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The Blue Mountains: A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted on 06/09/2017 by Whitestar Travel

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Just west of Sydney, the rugged beauty of The Blue Mountains beckons those looking for a breath of fresh air – literally.

Known for its bush setting, dramatic scenery and artsy villages, the region has attracted Sydney-siders searching for a weekend getaway for over 100 years. Not surprising really, given it’s spectacular scenery has seen it recognised with a World Heritage listing.

Amongst the steep cliffs, bushwalking trails, enchanted forests and waterfalls, you’ll find gorgeous guesthouses, fine food, frequent festivals, galleries and scones! A trip to The Blue Mountains is not complete without tea and scones! Try the Megalong Valley Tea Rooms for the perfect stomach-filling experience.

You’ll need to walk all that goodness off and The Blue Mountains’ many bush walks include easy strolls around lookouts to longer walks such as the the Six Foot Track, which is a challenging three-day walk along the old coach road between the main town of Katoomba and the incredible Jenolan Caves.

The Jenolan Caves claim to be the world’s oldest caves – we’re not sure how they worked that out – and are about an hour out of Katoomba. Take a guided tour through the wonderland of stalactite-lined limestone caves, sculpted by ancient underground rivers, and you just might start to get a good insight into the bond the local indigenous people feel with the land.

To delve deeper, head to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre. Here you’ll see and experience Australian indigenous culture like never before. If you’re lucky, someone might even tell you the fantastic dream-time legend of the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular landmark, the Three Sisters.

Located at Echo Point, Katoomba, the Three Sisters is an unusual rock formation that appears to change colour and character as the sunlight moves throughout the day. From the Echo Point lookout, you’ll also begin to understand how the Blue Mountains got their name.

Flower fans will love The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in Blackheath. Come in October-November for peak blooming time and you’ll see the rhododendrons and azaleas in their full magnificence.

Finally, take the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway. It has glass-roof carriages and a 52 degree incline, descending 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel, emerging into ancient rainforest at the Jamison Valley floor.

Fly to Sydney from Melbourne from $198 (incl. checked baggage) with Virgin. Hire a car for the one hour drive with Hertz.

Stay at the recently renovated Hydro Majestic or, if you really want to splash out, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley was recently voted the number one hotel in Australia in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards.

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For more information, call 03 9042 3321 or email info@whitestartravel.com.au

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