To the west of Sydney's metropolitan area lie the Blue Mountains, a range that makes up for its lack of imposing height with breathtaking rock formations, fulfilling day hikes, and some worthwhile adventures. The majority of travelers will paint the area with a broad brush, taking the Katoomba Scenic Railway (listed as owning the steepest rail gradient in the world) and the Scenic Skyway, a glass-bottomed cable car, that will provide a stellar perspective on the thick, eucalyptus-dashed topography. If you're one for detached leisure or a quick check mark in the "Blue Mountains" box, then this is fine. If you're more of a hands-on adventurer, then consider the following rock climbing, abseiling, and hiking options.
The hikes in Katoomba are noteworthy, whether you want to take the Giant Staircase down from Echo Point to Werrong Falls or break off toward Katoomba Falls instead, you'll find yourself always in sight of the 900 meter tall triple stack of rocks called the Three Sisters. There are a ton of evocative ridge, waterfall, and even aboriginal rock cave (Walls Cave) hikes in both the Blackheath and Wentworth Falls areas, while there are even treks that will bring you into adjacent Wollemi National Park.
For those that consider the spider a fitting role model, there are plenty of places to climb as well, with Sublime Point and Boars Head providing intermediate level ascension with the spectacular views that region is known for. We've included an adventure tour operator in the region and a whole lot more hiking options for those of who unwillingly to settle for just a cable car ride.