookdown, it’s worth checking out the Anvil Rock Lookout, as well as the Wind Eroded Cave. After all, they’re both just around the corner from Perry’s Lookdown. Also, if you’ve just watched sunrise, you shouldn’t expect too many people, if any, to be at these attractions.

Seeing the Anvil Rock Lookout involves doing a short (500 metre) bushwalk with slight elevation. Once you arrive at the rock platform, there is a short staircase to climb to access the viewpoint. Expect sweeping views of the Grose Valley and Blackheath Walls.

Wind Eroded Cave

Just a stone’s throw from Anvil Rock Lookout, you’ll find Wind Eroded Cave. The naturally eroded cave is genuinely superb. There are otherworldly patterns and shapes carved into the cave. It’ll make for a stunning backdrop for some photos.

Hanging Rock

By following this 3 day itinerary in the Blue Mountains, the Burramoko Ridge Trail to the infamous Hanging Rock will be your first genuine hike of the day. Your motivation for doing this mostly uninspiring fire trail will, of course, be to visit the Baltzer Lookout and Hanging Rock at the end of the trail. Undoubtedly, Hanging Rock is one of the most iconic landmarks in the Blue Mountains – seeing it will be a major highlight of your weekend away.

Essentially, the Burramoko Ridge Trail leads you to the Baltzer Lookout, where, you’ll then follow an unofficial and unmarked trail to the mesmerising Hanging Rock. It’s at this point of the walk, that people either enjoy views of the famous landmark from afar or walk out onto it by doing the infamous jump. Each to their own, as they say.

Victoria Falls

Next on this Blue Mountains 3 Day itinerary by car, you’ll visit a lesser-known yet incredible waterfall called Victoria Falls by doing the Victoria Falls Track. During the early stages of the walk, you’ll reach Grose Valley Lookout, which offers far-reaching views of the valley.

From there, you’ll begin to steeply descend a trail with wooden steps. You’ll find some of the trail is impressively carved into the cliff’s edge. Eventually, you’ll reach an intersection that runs parallel to Victoria Creek. Turn right to reach Silver Cascades – a mesmerising cascade waterfall that is almost as wide as it is high. Alternately, turn left to reach the impressive Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls. A picturesque cascade waterfall rushes down damp rock. The waterfall is nearly as wide as it is high creating a stunning cascade. The sun shines brightly on the waterfall.
Silver Cascades
Victoria Falls

Mount Banks Summit

Located a little further away in the Mount Wilson area of the Blue Mountains is the Mount Banks Summit Walk. During this walk, you’ll enjoy views of the Blackheath Walls, Mount Hay and the Grose Valley.

Rigby Hill Lookout

Near the Mount Banks Summit Walk, you’ll find the Rigby Hill Walking Track that leads to the underrated Rigby Hill Lookout. This alk is one of the shortest on this Blue Mountains 3 Day itinerary. At 1.2km, this out and back has only a small amount of elevation, so it should only take 20–30 minutes to complete.

Halfway through the hike is a small hill that requires a bit of effort to get over. But otherwise, you won’t have to work too hard to get to the Rigby Hill Lookout to enjoy far-reaching glorious views of the Grose Valley.

Rigby Hill Lookout

After completing the Rigby Hill Walking Track, it’s time to complete one of the most well-known walks in the Blue Mountains – the Grand Canyon Track in the Blackheath area.

FYI – another great lookout in the Mount Wilson area is the Walls Lookout. Certainly, consider adding the Walls Lookout Track to your Blue Mountains long weekend itinerary if you have time.

Grand Canyon Track

The Grand Canyon Track is arguably one of the greatest walks in the Blue Mountains, so it’ll surely be a memorable part of your weekend away. The track itself is very straightforward. It’s essentially a loop that goes down and into the Grand Canyon and then up and out of it.

You can either park and start from the Grand Canyon Car Park or Evans Lookout Car Park. They’re both located along the track, close together, so it doesn’t matter which you choose. Personally, we started at Evans Lookout, which is one of the largest viewpoints in the Blue Mountains. The lookout’s large size provides different viewpoints and perspectives of the surrounding Grose Valley. FYI – Evans Lookout is also a great spot for sunset.

The views from the short Rigby Hill Walking Track. A deep valley full of dry eucalyptus and a dirt road fill the distance with a clear blue sky above.
Evans Lookout

Above the canyon, the walking track is surrounded by dry bushland. But, as soon as you descend into the canyon, the terrain soon turns into a vibrant rainforest. The transition in the landscape is so swift, it’s almost unbelievable. Particularly once you’ve reached the canyon floor, you’ll feel like you’ve teleported to a completely different national park.

Along the canyon floor are many stepping stones to help you navigate through the wet terrain. The canyon floor features luscious green plants and ferns which are spectacular.

Following the series of stepping stones, the trail follows a carved section of the canyon wall. This type of trail is reminiscent of many Blue Mountains walking trails. With water seeping through porous rock and off the edge of the canyon’s cliff edges, expect a few impromptu mini-waterfalls along the track! Eventually, you’ll climb up and out of the canyon to complete the walk.

Govetts Leap Lookout

Visiting Govetts Leap Lookout in Blackheath is a relaxed way to end the second day of your Blue Mountains long weekend away! From the lookout, you’ll enjoy views of the 180 metre high Govetts Leap (AKA Govetts Leap Waterfall). This waterfall isn’t one of the most voluminous or powerful. But, it has the potential to be a monster of a waterfall after heavy rain.

Govetts Leap (Waterfall) as seen from the lookout. A long and narrow waterfall pierces the sky, with shaded cliff face behind it.

Besides the waterfall, you’ll have stunning views of the large sandstone cliffs of the Grose Valley from Govetts Leap Lookout.

The views from Govetts Leap Lookout, Blackheath. Green eucalyptus forest dominates the floor of the valley, and is dwarfed by the brown cliffs surrounding it.
Govetts Leap Lookout

George Phillips Lookout

if you have enough energy, it’s possible to visit another nearby lookout along the Fairfax Heritage Walk. Basically, from the Govetts Leap Lookout, you can walk to George Phillips Lookout, where you’ll enjoy more marvellous views of Grose Valley.

George Phillips Lookout. Green eucalyptus forest dominates the floor of the valley, and is dwarfed by the brown cliffs surrounding it.

Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary: Day 3

The final day of your Blue Mountain 3 Day itinerary will be another awesome action-packed adventure. It starts with your third and final sunrise walk at Castle Head in Katoomba. The rest of the day involves exploring the main natural attractions in Katoomba and Leura.

Castle Head

Personally speaking, the sunrise at Castle Head was our favourite on this Blue Mountains long weekend away. Like all of the sunrises in the Blue Mountains, you’ll have a phenomenal orange glow splaying over the sandstone cliff walls that form the valley. It’s truly worth every second of sleep lost to enjoy nature’s happy hour at sunrise! We’re sure you’ll agree that Castle Head is definitely one of the best spots in the Blue Mountains to watch sunrise.

To get to Castle Head, you’ll walk along the Narrow Neck Trail. Although the Narrow Neck Trail officially starts here, you can drive to the end of Glenraphael Drive and park here. This shortens the Castle Head Walk, which makes it easier to reach the viewpoint at Castle Head in time for sunrise. Bear in mind that Glenraphael Drive is an unsealed dirt road with many potholes. But, it’s classified as 2WD accessible. Thankfully, our 2WD survived!

Round Walking Track

After watching sunrise at Castle Head, you’ll then head to Katoomba to see some more well-known attractions. With this in mind, head to the multi-level Scenic World Car Park near the main street of Katoomba, to complete the Round Walking Track. Along this track, you’ll see famous attractions such as Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters. Keep in mind, that this track is probably one of the busiest in the whole of the Blue Mountains so doing it early is a wise choice.

Below, we’ll run through the highlights of the Round Walking Track.

Vaniman’s Lookout and Juliet’s Balcony

Out the front of Scenic World, you’ll find a green signpost that shows you where to start the walk. From concrete paths, you’ll soon be immersed in nature following a leaf-littered trail. The shaded trail then descends to some of the most famous lookouts providing views of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck Plateau and Jamison Valley.

From Vaniman’s Lookout, you’ll enjoy decent views of Katoomba Falls. Whereas, from Juliet’s Balcony, you’ll enjoy nice views of the Three Sisters.

Vaniman's Lookout provides your first views of Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters with Mount Solitude in the background.
Vaniman’s Lookout
Juliet's Balcony gives you more views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters and Mount Solitude in the background.
Juliet’s Balcony

Katoomba Falls

By now, you would have already enjoyed views of the 150-metre, two-tiered Katoomba Falls. But make sure to continue to the base of the falls. To get to the base of the waterfall, make sure to take a right at the Furber Steps, following Juliet’s Balcony. Immediately, there’ll be another lookout – Rainforest Lookout, which is nothing extraordinary. After a short distance, take the first left onto the Underfalls Walk.

It’s a short but undulating and narrow trail by the cliffside to arrive at the base of Katoomba Falls. Beck and I usually enjoy views of waterfalls from higher vantage points, but seeing the falls from underneath was amazing!

Once you’ve soaked in the views of Katoomba Falls, re-join the Round Walking Track and continue your walk, away from the escarpment, and through the damp rainforest. Along the way, you’ll pass a fairly weak but interesting cascade called Witches Leap.

After emerging from the rainforest, there are a string of lookouts to enjoy including Solitary Lookout, Katoomba Falls Lookout, Orphan Rock Lookout, the Watchtower and Duke and Duchess of York Lookout.

Katoomba Cascades

The final highlight of the Round Walking Track is the Katoomba Cascades. They’re a small but charming cascade, gently rushing down an exposed and eroded section of rock. It’s mighty slippery near the water’s edge and on the stepping stones leading to it, so tread carefully around the base of the cascades.

Katoomba Cascades. A few small streams of water cascade down wet and multi-levelled rock. Dan and Beck sit at the base, admiring it.

Prince Henry Cliff Walking Track

After completing the Round Walking Track, it’s time to do another classic Blue Mountains walk on your long weekend away – the Prince Henry Cliff Walking Track. Along this walking track, you’ll visit some of the most famous lookouts in the area. Below, we’ll go through all of the highlights to experience along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

Echo Point Lookout

Along the Prince Henry Cliff Track, you’ll initially pass some lesser-known and similar lookouts overlooking Jamison Valley, Mount Solitude and Narrow Neck Plateau. In order, they include, the Wollumai, Little Milou, Allambale, Lady Darley and Kedumba Lookouts.

Before long, you’ll arrive at possibly the largest Blue Mountains lookout of them all – Echo Point Lookout (AKA the Queen Elizabeth Lookout). The views of the Three Sisters from Echo Point Lookout are just marvellous. For sure, you’ll be set to enjoy one of the most iconic views of the Blue Mountains – a highlight of your weekend away.

The Three Sisters as seen from the Echo Point Lookout. Three similarly shaped rocks stand tall beside its ridge. Mount Solitary is seen in the background below a mostly clear blue sky.

Three Sisters Track

Near Eacho Point Lookout, you’ll find the smaller Spooners Lookout which provides even closer views of the Three Sisters. You then have the option of a quick detour to Oredas Lookout, via the Three Sisters track, to get up, close and personal with the Three Sisters.

Admittedly, your views of the Three Sisters will not improve. But to be able to follow the ridge that leads to them is a worthwhile experience. You’ll also have a unique vantage point of the Jamison Valley, as the Three Sisters Track descends quite low via steep steps.

From Oredas Lookout, to continue the descent would be to continue the Giant Stairway, that leads to the Dardanelles Pass. But, to resume the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, climb back up the stairs, and continue along the cliff. As you veer away from Echo Point, your views of the Jamison Valley begin to change. Your views of Mount Solitary and Narrow Neck Plateau fade into the distance as you encounter new sandstone cliff walls and escarpments.

Lookouts seen from this point include Lady Carrington, Tallawarra, Honeymoon, Honeymoon Point, Banksia, Lomandra, Burrabarroo, Jamison, Flat Top, and finally Echo Tree Lookout. Eventually, you’ll arrive at Leura Cascades.

Just before starting the short Three Sisters Track. A closer look at the similarly shaped three sister rocks. This view follows the rest of the lowered ridge that steeply and inconsistency continues towards the valley floor. The Three Sisters Track is one of the shortest Blue Mountains hiking trails covered in this guide.
Spooners Lookout

Leura Cascades

Exploring Leura Cascades and the area surrounding it is really an adventure in itself, which can take half a day. As part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, we simply recommend visiting Leura Cascades without descending too deeply towards Leura Falls and Linda Falls. On its own, Leura Cascades is breathtaking series of cascades and waterfalls – some of the prettiest in the Blue Mountains.

Read more: Leura Cascades – 16 Epic Things In the Area Not to Miss

Small cascades called Leura Cascades seen on a walk called the Leura Cascades Walking Track

Bridal Veil Falls

After leaving the Leura Cascades Picnic Area, the next lookout to visit (Bridal Lookout) overlooks Bridal Veil Falls and involves a short detour from the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. This cascade drapes over the remarkable rocky outcrop spectacularly. It’s not the biggest or best waterfall in the Blue Mountains, but it’s certainly a unique one.

Bridal Veil Falls as seen from the Bridal Lookout during the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. A large cascade rush down and covers a rather high rocky outcrop. The Prince Henry Cliff Walk is one of the best Blue Mountains hiking trails.
Bridal Lookout

Tarpeian Rock

Following Bridal Lookout, are a series of magnificent lookouts overseeing not only the Jamison Valley but the Kings Tableland over to Mount Solitary. These viewpoints are eroded layers of sandstone along the cliff’s edge. Each lookout provides not only an epic view of the surrounding landscape but also a genuinely cool slab of rock to stand on.

The first of these epic lookouts is Tarpeian Rock. The striking feature of this lookout is the rippled outer layer of the rock platform. Carved out by nature over time, it’s one incredible rock and views to boot.

Tarpeian Rock, Prince Henry Cliff Walk. A unique lookout with rippled surface rock overlooks the Grose Valley.

Olympian Rock and Elysian Rock

The next lookout along the Kings Tablelands is Olympian Rock. If you enjoyed Tarpeian Rock, then this lookout will be right up your alley also. The sheer size of this white sandstone rocky outcrop is mindboggling. In contrast to the Tarpeian Rock, its outer coating is super smooth.

Personally speaking, along this stretch of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Olympian Rock is our favourite lookout. Actually, it’s easily one of the best lookouts you’ll experience during your Blue Mountains long weekend away by car.

Further on, a lookout with similar vibes to Tarpeian and Olympian Rocks is Elysian Rock.

Olympian Rock, Prince Henry Cliff Walk. One of the best lookouts among the many Blue Mountains hiking trails. A large sandstone lookout provides stellar views of the Grose Valley.
Olympian Rock

Gordon Falls

The final attraction along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk is Gordon Falls. Even with rainfall, this waterfall rarely looks too powerful and awe-inspiring. But, it’s still worth seeing another one of the Blue Mountains’ most well-known waterfalls.

Gordon Falls, Leura, Prince Henry Cliff Walk. This fairly weak waterfall is nevertheless an impressive and tall waterfall. Most of the falls is covered in shade.

Cahill’s Lookout

After completing the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, you’ll spend the afternoon exploring some other lookouts and a waterfall. You’ll start by visiting Cahill’s Lookout, which isn’t located far from Katoomba Falls Reserve. There is a car park for about half a dozen cars. From there, a paved path leads you a few hundred metres down to a couple of lookouts, with the main one being Cahill’s Lookout. Again, expect sweeping views of the Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary and Narrow Neck Plateau.

Of interest also, is Boars Head Rock. It’s a fascinating rocky outcrop which is a popular spot for climbers.

Peckman’s Plateau Lookout

Not far from Cahill’s Lookout, you’ll find a lesser-known lookout called Peckman’s Plateau Lookout. Barely known to tourists, you’ll be rewarded with sensational views of the Radiata Plateau from this lookout. If you’re very lucky and time your visit after heavy rainfall, it’s also possible to see a waterfall here known as Ethel Falls. But, we weren’t so lucky!

Beck hikes away from Peckman's Plateau Lookout. Dry eucalyptus forest covers the cliff faces as only one portion of cliff face remains tree free. The sky is mostly clear. One of the shortest Blue Mountains hiking trails.

Narrow Neck Lookout

Also close by is the Narrow Neck Lookout. After hiking on the plateau for sunrise at Castle Head, we were intrigued as to what views this lookout would provide. Although you can see Narrow Neck Plateau, your views are mostly impeded by the bushland that surrounds it. So, personally speaking, we weren’t overly impressed with this lookout. Although without any hiking involved, you won’t waste too much time if you’re interested in visiting this lookout.

Narrow Neck Lookout. An impeded view of the Narrow Neck Plateau.

Minnehaha Falls

For sure, Minnehaha Falls is a hidden gem and a star attraction of this Blue Mountains 3 Day itinerary. Similar to Lincoln’s Rock, Minnehaha Falls doesn’t fall within the Blue Mountains National Park. So, it’s actually managed by the Blue Mountains City Council. So, perhaps that’s why Minnehaha Falls isn’t as well known.

The descent to the base of the waterfall is very straightforward with a sturdy but steep set of metal steps. Keep in mind that just before you climb down the stairs, you’ll have your first view of the waterfall and it’s an awesome viewpoint!

Sure, the falls aren’t the largest in the Blue Mountains. But, that means that less rainfall is required to make them look powerful and spectacular. Make sure to spend some time at the beautiful natural swimming hole created by the falls. It’s one of your best opportunities for a wild swim in the Blue Mountains. Beware though, the water is very cold!

Sublime Point Lookout

A little further away in Leura is yet another fantastic lookout – the Sublime Point Lookout. After driving through the quaint town of Leura, you’ll arrive at a decently sized car park. From there, the Sublime Point Track is only a short walk, only a few hundred metres or so, that leads you to the lookout.

What you’ll see is Sublime Point, a beautifully green-covered valley, reminiscent of scenes we encountered at Mount Kaputar National Park. Dry eucalyptus forest dominates the valley floor, creating that all too familiar perfect blue haze in the distance. Mount Solitary also looms large in the distance.

Sublime Point Lookout. A green carpet covers the floor as surrounding ridges seem far away in the distance.

Lincoln’s Rock

Last but not least on your Blue Mountains long weekend away by car is Lincoln’s Rock located in the Wentworth Falls area. It’s yet another wonderous rock that forms part of Kings Tablelands. It’s easiest to find by following directions for 51 Little Switzerland Drive, Wentworth Falls. The car park is unsealed and horrendously bumpy. So with our 2WD, we parked slightly down the road. With a 4WD, it’s possible to park opposite the rock at the end of the road.

What separates Lincoln’s Rock from the other epic rock lookouts on the Prince Henry Cliff Walk is its size. The rock itself stretches over 50 metres! Similar to Olympian Rock is its incredible smooth white sandstone appearance. Take your time to marvel at the geology and appreciate the sweeping tableland views.

Here is some drone footage we took at Lincoln’s Rock.

Drone footage captures us on Lincoln's Rock. An incredibly large white rock creates a huge platform for extraordinary views of the surrounding dry eucalyptus filled valleys.

Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary Recap

With so many fantastic things to do and places to see in the Blue Mountains, it’s an impossible task to fit them all into a few days. Yet, by following this 3 day itinerary of the Blue Mountains, you’re guaranteed to enjoy an adventure-filled long weekend away. This itinerary certainly scratches the surface of the natural wonders and beauty that the Blue Mountains have to offer.

Certainly, this itinerary by car will help you experience an amazing 3 days in the Blue Mountains. Or, at the very least, even if you don’t follow this itinerary, this article will help you figure out what to do in the Blue Mountains when you visit.

Planning Your Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary

For more information and recommendations on things like transport, accommodation and hiking gear, as well as other Blue Mountains travel tips, please continue below. We’ll also cover details about other off-the-beaten-track things to do in the Blue Mountains so you can personally pick and choose your Blue Mountains itinerary, by car.

How to Get to the Blue Mountains

Below, we’ll look at the most popular ways to get to the Blue Mountains. This will include getting to the Blue Mountains by car and by train. Certainly, to complete this long Blue Mountains weekend getaway, you’ll want to do it by car.

Getting to the Blue Mountains By Car

Blue Mountains National Park is located west of Sydney. Depending on where you’re based in Sydney, it can take as little as 30 minutes or as long as two hours to drive to the Blue Mountains by car.

To follow this 3 Day Blue Mountains weekend away, we highly recommend getting around by car. Sure, getting a train to the Blue Mountains from Sydney is straightforward. But to maximise your time in the Blue Mountains, complete sunrise walks and explore hidden gems that are off the beaten track, it’s best to get around by car. Certainly, getting around the Blue Mountains by car gives you the ultimate freedom and flexibility with your trip.

All of the activities mentioned in this Blue Mountains long weekend itinerary are accessible with a 2WD car. But, take care when accessing some of the trailheads, particularly on Mount Hay Road. Perhaps, for peace of mind, a 4WD car would be best for this Blue Mountains long weekend away.

Car Hire

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If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.

To find out more about renting a car with Discover Cars, read our Discover Cars review and Discover Cars Insurance review.

Getting to the Blue Mountains By Train

Getting to the Blue Mountains by train (instead of by car) is very straightforward. We recommend using Google Maps and Transport NSW to help plan your journey. But, in reality, to complete this Blue Mountains itinerary, you’ll need to get around by car.

Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary: Accommodation

The Blue Mountains has many excellent accommodation options. For sure, the only way to complete this Blue Mountains itinerary is by car and by staying in the Blue Mountains. To book accommodation in the Blue Mountains, we recommend using Booking.com. You’ll find the best accommodation in Katoomba, Blackheath, Leura and Wentworth Falls.

Read more: 10 Best Blue Mountains Accommodation With A Spa

Where to Eat in the Blue Mountains

Below, you’ll find some suggestions for the best places to eat in the Blue Mountains during your weekend away.

  • Fumo Restaurant
  • Leura Garage
  • Silo’s Estate
  • Echoes Restaurant
  • Conservation Hut Cafe
  • Vesta Blackheath
  • Pins on Lurline
  • Bakehouse on Wentworth

Hiking Gear For This Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary

Here are some of hiking gear essentials that’ll hold you in good stead during this Blue Mountains 3 Day itinerary.

Osprey Skarab 30
Osprey Skarab 30

The Osprey Skarab 30 is our go-to hiking backpack for day hikes. This well-designed unisex backpack is comfortable and spacious, so you’ll have plenty of space to pack everything without feeling the strain on your upper back.

Osprey Ultralight Raincover
Osprey Ultralight Raincover

A waterproof backpack cover is an absolute must when you’re adventuring outdoors. The Osprey Ultralight Raincover Medium is a high-quality waterproof cover that’ll keep your backpack bone dry.

GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle
GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle

The GRAYL GeoPress is the best water filter bottle that allows you to purify 710mL (12 ounces) of water. This bottle will make water safe to drink wherever you’re hiking.

BUFF Original Ecostretch
BUFF Original Ecostretch

The BUFF Original Ecostretch is a great option when it comes to multifunctional headwear. We use the Ecostretch as a neck gaiter to keep the sun off our necks and it helps us keep warm in cooler climates.

Sony Cybershot RX100 VII
Sony Cybershot RX100 VII

Capture epic photos and videos with the Sony Cybershot RX100 VII. This is hands-down the best compact camera. We love using this simple point-and-shoot camera when we’re hiking as it’s lightweight and durable.

To find out more about all of the gear that we use and recommend, read our guides about our favourite hiking gear, travel gear and camera gear. Otherwise, read our comprehensive travel packing checklist.

Travel Insurance For This Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary

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Bonus Tips For This Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary

  • Be aware of crowds: by following this Blue Mountains itinerary by car, you’ll explore off the beaten track away from the crowds. But, after all, the Blue Mountains is a popular tourist destination so be prepared for crowds at some of the popular attractions.
  • Spend longer than 3 days: this itinerary only scratches the surface of the natural attractions in the Blue Mountains. Be sure to plan a longer trip if possible or just keep coming back for more weekends away in the Blue Mountains!
  • Always get approval to fly your drone in NSW National Parks: make sure to fill in the Recreational Drone Use Application Form at least 10 days before your visit and only fly in approved areas.
  • Prepare for cold weather: it can snow in the Blue Mountains in winter, so make sure you’re prepped with the right gear, particularly if you’re keen on those sunrise walks.
  • Parking: ensure you pay for parking if you don’t have a NSW National Parks Annual Pass. By having an Annual Pass, you’ll undoubtedly make your money back from a one or two-year pass if you explore NSW national parks regularly.

Ideas For Your Blue Mountains 3 Day Itinerary

As mentioned, there are so many excellent hidden gems to explore in the Blue Mountains. In reality, you’ll need weeks, if not months, to see all of the natural wonders in the area. Below, we’ll list some other fantastic places to visit, by area, that are off the beaten track, which you could visit as part of your long weekend away in the Blue Mountains.

If any of these places tickle your interest, feel free to substitute them into your Blue Mountains itinerary.

Glenbrook

  • Knapsack Bridge
  • Jellybean Pool
  • Blue Pool
  • Glenbrook Gorge
  • Red Hands Cave
  • Grey Hat Falls

In nearby Springwood, you could explore Sassafras Gully, while in Faulconbridge, you could chase more waterfalls – Numantia and Clarinda Falls.

Dan stands at a natural swimming hole called Jellybean Pool in the Glenbrook area of the Blue Mountains
Jellybean Pool

Hazelbrook

  • Terrace Falls
  • Horseshoe Falls Reserve
Terrace Falls

Lawson

  • South Lawson Waterfall Walk
  • North Lawson Waterfall Walk

Wentworth Falls

Leura and Katoomba

  • Pool of Siloam
  • Lyrebird Dell Walking Track
  • Dardanelles Pass
Pool of Siloam

Blackheath

  • Clifftop Walk
  • Pulpit Rock Track
  • Hat Hill Lookout
  • Porters Pass
  • The Grotto at Centennial Glen
Dan at a lookout near Govetts Leap Lookout called Laws Lookout in Blackheath during a walk on the Pulpit Rock Track
Pulpit Rock Track

Mount Victoria and Mount Wilson

An arch in a cave in the Blue Mountains
Dargan Arch

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We acknowledge and respect the First Nations people as the Traditional Custodians of the land/water that we visited and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.

Daniel Piggott

Physiotherapist turned travel blogger, Dan is a keen hiker, natural wonder seeker and world traveller. He loves writing travel guides to help his readers explore the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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