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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 Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

3. 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.

From Katoomba: Megalong Valley Wine Trail

4. 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).

Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

5. 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.

From Katoomba or Leura: 3-Hour Land Rover Adventure

6. 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.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Waterfalls, Walks, and Sunset Tour

7. Sydney: Blue Mountains Waterfalls, Walks, and Sunset Tour

Enjoy a small group photo tour of the Blue Mountains including sunset at Echo Point. This semi-private tour departs later so you can sleep in and avoid Sydney’s rush hour traffic. You'll stop at three amazing lookouts. Each lookout is just a short walk from the vehicle. Then listen to sounds of nature, the birds, and rushing water on two longer walks to some majestic waterfalls. Keen nature lovers will enjoy the 40-minute bush walk to Leura Cascades and a longer walk into Wentworth Falls. Those who would rather not join in the longer walks can choose to take a shorter walk or visit Scenic World for two hours. 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 hotel and enjoy dinner before returning to Sydney.

From Sydney: Blue Mountain Sightseeing Full-Day Trip

8. From Sydney: Blue Mountain Sightseeing Full-Day Trip

Start the day off with a trip to the beautiful Featherdale Wildlife Park to get up close and personal with some of the native wildlife of Australia. Spend the morning getting close to koalas, petting kangaroos, and playing with wombats, and then enjoy a delicious lunch at the Blue Mountains restaurant (at an additional cost of 15 dollars). After lunch, make your way to the Wentworth Falls area and the townships of Leura and Katoomba, cross the stunning Leura Cascades, and enjoy a scenic drive along the cliffs and some spectacular views of Kings Tableland. Next, those in small coaches can pay a visit to Cahill's Lookout to see the famous Boars Head Rock and the beautiful Megalong and Jamison Valleys, from where the tour will continue to the Echo Point to see the world-famous ‘Three Sisters’ as well as Australia's 'Grand Canyon'. Before the day is done, pay a visit to Scenicworld to ride the Scenic Railway, Skyway and SceniSender (at own expense), and ride the world's steepest incline railway down to the elevated timber boardwalk and meander through the picturesque rain forest before beginning the journey back to the Sydney Harbor. For a more personalized experience, consider the private tour option and have the day tailored to your interests.

From Sydney: Boutique Uncharted Blue Mountains Tour

9. From Sydney: Boutique Uncharted Blue Mountains Tour

Your day starts with the spectacular views offered from Wentworth Falls, overlooking the Jamison Valley. Here you have time to wander the many walks on offer.  At lunch time visit one of the Mountain villages of Katoomba, Leura, or Blackheath with plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops, and galleries to visit. After, continue the journey to discover the Blue Mountains. Options include short guided bush walks, and an abundance of lookouts over the Jamison, Grose, and Megalong Valleys. Next, head down from the mountains for a hands-on Australian native wildlife encounter and the chance to pat a Koala and feed Kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park! Return to Sydney in your luxury tour vehicle.

Blue Mountains: 4WD Adventure Tour with Local Guide

10. Blue Mountains: 4WD Adventure Tour with Local Guide

Take a guided 4WD tour of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains with exclusive access to view the largest enclosed canyon in the Southern Hemisphere, second only to the Grand Canyon, Capertee Valley. Other highlights include the Lost City, viewing ancient aboriginal rock art and spotting Australian wildlife in the wild. The tour includes pickup from any hotel or train station in the Blue Mountains area. Your guided 4wd tour begins with pick-up from any accommodation or train station in the Blue Mountains before heading to Clarence at the site of the old Zig Zag railway. Get straight into the adventure with some serious 4wding before heading to the Lost City, a formation of rock pagodas etched from nature over millions of years. After visiting these magnificent formations we head off to view some ancient aboriginal artwork painted several thousands of years ago. By now you will be getting a bit hungry so it is off to lunch. The Royal Hotel at Capertee is the order of the day here with home cooked meals and cold drinks as well as coal fires in the winter. Lunch and a drink is included (lunch location may be changed if The Royal Hotel is closed). After lunch it's time to do some creek crossings, hopefully spot a few wallabies and other wildlife and have a bit of fun. The final part of your 4wd adventure will end with exclusive access to private property with 270-degree views of the Capertee Valley. The views go on forever and overlook the giant Pantoneys Crown. You will then be dropped back at your accommodation or train station of your preference in the Blue Mountains where the tour concludes.     There is the option to be picked up from any train station in the mountains or your accommodation if you are staying in the surrounded suburbs of Katoomba. Pick-up is at 08:00, and drop-off is at 18:00. The tour duration is 10 hours.

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,895 reviews

Our guide Tom was great. He gave us very entertaining commentary both on the blue mountain region but also in Sydney as we were driving through. Our trip included a ferry back to Sydney. Since ferries were free at that time we were reimbursed the fare which they were under no obligation to do. I highly recommend FJ tours. The blue mountains and 3 sisters were beautiful. The rides at scenic world were a bit lame but can’t be helped. You are already there so may as well take them

It was a relaxed trip, with a lot of content, reported by the guide, with visits to different perspectives and locations of the Blue Mountains. We visited several locations, points of interest, trails and parks. It was a very busy day, with enough time for the different points and moments of the tour. I recommend!

It was such an amazing experience. Bob was so friendly and experienced guide, he made so easy trip for us. I would definitely advise him to all my friends. Thanks

great day. lots to see and the guide kept things moving, plenty of free time and easy going!

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