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Blue Mountains Hop on Hop off & Scenic World Rides Pass

1. Blue Mountains Hop on Hop off & Scenic World Rides Pass

With this full-day combination package you’ll discover the best the Blue Mountains area has to offer. The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus makes it possible to plan the day according to your interests, with departures every 30 minutes through most of the day. Hop off and back on at any of the 29 stops throughout the region, visiting waterfalls, galleries, gardens, eateries and the major attractions of The 3 Sisters and Scenic World. At Scenic World, ride the world's steepest Scenic Railway down into the valley and then walk along the Scenic Walkway. Board the Scenic Cableway up out of the valley. Glide above ancient ravines and waterfalls on the Scenic Skyway, enjoying spectacular views. Extra value additions with this Pass: 40% Discount on entry to Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition A free glass of wine, beer or coffee with every meal at Leura Garage or Palett Dining 10% off all treatments at Ubika Day Spa at Fairmont Resort & Spa Leura 10% discount on full priced chocolates at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company Katoomba A free coffee with a dessert or meal at The Gingerbread House Katoomba 10% off accommodation at Blue Mountains YHA & Equeva Group Hotels

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

2. Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus gives you the flexibility to plan your day according to your interests. The full-day pass has no restrictions – simply hop-on and hop-off as you please. This means you can plan your day around all the major attractions on offer in the region. Buses depart Katoomba every hour from 9 AM. The hop-on hop-off bus tour has 37 stops around Leura and Katoomba. Plan your day at your own pace with the option of visiting the waterfalls, attractions, galleries, gardens, bushwalks, cafes, and restaurants in the area as well as the major attractions of the Three Sisters and Katoomba Scenic World.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

3. Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

After a lazy start to your morning in Sydney, embark upon a truly special day in one of the most spectacular world heritage listed national parks, the Blue Mountains. You will leave the hustle and bustle of the Sydney metropolis and avoid the peak hour traffic, driving west towards the national park. Once there, you will explore the Blue Mountains National Park, with the regular tourist buses long gone, you will be left alone to soak in the golden hours before sunset. On your Blue Mountains tour, you will learn all about the native flora and fauna as well as the indigenous people of the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains has a very special indigenous dream-time creation story linked to the national park. Upon arriving in the Blue Mountains, you will commence an awe-inspiring scenic bush walk overlooking the breathtaking Jamison Valley. You will make your way to a sensational lookout across one of the most remarkable waterfalls in Australia, Wentworth Falls. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at one of the perfect lookouts chosen by your experienced tour guide. This is where you will have a closer look at the iconic Three Sisters sandstone formation. You can enjoy your Blue Mountains sunset whilst overlooking amazing views of Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle, and Narrow Neck Plateau. Your guide will take you to some terrific vantage points, allowing for the perfect sunset photo opportunities.

Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

4. Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

Leave Sydney and begin your day of exploration by journeying to the Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area, on a comfortable bus. Explore the park on a guided bushwalk, visit local towns, and marvel at your stunning surroundings, as your guide gives you informative commentary. Known for its stunning display of natural beauty and vast rainforests clad in eucalyptus trees, the Blue Mountains are over 100 million years old and span over thousands of hectares. The combination of the scorching Australian sun and fine oil mist from the eucalyptus leaves gives off a distinctive blue haze, earning The Blue Mountains their name. Your first stop is in the quaint town of Glenbrook, where you can enjoy a coffee or a quick snack before making your way to Euroka. Truly an authentic Australian experience, Euroka is campground near Glenbrook that is ideal for spotting native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before beginning your guided walk to Wentworth Falls. Appreciate the stunning surroundings on this hour walk through the bush. Marvel at the spectacular views from Wentworth falls and make your way along the stunning forests of Jamison Valley. Make your way to the locality’s iconic landmark, the Three Sisters rock formation. This is the ideal spot to capture photos of the Sisters whilst avoiding the morning crowds. Keep a close eye out for some of Australia's most iconic and unique wildlife here. As you come to the end of your tour, head to a secret sunset location for spectacular and undisturbed panoramic views. Witness the dazzling range of colors on display and experience the magic and charm of the mountains in the golden hour before sunset, before returning to your starting point.

Sydney: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park with River Cruise

5. Sydney: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park with River Cruise

After being collected from your central Sydney accommodation, head out of town to see koalas and feed kangaroos. Meet all your favorite Australian animals in an outdoor bush setting at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Then head out to the Blue Mountains for the day. Admire the stunning scenic lookouts and amazing views of the famous mountains of Australia. This tour is ideal for participants wanting short guided bush walks to beautiful lookouts and famous landmarks. Traveling with an experienced guide, explore off-the-beaten-track routes away from the regular crowds. Get the chance of fantastic photographic opportunities as you encounter renowned Australian flora and fauna. Later, choose to swim under a waterfall and check out some of the best lookouts on the wild side of the national park. At the end of the tour, enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise back to Sydney harbor along the Parramatta river.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Waterfalls, Bushwalks & Sunset Tour

6. Sydney: Blue Mountains Waterfalls, Bushwalks & Sunset Tour

Enjoy a photo tour of the Blue Mountains including sunset at Echo Point. This tour departs later so you can sleep in and avoid Sydney’s rush hour traffic. Stop at three amazing lookouts, each just a short walk from the vehicle. Listen to the sounds of nature, the birds, and rushing water on two longer walks to some majestic waterfalls. Keen nature lovers will enjoy the 90-minute bush walk into Wentworth Falls and two other 20 minute walks. Those who would rather not join in the longer walks can choose to take a shorter walk or visit Scenic World for two hours at your own expense. After the group reunites you'll visit two spectacular lookouts before returning to Echo Point to view the Three Sisters as the sun sets. The final remote lookout looks west over the Megalong Valley to watch the last rays of sunlight. Finally, relax at a local restaurant and enjoy dinner before returning to Sydney.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Glow Worm Adventure by Night

7. Sydney: Blue Mountains Glow Worm Adventure by Night

Following collection from your Sydney accommodation, begin your truly extraordinary adventure into the Blue Mountains. This thrilling thrilling experience sees you guided on a bush walk through the forest during the evening - equipped with headlights. Your evening hike leads to a cave, which includes a waterfall. There you can encounter native glow worms, candescent like a starry night. As you travel to and from the cave, be on the lookout for other forms of local wildlife. Throughout your experience your guide is also happy to introduce you to some bush tucker, and can also talk with you about general survival skills. At the conclusion of your authentic and informative Blue Mountains experience, your guide returns you back to your tour starting point.

From Katoomba: Megalong Valley Wine Trail

8. From Katoomba: Megalong Valley Wine Trail

Nestled in the beautiful Megalong Valley, surrounded by immense sandstone escarpments are the stunning Dryridge Estate and Megalong Creek Estate boutique vineyards. Leave the driving worries behind and be chauffeured both in and out of the Megalong Valley aboard the Megalong Valley Shuttle bus. Enjoy up to 5 hours in the Megalong Valley with two return shuttles available - either option gives you time to do tastings at each of the wineries as well as enjoy a light lunch. Cheers! Dryridge Estate Cellar Door was opened in 2012 and it boasts spectacular views; the Narrow Neck escarpment looms up from the valley floor and in the afternoon the sandstone cliffs are transformed by beautiful bright orange and yellow colours as the sun drops lower over the Great Dividing Range to the west. Wine Tasting Experience - Enjoy a taste of all the current vintage wines listed for $10 p.p. Food is also available - Cheese Board - $20.00 for two people / Cheese & Charcuterie Board - $35.00 for two people / Ploughman’s Lunch Platter- $50.00 for four people (no need to pre-order). Megalong Creek Estate Vineyard was established as a family farm run boutique vineyard in 2002. Sip single-vineyard wines, made with grapes grown solely in the Megalong Valley. Soak up the stunning valley views as resident alpacas graze before a backdrop of the towering sandstone escarpment. Wine Tasting Experience - Enjoy FREE tastings of all the current vintage wines listed. Grazing plate of Mudgee cheeses, fruit, olives & crackers (must be booked ahead) - $20 for two people. Book through - Megalong Creek Estate. Your Cellar Door experience - As a general guide you will need at least 1 hour at each winery to enjoy the full tasting experience. It is an easy 5 minutes stroll between the two wineries. Your Shuttle booking will automatically notify each winery that you will join them that day. The Shuttle Schedule - Megalong Valley Shuttle bus departs and returns to Katoomba. The advertised time is from the top of Katoomba Street - additional pickups is available: Depart Katoomba 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM; arrive Megalong 11:45 AM, 2:15 PM, 4:45 PM Depart Megalong 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 5:00 PM; arrive Katoomba 12:45 PM, 3:15 PM, 5:45 PM Additional pickups from Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath and Blackheath is available (select preference during checkout).

Blue Mountains: Small Group Discovery Tour

9. Blue Mountains: Small Group Discovery Tour

Spend the day exploring the Blue Mountains in Australia on a small group tour departing from Sydney. Sightsee scenic views, towns, and rainforests. Enjoy free time as you visit places such as Lincoln Rock and Scenic World. Choose the places you explore for a personalized experience. Start your adventure by departing from Sydney. Arrive at Kings Tableland and marvel at its panoramic lookout. Stop at Lincoln Rock for your first glimpse of the Jamison Valley. Head to the lookouts at Wentworth Falls. Take an optional guided walk and experience the recently upgraded paths via weeping rock and the under-cliff walk. See the many tiers of Wentworth Falls as you walk along the ridgeline. Next, choose between free time at Leura or Katoomba. Leura offers fine boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. At Katoomba, see the Carrington Hotel which is the only 19th-century grand resort hotel still in use in New South Wales. Enjoy a warm open fire inside or explore the pergola overlooking Katoomba. Optionally, stop for lunch at either Leura or Katoomba. Conveniently choose your lunch location the day before with your guide so reservations can be made for you. Next, enjoy free time at Scenic World or choose to visit the town of Blackheath. Scenic World’s railway offers rides into Jamison Valley via funicular railway and across the valley via cable car. At the base of the valley, there are boardwalks through the abandoned coal mine. Scenic World may be booked in advance or the day of. If going to Blackheath, discover the valley on the northern side of the pass. See the rugged beauty of Govett’s Leap and visit the town’s antique cafe or Ivanhoe Hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your own pace near Echo Point. Enjoy short walks, lookouts, visitor information, and refreshments. Get to see the Three Sisters rock formation in the afternoon sun. At the end of your adventure, exit the Blue Mountains via Cliff Drive while enjoying views of the Megalong Valley. Make your way back to Sydney.

From Katoomba or Leura: 3-Hour Land Rover Adventure

10. From Katoomba or Leura: 3-Hour Land Rover Adventure

Explore the World Heritage Blue Mountains like never before. Discover Katoomba, Medlow Bath, and Blackheath in an open air Ex-Australian Army Land Rover. This is a unique opportunity for you to experience the amazing Blue Mountains. Smell the eucalypts and feel the fresh air around you. Elevated seating and no windows gives an unparalleled view of the spectacular landscape. Travel along Narrow Neck Plateau, the dividing range between the two most popular valleys in the Blue Mountains, and take short walks along some of the dirt tracks to see the views. In Medlow Bath and Blackheath, see more beautiful views that are catered to each individual group.

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What people are saying about Blue Mountains

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,983 reviews

A fantastic tour and very knowledgeable guides! A truly unique way to experience the stunning Blue Mountains…the guides obviously loved and cared for the area very much and made us feel very welcome. We got to areas and lookouts that we never would have by ourselves and it was fun sitting in the back of the Australian Army Land Rover…blankets were provided! Thanks guys for a really memorable day !! We’ll be back!

Drivers are friendly, leaves every hour so lots of chances to leave at a convenient time. Wherever you get off, they will be back to get you an hour later minimum. It helps if you have an idea of how long you might light to stay at what hop off stops. If you are into shopping and cafes, you want a minimum 2 hours in Leura village. I recommend at least 2-3 hours for scenic world to enjoy the walks and the café.

Terry was EXTREMELY helpful and knowledgeable about the scenery and history surrounding this beautiful landscape. I would highly recommend booking with him! He was also very helpful suggesting places and things worth doing in the surrounding areas and gave us amazing insight on what we should fill our days with :) I’m happy to say I would recommend this to anyone I know traveling in the Sydney area

We had a wonderful day in the Blue Mountains including a sensational walk to Wentworth falls. Lunch at the Carrington Hotel by the fire was very cosy as well as delicious. Scenic World was not only great fun but also provided sensational views from all three rides. Craig provided for every individuals requirements adding to the extremely enjoyable experience.

Smokey is a great guide, very friendly and approachable. Everyone in the group admired his ability of talking non stop for hours, either when driving or doing a walk. Thank you for this great experience. Enjoyed it a lot :)