One of my wishes was to visit Blue Mountain as I heard “ Mountains are echoed there”. The names of the stations at the Blue Mountains are Katoomba Falls, Three Sisters Pick, Laura Falls, Evans Lookout etc were driving me crazy to visit the place once in a lifetime. So when I got the opportunity to visit Sydney with Changi Airport without hurry I booked my ticket for the Blue Mountain Day trip. Here is my complete Guide to exploring Blue Mountain for you as it has many places to visit and you might be lost or skip some places without planning.
Initially, I had the plan to stay there for 2 to 3 days but because I was running with time so I did a day trip to Blue Mountain from Sydney.
As I am sure you have a few questions in your mind regarding the place, commute, money, route and other kinds of stuff so before proceeding with the trip details let’s start with a few FAQs.
I bought an Opal card to travel to Sydney and nearby places. (Read more about Opal card, imp checklist and transport here) Getting to the Blue Mountains from Sydney is very easy and you can commute by car or train. The car is a bit expensive and I commuted by train. Regular trains depart from Central Station and it takes 2.5 to reach there. After that, I boarded a hop-n-hop bus to travel Blue Mountain zone that stops at some of the most spectacular attractions. On weekdays train costs around AUD 9 but I travelled on Sunday and I covered the train round cap at AUD 2.70.
Such a random question came to my mind too and I guess the mountains range look blue from a distance because of the atmosphere. As per my knowledge, there are clad in tremendous woods of eucalypts (usually called gum trees), which in the blistering sun release a fine fog of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The fog refracts light, which makes the fog look blue and a ways off.
There are a lot many spots you can see either for a day tour or for 2 to 3 days. I have chosen a day tour and almost covered places like Katoomba, Three Sisters rock, echo Points, Lookout, Leura Cascade and a Village tour and many more spots. The walking trail was so scenic that I almost forgot to reach the bus stop and walk, I came across the railway station.
I have been to Sydney in the month of October and that’s the perfect month to visit the place. Cool-weather neither hot nor cold and you can easily stroll around the places without feeling uneasy. Make sure you wear good comfy shoes and carry a few important things like a water bottle, some snacks, some cash, a guidebook etc.
The Blue Mountains is really a sweeping area that envelops in excess of 10,000 square kilometres, 40 unique towns, and a one million hectare national park with 200+ km of trails and an expected 1,000 plant species! Given the two its spread and one-of-a-kind wonder, it is difficult to explore the complete World Heritage Site in a single visit, so I am jotting down some unique spots which I encountered on my day tour.
My Explorer Bus picked me up from Katoomba railway station and in between many spots I preferred to get down at stop 8 to start my journey with Katoomba Falls. Katoomba Cascades makes a picturesque destination to an incredibly short walk that additionally takes in probably the best view in the Blue Mountains. As I strolled down at Katoomba Falls Kiosk, crossed the stairs and tenderly downhill through the backwoods and trailing greeneries, to arrive at a lookout at the lip of tremendous Katoomba Falls.
Head upstream on a phenomenal new footpath through a balancing bog to reach Katoomba Cascades. The brook is wide and shallow here, and you can paddle crosswise over to the base of the cascade.
Backtrack your means to the junction, and this time stroll up the means to the confined sandstone island of Reid’s Plateau. A track circles right around, wriggling through an eccentric man-made cavern cover and evading the edge of a deep ravine, before bringing you out to the world’s best view.
It is an amazing walk from Katoomba Falls to Echo point while you can cherish the astonishing view of the Mountain Zone. The Three Sisters are a trio of sandstone ribs that stand tall over the backwoods wild of the Jamison Valley. From Echo Point, they are visible crystal clear, with Mount Solitary transcending the Jamison Valley, and the blue edges extending ceaselessly to unendingly.
It is said that there is a story behind the name of the pick-up Three Sisters Point. The generally told legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters, Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, lived in the Jamison Valley as individuals from the Katoomba clan. They fell in love with three men from the neighbouring Nepean clan, yet marriage was illegal by innate law. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to capture the three sisters. A significant inborn fight followed, and the sisters were gone to stone by a senior to ensure them, however, he was murdered in the battle and nobody else could turn them back.
Echo Point is just a fantastic spot for Instagrammers and heaven for selfie lovers like me. There are several incredible bushwalks beginning here as well. The stroll down to the Three Sisters is fast and simple gratitude to another track and you should stroll down the initial segment of the Giant Stairway to Honeymoon Bridge and trust me you won’t be disappointed. There’s a Visitor Center at Echo Point where you can get data, maps and trinkets of the Blue Mountains.
Another beautiful hike point is Prince Henry Cliff Walk. Get yourself comfortable with a cold coffee and just enjoy the chirping of unknown birds. One of the favourite walking alleys for me and would love to visit there again.
There are many posts and many falls in the rambling Blue Mountains National Park, and it would almost certainly take a long time to visit them all, but this one is the most scenic and enjoyable for a short time. I’d probably recommend this walk as the main activity for those short on time when visiting the Blue Mountains, as it really does offer a comprehensive exploration of this delightful region.
This walk is one of the most remarkable walks ones can cherish forever. Short but beautiful walk and can cross beautiful scenery while the addon part is a bushwalk of ferns and eucalypts, waterfalls and creeks, this walk gives you the most amazing vibes as well as see the unique rock formations comprising NSW’s own “Grand Canyon”.
Leura is the most beautiful village in the Blue Mountains and a perfect place to stop for lunch or a hi-tea and some lazy strolling window shopping. The main street is lined with cherry trees and I was visiting in spring and so witnessed beautiful blooms throughout the road. Also, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes in and around to give you some accompany and easily you can pick a quick lunch or some muffins to have later.
There are a lot of options available in the region. Tents, hotels, homestays plenty of options anyone can opt for according to their budgets. I stayed at Novotel Darling Harbour in Sydney and you may read my experience here
There are heaps of things to do in the Blue Mountains, so make time for a day or spend 2 to 3 days in this breathtaking region. Go for a few hikes, explore sparkling caves, ride the world’s steepest railway, go for window shopping, admire street art on a lazy walk, or eat some good chocolates. Also, don’t forget to click some mind-boggling pictures.
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