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Visiting the Blue Mountains

By Viator, June 2015

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The Blue Mountains are just a hop, skip and a jump from the bustling city of Sydney - and yet they feel a world away. Quaint little villages, gorgeous national parks and the change in atmosphere that comes with being at a slightly different altitude are a world away from one of Australia's most visited cities.

Katoomba, Leura, Springwood, Wentworth Falls, Blackheath – the names sound like something out of a children’s book. Yet these places are quite real, and some of the most popular towns in the Blue Mountains. Katoomba is home to the Three Sisters and Scenic World (an attraction that capitalizes on the amazing views the mountains offer), Leura is the most picturesque village in the mountains, Springwood is the second largest town and the starting point for several amazing bushwalks.

Wentworth Falls has the most beautiful bushwalks of all the mountains’ towns, including the waterfall from which it gets its name. Blackheath is the colonial village of the Blue Mountains, and hosts the Rhododendron Festival in November next year. Other places in the Blue Mountains we haven’t mentioned include Medlow Bath and the stunning Jenolan Caves.  

The Blue Mountains are a World Heritage Listed area and one of the most popular tourist attractions in NSW outside of Sydney itself. Listed for its biodiversity and cultural significance, the Blue Mountains are a beautiful place to take a day hike. The land traditionally belonged to six Aboriginal language groups, and it is their myths and legends that inform many of the landmarks in the region, such as the Three Sisters story and the name of Jenolan Caves.

When visiting the Blue Mountains, there are a few things you shouldn’t miss. The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba celebrates the environment, history and culture of the region. Continue heading away from the Great Western Highway to get to Echo Point – the lookout here overlooks the Three Sisters and the Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness. Scenic World is also worth a look-in. Ride down the incline railway or take a cable-car ride across the Jamison Valley.

The Blue Mountains – and the Australian bush that covers them – is best discovered by bushwalking. The hike toe the Valley of the Waters on the National Pass Trail in Wentworth Falls is a firm favourite and takes around 3-4 to complete. The most accessible walk would have to be the Platform Walk at Scenic World in Katoomba. Leura Cascades is another short walk with stunning scenery, and the Waterfall Walk in Mt Wilson is a 1 hour trek past mossy grottoes.

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Blue Mountains Day Trip and River Cruise

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Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 10 hours

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Blue Mountains 4WD Tour

Location: Katoomba, Australia
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $179.19

Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Day Tour from Sydney

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Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes

From USD $107.22

Blue Mountains Small-Group Day Trip from Sydney

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Duration: 10 hours

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Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves Motorcoach Day Tour

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Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $121.62

Blue Mountain Small-Group Day Hikes from Sydney

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 6 hours

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Blue Mountains Scenic Helicopter Trip from Sydney

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Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 5 hours

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Blue Mountains Deluxe Overnight Eco Experience - Small Group (2-day)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 days / 1 night

From USD $480.71

3-Day Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley Small-Group Eco-Tour

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Duration: 3 days

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