Last weekend I went to the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains has been on my bucket list for a long while. When I visited Australia in 2014, I didn’t see the Blue Mountains and I regretted it ever since. I promised myself as soon as I would be back, that I would definitely go. So here we are!
OUR DAY AT THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
The day started early with a 2 hour drive from home to the Blue Mountains. We arrived at 10 am, the sun was shining and it looked like it was going to be an amazing day.
Below I will share my favourite places at the Blue Mountains.
First a little background information.
The Blue Mountains are located in Australia, west of Sydney.
The main area of the Blue Mountains is Katoomba. This is also where the Three Sisters are located.
The Blue Mountains got their name from the fact that the range takes a blue tinge when viewed from a distance.
It is believed that the tinge is caused by the way the light enters the area and lightens the mountains.
The Greater Blue Mountains area was listed as a World Heritage Area by UNESCO on the 29th of November 2000.
Let’s go and have a look at this precious bit of Australia.
Stop number one Wentworth Falls
The Wentworth Falls are located East of the Blue Mountains National Park. It is a three-tiered waterfall that is fed by the Jamison Creek. There is parking close to the lookout and there are signs showing you different walks. We did the short walk to the lookout and the view was amazing:
You can do several walks, which go all the way down to the waterfall. We didn’t do them, because we had more plans for the day, but it is definitely something we are going back for.
Stop number two Sublime Point Lookout
To get to this lookout, you follow the Great Blue Mountains Drive, which leads you to a carpark. The Great Blue Mountains Drive itself is 1200 km and leads through the inland of New South Wales.
The Sublime lookout point is 500 m down once you reach the carpark and gives you this view:
Stop number three Gordon Falls
The Gordon Falls lookout is a family friendly stop. There is a playground with BBQ facilities and toilets. 250 m walk brings you to the lookout point. The view is stunning – but there is more!
Stop number four Bridal Veil Lookout and View
The Bridal Veil lookout and view are two different points. The Bridal Veil View was our first stop and it wasn’t easy to find. Tip: park along the Cliff Drive, at the ‘Tarpeian Rock Access Walk’. This walk also leads you to the view.
If you bend around the Cliff Drive and park at the Solitary restaurant, you are right where you need to be for the lookout.
Because of the lack of rain (no I am not complaining!), the waterfall wasn’t big, but it was still an amazing view:
Stop number five and possibly the most interesting for most The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters is a rock formation located at Echo Point Katoomba. The aboriginal legend tells the story of three sisters who turned to stone. The three sisters were wanted by three brothers for marriage, but the law forbid this. A doctor from the Katoomba tribe turned the sisters into stone to protect them from the three brothers.
There are a few alternatives on this story, but most importantly is the fact that this beautiful view is the result.
After visiting the Three Sisters at their main lookout point, we went to Scenic World.
This is a attraction that allows you to enjoy the Blue Mountains on a different level. Literally.
The Scenic World offers 4 ways of doing this
For $39 per person (adults) you can experience all of these attractions as many times as you please.
I honestly recommend doing this as it just adds a little extra to your day at the Blue Mountains.
In the video below is a little sneak peak of one of the views:
The link to the Scenic World website is here.
Overall the Blue Mountains are something special and I would definitely tell everybody that visits Sydney to take a day to visit it. From Sydney it is a 2 hours train that stops at almost all the towns and villages between Penrith and Katoomba.
See details here.
If you have the luxury of a car, it is a 90 minute drive from Sydney. We did the trip by car, which made it easy to stop at several different places.
There is the option for hop on and hop off buses once you get to the Blue Mountains, in case you want to explore more than the main event, see more information here. But if you only have one day I would see the Three Sisters and do the provided walk there and combine that with Scenic World. Scenic World gives you the best views and also offers several walks, so plenty of activities to spend the day.
Enjoy Australia at it’s best!
Lots of love,