OVERVIEW

ONLY AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE GROUP BOOKINGS – PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

Hike through one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes found anywhere in the world – just 90 minutes from Sydney. Explore waterfalls, canyons, subtropical forest and enjoy views that have made this place famous, whilst staying in charming accommodation perched at the very edge of it all.

With one million hectares of pristine wilderness, there's more trails than you can shake a walking stick at. We've chosen three of the best Blue Mountains walks.

Highlights

  • Charming accommodation in a 5-star location
  • Panoramic views that stretch out to the horizon and breathtaking landscapes
  • Pack free with Australia's most experienced walking company
  • Get up close to the Three Sisters

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
3 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy to Moderate

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some uphill sections and occasional steps. Walks are generally shorter and walking experience is not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 1495

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 335

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3

DAY 1
ARRIVAL AND GRAND CLIIFTOP WALK

The best way to arrive in the mountains is by 2 hr train journey which leave regularly from Central Station. The Katoomba train station is a short 60 m walk from the hotel.  Your guide will meet you at your accommodation. We would like you to arrive by 11. am so we can fit in all of today’s stunning walk, which is a great introduction to the region. It includes marvellous views over the Valley and ends at the Three Sisters. If you are up to it, we can also add on the Giant Stairway, so you can see the 3 Sisters right up close.

You will have time to explore Katoomba at the end of the day. Please speak to the office and let us know your arrival time.

Meals: A la carte two-course dinner

Accommodation: The Carrington in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
SKYWAY, SCENIC RAILWAY AND RUINED CASTLE

The morning will begin with a walk from our accommodation to the Skyway East Station. From here, catch the Scenic World Skyway over to the Scenic World Top Station. 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 of these options 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.

As you make your way to Leura, enjoy lunch among a flock of cheeky currawongs or rosella parrots after scrambling up past apple, peppermint, and bloodwood trees.

Walks: Mostly easy walking except for crossing the old landslide, which is moderate / 10km / 4-5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, lunch and a la carte dinner

Accommodation: The Carrington in ensuite rooms

DAY 3
VALLEY OF THE WATERS AND WENTWORTH FALLS

The setting for the grand finale is Wentworth Falls, the Jamison Valley and the Valley of the Waters. This historic route and one of the most iconic of all the Blue Mountain walks, 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 and 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. We can shorten this walk so you can leave the mountains earlier and return to Sydney if necessary. Plan to arrive in Sydney after 5.30pm

Walks: Most of the walk is reasonably easy and well-graded; the rest involves steep ups and downs, including steps and ladders / 10-15 km / 3-4 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast prepared by the in-house chefs and a walkers lunch

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • All-inclusive, pack-free Blue Mountains walking holiday
  • The very best of Blue Mountains hiking
  • Scenic World Railway, Skyway and Gondola all-day pass
  • Small groups of 4 to 8 (Private 2 pax group is available)
  • Local knowledgeable guide
  • 2 nights accommodation with ensuites
  • All daily meals, including 2-course à la carte dinners
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The Carrington & Restaurant, an icon in the Blue Mountains, is a traditional 3-star, old-fashioned art deco hotel in Katoomba. It complements the outstanding Blue Mountains walks in every way.

The a la carte dinners are at excellent local restaurants, including one night at the Carrington. Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

Breakfast is continental and includes bread, yoghurt, fresh fruit, Bircher and muesli, cereals, slices of meat, cheese, and cakes. Walkers’ lunches will also be provided.

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

GENERAL INFO

The Blue Mountains walks are 45% easy, 35% moderate, 20% more challenging. 10-17.5km (3 – 6.5 hours) walking each day on mostly well-formed and well graded walking tracks.

This trip operates with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. For what to bring, please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

The trip starts and ends in Katoomba.

Taking the public transport train from Sydney Central Station to Katoomba and on the return is by far the best option.

WEATHER

October-November is usually mild to warm. Temperatures warm up from December to 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 for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

blue mountains climate graph

Source: BOM

 

THE WALKING

The walks have been chosen to show off the best parts of the Blue Mountains.

However, you must be aware that the Blue Mountains are subject to many closures due to rain and its flow-on effects. This will mean that from time to time, we will have to alter the walking.

 

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

You must have purchased travel insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage for all trips that require international travel.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine details and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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    $335
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  1. Woozles72

    4 June, 2019 at 4:35 PM
    5

    Surpassed expectations on everything from accomodation, meals, itinerary, communication and value for money… to our absolutely awesome walking guru/guide, Rick, who was very knowledgeable about the area’s walking trails, history, local stories, geology and the flora/fauna along our walking tour. We had a private tour for our group which was a special occasion as a birthday getaway for our very spry 80 years young Mum! We were given options on different tracks all along the trails to accomodate our fitness levels and make the most of the site seeing opportunities and avoid too many steep stairs! What an amazing experience, thanks to the experience and thoughtfulness of our guide Rick, and Auswalk for recommending the best options for our groups wishes. I’m looking at their website now for my next walking adventure with Auswalk Walking Holidays!

  2. Kimbo237

    30 May, 2019 at 4:10 PM
    5

    “My 2 sisters & I took Mum on a private group Blue Mountains Walk for her 80th Birthday – organised so perfectly by Sanyana- we had the most amazing time in this stunning place & most importantly, Mum had the best birthday & everyone made her feel so special!
    We did 2 day walks with our guide Rick, who we cannot rate high enough!! He went above & beyond, was so knowledgeable, thoughtful, caring and accomodating – we all got along fabulously & had the best 2 days walk together!
    Our accommodations were both very good – particularly The Greens! The abundant breakfasts full of homemade delights & we loved sitting around each afternoon relaxing in their very lovely well stocked sitting room chatting about our day!
    Thank you to Sanyana for putting together such a wonderful trip & Rick for making our walks so enjoyable & memorable!”

  3. Christine J

    25 March, 2019 at 4:42 PM
    5

    My friends and I have just returned from a 3 day self-guided hike in the Blue Mountains, NSW. I was so impressed with AusWalk from the minute we booked to the end of our trip. No questions went unanswered prior to our hike. Directions were well set out, maps supplied and superb accommodation in BNBs. Included dinners and breakfasts were amazing as were the hike packs for snacks and lunches. Thank you AusWalk. You are a very professional company. We will definitely be returning customers.

  4. N8341ARmichellek

    12 November, 2017 at 3:10 PM
    5

    Fabulous scenery, changing all the time. Day 1 was Grand canyon and the Grose river- lots of stairs
    Day 2 we walked from Echoes to the ruined castle, well worth it but a very long day- not for a beginner.
    Day 3 Wentworth Falls and undercliff track, again magnificent scenery
    The hotel, Echoes and meals were outstanding, perfect after a day of walking. Highly recommend this walk

  5. O2546HJmichaelc

    3 November, 2017 at 9:44 AM
    5

    Denise and I have just finished the 6 night self guided walk through the stunning Blue Mountains. What wasn’t there to enjoy – great accommodation, breakfast every morning, lunch & snacks provided, dinners ……. and the self guided notes, maps & organisational support from Auswalk. And the sights and sounds of the majestic and spectacular mountains were on display. We even wondered if Auswalk even arranged the first 5 days of perfect weather (!) & even though the last walking day was wet it provided another lens through which to enjoy the mountains. It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip and the Auswalk Frequent Walker points we earned will be used ….. Cape to Cape walk awaits us.

  6. Kristen K

    14 March, 2017 at 7:54 AM
    5

    Auswalk is a wonderful company and arranges a walking trip to perfection. We took two different trips with this company to the Blue Mountains and the Great Ocean Walk and enjoyed both of them tremendously. They were both unique experiences but Auswalk provided great places to stay with good food and excellent routes with very detailed directions. I would highly recommend this company.

  7. Sheena D

    12 May, 2016 at 9:18 PM
    5

    AusWalk`s organisation was faultless .our itinerary notes were meticulous in their detail the B&B`s were ideal (particularly Broomelea in Leura )the packed lunches provided were delicious One of the best trips I have done and greatly looking forward to our next trip

  8. Big W

    13 April, 2016 at 8:13 PM
    5

    I routinely spend my vacations doing point-to-point hikes with luggage transfer. I have previously used other travel agencies when doing the Coast-to-Coast walk in England, the West Highland Way in Scotland, the Westweg in Germany, the Rota Vicentina in Portugal, and the Tour du Mont Blanc in France/Switzerland/Italy. I have found Auswalk to match, or surpass, my experience with other agencies. The accommodations are all exceptional, the food was great (had no issue with me being a vegetarian), luggage transfer went smoothly, and the walking notes were quite explicit making it impossible to get lost. Also, their choice of routes in the Blue Mountains made sure you did not miss any of the spectacular sights.

    The scenery of the Blue Mountains was more beautiful and spectacular than any of my previous trips (with the possible exception of the Alps on the TMB). Compared to the Alps, what you lose in snow-capped peaks you gain in tropical rain forests and stunning waterfalls and a valley reminiscent of the Grand Canyon (but with trees).

    The Great Ocean Walk has scenery comparable to other coastal walks I have done (Coast-to-Coast, Rota Vicentina) but the animal sightings are incomparable. I have hiked a lot of Europe and seen very few animals larger than a marmot. On the GOW I saw many koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, and a tiger quoll (look it up). The large animal sightings rivaled the western National Parks in the USA. Also, if you are not an inhabitant of Australia, you will be amazed by the birds. The cockatoos, parrots, and other multicolored birds are spectacular for someone coming from North America or Europe.

    Highly recommend using Auswalk for your hiking needs in Australia, and booking their trips to the Blue Mountains and GOW. I plan to return to Australia in the future and try some of their other walking routes

  9. Janine S

    1 December, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Have just done the Self-Guided Blue Mountains and it was fantastic. Lovely people at all of the accommodation places. Breathtaking views wherever we stopped. Auswalk kept us informed of a looming bushfire so we always felt safe. This is the second walk I have done with Auswalk and already planning the next.

  10. DCML2

    15 October, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    This is the second self guided walk (Great Ocean walk last time) we have done with Auswalk. In both cases the organisation has been excellent, the accomodation has been great with an excellent choice of guest houses and restaurants and the walking routes well chosen varied, spectacular with enough challenge to make sure we really enjoyed our meals at the end of the day.

  11. jjmunck

    28 July, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    We have just completed our first Auswalks trip – Tropical Hiker. The walks were at times challenging but at all times enjoyable. The scenery was stunning, including beautiful tropical beaches at Cape Tribulation and around Mission Beach and Dunk Island, the Daintree Rainforest – where it feels like a privilege to be, and the Atherton Tableland – especially for anyone who likes lakes and waterfall!. Our guides Denise and Gavin were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and good company. We are looking forward to the opportunity to do another Auswalks trip.

  12. vulch26

    6 March, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    We have just finished the self guided Blue Mountain Traverse. Loved it …..mostly. The hikes were excellent but we did not realize there would be so many stairs/steps/ladders down into the valley and back up. Although we are in our early 70’s we are avid walkers/hikers and are comfortable in walking in the Appalachians of the USA. But our local Virginia walks traverse the hillsides and switch back up and down hill. The Auswalk trip challenged our knees and leg muscles as we attacked the hundreds of stone steps, steel ladders, and exposed ups and downs. The only fault we lay on Auswalk is that they could have done a better job providing information on how strenuous portions of this walk could be. The scenery is brilliant. The route notes and maps are superb. Organization and arrangements were the best. Accomodations ( and the wonderful inn keepers) were top drawer in historic lodging in scenic locations.If you are in relatively good shape and know what you are getting into this is a wonderful way to get to know some parts of Australia that are unfamiliar to North Americans.

  13. tosk137

    2 March, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    We used Auswalk to arrange our hike of the entire Great Ocean Walk. We could not have been more impressed. All of the accommodations were spectacular, especially the Great Ocean Ecolodge. All of our luggage transfers were seamless, and our pick up times were perfectly flexible. Auswalk provided us with an excellent package which included detailed annotated maps, and thankfully, head-nets (which we actually needed for one day of the hike). Everyone was wonderfully friendly, including the staff at Auswalk. We highly recommend using Auswalk and the Great Ocean Walk. Excellent value for money.

  14. NewyDrea

    27 November, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Great guide with excellent knowledge, tips and tricks. Amazingly cute and great quality accommodation. Great holiday!!!

  15. Mel S

    25 November, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    I have just completed a bushwalk of the Blue Mountains. Spectacular. Auswalk were fantastic and helped us every step of the way.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

ONLY AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE GROUP BOOKINGS – PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

Hike through one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes found anywhere in the world – just 90 minutes from Sydney. Explore waterfalls, canyons, subtropical forest and enjoy views that have made this place famous, whilst staying in charming accommodation perched at the very edge of it all.

With one million hectares of pristine wilderness, there's more trails than you can shake a walking stick at. We've chosen three of the best Blue Mountains walks.

Highlights

  • Charming accommodation in a 5-star location
  • Panoramic views that stretch out to the horizon and breathtaking landscapes
  • Pack free with Australia's most experienced walking company
  • Get up close to the Three Sisters

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
3 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy to Moderate

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some uphill sections and occasional steps. Walks are generally shorter and walking experience is not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 1495

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 335

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3

DAY 1
ARRIVAL AND GRAND CLIIFTOP WALK

The best way to arrive in the mountains is by 2 hr train journey which leave regularly from Central Station. The Katoomba train station is a short 60 m walk from the hotel.  Your guide will meet you at your accommodation. We would like you to arrive by 11. am so we can fit in all of today’s stunning walk, which is a great introduction to the region. It includes marvellous views over the Valley and ends at the Three Sisters. If you are up to it, we can also add on the Giant Stairway, so you can see the 3 Sisters right up close.

You will have time to explore Katoomba at the end of the day. Please speak to the office and let us know your arrival time.

Meals: A la carte two-course dinner

Accommodation: The Carrington in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
SKYWAY, SCENIC RAILWAY AND RUINED CASTLE

The morning will begin with a walk from our accommodation to the Skyway East Station. From here, catch the Scenic World Skyway over to the Scenic World Top Station. 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 of these options 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.

As you make your way to Leura, enjoy lunch among a flock of cheeky currawongs or rosella parrots after scrambling up past apple, peppermint, and bloodwood trees.

Walks: Mostly easy walking except for crossing the old landslide, which is moderate / 10km / 4-5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, lunch and a la carte dinner

Accommodation: The Carrington in ensuite rooms

DAY 3
VALLEY OF THE WATERS AND WENTWORTH FALLS

The setting for the grand finale is Wentworth Falls, the Jamison Valley and the Valley of the Waters. This historic route and one of the most iconic of all the Blue Mountain walks, 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 and 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. We can shorten this walk so you can leave the mountains earlier and return to Sydney if necessary. Plan to arrive in Sydney after 5.30pm

Walks: Most of the walk is reasonably easy and well-graded; the rest involves steep ups and downs, including steps and ladders / 10-15 km / 3-4 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast prepared by the in-house chefs and a walkers lunch

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • All-inclusive, pack-free Blue Mountains walking holiday
  • The very best of Blue Mountains hiking
  • Scenic World Railway, Skyway and Gondola all-day pass
  • Small groups of 4 to 8 (Private 2 pax group is available)
  • Local knowledgeable guide
  • 2 nights accommodation with ensuites
  • All daily meals, including 2-course à la carte dinners
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The Carrington & Restaurant, an icon in the Blue Mountains, is a traditional 3-star, old-fashioned art deco hotel in Katoomba. It complements the outstanding Blue Mountains walks in every way.

The a la carte dinners are at excellent local restaurants, including one night at the Carrington. Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

Breakfast is continental and includes bread, yoghurt, fresh fruit, Bircher and muesli, cereals, slices of meat, cheese, and cakes. Walkers’ lunches will also be provided.

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

The Blue Mountains walks are 45% easy, 35% moderate, 20% more challenging. 10-17.5km (3 – 6.5 hours) walking each day on mostly well-formed and well graded walking tracks.

This trip operates with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. For what to bring, please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

The trip starts and ends in Katoomba.

Taking the public transport train from Sydney Central Station to Katoomba and on the return is by far the best option.

WEATHER

October-November is usually mild to warm. Temperatures warm up from December to 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 for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

blue mountains climate graph

Source: BOM

 

THE WALKING

The walks have been chosen to show off the best parts of the Blue Mountains.

However, you must be aware that the Blue Mountains are subject to many closures due to rain and its flow-on effects. This will mean that from time to time, we will have to alter the walking.

 

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

You must have purchased travel insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage for all trips that require international travel.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine details and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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  1. Woozles72

    4 June, 2019 at 4:35 PM
    5

    Surpassed expectations on everything from accomodation, meals, itinerary, communication and value for money… to our absolutely awesome walking guru/guide, Rick, who was very knowledgeable about the area’s walking trails, history, local stories, geology and the flora/fauna along our walking tour. We had a private tour for our group which was a special occasion as a birthday getaway for our very spry 80 years young Mum! We were given options on different tracks all along the trails to accomodate our fitness levels and make the most of the site seeing opportunities and avoid too many steep stairs! What an amazing experience, thanks to the experience and thoughtfulness of our guide Rick, and Auswalk for recommending the best options for our groups wishes. I’m looking at their website now for my next walking adventure with Auswalk Walking Holidays!

  2. Kimbo237

    30 May, 2019 at 4:10 PM
    5

    “My 2 sisters & I took Mum on a private group Blue Mountains Walk for her 80th Birthday – organised so perfectly by Sanyana- we had the most amazing time in this stunning place & most importantly, Mum had the best birthday & everyone made her feel so special!
    We did 2 day walks with our guide Rick, who we cannot rate high enough!! He went above & beyond, was so knowledgeable, thoughtful, caring and accomodating – we all got along fabulously & had the best 2 days walk together!
    Our accommodations were both very good – particularly The Greens! The abundant breakfasts full of homemade delights & we loved sitting around each afternoon relaxing in their very lovely well stocked sitting room chatting about our day!
    Thank you to Sanyana for putting together such a wonderful trip & Rick for making our walks so enjoyable & memorable!”

  3. Christine J

    25 March, 2019 at 4:42 PM
    5

    My friends and I have just returned from a 3 day self-guided hike in the Blue Mountains, NSW. I was so impressed with AusWalk from the minute we booked to the end of our trip. No questions went unanswered prior to our hike. Directions were well set out, maps supplied and superb accommodation in BNBs. Included dinners and breakfasts were amazing as were the hike packs for snacks and lunches. Thank you AusWalk. You are a very professional company. We will definitely be returning customers.

  4. N8341ARmichellek

    12 November, 2017 at 3:10 PM
    5

    Fabulous scenery, changing all the time. Day 1 was Grand canyon and the Grose river- lots of stairs
    Day 2 we walked from Echoes to the ruined castle, well worth it but a very long day- not for a beginner.
    Day 3 Wentworth Falls and undercliff track, again magnificent scenery
    The hotel, Echoes and meals were outstanding, perfect after a day of walking. Highly recommend this walk

  5. O2546HJmichaelc

    3 November, 2017 at 9:44 AM
    5

    Denise and I have just finished the 6 night self guided walk through the stunning Blue Mountains. What wasn’t there to enjoy – great accommodation, breakfast every morning, lunch & snacks provided, dinners ……. and the self guided notes, maps & organisational support from Auswalk. And the sights and sounds of the majestic and spectacular mountains were on display. We even wondered if Auswalk even arranged the first 5 days of perfect weather (!) & even though the last walking day was wet it provided another lens through which to enjoy the mountains. It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip and the Auswalk Frequent Walker points we earned will be used ….. Cape to Cape walk awaits us.

  6. Kristen K

    14 March, 2017 at 7:54 AM
    5

    Auswalk is a wonderful company and arranges a walking trip to perfection. We took two different trips with this company to the Blue Mountains and the Great Ocean Walk and enjoyed both of them tremendously. They were both unique experiences but Auswalk provided great places to stay with good food and excellent routes with very detailed directions. I would highly recommend this company.

  7. Sheena D

    12 May, 2016 at 9:18 PM
    5

    AusWalk`s organisation was faultless .our itinerary notes were meticulous in their detail the B&B`s were ideal (particularly Broomelea in Leura )the packed lunches provided were delicious One of the best trips I have done and greatly looking forward to our next trip

  8. Big W

    13 April, 2016 at 8:13 PM
    5

    I routinely spend my vacations doing point-to-point hikes with luggage transfer. I have previously used other travel agencies when doing the Coast-to-Coast walk in England, the West Highland Way in Scotland, the Westweg in Germany, the Rota Vicentina in Portugal, and the Tour du Mont Blanc in France/Switzerland/Italy. I have found Auswalk to match, or surpass, my experience with other agencies. The accommodations are all exceptional, the food was great (had no issue with me being a vegetarian), luggage transfer went smoothly, and the walking notes were quite explicit making it impossible to get lost. Also, their choice of routes in the Blue Mountains made sure you did not miss any of the spectacular sights.

    The scenery of the Blue Mountains was more beautiful and spectacular than any of my previous trips (with the possible exception of the Alps on the TMB). Compared to the Alps, what you lose in snow-capped peaks you gain in tropical rain forests and stunning waterfalls and a valley reminiscent of the Grand Canyon (but with trees).

    The Great Ocean Walk has scenery comparable to other coastal walks I have done (Coast-to-Coast, Rota Vicentina) but the animal sightings are incomparable. I have hiked a lot of Europe and seen very few animals larger than a marmot. On the GOW I saw many koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, and a tiger quoll (look it up). The large animal sightings rivaled the western National Parks in the USA. Also, if you are not an inhabitant of Australia, you will be amazed by the birds. The cockatoos, parrots, and other multicolored birds are spectacular for someone coming from North America or Europe.

    Highly recommend using Auswalk for your hiking needs in Australia, and booking their trips to the Blue Mountains and GOW. I plan to return to Australia in the future and try some of their other walking routes

  9. Janine S

    1 December, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Have just done the Self-Guided Blue Mountains and it was fantastic. Lovely people at all of the accommodation places. Breathtaking views wherever we stopped. Auswalk kept us informed of a looming bushfire so we always felt safe. This is the second walk I have done with Auswalk and already planning the next.

  10. DCML2

    15 October, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    This is the second self guided walk (Great Ocean walk last time) we have done with Auswalk. In both cases the organisation has been excellent, the accomodation has been great with an excellent choice of guest houses and restaurants and the walking routes well chosen varied, spectacular with enough challenge to make sure we really enjoyed our meals at the end of the day.

  11. jjmunck

    28 July, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    We have just completed our first Auswalks trip – Tropical Hiker. The walks were at times challenging but at all times enjoyable. The scenery was stunning, including beautiful tropical beaches at Cape Tribulation and around Mission Beach and Dunk Island, the Daintree Rainforest – where it feels like a privilege to be, and the Atherton Tableland – especially for anyone who likes lakes and waterfall!. Our guides Denise and Gavin were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and good company. We are looking forward to the opportunity to do another Auswalks trip.

  12. vulch26

    6 March, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    We have just finished the self guided Blue Mountain Traverse. Loved it …..mostly. The hikes were excellent but we did not realize there would be so many stairs/steps/ladders down into the valley and back up. Although we are in our early 70’s we are avid walkers/hikers and are comfortable in walking in the Appalachians of the USA. But our local Virginia walks traverse the hillsides and switch back up and down hill. The Auswalk trip challenged our knees and leg muscles as we attacked the hundreds of stone steps, steel ladders, and exposed ups and downs. The only fault we lay on Auswalk is that they could have done a better job providing information on how strenuous portions of this walk could be. The scenery is brilliant. The route notes and maps are superb. Organization and arrangements were the best. Accomodations ( and the wonderful inn keepers) were top drawer in historic lodging in scenic locations.If you are in relatively good shape and know what you are getting into this is a wonderful way to get to know some parts of Australia that are unfamiliar to North Americans.

  13. tosk137

    2 March, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    We used Auswalk to arrange our hike of the entire Great Ocean Walk. We could not have been more impressed. All of the accommodations were spectacular, especially the Great Ocean Ecolodge. All of our luggage transfers were seamless, and our pick up times were perfectly flexible. Auswalk provided us with an excellent package which included detailed annotated maps, and thankfully, head-nets (which we actually needed for one day of the hike). Everyone was wonderfully friendly, including the staff at Auswalk. We highly recommend using Auswalk and the Great Ocean Walk. Excellent value for money.

  14. NewyDrea

    27 November, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Great guide with excellent knowledge, tips and tricks. Amazingly cute and great quality accommodation. Great holiday!!!

  15. Mel S

    25 November, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    I have just completed a bushwalk of the Blue Mountains. Spectacular. Auswalk were fantastic and helped us every step of the way.

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