Blue Mountains Australia
Blue Mountains – Best Sceneries Australia Has Got To Offer
Visit the Blue Mountains. Pros and Cons of DIY Self Drive, Local Explorer Bus or Joining the Tour from Sydney
Small Groups Tours & Private Tours
For a traveller, the most convenient way to see the Blue Mountains is when joining the tour. The itinerary is designed to show you the best of the Blue Mountains. Big coaches have fewer stops, it is just a logistics of travelling in a group of 40 or more. That’s why we have small groups of 10. If you want to find out about self-driving opportunities or local Hop-On & Hop-Off Bus, read this section.
Our Blue Mountains Day Tours and Day Trips from Sydney show you the iconic landmarks, hidden gems, locals favourites, all away from the big crowds. Our small group tours have a maximum of 10 guests. Read more about our Blue Mountains day tours
Advantages of taking a tour from Sydney
Convenient hotel pickup/cruise back to Sydney
Travel in a group
You have to stick with the group and the itinerary
What to look out for
Size of the group – this varies greatly (our groups have maximum 10, most of tour operators have a small group of 24 guests, big coaches have a group of 40 guests)
Pickup time – depending on the size of the group – picking time can take over 1 hour, hopefully you are not the first one to be picked up
Inclusions and Exclusions
Scenic World – it is a popular attraction, Skyway Cablecar and Railway operate every 10 min, however, you need 2 hours there, waiting time varies, up to 1 hour at the busy holiday season.
Private Day Tours
Blue Mountains Private Tours are the ultimate choice. Flexible itinerary, private guide ensure your day will be memorable, the attentive guide will provide informative commentary and you definitely see more.
Private tours come at the price, we are offering the best value, starting from $600. Read more about our Private Blue Mountains Tours
Explorer Bus & Self Drive
Do It Yourself Self-drive is a great way to explore the Blue Mountains, your way. I would recommend DIY if you are planning on staying in the Blue Mountains for a few days. There are some planning and preparation required, you can also find free information guides when you arrive. There is plentiful accommodation in the Blue Mountains, camping grounds, YHA, AirBnB, Bed & Breakfast, hotels.
Renting a car is easy, make sure to check conditions re holding bond deposit, as it can vary greatly. You can catch the train as well. The country train departs from Central Station, it is a 2 hr journey, so make sure you start early. When in Katoomba, pass the city centre, approximately 15 min walk down the hill from the train station will take you to Echo Point and Three Sisters rock formation. The place to enjoy the scenery, take a walk. Nearby visitor information centre has maps and guides available there. If you do not have your own transport, we would recommend buying ticket for Explorer Bus, local hop-on / hop-off bus. The price of a ticket is $55. Again, I would recommend this option if you were staying for a few days. As you can see, it is more practical to take a day tour if you are not planning on longer stay.
How far from Sydney to the Blue Mountains?
The upper parts of the Blue Mountains are located 110km west of Sydney. It is easy 1.5hrs drive from Sydney City areas. Lower parts of the Blue Mountains stretch from Glenbrook 60 Km west of Sydney. More remote areas Mt Victoria is located 126 Km west of Sydney. The Blue Mountains is one of the most visited regions in Australia, famous for stunning views of valleys and waterfalls. The area is around 1436 square kilometres.
How to get there?
By car – it is 90 min drive from Sydney
By train – it is 2 hr train journey from Central Station Sydney to Katoomba.
The major train stations in the upper Blue Mountains are
Wentworth Falls – great for bushwalks in Valley of the Waters, get off the train, cross highway and head towards nearby picnic area, take Charles Darwin track to reach upper parts of Wentworth Falls & continue bushwalking
Leura – the prettiest town known as the garden village, visit the Mall
Katoomba – home to Three Sisters & Scenic World offering good bushwalking and rock climbing
Blackheath – overlooking Grose Valley, known for Grand Canyon walk, stunning lookouts of wilderness and local art
Price of a train ticket – see a timetable for current prices, varies return ticket $6-$16
Explorer Bus Hop-On & Hop-Off – local sightseeing bus covering major attractions.
You would get guidebook, it offer live commentary, it departs every 30 min, first bus departure from Katoomba Station is 9.15am, the last at 4.20pm. It has numerous stops. Please note, it does not stop at Lincoln Rock, Wentworth Falls and Blackheath.
Price of ticket $55, Visit their site Explorer Bus
When is the best time to visit?
The upper parts of the Blue Mountains are located in 1000m of elevation. So we can experience 4 distinctive seasons. Summer months December – February can be very busy, especially during Christmas times and school holidays. In Spring the air is very aromatic, but the weather can be changeable. Winter is great too, especially if you stay overnight, enjoy dinner and fireplace.
Blue Mountains Weather
The Blue Mountains climate is cooler than in Sydney. The climate varies with elevation. There is generally a 2°C drop in temperature with every 300 metres increase in altitude. Summer months December to February are warmer, occasionally reaching 30 °C. Winter months June to August have mean maximum temperature of 10 °C. The highest rainfall is between January and March averaging 170mm of rainfall and 13 rainy days a month. Check Post Weather and Climate BOM monthly statistics for Katoomba and current weather forecast
Blue Mountains Main Areas
Glenbrook area is your eastern gateway to Blue Mountains National Park from Sydney. Camp in the wild, see wild kangaroos and enjoy natural swimming spots like Jellybean pool, Aboriginal rock art, walks and mountain biking, so close to Sydney
Wentworth Falls is one of the most beautiful towns within the Blue Mountains offering possibly the most spectacular bushwalks and views. On 17th January 1836, Charles Darwin walked to the Wentworth Falls. Wentworth Falls is a three-tiered waterfall fed by the Jamison Creek, The total height of the waterfall is 187 metres.
Leura is as popular for visitors to the Blue Mountains as Katoomba itself. It is known as the garden village, many gardens are privately owned yet open at selected times of the year to the public. Leura Mall has many fine coffee shops, beer garden, restaurants and galleries.
Katoomba is the most visited town in the Blue Mountains, iconic rock formation Three Sisters is best seen from viewing platform Echo point near Information Centre. It wasn’t until 1879 that the town of Katoomba became known when J.B. North opened the Katoomba Coal Mine. The now-famous Scenic Railway operates in the original cutting in the mountainside.
Blackheath area has some amazing walks, mountain biking and clifftop views in Blue Mountains National Park. Visit Govetts Leap, conquer the Grand Canyon and explore the Grose Wilderness.
The Blue Mountains’ 140 km of tracks range from easy 1hr bushwalks to hard more difficult full-day bushwalks to 3-day Six Foot Track. The most popular walking trails are Overcliff-Undercliff Tack and National Pass in Wentworth Falls, Grand Canyon in Blackheath. Here you can find more information on the best bush walks in the Blue Mountains.
Canyoning & Abseiling $$$
You need equipment. The easiest way to organise activity is by booking a local provider, like High&Wild
Jenolan Caves prices $40-$50
Jenolan Caves is one of the oldest cave systems in the world offering a visit to 11 caves. You can explore the caves on a guided day tour, on a ghost tour or enjoy a cave concert with natural acoustics. Visit also nearby Blue Lake for an opportunity to see the wild kangaroos.
Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens free entry
The cool-climate garden is 1,000 metres above sea level and offers stunning views of the area. It is located in Mt Tomah, you need to take Bells Line Road, it is not near Katoomba areas. Well worth visiting, you can easily spend whole day there. See rare Wollemi Pine. Free audio guide available. Enjoy scones and cream at the local restaurant.
Scenic World $44 per Adult
Scenic World in Katoomba is very popular as it includes unlimited entry to Railway Skyway Cableway attractions. In peak time, the waiting time is 1hr per attraction. Beware
Three Sisters Echo Point Lookout
A visit to the Blue Mountains would not be complete without visiting Three Sisters, iconic rock formation. Echo Point is the best spot to see them. If you prefer quiet location, visit Eagle Hawk Lookout located near Scenic World on Cliff Drive. We estimate around 2mil people visit Three Sisters Lookout each year. Find out more here on Things To Do & Attractions in The Blue Mountains
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