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Walking Trails and Bushwalks in the Blue Mountains

By Viator, March 2017

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Most of the Blue Mountains incredible views are accessible only on foot, making this national park one of Australia’s premier destinations for hikers, trekkers and backpackers. Difficult mountain passes lead to some of the best views, but that doesn’t mean less-fit travelers can’t also experience some of what makes this region so beautiful.

Easy-Does-It
The trip from Leura Cascades to Bridal Veil Falls is a slow-going journey ideal for families. It takes most hikers an hour or less., and despite its reputation as a low-impact walk, the trail still provides a beautiful outdoor experience. Hikers can sit under the Bridal Veil Falls overhang and watch the falls rush down, while more the adventurous can climb to the top of the Leura cliff for even better views.

Medium Difficulty
The Jellybean Pool near the Glenbrook entrance is a short two-kilometer pass that takes approximately an hour to hike. Though it doesn’t afford hilltop views of some more difficult treks, nearby picnic tables, easily accessible toilets, rare birds and a fresh-water swimming hole make it worth the trip.

The well-marked Wiggins Track is another challenging but doable trail. The 6.2-mile (10-km) circuit wanders through natural creeks and indigenous rain forests. It covers picturesque stone steps, a wooden bridge and rocky overhangs and waterfall views, too.

Challenging Journeys
Six Foot Track is a 45-kilometer hike that follows the original horse track between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves. The three-day journey climbs steep mountain passes and dips into deep mountain valleys. This is a trek that is not for the faint of heart. Travelers can hike without guides or hire a tour to worry about all of the details.Backpackers love the descent into Nellie’s Glen, where rainforests, streams and caves make for a scenic backdrop to the challenging hike. Bowtell’s Swing Bridge is a memorable one-man crossing that hangs high above the Cox’s River. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime photo op for those unafraid of heights.

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