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Blue Mountains National Park

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Mountain range
Photograph: Unsplash/Jacques Bopp

Time Out says

There’s a very good reason why the epic vistas of the Blue Mountains are World Heritage listed. Several in fact. Firstly, it has some of the most breathtaking geological formations, gorges and waterfalls anywhere in the country, many of which are important sacred sites for the Gundungurra and Darug peoples who have called these lands home for thousands of generations. Secondly it is home to a unique diversity of vegetation, including certain species of eucalypts that are found here and nowhere else in the world. It’s also one of the largest national parks of its type (the top spot goes to Kosciuszko National Park, also in NSW), covering more than a million hectares. It’s almost beyond belief that such world-beating natural wonders are a mere 65km from Sydney’s CBD. Start your day trip at the park's cultural centre, where you'll find restroom facilities, visitor information and helpful guides on the area's rich heritage.

Planning to stay for a while? Check out the best accommodation options in the Blue Mountains region.


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What’s on


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A pretty cool astronomical event which happens two times a year, an equinox is when the earth's axis is tilted neither towards or away from the sun, resulting in equal amounts of daylight and darkness for all regions over the world at the same time. The event has great meaning to people all over the world – and many cultures and religions choose to celebrate it, from Persian New Year to witchy pagan rituals. Here in New South Wales, the Blue Mountains is your place to be, with the month-long festival of the senses, aptly called Equinox Festival. Now in its second year, Equinox will welcome the start of autumn by showcasing the creative, culinary and natural magic of the mountains. From March 10 to April 2 the weekends will be packed with free and ticketed events that play on the senses – thematically divided into Taste (March 10-12), Hear (March 17-19), Feel (March 24-26) and See (March 31-April 2). Highlights include the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues featuring more than 110 concerts, as well as songwriter and instrumental circles; the Equinox Masquerade Ball at the opulent Carrington Hotel; and a delicious, cooking-with-fire Lebanese Feast at the Boilerhouse Restaurant, where you can immerse yourself into the culinary world of the Middle East, complete with fire breathers. Plus, the Somewhere Over the Rainbow brunch at Victoria and Albert will celebrate community, inclusion, joy and live music; a four-course magical Candlelight Dinner at the Lookout

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