Best Things to See at The Blue Mountains
Hire a Campervan in Sydney and Explore the Blue Mountains! A lot of places promise beauty, but the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains really deliver. In case you’re wondering, the blue mist comes from the vast expanse of eucalyptus trees, which disperse eucalyptus oil over the bush-clad cliffs and valleys, and leave everyone feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
With all this ‘magic’ in the air, it’s no surprise that the Blue Mountains are Sydney’s favourite weekend retreat. Your best best is to base yourself in Katoomba, from where you can explore villages and bushland, and go bushwalking, canyoning, abseiling, horseriding or caving.
Best Time to Visit Blue Mountains?
The best times of year to visit the Blue Mountains are autumn, winter and spring, try to skip the dry summertime humidity.
Number Days to Explore Blue Mountains?
2-6 Days will be enough to full explore this region if you hire a campervan in Sydney. Of course you can also take a day trip from Sydney if you’re short of time. If so, we recommend heading straight for Katoomba and parking the camper – then set off for a wander.
Things to See in Blue Mountains?
#1. Wentworth Falls: The town of Wentworth Falls is named after its top attracted and offers phenomenal views, bushwalks and torrents of pristine mountain water. Wentworth Falls Lake is a great place to relax for a picnic lunch or cheeky afternoon beer.
#2. Leura: Leura is a slice of heaven, considered the most sophisticated village in the mountains. Leura Mall is the major, tree-lined strip with a banquet of tea houses, shops, galleries and restaurants. Nearby Everglades Gardens is a celebrated 1930’s garden with a large offering of European and Australian Native flora.
#3. Katoomba: Originally named ‘Crushers’, but thankfully renamed a year later, Katoomba rests at an altitude of 1017m. The name is an indigenous word for ‘shining tumbling water’ and the area is still home to the Gundungurra people in the north, Dharug people in the south and Wiradjuri people in the west. This majestic place is rich with Dreamtime stories and over 700 heritage sites that descendants continue to watch over.
Katoomba is a thriving tourist hotspot. Blue Mountains National Park lies to the north and south, holding all the nature your heart and eyes can handle. Here you’ll discover the ‘Three Sisters’ – the iconic mountain formations that adorn postcards across Katoomba. The Three Sisters are best viewd from Echo Point during the day or night.
For more wonderful scenery, stroll to the lush Katoomba Falls and Cascades. For more information head to the Blue Mountains Visitor Information Center at Echo Point.
#4. Six Foot Track: The Six Foot Track was originally intended as a short cut to Jenolan back in the 1800’s. Today it’s 42kms of enthralling bushwalking from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. The wildlife along the way is also pretty spectacular, with possums, echidnas, wombats and wallaroos!
#5. Megalong Valley: The best way to experience the majestic Megalong Valley is on horseback. Trains follow the mighty Coxs River as it weaves its way through the valley. This is a genuine Australian bush experience!
#6. Blackheath: Renowned for its guest houses, gardens and bushwalks, Blackheath is perched at the edge of the Blue Mountains National Park. Contact the nearby National Parks office to ensure the park is open before setting off (in summer bushfires are common and very destructive in this area). This area’s must-see is Govetts Leap Lookout, offering incredible vistas across several waterfalls, including Bridal Veil Falls and the Grose Valley.
#7. Jenolan Caves: Formed 400 million years ago, Jenolan Caves are one of the most extensive and complex underground limestone cave systems in the world. Of the 300 or so ‘rooms’, nine are open to the public and a self-guided tour has been added as another way to experience this labyrinth of flowstone deposits, helicites, columns and lakes.
#8. Bells Line of Road: Slicing across the northern section of the Blue Mountains between Richmond and Lithgow, Bells Line of Road is one of the most scenic routes in the mountains, surrounded by chalky sandstone cliffs and tangled bushlands.
Campervan Hire Blue Mountains?
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