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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Day Tour from Sydney

Escape Sydney’s urban bustle for a day to explore the World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Blue Mountains. Soak up panoramic views of lush valleys and eucalyptus forests from Echo Point, and learn about the Aboriginal legends behind ancient rock formations. Explore the charming mountain town of Leura, and get an up-close encounter with koalas and kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Upgrade to include a ride on a cableway or railway at Scenic World for a thrilling perspective on mountain cliffs and waterfalls.

Highlights

  • Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney
  • Take a scenic drive along the winding Cliff Drive into the Blue Mountains National Park
  • Enjoy panoramic views over the Megalong Valley at Echo Point
  • Visit the quaint mountain villages of Leura and Katoomba
  • See Australia's native animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's so great to get up close and personal with kangaroos, koalas and other native animals at the wildlife park. And the comprehensive Blue Mountains tour offers three thrilling ways to get the best views.

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What You Can Expect

Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Day Tour from Sydney

Blue Mountains

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Blue Mountains National Park offers a spectacular natural playground just 1.5 hours from Sydney. Your full-day wilderness adventure begins with pickup at your Sydney hotel and a drive across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

See the park’s ancient plateaus and valleys come into view along the spectacular Cliff Drive. Visit Scenic World, at the edge of the park near Katoomba, where you can ride the world’s steepest passenger railway and get an aerial park view from a gondola skyway (if option selected, see Itinerary below for details). Take in panoramic views of the Megalong Valley and the Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point, and hear the Aboriginal legends associated with the awe-inspiring landscape.

For a taste of mountain culture, visit the charming township of Leura. Browse antique shops, indulge your sweet tooth with authentic international treats at The Candy Store and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (own expense, or included if you choose the lunch option; see Itinerary for a sample menu). 

After lunch, visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park for an up-close encounter with native Australian animals. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, snap photos of sleepy koalas and observe exotic birds in a natural bush setting. Relax on the scenic return drive to Sydney, where your full-day tour concludes with hotel drop-off in the early evening. 

Itinerary

Scenic World Options:
  • Scenic Skyway - Australia's only horizontal passenger-carrying cable car. It is a 7-minute ride 656 feet (200 meters) above the Jamison Valley, where you can appreciate superb views of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Mt Solitary and Orphan Rock. The Skyway operates every 10 minutes.
  • Scenic Railway - This is the world's steepest incline railway. Travel through a claffside tunnel and ancient rain forest as the railway descends 1,361 feet (415 meters) down the escarpment at a gradient of 52 degrees. The railway takes you to the rain forest boardwalk connecting to the Sceniscender platform and operates every 10 minutes.
  • Scenic Cableway - The steepest aerial cable car in Australia will take you on a 1788-feet (545-meter) ride into the World Heritage-listed rain forest of the Jamison Valley. The Scenic Cableway is completely wheelchair accessible.

Sample Lunch Menu (subject to change):

  • Spaghetti bolognese pasta
  • Chicken and salad wrap sandwich
  • Samosas served with Greek yogurt and salad
  • Vegetable and goats cheese frittata served with salad

Winter menu (subject to change):

  • Chicken, chorizo & bacon pasta served with salad (gluten free)
  • Beef burger served with chips
  • 2 Vegetable Samosas served with Greek yogurt and salad (vegetarian & halal)
  • Asian Chicken & Vegetables served with rice (halal)
  • Pumpkin Soup served with sourdough bread (vegetarian)

Summer menu (subject to change)

  • Chicken Caesar Salad (halal)
  • Beef & Cheese Burger served with chips & salad (halal)
  • 2 Vegetable Samosas served with Greek yoghurt and salad (vegetarian & halal)
  • Toasted Reuben Roll served with salad (Corned beef, chutney, cheddar cheese, baby spinach)
  • Vegetable & Feta Cheese Frittata served with salad (vegetarian & gluten free)
  • Salmon & Leek Tart served with salad (gluten free)
Served with a chocolate brownie and your choice of juice, soft drink, tea or coffee

Hotel Pickups:

6:50am Crescent on Bayswater
8:00am Four Seasons (Harrington Street entrance)
8:00am Four Points Sheraton
7:50am Hilton Hotel (Pitt St entrance)
7:25am Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
7:35am Novotel Darling Harbour
7:40am Parkroyal Darling Harbour
7:45am Rydges World Square (Pitt St entrance)
7:05am Sofitel Wentworth
7:15am Vibe Hotel Sydney
7:20am YHA Sydney Central

Customer Reviews

bknute72 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We really enjoyed the hour long walk through the rain forest. Felt like we went back in time. The train and cable car rides gave us some spectacular views of the mountains. Lunch was good, and the small town provided opportunities to do a little shopping. The wildlife preserve was especially enjoyable since we had many opportunities to get up close and personal with all of Australia's wildlife. The koalas were active and provided a ton of pictures.

Stephen O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great tour. It was very organized. The tour guide, David, was professional and informative. Featherdale Wildlife park is not to be missed!

Wayne Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

blue mountain walks and train ride were fantastic

Maureen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fabulous day out. We had bad weather so couldn't see much of the Blue Mountains at all but the nice lunch and Feather dale Wildlife Park in the afternoon made up for that. I had my picture taken with a koala, kangaroo and wallabies.

gezkeller

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A MUST DO!!!
The scenery was impeccable at Blue Mountains!!! Enjoyed the rides there too!
We had a lot of interaction with the kangarooshand fed them and wallabies,
touched and posed with the koalas and saw more Aussie animals than our
trip and private tour at Sydney Taronga Zoo. Had I known that, I would have
deleted visiting Sydney Taronga Zoo. Featherdale Wildlife Park might be
a smaller zoo but we came for the kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and other
awesome Australian animals!!!
Only downside of this tour though was the lunch. Don't include that in your
package as it was not good. The burger tasted like meatloaf!!!
Just get your own lunch in the area.

onay J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful day tour!

John Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The day started ominously with rain and fog. Our guide, Paul, made the trip to the Blue Mountains interesting with light-hearted, yet informative, banter the entire way. We had access to the Scenic Wonder rides which provided three separate experiences to various areas of the park. Although visibility was nil, we enjoyed walking through the rain forest and listening to the various birds, especially the lyrebird, a masterful mimic. We found the gift shop here to be one of the most reasonably priced in all of Australia. We stopped at the cultural center at the Three Sisters viewing area, where we were told that on a clear day we could even see the Eiffel Tower. Ha! We had a satisfying lunch in Leura and then it was off to Featherdale. We had a great experience with koala, kangaroos, wallabys, cassowary, buggles, wombats, penguins, crocs, and a myriad of birds. A very well-run sanctuary and the high point for my wife. Paul gave us an informative ride through the Olympic Park area and humorously outlined the competitive relationship of Australia and New Zealand. Again, kudos to our guide, Paul, who went above and beyond to accommodate the needs and limitations of 30 passengers.

Vince C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful trip.

Amy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Henry, our guide, was wonderful, knowledgeable, very helpful, directing us to alt. ferry when the rivercruise sold out. Featherdale wildlife reserve - our highlight, seeing the animals upclose and so many. We opted for pre-purchase lunch.Tasty and allowed us more time to windowshop in Leura.

glenfannie United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Trip up was great. Guide was on time. Rail ride was great.

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