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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Blue Mountain Small-Group Day Hikes from Sydney

Enjoy a memorable day hike immersed in the natural beauty of Australia on this guided walking tour that explores the Blue Mountains. Leave busy Sydney behind and go off the beaten track to discover the natural wonders of the World Heritage-listed national park with an experienced guide. Walk on trails through lush rainforest and over craggy valleys to enjoy unparalleled views of the countryside, traveling with a small group limited to 15 people. Choose from two hike options suitable for different levels of fitness.


  • Full-day hiking tour in the Blue Mountains from Sydney
  • Get away from the crowds and discover the beauty of the Blue Mountains on foot
  • Choose from options to suit varying levels of fitness
  • Explore with confidence in the company of the professional guide
  • Includes morning tea and gourmet picnic lunch
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures a more intimate nature hike

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What You Can Expect

Blue Mountain Small-Group Day Hikes from Sydney

Blue Mountains Hiking

Your day in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains starts with morning pickup at select Sydney hotels. Then travel in a comfortable climate-controlled minivan for approximately two hours to reach the starting point for your hike.

You have two hiking options suitable for different levels fitness and challenge (see details under Itinerary below). Your guide sets a comfortable pace for the hikes, and you can stop often for photo ops and water breaks. Both hike options include morning tea and a gourmet picnic lunch.

Instead of only viewing the great outdoors from the window of a bus, you'll immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains while enjoying the knowledge and expertise of your local guide. Small group numbers are capped at 15 participants to provide a more customized experience.

Valley of the Waterfalls hike:
Discover a hidden gem, a valley studded with lush fern-filled grottoes and hills with tumbling cascades, including gorgeous Empress Falls. Have lunch at the base of a waterfall while birds serenade you, and enjoy a spectacular day out in a landscape of rainforest and rocky escarpments.

Grade: Medium level hike that follows designated walking trails with moderate inclines and more than 100 steps up and down, suitable for those with average level of fitness. This is a 4- to 6-mile (7-to 10-kilometer) walk that takes approximately 3.5 hours to hike.

Ruined Castle and Scenic Railway hike:
Descend to the starting point for your hike by taking the Scenic Railway at Scenic World. The 1,361-foot (415-meter) descent makes this the world’s steepest railway. Travel down through a cliff-side tunnel that leads you into an ancient rainforest. From there, hike across the Jamison Valley and climb the Ruined Castle, a large outcrop of rocky boulders that jut out above the surrounding wildernes, offering amazing 360-degree views of the scenic region.

Grade: Hard hike requiring a good level of fitness. Follow walking trails that veer off designated paths, thereby crossing rougher terrain, with steep inclines and some climbing over boulder formations. This is an 8-mile (13-kilometer) walk that takes approximately 6.5 hours to hike.

What to bring:
• Small backpack to carry personal items
• Sunscreen and a hat
• Water bottle (at least two liters)
• Swimsuit and towel if visiting waterfalls

What to wear:
• Comfortable clothes that will maintain body temperature; jeans are not recommended
• Enclosed walking shoes or boots

Customer Reviews

Susan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Took the hike with my two adult sons. Lola was a great guide. There were 6 of us in the group and we had a wonderful time. The scenery was beautiful and the waterfalls impressive. I highly recommend!

Elizabeth W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic tour!! I would highly recommend booking with these guys for your Blue Mountains adventure. The guide was awesome and very informative, and we walked through a beautiful part of the mountains.
Lunch at a waterfall was the highlight of this tour.

Gjermund Å

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is a great trip.
Highly recommended.
Incredible views, and breathtaking nature. Scenic waterfall.
This was a small group, which was great. Guide was fantastic and made this a great experience.
I will definitely return to the Blue Mountains again.

Patsy Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Experienced and pleasant tour guide. Very familiar with the route as well as the plants and birds along the trail. Really in a very small group such that tour guide can take a very good care of us. Nice lunch pack from a nearby resort. An alternative to see the beauty of blue mountain.

Thank you, Lola, our best tour guide.

Erin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wow! What a wonderful way to see the Blue Mountains! I will say it was challenging - hiking for hours and finishing up by climbing 1000 stairs to the top of the valley again. However, it was so worth it! We spotted wild birds and a lizard, and the rain forest was so beautiful! We saw other people only at the start near the railway and we saw 1 small group at the Ruined Castle rock formation. Otherwise - we did not run across another person the entire time while hiking! It was the perfect day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was Amazing tour ... small group and our Guide was very actgive ad knowledgeable... Gynes was his name. I loved it... and would recommend this to anyone who loves nature hike. and ask for Gynes.

Eric M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

One of the best hike I have ever been on. It is definitely for those who seek adventure.

Ayre J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I know the price is a bit high for this tour. But it totally worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The Ruined Castle and Scenic Railway tour makes an excellent day hike. Most of the walking is on an easy trail with one 500 m rougher section and most of it is in the forest which provides lots of shade on a hot day. The forest is rich in bird life and varied vegetation, but beware of leeches. Our guide, Noel, was informative and personable, and helped make the walk much more memorable than if we had done it on our own. We also appreciated the hotel pick-up and drop-off in Sydney.

Jean-Guy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Really enjoy the walk, weather was fabulous and the guide was very knowledgeable.

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