9) Be enchanted by the magnificent Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains are named for the delicate azure horizon of eucalyptus trees that lingers along the region, The mystical mountains are a labyrinth of plateaus, ravines and gum trees. Check out the Katoomba Scenic Railway, the Jenolan Caves and the Giant Staircase nature walk.
Take a trip to the Blue Mountains Scenic World at Katoomba. Ride the scenic skyway gondola across Jamison Valley, taking in views of the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary and Katoomba Falls. Scenic World is also home to the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway, descending more than 400 metres (0.25 miles) down the escarpment. This thrilling ride passes through a long tunnel and gorge, ending on the valley floor, and is a huge hit with children. Scenic World is near the Three Sisters, a dramatic rock formation that’s best seen from Echo Point Lookout. It’s one of the most visited sites in the region, however you can also get up close on a walking trail to the top of the Three Sisters via Honeymoon Bridge.
Set out on foot to explore one of the many bushwalking trails, marvel at the impressive rock formations and explore underground caves on a holiday centred around the outdoors. Listen to Dreaming stories told by local Aboriginal guides and admire the work of resident artists before retiring to a luxury retreat surrounded by wilderness.
Soak up the streams, waterfalls, forested valleys and cliffs of the Blue Mountains along the many well-marked walking trails. Wade and boulder-hop way down Glenbrook Gorge, on the three kilometre (1.9 mile) Glenbrook Gorge Track, or creep up the sheer cliffs around Wentworth Falls on the challenging National Pass. Many of the walks can be done independently, however if unfamiliar with the region and weather conditions, it’s best to join a guided tour. Discover the Blue Mountains’ rich Aboriginal heritage on a walking tour with a local Darug guide from Blue Mountains Walkabout.