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clock-o9 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Escape Sydney’s urban bustle for a day to explore the World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Blue Mountains. Soak up panoramic views of eucalyptus forests, and learn the Aboriginal legends behind ancient rock formations. Explore the charming mountain town of Leura, and catch sight of koalas and kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Plus, you can upgrade to include a ride on a cableway or railway at Scenic World.
  • 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
  • Visit the quaint mountain villages of Leura and Katoomba
  • See Australia's native animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park
Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Blue Mountains National Park offers a spectacular natural playground just 1.5 hours from Sydney. Your 9.5-hour wilderness tour begins with an 8 a.m. 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, 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 to see native Australian animals. Snap pictures of kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas, and observe exotic birds in a natural bush setting.

Afterward, relax on the scenic return drive to Sydney, where your full-day tour concludes with hotel drop-off in the early evening around 5:30 p.m.

*Please note: from 25 July - 16 September 2018, the Cableway at Scenic World will be closed for maintenance. The Walkway, Skyway and Railway at Scenic World will be operating as usual during this time.

Itinerary

Scenic World Options:
  • Scenic Skyway - Australia's only horizontal passenger-carrying cable car. It's 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 cliffside 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 goat cheese frittata served with salad

Winter menu (subject to change):

  • Chicken, chorizo, and bacon pasta served with salad (gluten free)
  • Beef burger served with chips
  • Two vegetable samosas served with Greek yogurt and salad (vegetarian and halal)
  • Asian chicken and vegetables served with rice (halal)
  • Pumpkin soup served with sourdough bread (vegetarian)

Summer menu (subject to change)

  • Chicken Caesar salad (halal)
  • Beef and cheese burger served with chips and salad (halal)
  • Two vegetable samosas served with Greek yogurt and salad (vegetarian and halal)
  • Toasted Reuben roll served with salad (corned beef, chutney, cheddar cheese, and baby spinach)
  • Vegetable and feta cheese frittata served with salad (vegetarian and gluten free)
  • Salmon and leek tart served with salad (gluten free)
Served with a chocolate brownie and your choice of juice, soft drink, tea, or coffee

Hotel Pickup Time:

7:00 a.m. - Vibe Hotel Sydney
7:05 a.m. - Mercure Sydney
7:10 a.m. - Capitol Theatre (Front of Theatre)
7:20 a.m. - Novotel Darling Harbour
7:25 a.m. - Parkroyal Darling Harbour
7:30 a.m. - Hilton Hotel Sydney (Pitt Street entrance)
7:45 a.m. - Sofitel Wentworth Hotel
7:55 a.m. - Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (Harrington St entrance)

Reviews

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, Oct 2018

I made an error when booking the tour by entering thr wrong date. The error wasn't discovered until the date of the tour. At the point of discovery I was in Cains (not Sydney) and was unable to contact the tour provider. When I arrived in Sydney I made several attempts to discuss the problem with the tour provider but they absolutely refused to discuss or resolve my problem. I am very disappointed with this stance. While I realize that I don't have much recourse, I don't think that it is fair.

R
, Jul 2018

Highly recommend

J
, Jun 2018

Great stops! Knowledgeable tour guide who told stories and history about the area. Tour guide allowed everyone to sample vegemite. Good tour for solo or group travelers.

V
, May 2018

Eat on your own. Tour was good.

D
, Apr 2018

Lovely scenery, must see!

D
, Apr 2018

Great tour! Unfortunately, fog in the mountains obscured most views. Walked the paths on valley floor which were great. Wildlife park and tour narratives were excellent.

s
, Apr 2018

This trip was wonderfully. The trip was very professional, and our driver was really good at keeping us entertained during the trip.

J
, Mar 2018

Gorgeous! Definitely worth the trip! Feeding kangaroos was a highlight. Plus Scenic World was amazing!

W
, Mar 2018

This was a great tour that really shows you a beautiful piece of Australia. I would definitely recommend it.

c
, Mar 2018

Wonderful tour of the Blue Mountains. Good way to see a lot in one day. It is a full day but well worth it.


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