Approximately two hours west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains region is arguably the most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness areas in Australia. Renowned for walking, camping, mountain biking, canyoning, abseiling and more, the Blue Mountains is also a well-established holiday destination for those seeking more leisurely relaxation. There is a thriving arts scene, scores of restaurants, cafes and providores and a wide choice of quality accommodation. The Blue Mountains Grand Traverse combines all this with some truly spectacular walking.
Watch this walk being featured on an episode of the Sydney Weekender in 2017.
With an elevation of just over 1200 metres, locals are known to state that the Blue Mountains ‘go down, not up’; the grandeur is in immersing oneself in the breathtaking scale from cliff-top trails on the plateau and descending into the densely forested Jamison, Grose and Megalong Valleys that form the Blue Mountains National Park.
As the name suggests, this self-guided walk traverses the Blue Mountains plateau starting out in Mt Victoria and finishing in Leura. Every day you’ll be astonished by the abundance of magnificent vistas with highlights, including Bridal Veil Falls, Govett’s Leap Lookout, the Scenic Railway into the Jamison Valley, the iconic sandstone rock formations known as the Three Sisters and the Waterfall Valley near Leura.
The walk is mostly along well-marked tracks and trails, with occasional steeper sections either ascending out of or descending into the gorges and valleys below. It’s a great combination of easy going, moderate and more challenging walking terrain offering something for every level of experience.
There are descents through lushly forested areas to vantage points with close up views of waterfalls. Creeping vines, green moss and giant trees will be your constant companion, and there is a high chance of seeing the elusive Lyrebird for those with keen eyes.
You have the choice of either a 5 or 7 day itinerary for this self-guided walk. On the standard 7 day itinerary you’ll walk an average of 14 km each day, with some optional extensions on some days.
Accommodation and most meals are included and you’ll be delighted with the standard of our choice of lodgings in the picturesque mountain villages. The gourmet fare in the Blue Mountains is deservedly renowned as some of best on offer in regional Australia. We move your luggage ahead each day the next accommodation so you can spend more time relaxing, walking, or both! All you need to carry is a daypack with what you need for the day.
There’s some excellent added value to this walk with the inclusion of the Scenic World Pass including the Scenic Railway affording easy access deeper into the valley. And the spectacular Scenic Skyway gondola ride suspended across the Jamison Valley.
The comprehensive walk notes included provide lots of information on the flora, fauna, history and geology of the Blue Mountains.
Note that this trip is available as a 5 or 7 day itinerary and as both a privately guided or self guided holiday (see the details below). If you have limited time, try our 3 day privately guided Blue Mountains Weekender trip is for you.
The Blue Mountains is about 2 hours west of Sydney, easily accessible by local train or car. We can also arrange private transfers from Sydney airport or city hotels.
30% easy, 35% moderate, 35% harder. Longest day has 6.5 hours walking (can be reduced). Good public transport allows you to shorten walks if required.
For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please see our Fact Sheet.
B&Bs and historic guesthouse – private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
7 day itinerary: One guide (for guided trips only), 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage transfers, vehicle transfers required for the itinerary, Scenicworld pass including Scenic Railway ride & Sceniscender gondola ride, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.
5 day itinerary: One guide (for guided trips only), 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, luggage transfers, vehicle transfers required for the itinerary, world pass including Scenic Railway ride & Sceniscender gondola ride, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.
Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).
Available all year except July. 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.
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.
Starts at Mt Victoria for the 7 day itinerary or Blackheath for the 5 day, any time after 2pm. There is no walking scheduled for today but there are several galleries and coffee shops in the village to explore.
Accommodation: Mt Victoria or Blackheath
Meet your guide after breakfast (for guided trips only). The walking begins with an easy climb to the highest point in the mountains, Mt Piddington, followed by a descent through remote forest into the heart of Cox’s Cave. Marvel at the tenacity of the early explorers who forged a route through this rugged terrain! There’s more remote bushwalking this afternoon as you explore the first pretty canyon, emerging into a huge natural rock amphitheatre. Finish the day with a stroll through magnificent rhododendron gardens nearby.
(NOT PART OF THE 5 DAY ITINERARY)
Skirt around sheer cliff tops to see Bridal Veil Falls plummet 180 metres in a single drop! Enjoy breathtaking views from Govetts Leap and Pulpit Rock, at the same time discovering why the Blue Mountains appear “blue”.
The walk down into the Grand Canyon is undoubtedly one of the Blue Mountains’ if not Australia’s most beautiful walks. The canyon carved out by nature over million of years, the huge tree ferns, the lichen and other flora and fauna work together in concert to create a unheralded sense of immersion of just being in nature. It’s the reason why we walk.
(DAY 2 OF THE 5 DAY ITINERARY)
Take an exhilarating ride down the Scenic Railway into the depths of the rainforest then retrace the route used by coal miners over 100 years ago. Mining relics, tunnels and adits can be seen along the way and observant walkers are often rewarded with a glimpse of an elusive lyrebird. Lunch today will be shared with flocks of cheeky currawongs at an impressive rocky outcrop called Ruined Castle. Will you rise to the Furber Challenge? An alternative to riding up the Scenic Railway, this track climbs steeply through dense rainforest past delightful waterfalls and pretty grottoes.
(DAY 3 OF THE 5 DAY ITINERARY)
Learn the Aboriginal legend of how the famous 3 Sisters were formed as you descend the 862 steps of the Giant Stairway. Then 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.
(DAY 4 OF THE 5 DAY ITINERARY)
Your final bushwalk is into Waterfall Valley. The route winds its way past waterfalls, beneath overhanging cliffs and through magnificent grottoes. A real highlight today is the “mid-cliff” 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 hundreds of miles of forests. The spray from spectacular Wentworth Falls refreshes weary walkers before climbing to the cliff top.
(NOT PART OF THE 5 DAY ITINERARY)
Trip finishes after breakfast with a transfer to the local train station.
(LAST DAY OF THE 5 DAY ITINERARY)
Our self-guided 7-day Blue Mountains Traverse was the very best way to experience the Blue Mountains.
We got to walk in some of the most beautiful places (hint: don’t skip the Grand Canyon!!!).
Not having to worry about our next meal or whether we’d have a comfy bed & hot shower for the night was truly awesome!
Each of our accommodation host were just so welcoming and a wealth of local knowledge.
Without having to worry about the logistics of the trip, we were able to completely revel in the beauty of the area and connect with so many lovely people along the way.
Thanks a million to Auswalk for the absolutely seamless organisation of a truly memorable holiday.
Overall the walk was great, especially along the Razorback to Feathertop.
The organisation was excellent, all of the accommodation and meals met or exceeded our expectations and the support we got from staff was great.
We heartily recommend the company and the walk.
Auswalk’s Blue Mt. Walk is excellent.
The accommodation, hosts and meals are very good; especially after a day on the track.
The walk notes are excellent. Auswalk have presented the best of the Blue Mts. In this package.
Well done to Auswalk and the accommodation providers. We were very happy with this trip and would recommend this to all walkers.
This is one part of Australia you must visit.
We loved every moment.
From the first moment on the website to our last day.
I’m sad that it is over.
Our trek in Blue Mountains was simply superb.
Obviously, the scenery is what makes it but the accommodation provided by Auswalk was all excellent, the walks were very clearly described and each was stunning.
We would strongly recommend Auswalk and, if we were in Australia again, would look to doing another of their walks.
We have done the Coast-to-Coast Walk in England, the West Highland Way in Scotland,
the Westweg in Germany, the Tour du Mont Blanc in France/Switzerland/Italy, and the Rota Vicentina in Portugal.
The Blue Mountains and Great Ocean Walk from Auswalk rivaled any of these walks,
and the scenery of the Blue Mountains is potentially the best of the bunch.
Thank you Auswalk, we loved out trip.
It was easy to book, the accommodation and food was fantastic and the trip notes were so clear that even I couldn’t get us lost!
The walking routes were fantastic, we feel like we saw a lot of the Blue Mountains in a short time.
Thank you for making our holiday easy and enjoyable.
Extremely well organised and comforting that the walk we were doing had been done personally by members of the Auswalk team, including the accommodation where we stayed.
The notes were thorough, with a lot of time obviously places into personalising our walk and covering every detail for such a large group.
Auswalk checked in with us from time to time to ensure that we had all expectations and needs met, including prior to and after the walk.
Very professional and made the walk such a memorable experience.
I organised a walking trip through the Blue Mountains for six women.
We found Auswalk staff to be extremely helpful and exercised great care making sure our details were received and that our food preferences were relayed.
We were provided with enough walking options for the different levels of fitness across our group and had a great time, many laughs and the walking notes were excellent.
I don’t think anyone lost weight though as we enjoyed the fare provided by our hosts immensely.
Our group of 6 ladies had a truly wonderful trip.
The walks were perfect for our level of fitness, the weather, the routes, the accommodation and the lunches were everything we could hope for.
We had perfect weather and the views of the escarpments, ravines and rainforests were truly magical.
The staff at the B&B’s were all extremely helpful and I can’t wait for our next trip!!
An incredibly enjoyable way to see our wonderful country.
Beautiful accommodation, delicious (and plentiful) food, mind-blowing scenery and comfort in knowing the detailed walk notes won’t let you get lost!
Once again, thank you Auswalk for a perfect experience.