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Visitor Information -- You can pick up maps, walking guides, and other information and book accommodations at Blue Mountains Tourism, Echo Point Road, Katoomba, (tel. 1300/653 408 in Australia; www.visitbluemountains.com.au). The information center is an attraction itself, with glass windows overlooking a gum forest, and cockatoos and lorikeets feeding on seed dispensers. It’s open from 9am to 5pm daily (closed Christmas Day).

The Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, end of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath (tel. 02/4787 8877; www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au), is run by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and offers detailed information about the Blue Mountains National Park. Its open daily from 9am to 4:30pm (closed Christmas Day).

Another good website is www.bluemts.com.au.

Timing Is Everything: When to Visit

If you can, try to visit the Blue Mountains on weekdays, when most Sydneysiders are at work and prices are lower. Note that the colder winter months (June–Aug) are the busiest season.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.