31 October 2011
Looking to get out of the city for a day to get refreshed and invigorated? Fortunately you don’t have to go far – just over an hour and a half away is the famous, World Heritage, Blue Mountains. Full of walking trails, stunning views, and dramatic cliffs; it’s not hard to enjoy yourself and the outdoors for a day.
There is so much to see and do in the Blue Mountains that you can easily spend an entire weekend seeing the sights and still not have done everything! However, if you only have a day, there are some sights you definitely shouldn’t miss – like the Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba.The iconic and stunning Three Sisters is probably one of the most easily recognisable images of the Blue Mountains.
While you’re at Echo Point you’re also at the starting point for the Giant Stairway, which allows you to descend approximately 300m into the Jamison Valley. Fortunately, if you get tired you don’t have to climb back up the 800 steps of the Giant Stairway; you can jump on the Scenic Skyway, which is the steepest railway incline in the world.
Before leaving the Blue Mountains there’s one more place to check out, and that’s the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. From the Three Sisters the botanic garden is only 45 mins away, and well worth the trip. It sits on the summit of a basalt-capped peak, about 1000m above sea level, which means that it has very mild summer temperatures and displays plants from the cooler regions of the world. The garden is one of few botanic gardens where plants have been grouped according to their geographical origin, which means you can see the similarities and differences between the plants of each region all in one spot. So whether you’re in for hiking and bushwalking, or a more leisurely scenic tour, the Blue Mountains is definitely a destination to visit!
Have you had an amazing experience visiting the Blue Mountains?