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