Visiting the Blue Mountains

Just 90 minutes from Sydney by car, two hours by train, the Blue Mountains has some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions. With dramatic views over the deep valley troughs gouged out over millions of years, the lookouts at Wentworth FallsGovetts Leap and Echo Point are spectacular.

The Three Sisters Katoomba from  Visit NSW

The Three Sisters Katoomba from Visit NSW

Experience wonders at Scenic World, where the glass-topped carriages of the Scenic Railway take you on a heart-stopping ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley. Or jump aboard the Scenic Skyline and journey high over the canyon for superb views of the Three Sisters and beyond. 

The Blue Mountains' many bush walks include easy strolls to longer walks which lead from the clifftops into the depths of the valleys. The Six Foot Track is a more challenging three-day walk along the old coach road between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves. You can also enjoy many mountain bike trails

The Jenolan Caves is a world-class wonderland, a labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves sculpted by underground rivers. Explore on fantastic guided cave tours. You can also enjoy lunch in the restaurant and stay overnight in iconic Jenolan Caves House, a popular wilderness getaway since 1896. 

Wentworth Falls picnic area is a great base to explore the lush world of rainforests and waterfalls along a range of spectacular walking tracks to suit all the family. The leisurely Charles Darwin walk to the Overcliff-Undercliff track is an ideal area for birdwatching and enjoying the Blue Mountains National Park

There are many fabulous cultural experiences, from the Blue Mountains Music Festival to the colourful Katoomba Street Art Walk, which features world-standard street art. Visit Waradah Aboriginal Centre, a vibrant hub of Aboriginal culture with dance and didgeridoo performances throughout the day. 

You will find many restaurants and cafes, from the family-friendly Cafe 2773 to the Asian-inspired surrounds of Miss Lillian Teahouse. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is an annex of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden and a book of botanical wonders, also home to The Potager restaurant.  

The Blue Mountains delivers outstanding accommodation, from cottages and cabins to luxury resorts. Lilianfels Resort & Spa is a glamorous boutique establishment near spectacular Echo Point. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley also brings a generous serving of sophistication.


Do I need a visa to enter Australia?

Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australia visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home.

Australian visa information

All general information you need to apply for Visa including waiting times/costs are here:

Visa finder link at Dept. of Home Affairs website:

Summary of visitor visas:

COUNTRY: USA, Singapore

  • Type: Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (subclass 601)

  • Cost: Free (service charge of AUD20 applies for online applications only)

  • Processing time: Most cases, immediately. Some applications can need extra processing.

COUNTRY: Europe (most)

  • Type: eVisitor (subclass 651)

  • Cost: Free

  • Processing time: 1-2 days

COUNTRY: India, Rwanda,

  • Type: Visitor visa (subclass 600)

  • Cost: AUD140

  • Processing time: Tourist 17-31 days / Business visitor 10-19 days


How to get to Sydney, Australia and the Conference Location

Most major airlines have direct flights to Sydney Australia, coming from all the major cities in the world. Some flights might come via Singapore, LA or Dubai, depending on what direction you are traveling from. Getting to Australia can take time but once here, it is worth the trip.

The conference venue, the Fairmont Resort Leura ,is situated in the beautiful Blue Mountains, 90mins west of Sydney airport and city centre.

The Blue Mountains can be reached by train, bus or car.

Getting to Leura

From the airport:

Trains run regularly from Sydney airport to Leura station for details go here:

Penrith Bus Company runs a shuttle service to the Blue Mountains

Driving time from Sydney Airport is approximately 1.5 hours.  If you would like to explore Leura and its surrounds, we recommend you hire a car as public transport is limited.

Conference Venue

Fairmont Resort

Address: 1 Sublime Point, Leura NSW, Australia.