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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

Karen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A great and easy way to see some of the beauty Australia has to offer. The tour guild was very knowlegeble and entertaining. There was also a good amount of time to explore without the rest of the tour group which was important.

Charles S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Indescribable natural beauty in the mountains. The wildlife park though small was fun and surprisingly full of many animals and birds, it was actually more enjoyable than the disappointing Taronga zoo.

Elizabeth J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a beautiful tour. The three included rides were good, but the hike along the boardwalk was our favorite. Afterward, we went to Featherdale Wildlife Park where we got to pet wallabies and a koala bear, and see, among others, kookaburras, a wombat, a Tasmanian Devil, and the beloved Fairy Penguins, smallest penguins in the world.

Martha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide/driver was John S who was funny, knowledgeable and took care of everyone. He did a great job! Even his expert driving skills paid off when a big box of sponges fell off a truck into our lane on a busy highway.

The scenery at Blue Mountains was such contrast of mountains, temperate rain forests, water falls, and rock formations. Beautiful! The Featherdale Wildlife Park was so much fun and enabled us to see so many animals from this area that we know were rescued and are being treated humanely. You can purchase food to hand feed them, take photos and pet many of them. John S gives you time to see things without rushing you. This was the best tour I did in Australia.

Fernando D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The most and sensational tour in Sydney!! The trip, the places we saw, the bus experience, the bus driver, having lunch in Leura, the zoo, everything was awesome!!

Ana Gabriela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing tour! we had a great day looking at the beautiful landscapes and views of the blue mountains.
Thank you to Henry our nice, knowledgeable tour guy for making our experience even better!!

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our driver was very knowledgeable and the tour had something for everyone of all ages

Olalekan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Lunch was scrumptious and we couldn and #39;t have ask for a more pleasant experience.

Test B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Had a really good day out on this tour. Definitely worth it and would recommend to everyone!

Nader A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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