Blue Mountains - Katoomba YHA

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Things to do in Blue Mountains - Katoomba YHA

Escape to the Blue Mountains and explore this World Heritage area that is famous for its dramatic scenery, bushwalking and adventure activities. Try abseiling, canyoning, mountain biking, Jenolan Caves tour, or just enjoy the local shops and cafes. There is also a cosy and friendly log fireplace to enjoy a hot chocolate in front of after a long day. 

Live music is offered in local venues (Wed-Sun), along with backpacker activities, and night walks.

At the hostel

Bbq night

Spend your Saturday night with us and join us for a BBQ dinner!

Outside area

Board game night

Challenge your new friends to a board game or two! Check out our free Board Game night every Monday.

Lounge Area

Fitness class

Stretch your muscles at our free fitness class!


Ice cream night

Enjoy ice cream in the lounge with a gold coin donation.

Sunday nights
Communal dining hall

Movie night

Relax and watch a movie with your fellow hostellers, popcorn included.

Thursday nights
TV room

Outdoor chess/WII Olympics

Checkmate! Enjoy a game of chess with our giant outdoor chess set. Not keen on chess? Challenge yourself in our Wii Olympics competition.


Self guided bushwalk

Discover the beauty of the Blue Mountains for yourself! Ask reception for the map and instructions for this awesome self guided bushwalk.


Tours & activities related to this hostel

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1 Day Blue Mountains Explore the Wilderness

If you are fit, active and love bush walks then this is the tour for you! Explore waterfalls, rainforest, the 3 Sisters plus a wildlife park. Choose to do the day tour or why not stay overnight.

Please book a minimum of 3 days in advance for this tour

Escape the city and start the day with a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park. This hands – on experience gives you the opportunity to see and touch Australian wildlife up close, have a photo with a koala, hand feed a kangaroo and see all your Aussie favorites.

Join an eco-accredited guide as they take you on an amazing bushwalk through the World Heritage national park. Stone hop across a stream, follow the edge of the cliff, see awesome views, take great photos from lookouts and see a stunning waterfall.

After a big bushwalk, enjoy a tasty picnic lunch made with fresh local produce. See the famous Three Sisters rock formation, one of the most iconic images in Australia. The views overlooking the Jamison Valley are incredible! As well as getting that classic photo, you'll hear the stories of the local Aboriginal legends.

Next you’ll discover the Furber Steps, a path cut into the side of the cliff. Descend into the valley surrounded by rainforest, see waterfalls and stunning views of valley and Three Sisters. At the bottom you can choose to take the famous Scenic Railway back to the top (own expense) or challenge yourself to return via the steps.

A medium level of fitness is required to join this trip.

Why not also stay the night after the tour in the popular Blue Mountains YHA hostel in Katoomba and explore more bush walks, try abseiling or take a local tour to Jenolan Caves. The overnight option will include 1 night shared accommodation. You will need to return by local train to Sydney which is approximately $10 and takes 2 hours.

* Prices for the overnight package from 1 April will include the opal card train ticket and continental breakfast

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1 Day Blue Mountains Scenic Tour

If you are in Sydney and short on time this tour will suit! Visit the Blue Mountains, hand feed kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park and come back to Sydney on a River Cruise!

This Blue Mountains tour suits all ages and is perfect for travellers who want to see a few attractions in 1 day!

Visit the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and see the essential tourist destinations, including Echo Point with views of the Jamison Valley and the Three Sisters. Stop at Wentworth Falls with a short optional bushwalk and follow the scenic Cliff Drive with magnificent views over the Megalong Valley.

Learn about the aboriginal legends and the blue haze phenomenon of the Blue Mountains. Browse through the antique and craft shops at historic Leura and go back in time at the Candy Store, an old-time lolly shop.

Tour award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park - take a close up photo beside a cuddly koala, hand feed kangaroos, see wombats, crocodiles and more! Two course lunch is included and on the way home enjoy a relaxing river cruise along the Parramatta River.

You also have the option to add the Scenic World Rides which includes a one way ride on the Cableway, Skyway and Railway.

Please Note: When booking this tour, tell us where you will be staying the night before the tour so we can arrange the closest pick up point for you.

Why not combine this tour with an overnight stay at our beautiful YHA Katoomba hostel in the Blue Mountains. See our package Blue Mountains Overnight Escape

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Blue Mountains Overnight Escape

Combine our popular Scenic 1 day tour with an overnight stay at YHA Katoomba. You can chill out the second day, tour Jenolan Caves or be adventurous and go abseiling!
This tour combines our popular 1 day guided Scenic Tour of Blue Mountains from Sydney where you will visit all the highlights including Featherdale Wildlife Park on the way. You will then be dropped off at the YHA Katoomba hostel where the tour will end and you will have 1 night dormitory accommodation included. You can unwind and enjoy some free time.

The second day is a free day to do more walks in the area or simply relax.

You can also choose to add an optional tour on the second day:

* Join a local guided tour to Jenolan Caves which includes admission to either Lucas or Chifley Caves. Coach tour departs daily form Katoomba YHA at 10.35am and will return to Katoomba by 5.00pm.


* 1/2 day abseil adventure. The abseiling starts with a beginner friendly 5 metre high cliff. Your instructors are close at hand to encourage and explain the techniques. The tour departs Katoomba -Blue Mountains YHA. at 9.00am and will end by 1pm.

This package departs daily.

You will need to catch the train back from Katoomba Station to Sydney Central. Trains take approx 2 hours and cost about $10. There are regular departures. Timetables can be viewed on

The package also excludes all meals except for lunch on Day 1 and will exclude the return river cruise which is included on the day trip option as you will be making your own way back by train. Scenic World rides are also an additional cost.

FREE things to do in Katoomba

  1. Adventure on the beautiful hour-long Three Sisters Walk, and prepare for some serious 'Gram potential!
  2. Go one better and tackle the two hour Laura Cascados walk
  3. Dazzle your senses with the sunset at Cahill's Lookout
  4. Trek it to The Ruined Castle - A beautiful rock formation that offers great views over the valley as far as Wentworth Falls and Katoomba

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