Best times to visit the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains, located 90 minutes from Sydney, is a popular destination for a mini-break. Visitors can enjoy natural attractions, scenic views, and cozy cottages for a relaxing getaway. Book a Blue Mountain tour and explore this marvellous region.

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When should I visit the Blue Mountains?

The Blue Mountains in NSW have been famous among Sydneysiders seeking a more relaxed retreat. The region is known for experiencing all four seasons, with autumn bringing vibrant colours, winter seeing snowfall, spring showcasing blooming gardens, and summer offering a cooler climate than the nearby flatlands.

Seasonal festivals in the Mountains offer a variety of events that celebrate harvest, culture, arts, and recreation specific to each time of year. Visitors can enjoy a busy social calendar with different themes, providing opportunities to create new memories with each visit.


As summer heats up, Sydneysiders make a beeline for the coast, leaving the Blue Mountains relatively quiet, with fewer guests in hotels and a general air of calm, only punctuated by the vibrant chorus of cicadas. However, the season presents an ideal opportunity for bushwalks in the more excellent morning and evening hours, exploring the diverse paths of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Here, you can find respite from the warmth in the shadowy depths of canyons, cool down in a river swimming spot, or beneath the refreshing mist of waterfalls cascading down the sandstone cliffs.

Experience the cliffs glow under the setting sun at one of the Megalong Valley's cellar doors, enjoying local wines alongside a cheese or ploughman's platter, or visit the Terrace Bar at Scenic World or The Lookout by Echo Point for a celebratory drink during the magical golden hour as the shadows stretch over the Jamison Valley. The warm summer nights transition into deep, star-filled skies, perfect for stargazing through telescopes on a guided night tour with Blue Mountains Stargazing.

Over the summer break, the prehistoric rainforests at the bottom of the Jamison Valley burst into life with the roar of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, thanks to the annual Dinosaur Valley exhibit at Scenic World. In January, the Sport for Jove theatre company usually offers open-air performances of Shakespearean comedies in the enchanting Everglades Gardens of Leura, providing a perfect backdrop for the plays' whimsical tales. The Lady Luck Festival also occurs in January at the historic Carrington Hotel, celebrating rockabilly culture and vintage flair.



As the weather turns brisk and the leaves on the majestic oaks along the avenues of Leura, Blackheath, and Mount Wilson shift from gold to crimson and umber before cascading to the earth in a crisp blanket, the "leaf peepers" flock to the area, capturing Instagram-worthy snapshots of the Blue Mountains in its most striking autumn attire. Some of the area's most magnificent gardens open their gates to visitors in this remarkable season.

 Autumn doubles as the Blue Mountains' harvest period, with the cooler months' bounty presented on the plates of the area's top eateries. You can also explore farm gates along the Bells Line of Road route. Apple, chestnut, and stone fruit farms in Bilpin welcome visitors for "pick your own" adventures; there's also the chance to hunt for mushrooms and truffles in the pine forests of Oberon, nestled at the foot of the Mountains. Come May, the annual Leura Harvest Festival transforms the charming Mall at Leura into a pedestrian zone, with booths brimming with fresh produce, honey, wine, and baked treats.

The Equinox – Autumn Celebration of the Senses festival kicked off in 2022 as part of a bushfire recovery initiative. It has since established itself as a yearly occurrence spanning four weekends in March-April. It offers complimentary and paid experiences, incorporating traditional events like the long-established Blue Mountains Music Festival, and each weekend is themed uniquely: taste, listen, touch, see. From creative workshops and wellness retreats to nature activities and engaging performances, this festival captures what makes the Blue Mountains extraordinary. In May, the UltraTrail beckons fitness enthusiasts to the mountains for Australia's leading running challenge and the most extensive trail run in the Southern Hemisphere.


Fog winding through the valleys, the snap and crackle of log fires, piping hot bevies, and the hush of falling snow... when the air turns brisk, the Blue Mountains truly shine, unveiling a slew of celebrations that embrace the wintry nip. It's the prime moment to get the blood pumping with a brisk walk along the cliff tops, down into the valleys, or soak in the scenery from a lookout before darting back inside to defrost. And if it snows, brace yourself for sheer delight – there's nothing quite like lobbing snowballs, crafting snow angels, or sledding down a hill in the powdery white.

Since the 1980s, the Blue Mountains have been at the heart of Australia's Yulefest revelries. Christmas in July is observed with enthusiasm at various hotels, eateries, and even vineyards, offering multi-course lavish spreads brimming with festive fare – and even appearances by Santa himself. The festivities commence with an annual winter solstice ball at the storied Carrington Hotel, continuing through July and August.

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 Centred around the winter solstice, the Winter Magic Festival is a cherished community festivity on Katoomba's car-free main drag that appeals to the earthy mystic in everyone – picture eccentric costumes, enchantment, drumming circles, fire dances, market booths, and art displays. A newbie but quickly becoming a yearly tradition, Katoomba Snowmania inspires local businesses to beautify their storefronts with snowmen fashioned from quirky recycled materials, inviting the public to vote for the pick of the bunch.


As the days grow longer and warmer, the Mountains come alive with a kaleidoscope of colours, as shop fronts and gardens brimming with exotic, cool-weather species awaken from their winter sleep. Public gardens like Everglades or the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah become a spectacle with their lush carpets of daffodils, vibrant beds of irises, towering rhododendrons, and exuberant displays of azaleas and camellias; meanwhile, Leura Mall's renowned cherry blossoms are at their most photogenic.

 Officially a tad beyond the Blue Mountains, the erstwhile coal-mining village of Lithgow has transformed into a bastion of the bizarre, hosting what's arguably the nation's top Halloween fest, renowned for being the biggest and most eccentric.

 Sneak a look at opulent manors and gardens with a century's history during the Leura Garden Festival, spanning four days around the long weekend of October. Concurrently, Blackheath throws its annual Rhododendron Festival in November, featuring a community parade, an art show, and market stalls. Come October, the literati flock to the Blue Mountains Writers' Festival for an array of workshops and discussions led by some of Australia's most eminent writers.