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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.

Blue Mountains: Private Scenic Tour with Optional Stops

5. Blue Mountains: Private Scenic Tour with Optional Stops

Experience the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area on this guided day trip. Behold panoramic views of Jamison Valley, take a bushwalk to Echo Point, and explore Katoomba and Leura. Add an optional stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park or Scenic World. After pickup in Sydney, continue westward into the Blue Mountains. Soak in the sheer sandstone cliffs and lush rainforests of Jamison Valley. Take a bushwalk up to Echo Point for stunning views of the famous Three Sisters sandstone rock formation. Stop for lunch at a local spot in the quaint town of Katoomba which borders the Blue Mountains National Park. Experience the charming village of Leura with its tree-lined main street, antique shops, art galleries, and artisan chocolate makers.  Add a stop at the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park. Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s cutest native animals. Choose to stop at Scenic World, home to the Scenic Railway, Skyway, Cableway, and Rainforest Walkway. 

Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature Explorer, Sunset & Dinner

6. Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature Explorer, Sunset & Dinner

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.

From Sydney: Private Blue Mountains Day Trip with Bushwalks

7. From Sydney: Private Blue Mountains Day Trip with Bushwalks

Take the hassle out of planning and organizing your own day trip to the Blue Mountains with this private day trip for you and your group only. Your day starts with convenient pickup from your hotel or accommodation, before heading west towards the Great Dividing Range. Depending on your preferences, when passing through western Sydney you can take 1.5 hours at either Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to the largest collection of Australian native animals in the world, or Sydney Zoo, Sydney's newest animal sanctuary with both native and exotic animals. Both offer the chance to see all your favourite animals up close and interact directly with some truly iconic Aussie creatures, including koalas, kangaroos, and many more. Further west the journey follows the Great Western Highway, the same route taken by Aboriginals for thousands of years. Once in the mountains, enjoy some time for bushwalking, waterfalls, and lookouts. While hiking, keep an eye out for colourful birds, unique animal life, and dramatic canyons and cliffs. Your expert guide will point out interesting natural formations, and provide commentary throughout the day. Choose from an array of different dining options for lunch. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the national park, a table at a great local cafe, a bistro meal in an Aussie pub, or a gourmet experience in a prestigious restaurant. After lunch you'll head to Echo Point, which provides the best view of the Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley to hear the Aboriginal story of creation. Optional free time for you to visit Scenic World for the Discovery pass taking in the three rides (at own expense) or you can go on another beautiful bushwalk. After this adventurous day, your driver/guide will safely deliver you back to your pickup address or drop you off on route if preferred.

From Sydney:Blue Mountains Tour, Hike, Sydney Zoo & Ferry

8. From Sydney:Blue Mountains Tour, Hike, Sydney Zoo & Ferry

Explore the outdoors on a guided hike and van tour and visit Sydney Zoo. Visit the quaint village of Leura, hike along a cliff face for views of the Three Sisters, and ride through the Blue Mountains. Begin your tour at one of the pickup points in Sydney and head to the Blue Mountains. As you drive, marvel at fantastic views of the Jamison Valley and Three Sisters. Enjoy a quick coffee and snack break at your expense before reaching Jamison Valley. Hop off the van in Jamison Valley to begin your hike. For the next hour and a half, hike along the cliff face and enjoy views of the mountains and the Three Sisters while you breathe in the fresh Blue Mountain air. After the hike, head to a hidden viewpoint and snap photos of the Megalong Valley. Continue to Leura, a small village with boutique stores for souvenir shopping and many options for a light snack or meal. After lunch, head back to Sydney and visit Sydney Zoo. Meet the koalas, emus, and wombats in the nocturnal section for Australian native mammals and reptiles. Explore the rest of the Zoo seeing international animals. We spend about 1hr - 1.2 hours at the Zoo. Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a Private Water Taxi on Parramatta River to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. You will travel under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay where your tour will conclude at approx 5pm (depending on traffic and ferry).

Blue Mountains: Mountain e-Bike Ride, Narrowneck Plateau

9. Blue Mountains: Mountain e-Bike Ride, Narrowneck Plateau

HOLY MOLY!!! You want views? The only way to do this ride is on our electric e-bikes! This is an amazing dirt fire trail and from start to finish we do approx. 30km and climb 900 vertical meters... that's a lot of HILLS!! Trail surface has loose rocks with some steep descents and unskilled/unconfident riders are likely to fall, so If your skills are not that great, you should check out the Hanging Rock ride with its amazing views...but without the big hills! The spectacular Narrowneck trail follows a ridge-line deep into the valley, offering exhilarating scenic views across the Megalong Valley in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. Setting out from Katoomba, you do a short ride on tarmac road and then hit the dirt and head deep into the undulating trails of this un-spoilt wilderness area of the Megalong and Jamison Valleys. This ride like most in the Blueys, is an out and back

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What people are saying about Katoomba

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

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 :)

Amazing trip! The guide knew exactly what he was talking about and easily changed the itinerary if parts were not accessible. You get to see so many beautiful parts of the Blue Mountains in the right amount of time!

Thanks Smokey - great photos and guide well worth!