Aerial over Mt Hay and Grose Valley, Blue Mountains - Image; Hamilton Lund, DNSW
The Blue Mountains saves its best for the bushwalker. The finest views, the loveliest waterfalls, the cries of whip birds and kookaburras – these delights belong to the two-footed wanderer and the Blue Mountains has plenty on the menu, whether it’s a one-hour stroll or a multi-day hike.
Bushwalking in the Blue Mountains
If you love to explore the bush and are looking for something a little more adventurous, visit one of Sydney's most popular areas for bushwalking: the Blue Mountains. With so many amazing things to see and do in the Blue Mountains, embarking on the short drive from Sydney is a must for all bushwalking enthusiasts.
Whether you're up for a challenge or prefer a more relaxed stroll, there are bushwalking trails to suit all abilities. A good place to start is the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre. Here, you can find out what's on in the region, popular and safe bushwalking trails to add to your itinerary, and purchase maps for your bushwalk. You can also find out about local tours and organised discovery walks that operate throughout the year. Exlore the Blue Mountains wilderness with Life's an Adventure's guided half day or three day walks. Food and gear is transported ahead so walkers can enjoy the experience without the load. The five-day Blue Mountains Traverse Self Guided Inn-to-Inn Walking Holiday is also a great way to discover the bush.
It's recommended to check government websites for national park closures and updates before planning a bushwalking trip, as weather changes in the Blue Mountains are known to be unpredictable. If there are no disappointing weather conditions on the horizon and you're expecting a fairly clear day, it's still recommended to pack warm clothes in case the weather does decided to turn and it can!
If you're feeling really adventurous, combine a day of bushwalking with other popular outdoor activities in the Blue Mountains, such as mountain biking, horseriding or canyoning in the lush surrounds. To get a real sense of the natural environment, camp in a picturesque national park, or if you need your creature comforts, choose from a vast range of accommodation available in the Blue Mountains.
For all those dedicated bushwalking fans, don't miss the Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Festival of Walking that takes place each year in October. It's a celebration of nature and the health benefits of walking in the fresh air.
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