The Blue Mountains are quite iconic in Australia. Just 2 hour drive from Sydney, you can leave the heat of the city and discover small mountains covered with Eucalyptus trees.
INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Blue Mountains
I actually went many times to the Blue Mountains, but it was before my blogging and photography started. So I don't have any of the many things I did to share.
The last trip I did was with an organized day tours from Sydney. This is what I am going to share about in this post. It is a good option when you don't have a car and are limited in time.
There is a hop in hop off but in the mountains, but it takes time and limit what you can see. You can get it in Leura or Katoomba which you can reach by train. For more informaiton, visit the Official Blue Mountains site or this unofficial one.
You can also dedicate a day to the Jenolan Caves. I wrote a detailed guide to plan your visit there.
I selected my self and paid fully for this activity. This review is based on my experience from beginning 2014.
Tour company: Mount’n Beach Safari
Tour: Canyon & 4WD Wildlife Discovery (1Day) – BM01
Organization: Not so good – they did not planned for pick up that it was Australia Day and parts of the city was closed – the guide did not pay attention and we lost 30min trying to find 2 participants. The tour has some potential but it did not deliver.
Knowledge guide: Except for the losing of people and the detour to his house to get its charger, he was nice
The best: Potentially the second viewpoint reached by 4WD – but it was foggy
The not so good: Organization
View of the Cumberland Plain
After the drive, our first stop was at a viewpoint over the Cumberland Plain. There we had morning tea and the fog starting appearing.
As it was really foggy an we could not see any viewpoint, the guide took us to walk down near the Wentworth Falls. Very nice even with bad weather!
Eagle Hawk Lookout
sadly we missed a lot of the lookout because of the fog. It started clearing and we enjoyed the view of the Three Sisters from the Eagle Hawk Lookout
Bridal Veil Falls Lookout
Then off to the bridal Veil Falls Lookout
Featherdale Wildlife Park
This is not in the Blue MOUntains, but on the way back on the tour we stopped at the Featherdale Wildlife Park. You can see more pictures on my Sydney Zoo Comparison post.
Below is a sleeping Wombat (they are nocturnal)
Have you ever been to place only to see fog?
Becky Padmore says
This is one of my favourite places in Australia, thanks for bringing back happy memories!
Claire Robinson says
You are welcome 🙂
Lorian Bartle says
The Blue Mountains are a great detour from the Sydney metropolis. Great writeup of the area!