You have time to pause and wonder at the minute natural marvels you encounter along the way – as well as soaking up the massive panoramas, listening to birdsong and breathing in the fragrant atmosphere of the forest.
The Blue Mountains – their colour comes from vaporised eucalyptus resin combining with fine dust – are a walker’s paradise that leads from sparkling waterfalls to time-carved grottoes, from disused coal mines in the heart of a rainforest to a phenomenal rock amphitheatre, mighty canyons and astounding views.
You’ll arrive at Mount Victoria and check in to your hotel – giving you plenty of time to explore the immediate area at your own pace.
Today your walking adventure begins in earnest with an easy climb to the highest point in the Blue Mountains; Mount Piddington. The views are well worth the climb, and you’ll descend through untouched forest to Cox’s Cave – following in the footsteps of the early pioneers. Later you’ll hike through a picturesque canyon that opens up into a dramatic, natural rock amphitheatre. In the evening a gentle stroll takes you through magnificent rhododendron gardens.
The next day you’ll visit Bridal Veil Falls – plummeting 180 metres – and Govetts Leap, with its awe-inspiring views, before dropping down into the depths of the Grand Canyon. Here you’ll experience a surreal, other-worldly sensation as forest giants tower overhead and your path reveals glimpses into dark clefts in the canyon.
Stay: Two nights in Blackheath.
Today you can rest your feet – at least for a while. The Scenic Railway will chug you into the depths of the rainforest, so you can follow the route of the original coal miners over 100 years ago and see the mining relics and tunnels they left behind. Keep a look out for the exotic lyrebird as you go.
After lunch on an impressive rocky outcrop called Ruined Castle (you’ll see why) you can take the Furber Challenge by climbing a steep track through rainforest, past waterfalls and grottoes. Or simply take the Scenic Railway again.
Stay: One night in Katoomba.
Learn how the Three Sisters came into being according to Aboriginal legend, as you descend the 862 steps of the Giant Stairway, before walking into fairyland. Delicate ferns and dark green mosses festoon trees, whilst leafy branches filter dappled sunlight creating a mystical scene in the Leura Forest. You’ll have plenty of time to discover more natural wonders in this beautiful area, before your walking tour culminates in Waterfall Valley.
This grand finale takes you past waterfalls, beneath overhanging cliffs and through wondrous grottoes. A ‘mid cliff’ walk takes you along a path carved into the sheer cliff face – complete with handrails, ladders and soaring lookout points giving eye-stretching panoramic views over hundreds of square miles of forest. You’ll even be sprayed by the spectacular Wentworth Falls on your way to the top.
On your final day, the trip finishes with breakfast and you make your way back to the airport for your flight home.
Stay: Three nights in Leura.