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What can you expect from this walk?

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Privately guided

Highlights:

  • 1 day tour (includes a full day of walking)
  • Walk in a prestigious World Heritage Area
  • Hike down the Giant Stairway past the Three Sisters

Overview:
Auswalk’s Blue Mountains Day Trip tour provides an opportunity to spend a day walking in this prestigious World Heritage Area accompanied by an Auswalk guide. Our guides for this trek are locals, with an interest in the area’s local history, and plenty of fascinating stories to share. They also know the track system and can make changes if needed. You need to form your own group of two or more people (although we can take solo travellers for an additional fee).

A day spent in the Blue Mountains makes a refreshing break from the rigors of city life.  The walking incorporates the most impressive Blue Mountains bushwalks, which have always been popular since their construction in the early 1900’s.  Any steps or ladders along the way are modern and solid:  long gone are the days of long rickety wooden ladders with widely spaced rungs and a few of them missing anyhow!

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The terrain

Your guide will endeavour to cover as much of our favourite sections of track as possible with you today, however the tour will be tailored to account for your abilities and interests. As a guide we will aim to descend the Giant Stairway and get close enough to touch the sisters. And there’s a whole lot more waiting to be discovered on foot in this prestigious World Heritage Area.

If we are looking good for time, we will visit Waterfall Valley where you can expect to see cascading waterfalls with hanging swamps growing out of the cliffs. Hike into the depths of stunning canyons where forest giants tower overhead and the only sounds are flowing water, bird song and the wind in the trees.

Hike through eucalyptus forests and learn how the evocative blue haze is produced, giving the mountains their name. Follow Mid Cliff Walk to the 2-tiered Wentworth Falls, then an invigorating trek to the top. Handrails, ladders and airy lookouts provide a birds-eye view over the vast forests of the remote Jamison Valley.

Note: If you’d prefer to walk for more days then have a look at our Blue Mountains Grand Traverse holiday.

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More Details

Location

The Blue Mountains is about 2 hours west of Sydney.

Grading

This tour will be tailored for each individuals walking abilities and interests. As a guide, if we are to complete the entire proposed itinerary the walk would be graded as follows – 30% easy, 35% moderate, 35% harder. 20-24km (8 hours) walking. Mostly moderate walking with some harder sections including ladders and steep steps.

Accommodation

Not applicable as this is only a day trip tour.

What’s included

One local guide, 1 lunches, 1 dinners, vehicle transfers required for the itinerary ex Sydney, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

Available all year. October-November is usually mild to warm. Temperatures warm up from December-February. March-April is usually cool to mild. Temperatures drop from May onwards and the days are cool to cold. July brings occasional snowfalls. Warmer, spring weather returns around September.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Regional food and wine

The Blue Mountains is noted for its international cuisine with restaurants attracting some of the best chefs in the country. Accompany with award winning wines from the nearby Hunter Valley winery district.

The Itinerary

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The Day As Planned

Your guide will collect you from Sydney CBD at 7:30am and you will make your way to the Blue Mountains stopping for breakfast along way.

Our guides for this trek are locals, with an interest in the area’s local history, and plenty of fascinating stories to share with you along the journey. We will endeavour to be on the track at around 10am.

Our first walk will be a decent of the 862 steps of the Giant Stairway during which you will learn the Aboriginal legend of how the famous 2 Sisters were formed. After a quick stop for lunch it’s away from the throng of tourists and into the depths of Leura Forest. Delicate ferns and mosses hug the rainforest trees as filtered sunlight creates a magical scene.

The setting for the grand final hike is Waterfall Valley. Depending on how will are going for time we may attempt a route which winds its way past waterfalls, beneath overhanging cliffs and through magnificent grottoes. A spray from spectacular Wentworth Falls will refresh weary walkers.

Our aim is to be back in Katoomba in time for a three course dinner before making our way back to Sydney.

Blue Mountains Day Trip

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$ 595 per person twin/double share
$ 95 Single Supplement (private room)

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