The stunning Blue Mountains is a wonderful place just a couple of hours drive from Sydney. There is so much to do and see in the region, you’ll be in for an action packed day. Pick up a car from a Sydney Airport car rental or a Hertz rental near your hotel and enjoy the drive.
The Blue Mountains is a beautiful place in all seasons. If you’re travelling in summer, it can get very hot so make sure you drink a lot of water. If you’re travelling in winter be sure to dress in plenty of clothing as the mountains can get quite cold.
What is there to do when you get there?
The options in the Blue Mountains are endless. Here are some of things you can do or see in the Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters is a spectacular rock formation visible from Echo Point in Katoomba. According to Aboriginal legend, the rocks represent three sisters who were turned to stone. The tallest of the sisters is approximately 922 metres tall. Surrounded by the Blue Mountains (you’ll see why they call them blue when you get there), the Three Sisters are definitely worth seeing.
From Echo Point, you can talk a bushwalk down the Giant Stairway (800 steps) into the valley below. You can then follow a one and a half kilometre trail to the base of Katoomba Falls.
No trip to Australia, and certainly no trip to the Blue Mountains, is complete without a walk through the bush. A walk through the bush will give you a great opportunity to see native Australian flora, and maybe even fauna. Park your Sydney rental car and walk along one of the Blue Mountains’ many trails. There are a number of different walks to choose from all with different vantage points of the sites and valleys.
Scenic World gives you the opportunity to see the Blue Mountains in unique ways. Scenic World offers a variety of attractions including:
The Scenic Railway - the steepest incline railway in the world. Hop onboard the Scenic Railway and travel down a 415 metre descent into the gorgeous valley hidden down below. From here you can take a walk through the rainforest along the Scenic Walkway.
The Scenic Walkway - over two kilometres of boardwalk winding through the rainforest. Get in touch with nature and maybe even learn something new with the help of information boards scattered along the boardwalk. These boards containing interesting facts about the history of the valley and the local flora and fauna.
The Scenic Cableway - the steepest aerial cable car in Australia. Travelling 545 metres downwards, The Scenic Cableway will take you right into the heart of Jamieson Valley, a World Heritage Listed rainforest.
The Scenic Skyway - a cable car that travels across the Jamieson valley suspended at approximately 270 feet. Not only does the Scenic Skyway provide a unique vantage point to view the valley as well as Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and Mount Solitary, the Scenic Skyway has an electro-glass floor. This means as you glide across the valley, you can look right through the floor at the valley below.
Situated within the area is the quaint town of Leura. Leura is a popular place to visit filled with boutique stores, galleries and cafes. There’s also a Toy and Railway Museum, a range of walks and Cliff Drive which leads to bushwalks and Leura Cascades.
The Jenolan Caves
Another natural wonder found in the Blue Mountains is the Jenolan Caves. Scientists have determined that the Jenolan Caves are approximately 340 million years old. Ten of the many Jenolan Caves are open for visitors with tours running underground daily. The different tours give you a chance to explore these incredible caves, an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.
If you’re a little more on the adventurous side take part in the Jenolan Cave Adventure Caving activities which involve abseiling down into the underground with nothing but a head torch to light the way. It will be challenging but once you arrive into untouched caves you’ll reap the rewards.
Or, if you’re game enough to come after dark, a number of tours run at night including the Legends, Mysteries and Ghosts tour which will have your hair standing on end.
The easiest way to get to the Jenolan Caves is by driving. Utilise your rental car and enjoy the spectacular scenery along the journey.
There is so much to see and do in the Blue Mountains, you could easily spend much more than a day. If you’re short on time, however, it’s worth the drive just to spend the day exploring the wonders that the region has to offer.