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Things to Do in the Blue Mountains | New South Wales

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by About Australia Staff No Comments

Things to See and Things to Do in the Blue Mountains | New South Wales, Australia

Things to Do in the Blue Mountains New South Wales Australia

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Sydney is by far the most visited city in Australia, known best for its Harbour and Opera House. But just two hours outside of the city is the Greater Blue Mountains Area. This natural wonder is truly a must-visit on your next trip to Sydney. There are so many things to do in the Blue Mountains that you could easily spend an entire trip trekking through it.

The Greater Blue Mountains Area is a largely untouched, mountainous forest landscape. The huge expanse covers more than two million acres just west of the hustle and bustle of Sydney. It was named a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique geological rock formations, forest and waterfalls. This ecological diversity provides a wide range of habitats for more than 400 different types of animals. Several species considered rare or under threat of extinction call the park home.

The name “Blue Mountains” is no misnomer. Legend has it that when the temperature rises, the essential oil from the eucalyptus forest evaporates and disperses in to the air. This causes sunlight to filter through the mist in the air and scatter blue light over the canopy and vista. This natural phenomenon casts a spectacular bath of blue-light over the region.

Things to Do in the Blue Mountains Sydney New South Wales Australia

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Hanging Rock Things to Do in the Blue Mountains Sydney Australia

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Within the Greater Blue Mountains Area are seven official National Parks of New South Wales. These include Blue Mountains, Gardens of Stone and Nattai National Parks. Blue Mountains National Park is the most popular of all parks in the Blue Mountains Area. In fact, it is one of the most visited national parks in all New South Wales.

Visitors and local Aussies alike flock to Blue Mountains National Park for strenuous hiking, easy walking, rock climbing and more. Numerous viewing areas called “lookouts” are accessible to visitors. They offer up some of the most sought after and breathtaking views of the area’s natural expanse in the entire region.

Eaglehawk Lookout

Before you even enter the park’s trailhead you will be immediately blown away by the view from this lookout. From here, you’ll be able to gaze upon The Three Sisters. This three-towered rock formation is one of the most fascinating sites in the entire Blue Mountains Area.

Three Sisters Things to Do in the Blue Mountains New South Wales Australia

The Three Sisters are viewable from several vantage points in the park. Eaglehawk Lookout tends to be less populated than sites like Echo Point, so you get a solemn ambiance like no other. Eaglehawk Lookout offers up some of the best views in the park and is one of the best things to do in the blue mountains.

Things to Do in the Blue Mountains Eaglehawk Lookout New South Wales Australia

Eaglehawk Lookout, Blue Mountains

Govetts Leap

Take one look at the massive expanse over Govetts Leap and you’ll say to yourself… Well, probably nothing actually because this is a view that will truly leave you speechless. As your eyes remain transfixed on the sheer size of the valley below, you’ll begin to see the details that make up this view of the World Heritage treasure. Look one direction and see the dancing spray of water falling 180m down a sheer-face cliff to the valley below. Look another direction and spot a yellow-tailed black cockatoo swooping down to the trees. Govetts Leap is one site that must be seen to be believed.

Things to Do in the Blue Mountains Govetts Leap New South Wales Australia

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National Pass

Check your fear of heights at the door before beginning this 3-mile walk. The National Pass treks through sheer Blue Mountains cliff-sides at dizzying heights. As soon as you begin this walk you are rewarded with a magnificent view from Jamison Lookout. It’s an instant payoff in a walking trail that only gets better from here. As you continue on you’ll be serenaded by the sounds of Wentworth Falls, a multi-tiered waterfall cascading down from Jamison Creek above.

Jamison Valley Things to Do in the Blue Mountains Sydney New South Wales Australia

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From here you’ll descend the Grand Stairway. The stairway was built by hand more than a century ago. In recent years, the National Pass has been retrofitted with modern safety features like handrails along some of the more difficult paths and sheer faces. But the Grand Stairway is still a a steep climb down, so be sure to watch your step along the way!

Arrive at one of the ultimate lookouts on the National Pass and you’ll come face to face with a narrow edge over a sheer cliff face. If your knees weren’t shaking before, prepare yourself for this grand view that feels like you’re at the edge of the world overlooking the valley below.

Mount Banks

The summit of Mount Banks is the highest point in the park. You can see the peak of Mount Banks from nearly every spot in the park. Explore this peak up close for a view that truly overlooks all Blue Mountains National Park. Climbing the tallest mountain in this park luckily doesn’t involve any extra equipment or increased danger and the summit is accessible via footpath. Once you arrive at the top, fill your lungs with the clean, ozone-laden air the area provides (called a health tonic since the early 1800’s). Gaze out on a 360-degree panoramic view, unimpeded by any handrails or fencing.

This mountaintop is as natural as it gets and if you’re looking for one of the best views in the park, it doesn’t get any better.

Blue Mountains Botanic GardensThings to Do in the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens New South Wales Australia

Just on the outer edge of Blue Mountains National Park, the Botanic Gardens at Mt. Tomah is a great stop on the way back from the inner Blue Mountains Area. Established in 1972, the garden contains 69 acres of public grounds. An additional 320 acres of land was also set aside, solely dedicated to the conservation of trees and other plants. Walk the grounds and marvel at more than 40,000 native, rare and exotic plants that dot the landscape.

Stunning mountain views and vistas surround the walk through the gardens. You could easily spend an entire day trying to see it all. Get lost in the garden and see the beauty of meticulously cared for, colorful flora.

Jenolan Caves

Things to Do in the Blue Mountains Jenolan Caves NSW Australia

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While technically not inside Blue Mountains National Park, the Jenolan Caves just south-west of the Greater Blue Mountains Area is well worth the side-track to visit. Jenolan Caves is Australia’s largest underground, limestone cave network

tucked inside a valley of Kanangra-Boyd National Park. Self-guided or fully escorted tours of the cave network take you through a number of the sites caves, rock formations (including the majestic Grand Column) and subterranean rivers.

Visit the Blue Mountains

With so many things to do in the Blue Mountains, you’re never far away from having an amazing time.. As soon as you see the calming, blue-haze of the mountain range you’ll be in awe at the untouched natural world before you. Make a stop over in Blue Mountains National Park from nearby Sydney for a quick nature retreat. We have plenty of trips with stopovers in Sydney and free days to explore or let’s work together and plan the perfect trip for you.

BONUS TIP: Stop by Featherdale Wildlife Park on your way up to the Blue Mountains. There you can see some of Australia’s amazing wildlife up close. Take a photo with a koala, feed some kangaroos and see Australia’s amazing native birds!

Things to Do in the Blue Mountains Featherdale Wildlife Park Sydney Australia

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney

Things to Do in the Blue Mountains Featherdale Wildlife Park Sydney Australia

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney

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A Unique Australian Destination for People Who Love Adventure – Photos from Kakadu National Park

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by Melissa Maxwell No Comments

Kakadu National Park, located in the Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory, isn’t for everyone.

But if you have adventure in your heart, love nature and enjoy learning about ancient cultures, it’s one of the best places in the world! 

It’s one of those unique Australian destinations that is genuinely described as a very spiritual travel experience. With nearly 8,000 square miles of diverse wildness, this park holds a scared place with the Bininj/Mungguy people. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore this diverse natural wonderland and Aboriginal culture on your visit to Kakadu.

Here are a few things you might like to add to your bucket list and some tips for travel along the way!

Swimming Holes & Waterfalls!

Kakadu PoolsImage by: NeilsPhotography
Kakadu is a tropical area with two distinct seasons, Wet & Hot (October – April) and Dry & Cool (May – September). But even in the middle of the dry season swimming holes can be found. While you may be tempted to take a dip in any old pool, it’s best to stick to the popular and monitored swimming holes. Kakadu, after all is known for its crocodiles! Always observe the warning signs.

Gunlom – A Pool with a View

Gunlom a Pool with a View
Hidden at the top of a waterfall that can only be found after a steep hike, is an amazing little swimming hole with a view that can’t be beat!

Wangi Falls!

One of the most popular tourism attractions in the Top End, monitored by rangers, Wangi Falls is a great swimming hole with a charming waterfall and beautiful surrounds.  This guided tour takes you to Wangi Falls and other popular attractions in Kakadu within the Litchfield National Park.

Jim Jim Falls

Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park A highlight for most travelers to the region, Jim Jim Falls (and Twin Falls) is not to be missed! It’s a bumpy ride and a pretty rocky walk to get to the falls, but most people find the sight to be worth the effort!  This is especially true right at the beginning of the dry season when the roads are open and the falls are still flowing heavily. They can pull back to a trickle pretty quickly after the rains stop.

Jim Jim Falls in the Wet Season – Epic!

Jim Jim Falls in the Dry Season – Still pretty great!

Ubirr!

Ubirr - Kakadu National ParkImage by: Michael Whitehead

Ubirr is one of Kakadu’s unforgettable rocks. Located in the east region of the park, this ancient outcropping of rocks is known for its rock art and panoramic views. Inside several natural shelters you’ll find a collection of Aboriginal rock paintings, dated as far back as thousands of years!  Check out this Australian Outback itinerary which includes a guided tour of the area.

Ubirr sunsets are amazing!

Ubirr Rock Art – also amazing!

Kakadu - Ubirr Rock Paintings Image by: Robert Nyman

Yellow Water Wetlands!

Part of South Alligator River floodplain, the Yellow Water provides the ultimate wildlife experience. Cruise the Yellow Water in a canopied boat to see crocodiles, jabirus, sea eagles, whistling kites and more!  This Outback wilderness itinerary includes a spectacular cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong.

Yellow Water Sunset

Yellow Water Billabong SunsetImage by: Muireann Ní Cheallacháin

Yellow Water Calm

Yellow Water Calm Kakadu NP Image by: Alberto Otero García

Forrest Kingfisher

Bird Watching – White Bellied Sea Eagle

 

A White Bellied Sea Eagle keeps watch over his domain in Kakadu National Park. #NTAustralia #SeeAustralia

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Epic Ariel Shots!

Kakadu National Park Arieal Image by: Alberto Otero García

The remote beauty and diversity of Kakadu demands heli rides! If you’re going to take a scenic flight once in your life, Kakadu is a great place to do it. Just look at these amazing shots!

Twin Falls

 

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Sandstone Cliffs

Helicopter Flight over Kakadu National Par

Wetlands

Helicopter Flight over Kakadu National Park

Alligator River

Termite mounds!

Termite mound, Kakadu National Park, Australia Image by: Paul Mannix

Maybe seeing termite mounds doesn’t sounds like a great time to you. Well, you haven’t seen these termite mounds. You’ll surely be impressed and amazed at the architectural feats created by these tiny little bugs.

 

You’ll be dwarfed in comparison to the massive termite mounds of #Kakadu. Photo: @dgctravel via #NTaustralia A photo posted by Northern Territory – Australia (@ausoutbacknt) on

The Stars!

Consider an overnight stay in Kakadu to witness the amazing site of the night sky over Kakadu’s rough edges. Hotels and ‘glamping’ are both available!  Try this epic Australia Adventure with 2 nights in Kakadu.

 

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Crocodiles!

Crocodile jumping for meat in KakaduImage By: Robert Nyman

Kakadu is not for the faint of heart. ‘Salties’ (Saltwater Crocs) as well as their more docile cousins, freshwater crocodiles, are found in the waters of Kakadu in extraordinary numbers. Saltwater Crocodiles are the world’s largest living reptiles. On average the crocs in Kakadu are about 16 feet, but they can grow to 20 feet and weight over a ton! You can see the salties jump on this Jumping Croc & Nature Adventure tour out of Darwin. Stay safe in Kakadu while you enjoy the awe inspiriting site of salties in the wild!

Bathing Crocodile

Bathing crocodile Kakadu National Park Image by: Paul Mannix

Saltie Spotting

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The #1 Tour in Hobart, Tasmania will Amaze You!

Posted on: November 6th, 2016 by Melissa Maxwell No Comments

A journey to Tasmania isn’t complete without a tour of the dramatic rugged coast, aquatic wildlife & the historic Port Arthur. This cruise manages to pack it all in and they do it very well! Not only is this tour listed as the #1 tour in Hobart on TripAdvisor, but the tour’s operator is listed in Tourism Australia’s Hall of fame! Here’s one you’ll remember for a lifetime!