OVERVIEW

The Blue Mountains is approximately one and a half hours from Sydney and is the most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness area in Australia. This walk starts in Mt Victoria and finishes in Wentworth Falls covering off on all the best walks in the Blue Mountains. We have added the best day’s walk on the Six-foot Track because we know it’s a beautiful walk.

Highlights

  • Bridal Veil Falls, Govett’s Leap Lookout, the most walk worthy section of the Six Foot Track
  • The Jamison Valley via the Scenic Railway, the Waterfall Valley near Leura,
  • The Three Sisters and simply stunning views everywhere you look.
  • The Blue Mountains national park is huge with more than a million hectares of bushland and 100s of kilometres of trails from which we’ve chosen the very best walks.
  • Delicious breakfasts, filling lunches and dinners at local restaurants
  • There’s also an option of upgrading your lodging and dining experience please see ACCOMMODATION & DINING for further details.

 

 

 

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2145

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 655

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

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

DAY 1
BLACKHEATH

The Blue Mountains Traverse starts in Blackheath any time after 2pm. There is no walking scheduled for today but there are several galleries and coffee shops in the village worth exploring.

Meals: A la carte dinner at local restaurant

Accommodation: Blackheath in ensuited rooms

DAY 2
MOUNT VICTORIA TO BLACKHEATH

The Blue Mountain Traverse walks 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.

Walking: Easy / 16km / 5–6.5 hrs / shorter 12km walk available

Meals: Continental breakfast, walkers lunch and a la carte dinner at local restaurant

Accommodation: Blackheath B&B in ensuited rooms

DAY 3
GRAND CANYON LOOP

Traverse the 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. Then walk down into the Grand Canyon, undoubtedly one of the Blue Mountains’, if not Australia’s, most beautiful walks. The canyon carved out by nature over millions of years, the huge tree ferns, the lichen and other flora and fauna work together in concert to create an unheralded sense of immersion.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 16km / 5–6 hrs / shorter walk available

Meals: Continental breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Blackheath B&B in ensuited rooms

 

DAY 4
KATOOMBA TO RUINED CASTLE VIA THE SCENIC RAILWAY

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. Take the Furber Steps Challenge; an alternative to riding up the Scenic Railway. This track climbs steeply through dense rainforest past delightful waterfalls and pretty grottoes. This day also includes a ride in the spectacular Scenic Skyway gondola ride suspended across the Jamison Valley.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 16–17.5km / 5– 6.5 hrs / shorter option available

Meals: Continental breakfast, walkers lunch and a la carte dinner at local restaurant

Accommodation: Katoomba B&B in ensuited rooms

DAY 5
SIX FOOT TRACK

Today’s walk is one of our favourites. Its starts in Katoomba at your accommodation once again, through town, out to the cliff edge. From the Explorers Tree, the track winds its’ way down the escarpment into Megalong Valley to the end at Dryridge Winery. On the way be treated with superb views over the valley. Megalong Valley is less wilderness more agricultural farmland. The way down to the valley is by far the best part of the Six Foot Track. The Six Foot Track was originally built about 2 metres (six foot!) wide, well over 100 years ago. The route was swiftly renamed the Six Foot Track, and the name has stuck. It starts from the Explorers Tree in Katoomba (it is very sadly in a state of disrepair), and was first established in 1884 to provide access to Jenolan Caves by horse.

Walking: Moderate / 23kms / 6 to 7.5hours/ mostly down or flat

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Katoomba B&B in ensuited rooms

DAY 6
KATOOMBA TO LEURA

Learn the Aboriginal legend of how the famous Three 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. There is a thriving arts scene in the Blue Mountains including in Leura, scores of restaurants, cafes and providores.

Walking: Moderate / 9–11.5km / 4– 4.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Leura B&B in ensuited rooms

DAY 7
LEURA TO WENTWORTH FALLS

The final Blue Mountains Traverse walk 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 clifftop.

Walking: Moderate / 15km / 4–5.5 hrs / shorter 10km option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Leura B&B in ensuited rooms

DAY 8
LEURA BACK TO SYDNEY

The Blue Mountains Traverse finishes after breakfast with a transfer to the local train station.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • The best of the Blue Mountains walks including the Six Foot track
  • 7  nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Cooked or continental breakfast each morning, walkers lunches each walking day and a la carte dinners at local restaurants
  • Vehicle transfers and luggage transport
  • Scenic world Railway, Skyway and Gondola all-day pass
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s transfer company and representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The friendly locals we work with for accommodation, meals and transfers are attentive to your itinerary and eager to help make your departure and arrival each day as smooth as possible. The accommodation each night is in beautiful B&Bs that provide a welcoming and comfortable base to relax and recount the day’s highlights. All rooms have their own ensuite.

The upgrade accommodation option is with stunning Parklands and Lilianfels (or Echoes). You can upgrade accommodation, dining or both please speak to the office if you wish to find out more.

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

A delicious and hearty breakfast is included at your accommodation each morning. The breakfasts will vary and be either cooked, continental or both. In the morning you will be provided with a substantial walkers lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A walkers lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

The included dinners are at local restaurants that have either won awards or received great reviews. There’s an emphasis on local produce and wine from the region. When dinner is not included it is because there are many great restaurants close by to choose from. We recommend you ask us or your hosts for their advice.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

GENERAL INFO

This Blue Mountains Traverse starts and finishes in the Blue Mountains with a short two-hour train ride (fare not included) from Sydney to the first accommodation. The Blue Mountains walks are 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.

Importantly, we walk in and out of accommodations and move you along the track in order to limit the travel time in a vehicle. Your luggage moves along with you seamlessly as you walk from one accommodation to the next with just your day pack.

The Blue Mountains Traverse comprehensive walk notes provide lots of information on the flora, fauna, history and geology of the Blue Mountains. For further information on this trip watch this walk being featured on an episode of the Sydney Weekender in 2017.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

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 but with little rain and good for walking. Warmer, spring weather returns around September.

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

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this link. Get an instant quote and purchase online now.

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 detail 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.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2145

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $655
Overview

OVERVIEW

The Blue Mountains is approximately one and a half hours from Sydney and is the most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness area in Australia. This walk starts in Mt Victoria and finishes in Wentworth Falls covering off on all the best walks in the Blue Mountains. We have added the best day’s walk on the Six-foot Track because we know it’s a beautiful walk.

Highlights

  • Bridal Veil Falls, Govett’s Leap Lookout, the most walk worthy section of the Six Foot Track
  • The Jamison Valley via the Scenic Railway, the Waterfall Valley near Leura,
  • The Three Sisters and simply stunning views everywhere you look.
  • The Blue Mountains national park is huge with more than a million hectares of bushland and 100s of kilometres of trails from which we’ve chosen the very best walks.
  • Delicious breakfasts, filling lunches and dinners at local restaurants
  • There’s also an option of upgrading your lodging and dining experience please see ACCOMMODATION & DINING for further details.

 

 

 

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2145

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 655

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 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

DAY 1
BLACKHEATH

The Blue Mountains Traverse starts in Blackheath any time after 2pm. There is no walking scheduled for today but there are several galleries and coffee shops in the village worth exploring.

Meals: A la carte dinner at local restaurant

Accommodation: Blackheath in ensuited rooms

DAY 2
MOUNT VICTORIA TO BLACKHEATH

The Blue Mountain Traverse walks 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.

Walking: Easy / 16km / 5–6.5 hrs / shorter 12km walk available

Meals: Continental breakfast, walkers lunch and a la carte dinner at local restaurant

Accommodation: Blackheath B&B in ensuited rooms

DAY 3
GRAND CANYON LOOP

Traverse the 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. Then walk down into the Grand Canyon, undoubtedly one of the Blue Mountains’, if not Australia’s, most beautiful walks. The canyon carved out by nature over millions of years, the huge tree ferns, the lichen and other flora and fauna work together in concert to create an unheralded sense of immersion.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 16km / 5–6 hrs / shorter walk available

Meals: Continental breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Blackheath B&B in ensuited rooms

 

DAY 4
KATOOMBA TO RUINED CASTLE VIA THE SCENIC RAILWAY

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. Take the Furber Steps Challenge; an alternative to riding up the Scenic Railway. This track climbs steeply through dense rainforest past delightful waterfalls and pretty grottoes. This day also includes a ride in the spectacular Scenic Skyway gondola ride suspended across the Jamison Valley.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 16–17.5km / 5– 6.5 hrs / shorter option available

Meals: Continental breakfast, walkers lunch and a la carte dinner at local restaurant

Accommodation: Katoomba B&B in ensuited rooms

DAY 5
SIX FOOT TRACK

Today’s walk is one of our favourites. Its starts in Katoomba at your accommodation once again, through town, out to the cliff edge. From the Explorers Tree, the track winds its’ way down the escarpment into Megalong Valley to the end at Dryridge Winery. On the way be treated with superb views over the valley. Megalong Valley is less wilderness more agricultural farmland. The way down to the valley is by far the best part of the Six Foot Track. The Six Foot Track was originally built about 2 metres (six foot!) wide, well over 100 years ago. The route was swiftly renamed the Six Foot Track, and the name has stuck. It starts from the Explorers Tree in Katoomba (it is very sadly in a state of disrepair), and was first established in 1884 to provide access to Jenolan Caves by horse.

Walking: Moderate / 23kms / 6 to 7.5hours/ mostly down or flat

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Katoomba B&B in ensuited rooms

DAY 6
KATOOMBA TO LEURA

Learn the Aboriginal legend of how the famous Three 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. There is a thriving arts scene in the Blue Mountains including in Leura, scores of restaurants, cafes and providores.

Walking: Moderate / 9–11.5km / 4– 4.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Leura B&B in ensuited rooms

DAY 7
LEURA TO WENTWORTH FALLS

The final Blue Mountains Traverse walk 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 clifftop.

Walking: Moderate / 15km / 4–5.5 hrs / shorter 10km option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Leura B&B in ensuited rooms

DAY 8
LEURA BACK TO SYDNEY

The Blue Mountains Traverse finishes after breakfast with a transfer to the local train station.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • The best of the Blue Mountains walks including the Six Foot track
  • 7  nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Cooked or continental breakfast each morning, walkers lunches each walking day and a la carte dinners at local restaurants
  • Vehicle transfers and luggage transport
  • Scenic world Railway, Skyway and Gondola all-day pass
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s transfer company and representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The friendly locals we work with for accommodation, meals and transfers are attentive to your itinerary and eager to help make your departure and arrival each day as smooth as possible. The accommodation each night is in beautiful B&Bs that provide a welcoming and comfortable base to relax and recount the day’s highlights. All rooms have their own ensuite.

The upgrade accommodation option is with stunning Parklands and Lilianfels (or Echoes). You can upgrade accommodation, dining or both please speak to the office if you wish to find out more.

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

A delicious and hearty breakfast is included at your accommodation each morning. The breakfasts will vary and be either cooked, continental or both. In the morning you will be provided with a substantial walkers lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A walkers lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

The included dinners are at local restaurants that have either won awards or received great reviews. There’s an emphasis on local produce and wine from the region. When dinner is not included it is because there are many great restaurants close by to choose from. We recommend you ask us or your hosts for their advice.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

General Info

GENERAL INFO

This Blue Mountains Traverse starts and finishes in the Blue Mountains with a short two-hour train ride (fare not included) from Sydney to the first accommodation. The Blue Mountains walks are 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.

Importantly, we walk in and out of accommodations and move you along the track in order to limit the travel time in a vehicle. Your luggage moves along with you seamlessly as you walk from one accommodation to the next with just your day pack.

The Blue Mountains Traverse comprehensive walk notes provide lots of information on the flora, fauna, history and geology of the Blue Mountains. For further information on this trip watch this walk being featured on an episode of the Sydney Weekender in 2017.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

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 but with little rain and good for walking. Warmer, spring weather returns around September.

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

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this link. Get an instant quote and purchase online now.

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 detail 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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    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2145

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $655

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