The Blue Mountains attract a flurry of activity from tourists and locals alike all year but the World Heritage site is especially dreamy during winter. Setting the scene for your festive adventures are frosted trees, twinkling lights, hot toddies and generous dustings of snow, enough to tempt us away from our heaters. Now that we’ve entered the coldest month of the year, the chances of seeing snow are high and we’re crossing our fingers for some Instagrammable scenes in the mountains.
That said, snowfall in the area can be sporadic and unpredictable with little to no warning so make sure you check the weather forecast before heading out. Alternatively, keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology’s Twitter page for regular updates. Here are some of the loveliest places to see snow in the Blue Mountains.
1. Wentworth Falls
Wentworth Falls is the perfect snowy escape from Sydney and a picture-perfect sight when it snows. Its proximity to Sydney, at just a 1hr 20min drive from the CBD, or 90min by train from Central Station makes it an excellent location to escape to if the snow arrives unannounced. Don’t forget to carry some Toboggans for a fun slide down the slopes. The Wentworth Falls Lake is another excellent spot to see the snow.
Katoomba has traditionally always enjoyed snowfall in the past years so if you’re hoping to experience snow near Sydney this year, this is the place to go to. Located about 90 minutes drive from Sydney, in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Katoomba offers spectacular views and many lovely waterfalls.
A bit further afield is Blackheath, around 10 minutes from Katoomba. With stunning cliff-top lookouts and amazing walks, it’s a lovely town to escape to when the din of the city gets a bit much. The fact that it’s located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, between Katoomba and Mount Victoria also means that it’s the ideal spot to see snow in the area.
4. Blue Mountains National Park
Looking for a true winter wonderland experience? The Blue Mountains National Park is the place to be during the winter months. Home to the Three Sisters rock formation, the national park is a postcard-perfect spot to see snow in the Blue Mountains. We recommend seeing the snow from Scenic World where you can enjoy the views on the iconic scenic skyway or the world’s steepest railway. There are also stunning rainforests to explore in the area.
5. Mount Victoria
With its historic charm and natural landscapes, the village of Mount Victoria is a great stop if you’re exploring the Blue Mountains area. Being situated at the highest point of the Blue Mountains also means that the chances to see snowfall in the area are very high. Hit the road this winter and head to Mount Victoria Memorial Park for a dreamy scene fit for your Instagram feed.
We saved the best for last. Located on the western fringe of the Greater Blue Mountains, Oberon is one of the best places in NSW to see snow. Previous years have seen generous snowfall in the area so for a sure-shot chance at seeing snow, this picturesque town should be top of your list. Oberon typically enjoys four to five snowfalls every year so it’s a reliable option if you’re keen on a snowy adventure.