This is a full day tour of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park situated on the western border of Sydney. Escape the frenetic pace of the city to surrender to jaw-dropping views of towering sandstone tablelands, set against the backdrop of immense cliffs and deep canyons while hearing your guide explain the dramatic history of Australia’s first frontier.
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Located on the western fringes of Sydney, the Blue Mountains cover one million hectares of splendid scenery, rivalling only the most famous locations within this island-continent.
Listed as a World Heritage Area due to its exceptionally rare and ancient flora and biological diversity, it is also a place of cultural significance for both Indigenous and European Australians.
As such, it is a favourite weekend destination for Sydneysiders.
After meeting your driver-guide at your accommodation, you will travel west towards the Nepean-Hawkesbury valley fed by the rushing rivers and creeks descending from the Mountains.
The climb of the foothills up the main road opened by convicts in 1813 will then commence before reaching the first plateau. Your guide will soon veer off it to show you impenetrable wilderness.
If you choose to try and see wildlife in a natural setting, we will first take you into a valley and after fording its creek, we will travel over a hill to a clearing where wild kangaroos are seen very regularly from close up.
The sites visited will be chosen according to your wishes after discussion with your guide.
There is an array of options ranging from sites accessible after a moderately strenuous walk, to spots close to a carpark and accessible to persons with restricted mobility.
We can also take you on more extensive outings suited to the keen bushwalker.
Amongst the items we can show are: Two Aboriginal sites, Lincoln Rock and its breathtaking view over the Jamison Valley.
The Wentworth Falls walk and its precipitous, though very safe, lookouts.
The Leura cascades.
Sublime Lookout, a jaw-dropping panorama from which the Three Sisters can be seen very clearly.
The actual Three Sisters rock formation from close up at the Echo Point lookout.
As this latter site is very busy and urbanised, we recommend instead little-frequented locations offering views of the Three Sisters from further away with panoramas equally as spectacular but inaccessible to large tourist buses.
The above list is not exhaustive and further spectacular locations exist for us to show our guests.
However, as not all can be seen in one day, your guide will advise you about what sites to choose based on your interests and the pace you want to adopt.
With so many available walks and sites, there is always an option to suit your group and fitness level.
There is a small selection of high-standard country restaurants and typical Australian pubs we regularly take our guests to for lunch, depending on the itinerary chosen and where we find ourselves at lunchtime. Our aim is to afford our guests the experience enjoyed by discerning locals.
The possibility of a leisurely stroll and shopping for memorabilia in a local community also exists in several charming villages such as Leura and Blackheath.
These were settled long ago by early Europeans attracted to the cooler climate of the mountains.
On our way back to central Sydney, you have the option of driving through the site of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, now a cultural and sporting hub located close to the Parramatta River.
In dry weather, this provides an opportunity for one last intake of scenery for the day (even after nightfall), while sparing you a long stretch of heavy suburban traffic.
This is done by parting with your guide at the nearby wharf and enjoying a scenic cruise (gliding at 22 knots) back to Sydney down the Parramatta River on the powerful Catamaran ferry.
Upon sailing into Sydney, the ship slows down to a gentle speed as it slides underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House before mooring at Circular Quay. This option is at the guest’s expense. The fare, however, is modest (approximately $8/person) and your guide will assist you with the ticket purchase.
Should you decline to take this option, your guide will be happy to drop you back at your accommodation.
Equipment required for each guest: Walking shoes suitable for unpaved tracks, long trousers, hat, bottle of water, light rucksack, light raincoat, sweater, sunscreen. It is important to note that weather conditions in the Blue Mountains are changeable. Though it is infrequent, it can happen that views are blocked by low cloud cover or fog. In this case, your guide will discuss alternative sites to visit. On very foggy days, however, the range of options might be substantially reduced. This does not means you won’t have a day of fun, but it will necessarily result in extensive changes to the programme.