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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group Guided Walk

Highlights:

  • World heritage wilderness
  • Breathtaking views
  • Historic trails
  • The Giant Stairway, Three Sisters lookout and Jamison Valley
  • Echoes Boutique Hotel accommodation
  • Local produce and world-class dining

For three adventure-filled days, walk through one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes found anywhere in the world – just 90 minutes-drive from Sydney CBD.

Explore waterfalls, canyons, subtropical forest and the views that make this place so renowned, while staying in luxury accommodation perched at the very edge of it all.

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What you'll experience

With one million hectares of bushland, this pristine wilderness has more trails than you can shake a walking stick at. And we’ve chosen only the very best.

Take in panoramic views that stretch out to the horizon, get up close to the Three Sisters and witness breathtaking views of the famed Blue Mountains blanketed in the distinctive blue haze for which they were named.

Unparalleled natural beauty meets sophisticated living, with à la carte meals provided as part of the service at Echoes Restaurant & Bar. This ultimate dining experience places you in a relaxed setting atop a balcony that overlooks the Jamison Valley, surrounding you with nature.

 

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More Details

Location

Your guides will meet you in Sydney’s CBD (or at the airport), returning you to the same location at the end of the tour.

Grading

30% easy, 35% moderate, 35% more challenging. 10-17.5km (3 – 6.5 hours) walking each day on mostly well formed and well graded foot tracks.

Two guides allows you to walk the entire route or shorten the distances covered each day. So, most people should find options that suit their fitness level. (PLEASE NOTE: With groups of 6 or under we will run this trip with just one guide)

Accommodation

Echoes is a 4.5 star 12 room boutique hotel located right on the cliff’s edge in Katoomba. The views from the rooms and the balcony restaurant are truly spectacular.

Echoes is located next to Lilianfels Resort & Spa, where walkers can enjoy full usage of facilities including both an indoor and outdoor pools.

What’s included

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Echoes
  • 2 guides (one guide for groups under 6 people)
  • Transport from Sydney
  • 2 dinners, 3 lunches and 2 breakfasts
  • Reference maps, booklets and notes
  • Luggage tags
  • Insulated lunch bag and silicon salad container

What’s not included

Meals not specified, drinks with meals (except for tea/coffee, and fruit juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

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

Mouth-watering meals prepared with fresh regional and Australian produce will be catered for you by top chefs at Echoes Boutique Resort. Each day begins with a buffet breakfast, followed by a healthy lunch that includes a wrap, fruit and slice of cake. Dinners are a highlight as they’re accompanied by views over the valley from the restaurant.

The Itinerary

Let's Review

Day 1

Walking summary: 12-16km, approx. 4-6 hrs, includes some steep, uneven terrain and a few river crossings on boulders

We will meet you in the city to begin your journey to Blue Mountains National Park.
Start by walking through rainforest and open woodland, opening up to spectacular overlooks. Trace creeks beneath ferny understory down into the Popes Glen Valley. Work your way through the valley and up to a lookout point for views of Grose River Valley. Watch for colourful king parrots taking flight and for the “weela weela” song of the yellowtailed black-cockatoo.

Descend through bush to spectacular Bridal Veil Falls, which plummets over 100 metres. Leading uphill, trace the valley edge to Evans Lookout, where you can admire the blue gum forest 500 metres below. Navigate down steep terrain to the Grand Canyon Creek, passing silver-bark ash trees and black wattles following undulating terrain of tall coachwoods, sassafras, and giant ferns. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, a beautiful and impressive gorge, a razor-sharp cut made by the river below over millennia. Pass through The Rotunda, an expanse of sand and silt overshadowed by hanging rocks.

Day 2

Walking summary: 16-17.5km, approx. 5-6.5 hrs, mostly easy walking except for crossing the old landslide which is moderate

This morning will begin with a walk from our accommodation to the Skyway East Station. From here you will catch the Scenic World Skyway over to the Scenic World Top Station. Then from there you will have a choice to either take the Scenic Railway (the steepest incline railway in the world) or Scenic Cableway (the steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere) down to the valley floor to begin the walk. Either option will take you on an exhilarating ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley rainforest, passing relics left by coal miners over 100 years ago. Look for the elusive ground-dwelling lyrebird and sip crystal clear water from Marrangaroo Spring.

Enjoy a lunch among a flock of cheeky currawongs or rosella parrots after scrambling up past apple, peppermint, and bloodwood trees to the impressive rocky outcrop known as Ruined Castle. Upon return, you’ll have the option of boarding the cableway or railway, or opt to climb the Furber Steps, providing a rewarding ascent through dense rainforest, past cascading waterfalls and lovely grottoes with valley views mixed between.

Day 3

Walking summary: 10-15km, approx. 3-4 hrs, half is reasonably easy and well-graded, the rest involves steep ups and downs including steps and ladders

The setting for the grand finale is Wentworth Falls, the Jamison Valley and the Valley of the Waters. The route winds its way alongside waterfalls, beneath overhanging cliffs and through magnificent grottoes. The first section of the walk is concentrated on Wentworth Falls. At the bottom of the falls we’ll stop admire the view, experience the refreshing mist and sip morning tea. Expect to eat lunch at the Valley of the Waters.

The real highlight is the “midcliff” walk along a wide path that has been carved into the sheer cliff face. Handrails, ladders and airy lookouts provide a birds-eye view over countless hectares of forest. Take a short walk back to the top of the cliff where it is back on the bus with an expected ETA to Sydney at around 4:30pm.

Blue Mountains Grand Traverse


$ 1595 per person twin/double share
$ 335 Single Supplement (private room)

(A $100 Early Bird Discount is applicable for all bookings made 6 months prior to the the selected departure date.)

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