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Published November 20th 2017
Wind your way across this 'edge-of-the-world' drive
Feel like you are a world away with the Greater Blue Mountains Drive: Discovery Trail, filled with sky-high mountains, endless lush valleys and winding roads. Wind your way through the 'edge-of-the-world' as you are surrounded by cliff-tops, an array of lookouts that will steal your breath away, picnic areas and spectacular walking tracks that will have you in awe!

The magical Blue Mountains.

Galleries, museums, cafes, gardens and accommodation are also points of interest along the route of this breathtaking and wonderful Discovery Trail Blue Mountains Drive.

The Discovery Trail offers scenic views for native bushland.

The drive is 36 km one way, approximately one-hour on sealed suburban roads, and at times busy suburban streets with many intersections, as well as winding roads.

Be sure to take care on the spectacular winding roads that offer breathtaking views of the Mountains and surrounds.

This magnificent tourist Discovery Drive begins at Narrow Neck Road, Katoomba and finishes at The Valley of the Waters Picnic Area, Wentworth Falls.

There are no shortages of awe-inspiring views on the Discovery Trail Drive.

This 'edge-of-the-world' drive is part of the awe-inspiring Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and features a jam-packed discovery of spectacular lookouts and some of the best short walks across the Blue Mountains region.

Breathtaking views can be seen from the first Lookout stop at Cahills Lookout.

Begin the drive on the western side of Katoomba, at the northern end of Narrow Neck Road and turn onto Cliff Drive, Katoomba from here follow the road till you reach the first attraction on the drive- Cahills Lookout. Here you will be welcomed to Boars Lookout, followed by Cahills Lookout.

There are many stops on the Discovery Trail to stop and stretch your legs as you enjoy the views.

Follow the road back onto Narrow Neck Road and round to Narrow Neck Lookout (a scenic detour via Glenraphael Drive offers a picturesque diversion) then continue along Cliff Drive, where an array of Lookouts are awaiting your arrival.

Enjoy a picnic at Narrow Neck Lookout before getting back on the road.

Hildas Lookout, Cyclorama Point, Landslide Lookout and Scenic World are the next stops. If you do have time, a visit to Scenic World will leave you absolutely speechless with the beautiful landscape scenes. And if you are a thrill seeker, then the world's steepest passenger railway on the Scenic Railway will certainly hit that thrill spot! Glide between cliff tops as you gaze at rainforest canopies with the Skyway ride. Panoramic views of the World Heritage Site of Blue Mountains can be seen with the Scenic Cableway and enjoy spectacular rainforest walks.

Hildas Lookout offers amazing views of surrounding bushland, sandstone cliffs and the spectacular mountains.

Scenic World makes a great stop for some adrenaline adventure.

Continue driving on Cliff Drive, stopping on the way to admire the breathtaking views from the several Lookouts as you make your way to the next attraction stop on the Drive: Katoomba Falls Picnic Area, a track-head for the walking track network.

Experience unspoiled views at Landslide Lookout.

After stretching your legs with the numerous tranquil rainforest walks head to Echo Point, following the signs. There is ticketed street parking near the Visitor Information Centre. From here, you will witness the famous and iconic Three Sisters and Mount Solitary.

Be sure to stop at Katoomba Falls - the awe-inspiring rainforest walk certainly awakens all your senses.

Enjoy the lookouts and several walks ranging from short strolls to strenuous hikes, including the Giant Stairway! Continue back to Cliff Drive proceeding round the edge of lush bushes, passing Silver Mist Park and Honeymoon Lookout to Leura Cascades- a pit stop at these amazing attractions is a must!

The Giant Stairway offers views of the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley

Cliff drive ends shortly after. From here, turn left into Leura Mall then right onto Craigend Street and follow the signs down to Sublime Point Road to stop at Sublime Point lookout- where after an easy short walk, you will be welcomed by majestic views.

Keep an eye out along the Discovery Trail Drive for hidden bushwalks and lookouts, like this one we discovered on Cliff Drive.

After Sublime Lookout, follow the signs back to Sydney, back out to the Great Western Highway. Turn left, go under the railway underpass and then immediately right. Follow the signs along Sinclair Crescent to the lovely Wentworth Falls Lake. This is such a wonderful, peaceful spot to enjoy a picnic, scenic strolls, and canoeing opportunities. There are also two state-of-the-art playgrounds for the little ones to enjoy.

There are many scenic views to admire on the Trail.

After enjoying a peaceful moment or two at Wentworth Falls Lake, continue along Sinclair Crescent till you reach the Highway, turn right at the traffic lights and then turn left onto Falls Road and down to Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, where an array of walks and lookouts await. There is plenty of free parking here.

Wentworth Falls Lake offers the perfect tranquil rest stop along the trail.

The final stop is The Valley of the Waters Picnic Area, which can be reached by driving a short way back along Falls Road and then a left turn onto Fletcher Street.

There are two playgrounds at Wenworth Falls for the little ones to enjoy.

The Discovery Trail makes a wonderful and great day out and it is the perfect way to discover gems and moments of tranquillity with untouched nature.

Echo Point and Three Sisters is a popular stop on this Trail.

Some of the highlights on the Drive include:

- Echo Point and the mighty Three Sisters.
- Leura Cascades Walk.
- Katoomba Cascades, walks & lookouts.
- Wentworth Falls Lake & walks.
- Cliff Drive Lookouts.
- The Valley of the Waters walking tracks at three different levels of escarpment.

The easy and short walkway to Spooners Lookout at Three Sisters is another great stop to stretch the legs and absorb the stunning natural atmosphere.


- Do ensure you leave early, so you can truly appreciate the discoveries and make a whole day out discovering the Discovery Drive.

- Take snacks and plenty of water, or pack a picnic basket to enjoy at one of the many highlight attractions on the Drive.

- Fuel up a full tank before heading to the Mountains. You do not want to waste time trying to find a Petrol Station!

- Do not stand on the cliff edges and always keep children at least one-metre away from cliff edges. I do not need to tell you what will happen if you accidentally slip!

- Do not touch or feed wildlife, including birds. Do not feed the ducks at Wentworth Falls Lake, as this can make them quite ill and even cause death.

- Always be prepared for sudden weather changes. Keep a wind-proof jacket in the car as some lookouts can get quite windy.

- Make sure you always take all your rubbish with you and leave only your footprints behind.

- Do check out my Bushwalking Tips article- which will come in handy if you are planning on conquering some of the bushwalks, rainforest walks and leisure walks along the Drive.

- Final tip, enjoy and immerse yourself in the beauty of untouched nature!

The Valley of Waters is the end of the spectacular and breathtaking Greater Blue Mountains Drive: Discovery Trail Blue Mountains Drive.

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Why? Discovery the wonders of the Blue Mountains
When: All year round
Where: Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, & Blue Mountains region
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great article! Can you bring dogs or is it all National Park? Thanks
by jajsh (score: 2|148) 752 days ago
Thank you, jajsh :) All the stops along the drive are National Parks.
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|508) 751 days ago
Yes, wentworth falls is excellent. but bring your food and drink around there.
by dond (score: 1|50) 750 days ago
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