Our Blue Mountains tour Sydney offers you an opportunity to visit the amazing wilderness that is at Sydney’s doorstep. The area is an amazing world heritage listed wilderness at the door of a world-class city of 5 million people (only 70kms from the Sydney CBD). The National Park is mostly virgin bush, and with an area of 2690 square kilometres, is larger than the country of Luxembourg. The Greater Blue Mountains area at 11,400 square kms is larger than countries such as Lebanon and Jamaica. Explorers and convict labour carved out access to the area roughly 200 years ago. Many of its roads are constructed from the beautiful Hawkesbury sandstone that abounds in the area. Back then it took 21 days to travel from Sydney. The route now takes an hour and a half.
Our Blue Mountains feature one of the world’s largest eucalyptus forests with beautiful steep yellow Hawkesbury sandstone cliffs, deep green forested valleys and fresh clean mountain air. It is called the “Blue” Mountains due to the slight blue colour seen from a distance, as a result of the forest’s evaporating eucalyptus oil. The national park sports a great diversity of wildlife including flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world. In addition to possibly seeing kangaroos, you may be lucky enough to see goannas, black or sulphur crested cockatoos, rosellas, rainbow lorikeets or other Australian fauna.
We stop at excellent viewpoints to look out over the valley floor and brilliantly coloured sandstone cliff walls. Here we see amazing landscapes, breathtaking scenery, possibly see some kangaroos, native birds (including cockatoos, magpies, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, galahs and king parrots) and other wildlife. People come to admire, bushwalk, orienteer, rockclimb, abseil, mountain bike, horse ride and basically get back to nature. Its clean air and natural beauty are a drawcard for people from all over the world. Katoomba, the area’s largest town, is home to the world’s steepest railway, an ex mining railway.
There are a number of sights that one must see when coming to the Mountains. It is home to the Three Sisters, a rugged formation of three rocky outcrops that stand side by side near Echo Point. Another point of interest is Wentworth Falls which when flowing well sends a stream of water flowing over its side. Both allow spectacular views of the sandstone cliffs the area is famous for.
The Sydney mountains tour is completely yours and we can either design a tour for you or you can tell us where you wish to go. We can tailor it for those who wish to walk challenging trails or those with young kids or seniors in their party. The choice is yours.
We have two standard options.
The first, our Sydney Blue Mountains Tour Highlights includes:
Our second option includes a stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park.
We can also arrange to take you to Jenolan Caves to experience a guided cave tour by a specialist cave guide.
Echo Point is a highlight on any trip to the Mountains. This provides a stop to see the amazing colours of the sandstone cliffs as well as a rock formation known as the ‘Three Sisters’ because it appears as three sandstone roughly pillar shaped sandstone rocks.
This location offers spectacular views of the waterfall and sandstone escarpment with an option to walk to the top of the waterfall. Lyre birds and parrots are occasionally seen in the area.
The scenic railway takes you to the base of the forest floor and offers the steepest railway in the world at a 52 degree incline, allowing you to look directly down upon the valley far below. To get back up again, the cable car is a nice option. Then you cross from one side of the valley to the other using the Skyway. We include the cost of all three rides in your tour price.
Featherdale Wildlife Park specialises in Australian native wildlife and has all your favourites including kangaroos, koalas, echidna, platypus, wombats, saltwater crocodiles, Tasmanian devils, emu, wallabies, quokkas, dingo, etc. Here, for an additional fee, you can even pat a koala and feed kangaroos. Our tour price includes entrance to Featherdale Wildlife Park (2nd option above).
Jenolan Caves offers a large limestone cave area on the far side of the Mountains where it is possible to take guided tours of some caves and we may see some wild kangaroos. Because we only use small vehicles, we can use alternative routes to access the caves when the main road closes as happens from time to time.
Bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, water bottle and a jacket. At over one kilometre above sea level, it is generally about 6 degrees cooler that Sydney city.
To request information about our Sydney Blue Mountains tour or any of our other tours, please contact us.