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Blue Mountains Scenic World Scenic Tour

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  • Visit Katoomba's Scenic World, an attraction tucked away in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains of Australia.
  • With a host of exciting experiences to choose from, you have access to the Scenic Skyway, Walkway, Cableway, and Railway!
  • As you glide between cliff tops, catch views of the Katoomba Falls, Three Sisters, Mt Solitary, and Jamison Valley on the Scenic Skyway.
  • Walk under the canopy of the rainforest on a 500-meter boardwalk on the Scenic Walkway.
  • On the Scenic Railway, you'll ride one of the steepest passenger railways in the world at a 52° incline in open terrain.
  • Descend gently into the Jamison Valley and return back up with the 545-meter scenic cableway.
  • Apart from amazing views, you're guaranteed a great day of fun and adventure.
  • Infants aged 3 and below go free. Children aged 4-13 enjoy reduced-price tickets (carry a valid photo ID).
  • This ticket cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled.

All-inclusive Blue Mountains Tour With Scenic World, Featherdale Wildlife Park, River Cruise & Transfers

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  • An exemplar of Sydney’s lush natural beauty, the Blue Mountains have plenty of sights in store for you.
  • Embark upon a guided bushwalk through the eucalyptus-scented rainforest and make stops at lookouts to view the city from sweeping heights.
  • Soar to the skies at Scenic World’s skyways for some more stunning views of the city.
  • Visit the Featherdale National Park and wave at the friendly koalas, kangaroos, and more of Australia’s renowned animals.
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise down the Parramatta River and end your tour on a high note.
  • Ages 2yrs and below go free. Ages 3-12yrs enjoy reduced-price tickets (carry a valid photo ID).
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24hrs before the schedule.

Hop-On Hop-Off Blue Mountain Bus Tour

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  • Head out to the Blue Mountains, an easy 2hr trip via the train from Sydney.
  • Once here, enjoy a one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience on this HOHO bus tour through the Blue Mountains.
  • Sit back and enjoy the dramatic views throughout the 60-minute bus ride, or choose to deboard at any of the 29 stops to explore the attractions on foot.
  • Take in the stunning landmarks along your route, including Three Sisters, Scenic World, Scenic Skyway and Leura Cascades.
  • Spend time exploring these landmarks without worrying about reboarding, as buses depart every 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy the amusing live commentary in English, free guidebook, and the exclusive cliff-top and valley views on this HOHO bus tour.
  • The Explorer Bus pass is a 1-day pass. However, if you are staying overnight then you can extend the pass validity up to 3 days at no additional cost. Please visit the office or get in touch with the bus drivers.
  • Click here for detailed route map and boarding points.
  • Ages 4-17yrs enjoy reduced pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24hrs before the schedule.

Blue Mountains Hop-On Hop-Off Tour With Scenic World Pass

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  • Make your way to the Blue Mountains on your own, an easy trip via the train from Sydney.
  • Tour your way through Sydney’s iconic mountain ranges to reveal unmatched dramatic views of the mountain ranges.
  • Sit through the entire 60-minute ride at once, or disembark at any of the 29 stops and enjoy popular attractions on foot.
  • With buses leaving every 30 minutes, you aren’t on a time crunch while exploring the many attractions here.
  • Make your way to the stunning Scenic World and enjoy cable car rides, train rides and boardwalks here.
  • Enjoy the other appealing landmarks along your route, such as the Three Sisters lookout point and Leura Cascades.
  • Enjoy the amusing English live commentary, free guidebook and the exclusive cliff-top and valley views on this HOHO bus tour.
  • The Explorer Bus pass is a 1-day pass. However, if you are staying overnight then you can extend the pass validity up to 3 days at no additional cost. Please visit the office or get in touch with the bus drivers.
  • Click here for detailed route map and boarding points.
  • Ages 4-17yrs enjoy reduced pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24hrs before the schedule.

The Blue Mountains are a majestic mountain range near Sydney, Australia. This UNESCO World Heritage area is known for its natural beauty — verdant forests, lofty hills, deep canyons, steep cliffs, and plunging waterfalls — along with its charming villages. If you’re looking to escape the hustle-bustle of the city, here’s the place you must visit for a breath of fresh air. About 80 KM from Sydney, the Blue Mountains make for a wonderful day or weekend trip. Read on to learn about everything you need to plan your Sydney to Blue Mountains tour.

Visiting Blue Mountains Post-COVID 19

Australia has introduced stringent measures to keep COVID-19 under control. The Blue Mountains opened to tourists on June 1, 2020. Visitors can discover the Blue Mountains and must ensure they take necessary precautions for their safety. One can also explore this stunning attraction through various Blue Mountains guided day tours.

Health Guidelines in the Blue Mountains

  • Blue Mountains is operating on reduced visitor capacity, with social distancing measures in place.
  • Guests should carry their own masks and keep it on at all times. To be extra safe, guests are encouraged to carry their own hand sanitisers. 
  • Please note that reservations can be made both offline and online. 
  • BBQ facilities and skate parks will remain closed until further notice.

Why Take a Sydney to Blue Mountains Tour

The Blue Mountains region gets its name from the blue haze exuded by the eucalypts (gum trees). This haze is a result of a fine mist of eucalyptus oil which is discharged from the gum trees in the hot sun. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue from a distance.

The Blue Mountains are just over 70 kilometers away from Sydney, making it easy to access when taking a day tour. To see the Blue Mountains is to experience the raw power of nature. A UNESCO World Heritage Area, it is known for its biodiversity, such as dingos, kangaroos, and potoroos. The Blue Mountains also have many unique experiences for tourists such as the Jenolan Caves, Katoomba Railway, Lennox Bridge, and Scenic Skyway.

Blue Mountains Tour Options

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Guided Tours

The best way to explore the Blue Mountains is through a guided tour. A knowledgeable guide will take you around the area and give you information about the same. A guided tour from Sydney to Blue Mountains is especially hassle-free as your transportation is also arranged as part of the tour.

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Non-Guided Tours

A non-guided tour of Blue Mountains is perfect for seasoned adventurers. In a self-guided tour, you can pick and choose where you want to go, how you want to go, and what attractions you want to visit. Please note that under non-guided tours, you will have to arrange for your own transportation.

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Combo Tours

A combo tour is for those who want to explore more than just the Blue Mountains. As part of your combo Blue Mountains tours package, you will also get to visit other attractions like Jenolan Caves, Scenic World, Katoomba Falls, and Three Sisters. Transfers and an expert guide are usually included in this package.

Guided vs Non-Guided Tours

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Guided

  1. A professional guide will help you navigate around the Blue Mountains.
  2. Guided tours are typically done in groups.
  3. Transfers are included to, from, and around the Blue Mountains in a guided tour.
  4. Guided tours stick to a pre-decided itinerary to ensure you cover as many attractions as possible within a day.
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Non-Guided

  1. In a non-guided tour, you can discover the beauty of the Blue Mountains on your own.
  2. A self-guided tour isn’t done as part of a group.
  3. Visitors have to arrange for their own transportation to, from, and within the Blue Mountains.
  4. Non-guided tours give you the flexibility to explore the Blue Mountains at your own leisure.

Which Sydney to Blue Mountains Tour Should You Opt For?

1. For those on a budget

If you’re looking to visit the Blue Mountains without burning a hole into your pocket, you can purchase entrance tickets to the park and the attractions you want to visit, if any. 

2. For those who want a guided tour

If you want to learn more about the Blue Mountains, opt for a guided tour. You can explore even more of the area than you would by yourself as the guides know the bushland very well.

3. For those looking to go beyond Blue Mountains

You can explore more than just the Blue Mountains via a combo tour, which will show you the best attractions in the area such as the Scenic Skywalk, Jenolan Caves, and Katoomba Falls.

What to See at Blue Mountains

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  • Three Sisters: The Three Sisters are three sandstone peaks within the Blue Mountains area. Arguably the most popular attraction within the region, it is best seen from the Echo Point Lookout and Eagle Hawk lookout and is equally captivating at night when it is floodlit. On a guided tour, you can also learn the different stories related to this landmark.
  • Wentworth Falls: Wentworth Falls is a charming town in the Blue Mountains, with a waterfall of the same name. While there are numerous waterfalls in the area, Wentworth Falls is by far the most beautiful. The plunging waterfall is a sight to behold and visitors can also enjoy a quick swim in the base pool.
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  • Katoomba: Home to Scenic World, Katoomba is a must-visit when going to the Blue Mountains. Originally developed as a mountain resort area in the early 1900s, today it is a popular tourist hotspot. Scenic World is a great way to experience the beauty of the area thanks to Scenic Railway, Cableway, Walkway, and Skyway.
  • Blue Mountains Botanic Garden: The only botanic garden in Australia to be present within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is filled with flora native to the country, along with other unique plants from across the world. The garden overlooks the Blue Mountains and offers picturesque views of the surrounding area.
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  • Jenolan Caves: Nearly 350 million years old, the Jenolan Caves are limestone caves near the Blue Mountains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is visited by over 200,000 people annually, who explore the cave system by walking or rock climbing. The oldest open cave system in the world, it consists of underground rivers, different passages, and even a Cathedral Chamber! 
  • Leura: Located between Katoomba and Wentworth Falls, Leura is a prime example of the Australian countryside. This picture-perfect village is a popular tourist spot in the Blue Mountains. With lush gardens, souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants, and picturesque lookouts, this town is worth the visit.

Plan Your Visit to the Blue Mountains

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  • Train: The NSW TrainLink Intercity trains can take you from Sydney to the Blue Mountains and back. The train leaves Sydney Central Station almost every hour and takes about two hours to get to the top of the mountains. You can also take express trains with limited stops that get you to Blue Mountains quicker.
  • Bus: You can take a bus from Sydney to the Blue Mountains. The option to visit Blue Mountains via coach is offered by mostly tour companies that offer day trip visit to the area. You can also utilise a hop-on hop-off explorer bus service, starting from AUD$50.
  • Car: Driving is the most popular way to go from Sydney to the Blue Mountains, as the scenery is breathtaking. The entrance to the Blue Mountains at Glenbrook/Lapstone is a little under an hour from Sydney, just follow the signs to Parramatta.
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The best time to visit the Blue Mountains is between March and August. These are the Autumn and Winter months, and so the weather is good for walking, hiking, and a number of other activities. There is barely any rain, and the weather is cool.

September to November is generally quiet, but is also a good time to visit in terms of weather.

Summer (December to February) is great for those that don’t want to visit when the weather is cold. While summer can get hot, it is still a good time to explore the region.

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The Blue Mountains region offers a variety of eateries, such as pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes, among others. 

When in the Blue Mountains, you visit Leura Garage, Lily’s Pad Café, Cassiopeia, Silk’s Brasserie, Darley’s Restaurant in Lilianfels, and Fumo.

For those who want to visit farmers’ markets, Blackheath Growers Market and Leura First Sunday Markets are great places to visit.

For unique experiences, you can head to Megalong Valley Tearooms for Devonshire tea with scones and clotted cream or Dryridge Estate Cellar Door for a sip of local mountain wines.

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There are a number of accommodation options for those visiting the Blue Mountains:

  • Luxury: One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa,  Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa, and Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges 
  • Heritage: Hydro Majestic Hotel, Hotel Mountain Heritage, and Palais Royale
  • Bed & Breakfast: Shelton-Lea Bed & Breakfast, Bethany Manor Bed & Breakfast, and Broomelea Bed & Breakfast
  • Hostel: The Flying Fox Backpackers, Blue Mountains Backpackers Hostel, and Leura House
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 Tired of malls and high streets? The Blue Mountains area is perfect for you. With a range of independent shops and boutiques spread across the region, there is something for everyone.

Apart from food and sweets, one can purchase vintage clothes, local handicrafts, interesting antiques, and unique books.

  • Three Sisters
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Scenic World
  • Pulpit Rock Lookout
  • Glow Worm Tunnels
  • Wentworth Falls
  • Japanese Bathhouse
  • Sunset at Blackheath Lookout
  • Kings Tableland
  • Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Visitor Tips for Sydney to Blue Mountains Tours

  • Ensure you carry hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bottled water on your visit. If you’re visiting during winter, carry along warm clothing.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as the tour involves quite a lot of walking.
  • Some tours offer discounted tickets for children. Please check your tickets, and if eligible, select the appropriate option and carry valid IDs on the tour.
  • Do not miss taking a bushwalk — there are different trails for different levels, but each has a unique charm and shows you the true beauty of the Blue Mountains.
  • If you really want to discover the unique wildlife of the Land Down Under, head on to Featherdale Wildlife Park.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sydney to Blue Mountains Tours

Can I take a guided Blue Mountains tour?

There are various guided Sydney to the Blue Mountains tour options. It is always better to take a guided tour as you can explore the bushland without any worries and your guide will give you lots of information and insight into the location.

What is the best Sydney to Blue Mountains tour?

The best Sydney to Blue Mountains tour is a guided tour as it covers all the main attractions and your guide will help you explore areas of the bushland that are difficult to explore by yourself.

What happens if I need to cancel my Blue Mountains tour tickets?

This depends on the type of tickets you purchase. Some tickets cannot be cancelled or rescheduled, while others can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. Ensure you check the cancellation policy on your tickets prior to purchasing them.

Should I purchase my Blue Mountains tickets in advance?

While you can purchase tickets on-site, it is recommended that you purchase them online in advance to avail discounts and offers.

Can I take a Sydney to Blue Mountains train?

Yes, there are frequent trains that run from Sydney to the Blue Mountains and back on a daily basis.

What can I do in the Blue Mountains?

Apart from the many attractions like Three Sisters, Glow Worm Tunnels, and Jenolan Caves, you can go hiking or walking in the trails or even go cycling, canyoning, and horse riding.

What is the best time to visit the Blue Mountains?

Autumn (March to May) is the best time to visit the Blue Mountains, as the weather is pleasant and there is not much rainfall.

How long does it take to get to the Blue Mountains from Sydney?

If you are driving, it can take around 90 minutes, but if you are taking a train, the journey will take you about 2 hours.

Are the Blue Mountains wheelchair-accessible?

Unfortunately, the Blue Mountains are not wheelchair-accessible.

How much time do I need to explore the Blue Mountains?

The Blue Mountains are vast. If there are only certain attractions you want to visit, then a day should suffice. But if you truly want to explore the area and imbibe yourself in local culture, you can spend up to a week in the region.