There’s a lookout on an escarpment located in the tourist town of Katoomba. The lookout is overlooking the Jamison Valley. From its vantage point, you can see the Three Sisters, the locality’s iconic landmark. Not far away behind the strange sandstone formation stood Mount Solitary. It is an impressive table mountain, one of the mountain ranges of the Blue Mountains. On the farther right lay the Narrow Neck Plateau, a 1,000-metre high canyon and a rugged terrain.
The Blue Mountains is a World Heritage-listed national park located 50 km from the capital of New South Wales. It covered more than 11,000 square kilometres of land area. It is part of the Great Dividing Range that stretches from Queensland in the north and dissolves in Victoria’s the Grampians.
With its proximity close to Sydney, the Blue Mountains emerged as a favourite tourist stop.
The Blue Mountains consist of mountain ranges and plateaus sitting on a sandstone bedrock. Its highest point is an unnamed peak standing 1,189 metres high.
The national park showcases a unique bluish hue earning its name “Blue Mountains.” Thanks to the eucalyptus forests and the scorching Australian sun. When combined, they are responsible for the mysterious blue haze.
The Blue Mountains hosts a wide range of different varieties of plant and animal species. Many of them are endemic to the region. Its forests of eucalyptus and gums were credited in the World Heritage citation. To learn about its flora, visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah. The botanical garden exhibits more than 900 plant species.
It is also home to rare native wildlife including the ever elusive platypus, quolls, gliders, potoroos, and exotic reptiles and crustaceans. Wild kangaroos and koalas are common sightings as well as the different species of colourful and lovely birds. The friendly parrots at Govetts Leap in the Grose Valley are sure
As a popular tourist destination, the region boasts of its many scenic attractions. These include sandstone formations, caves, waterfalls, lakes, diverse flora and fauna, and fun rides.
The Three Sisters rock formation is the most famous, followed by Katoomba Falls. They’re all in Jamison Valley, close to the tourist town of Katoomba. Other sandstone formations nearby are the Orphan Rock and the Pagodas. These formations are carved by nature for millions of years as a result of weathering and water flow.
Some impressive waterfalls also dotted the Blue Mountains. Katoomba Falls is the most visited waterfall. But the most impressive would be Wentworth Falls. Then there’s Govetts Leap Falls accenting the landscape of the Grose Valley. Other equally beautiful waterfalls are Vera Falls, Minnehaha Falls, Leura Falls, Leura Cascades, Empress Falls, and Gordon Falls.
Visitors can choose many different activities ranging from fun rides to extreme sports.
Sightseeing around the Blue Mountains on board a four-wheel-drive or on horseback would let you cover long distances. But you can also try what Australians call “bushwalking.” It is trekking the trail down to a desired scenic attraction. You can follow the tracks to Katoomba Falls or to Wentworth Falls.
Folks can also take the world’s steepest funicular railway — the Katoomba Scenic Railway. It is operated by Scenic World, a tourism complex in the town of Katoomba. Scenic World also runs Scenic Skyway, Scenic Cableway, and Scenic Walkway.
If you want to experience the amazing views of the Blue Mountains above the ground, Scenic Skyway or the Scenic Cableway is perfect for you. You will have a 360-degree view of the Blue Mountains — Katoomba Falls, Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, and the Jamison Valley.
There are picnic areas available throughout the Blue Mountains. Of course, with wonderful views and natural scenery at the backdrop.
The picnic area at the base of the Govetts Leap Falls has the Grose Valley and the waterfall as the highlight. Plus, the friendly cockatoos and other lovely birds.
On the lakeside of Wentworth Falls Lake, the scenery is idyllic, relaxing, and serene. Another wonderful place to have a picnic with
You may choose to cool off in the fresh, clean, and rejuvenating waters of the Paradise Pool. The natural sound of flowing water provides you with a calm, serene, and relaxing ambience. It lets you rest in the embrace of mother nature.
For those who are into extreme sports and adventures, they would have their hands full. Try rock climbing, abseiling, and canyoning. They are fun. Test your mettle in the steep cliffs and rugged terrains of the Blue Mountains.
There are a number of spots for rock climbing and abseiling including Mount Piddington, Zig Zag, and Narrow Neck Plateau. These spots are good for both newbies and pros.
Go a little further to the extreme — go canyoning! Hike the trails on the canyons, cross the rivers, swim and wade in the strong current, scramble over boulders, jump into pools, rappel on cliffs. The canyons and plateaus of the Blue Mountains are a perfect venue for such an extreme adventure. Test your strength, stamina, and resolve. This activity though requires a certain level of physical fitness.
There’s a lot more the Blue Mountains can offer.
You can arrange a special Blue Mountains tour itinerary with Autopia Tours. You may wish to join our Blue Mountains Sunset Tour which departs most days from Sydney and travels in a small group. Cosy and comfortable, our tour packages are designed to satisfy your travel needs.