The Blue Mountains Are Calling!
Posted: Aug 12, 2019
So close to Sydney, yet so different.
The Blue Mountains are the perfect escape from the fast-paced city life - it’s time to slow down..
Mountain Dew (and Views)
The very definition of magic, regardless of the time of the year - soothing orange hues in autumn, flowery freshness in spring and sunny skies in summer! The Blue Mountains always seem to be covered in a lightly clad blanket of dew knit with the aromatic scent of oil rising from Eucalyptus trees.
Formed over a million years ago, the Blue Mountains have now become one of the most popular destinations for day trips and tours from Sydney. Tourists and locals looking for a serene escape from the hustle of city life, respond eagerly to the call of the mountains. From a distance, the mountains are painted with a bluish tinge, thus earning its characteristic name.
As you ascend the Blue Mountains on a bus or sightseeing tour, take in a breath of fresher air and incredible views of a million hectares of fragrant eucalyptus forests, wild walking tracks and secret waterfalls. The Greater Blue Mountains Area comprises eight UNESCO World Heritage protected areas, home to significant Australian biodiversity in terms of flora and fauna.
Sister Sister Sister
Every Blue Mountains day tour is incomplete without a visit to the iconic Three Sisters rock formation. This spectacular landmark looks stunning, no matter the time of day - vividly painted against the morning sunrise hues, or magnificent evening colours. At around 11pm every evening, the floodlit Three Sisters offering a stark contrast to the night sky, is truly a sight to behold.
These sandstone cliffs moulded by seasonal weathering over the course of a million years, offer a different vista every single day - owing to the play of lights & shadows and the painted skies. The most popular vantage point to admire this piece of nature’s beauty and the Jamison Valley is the Echo Point Lookout.
Your FitBit will thank you!
Hikers, rock climbers and those who love filling their travel itineraries with fitness related activity - you’re sure to have a field day (quite literally!) with a Blue Mountains day tour. This paradise for bushwalkers has close to a hundred hiking tracks and bushwalks for you to choose from varying in difficulty levels - beginners as well as advanced hikers - there’s something for everyone! All of these hiking tracks eventually lead to incredibly beautiful views which make the tough trails all the more gratifying. The walks leading up to Katoomba Falls and the Grand Canyon walk are the paths most commonly taken. Why not take the path less travelled - that’ll probably make all the difference (Thank you, Robert Frost)!
On top of the world with Scenic World
Wilderness, Waterfalls in a Wonderland of sighs- with views from every possible angle! The Skywalk allows you to enjoy aerial views as you float mid-air on the largest and steepest cable-car in the Southern Hemisphere. Traverse the dense temperate rainforest as you journey across the Jurassic walkways for an adrenaline rush unlike ever before. Ascend into the hills on board the steepest incline railway in the world. Like the Scenic World tagline says - get ready to ‘feel small’ today!
It’s time to unwind- Book now and head on out on your Blue Mountains day tour soon!
Merlin Jakes traverses the world during her free time, taking her to various exotic places, ticking off her travel bucket list one by one.