OVERVIEW

This trip has the same walking as the 7 Day Blue Mountains Traverse but with upgraded accommodation spectacularly located right on the edge of the park, staying in 4.5-5 star luxurious hotels.

The Blue Mountains, only 90 km from Sydney, are easily the most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness area in Australia. The walk traverses the plateau and the valley floor from Mt Victoria via Blackheath and Leura to Wentworth Falls.  The descents into the valley are well worth the effort, walking up close to nature, allowing you to literally feel and smell the forest. The valley and canyon sections of the track take you via waterfalls and waterways and there is a high chance of spotting the elusive Lyrebird as you walk.

Please note: We offer our Blue Mountains walks all year round. November to March are the warmest months however they also tend to have the highest rainfall with January and February being the most affected. Track closures are common after periods of heavy rain. We will do our best to provide alternative walking options when possible. 

World Heritage Blue Mountains NP. Cliff-top trails, descend into the densely forested Jamison & Waterfall Valleys.

Highlights

  • The rugged terrain of the remote forest heading into Cox's Cave
  • Breathtaking views from Govett's Leak and Pulpit Rock
  • Witness the distinctive blue haze for which the Blue Mountains are named
  • Walking down into the Grand Canyon, one of Australia's most beautiful walks
  • An exhilarating ride on the Scenic Railway into the depths of the rainforest
  • Get up close to the famous Three Sisters as you walk the track to Leura
  • 6 nights stay in 4.5 to 5-star accommodations, the best the region has to offer

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Longer walking distances, up to 20km +. Steep hill sections and rough terrain. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2795

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 1215

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

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ITINERARY

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

DAY 1
BLACKHEATH

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

Meals: 2 course a la carte dinner at Wintergarden Restaurant Hydro Majestic

Accommodation: Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges Blackheath in spacious ensuite 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 the 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: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch

Accommodation: Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges Blackheath in spacious ensuite rooms

DAY 3
GRAND CANYON LOOP

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. 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: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch and dinner at a local restaurant

Accommodation: Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges Blackheath in spacious ensuite 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 / 5.5 – 7 hrs / shorter option available

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

Accommodation: Lilianfels Resort and Spa Katoomba in ensuited rooms

DAY 5
KATOOMBA TO LEURA LOOP

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 / 11–14km + optional extra / 4 – 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Lilianfels Resort and Spa Katoomba in ensuited rooms

DAY 6
KATOOMBA 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: Lilianfels Resort and Spa Katoomba in ensuited rooms

DAY 7
FINISH IN KATOOMBA

The Blue Mountains Traverse finishes after breakfast with a transfer to the local train station. If you wish we can have you stay an extra night and simply relax or wander some more in the gorgeous Blue Mountains.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 6 nights’ accommodation at 4.5 to 5-star accommodations with ensuites
  • Chef prepared cooked breakfasts each morning, walkers lunches each walking day and select a la carte dinners at local restaurants
  • The best of the Blue Mountains walks
  • We shift along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • Scenic world Railway, Skyway & Gondola all-day pass & National Park admission
  • 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

On this walk, you stay in the beautiful Parklands Country Garden and Lodges and Lilianfels Blue Mountains  Resort and Spa. All rooms have their own ensuite. Lilianfels has a one hat restaurant Darley’s on-site and a more relaxed bistro that has some of the best views of any hotel in the country.

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.  You will start the day with a cooked breakfast. Each morning you will also 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. We’ve also included a 2-course chef-prepared dinner on the first night in the “Wintergarden Restaurant” at the Hydro Majestic – a unique regional dining experience.

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).

  • NIGHTS 1, 2 & 3

  • NIGHT 4, 5 & 6

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 - ~AVERAGE

Distance training should be a consideration in your overall training program, so take every opportunity you can to walk. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 16km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row.

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

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. 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

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

HOW TO GET THERE

Travelling to the Start of the walk

This walk starts in the village of Blackheath.

The walk ends in Katoomba we have included a taxi transfer to Katoomba train station.

You will need to get yourself to and from the start and end of your walk. i.e. you will need to organise your travel to the start of the walk in the Blue Mountains. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

Public Transport: By far the easiest option is to catch a train from Sydney. Your starting destination is Blackheath. It is approximately a 6 minute walk to your accommodation so you may prefer to catch a taxi (at your expense).

The train will take around 2hrs 10min from Sydney Central station and costs approximately AUD$8 to $12. You can buy tickets directly at the train station; there is no need to book. You can also catch the train at Sydney airport and swap at Central station. The trains in peak times depart approximately every 15 mins, out of peak every 30 mins to 40 mins.

Please note:  If you would prefer a private taxi transfer we can provide details for you to arrange. This will be an additional cost.

Travelling from the End of the walk

Public Transport:  Take the train from Katoomba Station. We have included a taxi transfer from your accommodation to the station.

WEATHER

Available all year. October-November is usually mild to warm. With the warmer weather comes higher rainfall. Temperatures warm up from December-February with frequent heavy rainfall. 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.

Track closures are common after periods of heavy rain. We will do our best to provide alternative walking options when possible. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds due to track closures please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover any losses.

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

climate graph for the Blue Mountains

Source: BOM

INSURANCE

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

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from 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 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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DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2024 - 31 Mar 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1215
  • 1 Apr 2025 - 31 Mar 2026
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2905

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1265

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  1. Rebecca K

    20 January, 2023 at 1:31 PM
    5

    AusWalk was a highly professional company from start to finish. It was extremely well organised and catered for our every need. The accommodation provided in the Blue Mountains was exceptional. The itineraries provided for our self guided walk were very easy to follow and there was no issue about getting lost. I would highly recommend this company for eight hiking, walking tour of the Blue Mountains.

  2. Barbara W

    11 February, 2021 at 2:04 PM
    5

    The Blue Mountains – self-guided walk is truly awesome but don’t expect easy walking! However if you love rugged mountains bathed in a blue haze from the eucalypts, breathtakingly beautiful scenery, spectacular waterfalls, interesting caves and canyons, challenging steps down into the valleys (and up again) – then it is for you. I would recommend you do it in spring when all the wild flowers are in bloom in the bush along with the rhododendrons, daffodils, tulips and lily-of-the-valley blooming in the towns. At the end of the day enjoy the comfort of an open fire place for a pre-dinner drink and swap stories with other travellers. As well as enjoying the plant and animal life – Superb Lyrebirds can be seen scratching in the leaf litter; marvel at the geology of the area, Towering cliffs of sandstone overlaid with igneous (volcanic) rocks suggesting the area formed in a swamp but some time in the distant past the whole area was uplifted to a height of around 1000 metres. Learn something of the history of the area – coal mines operated below Katoomba with some mine shafts extending for 1500 metres into the cliff faces. Families lived near the mines below the cliffs, but each Sunday the priest would come down a staircase called the Golden Stairs to say Mass for them.
    9/23/2016 7:00 PMAdd tags –

  3. Rob and J M

    11 February, 2021 at 2:14 PM
    5

    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.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

This trip has the same walking as the 7 Day Blue Mountains Traverse but with upgraded accommodation spectacularly located right on the edge of the park, staying in 4.5-5 star luxurious hotels.

The Blue Mountains, only 90 km from Sydney, are easily the most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness area in Australia. The walk traverses the plateau and the valley floor from Mt Victoria via Blackheath and Leura to Wentworth Falls.  The descents into the valley are well worth the effort, walking up close to nature, allowing you to literally feel and smell the forest. The valley and canyon sections of the track take you via waterfalls and waterways and there is a high chance of spotting the elusive Lyrebird as you walk.

Please note: We offer our Blue Mountains walks all year round. November to March are the warmest months however they also tend to have the highest rainfall with January and February being the most affected. Track closures are common after periods of heavy rain. We will do our best to provide alternative walking options when possible. 

World Heritage Blue Mountains NP. Cliff-top trails, descend into the densely forested Jamison & Waterfall Valleys.

Highlights

  • The rugged terrain of the remote forest heading into Cox's Cave
  • Breathtaking views from Govett's Leak and Pulpit Rock
  • Witness the distinctive blue haze for which the Blue Mountains are named
  • Walking down into the Grand Canyon, one of Australia's most beautiful walks
  • An exhilarating ride on the Scenic Railway into the depths of the rainforest
  • Get up close to the famous Three Sisters as you walk the track to Leura
  • 6 nights stay in 4.5 to 5-star accommodations, the best the region has to offer

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Longer walking distances, up to 20km +. Steep hill sections and rough terrain. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2795

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 1215

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 1
BLACKHEATH

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

Meals: 2 course a la carte dinner at Wintergarden Restaurant Hydro Majestic

Accommodation: Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges Blackheath in spacious ensuite 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 the 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: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch

Accommodation: Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges Blackheath in spacious ensuite rooms

DAY 3
GRAND CANYON LOOP

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. 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: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch and dinner at a local restaurant

Accommodation: Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges Blackheath in spacious ensuite 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 / 5.5 – 7 hrs / shorter option available

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

Accommodation: Lilianfels Resort and Spa Katoomba in ensuited rooms

DAY 5
KATOOMBA TO LEURA LOOP

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 / 11–14km + optional extra / 4 – 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Lilianfels Resort and Spa Katoomba in ensuited rooms

DAY 6
KATOOMBA 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: Lilianfels Resort and Spa Katoomba in ensuited rooms

DAY 7
FINISH IN KATOOMBA

The Blue Mountains Traverse finishes after breakfast with a transfer to the local train station. If you wish we can have you stay an extra night and simply relax or wander some more in the gorgeous Blue Mountains.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 6 nights’ accommodation at 4.5 to 5-star accommodations with ensuites
  • Chef prepared cooked breakfasts each morning, walkers lunches each walking day and select a la carte dinners at local restaurants
  • The best of the Blue Mountains walks
  • We shift along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • Scenic world Railway, Skyway & Gondola all-day pass & National Park admission
  • 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

On this walk, you stay in the beautiful Parklands Country Garden and Lodges and Lilianfels Blue Mountains  Resort and Spa. All rooms have their own ensuite. Lilianfels has a one hat restaurant Darley’s on-site and a more relaxed bistro that has some of the best views of any hotel in the country.

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.  You will start the day with a cooked breakfast. Each morning you will also 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. We’ve also included a 2-course chef-prepared dinner on the first night in the “Wintergarden Restaurant” at the Hydro Majestic – a unique regional dining experience.

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).

  • NIGHTS 1, 2 & 3

  • NIGHT 4, 5 & 6

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 - ~AVERAGE

Distance training should be a consideration in your overall training program, so take every opportunity you can to walk. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 16km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row.

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

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. 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

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

HOW TO GET THERE

Travelling to the Start of the walk

This walk starts in the village of Blackheath.

The walk ends in Katoomba we have included a taxi transfer to Katoomba train station.

You will need to get yourself to and from the start and end of your walk. i.e. you will need to organise your travel to the start of the walk in the Blue Mountains. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

Public Transport: By far the easiest option is to catch a train from Sydney. Your starting destination is Blackheath. It is approximately a 6 minute walk to your accommodation so you may prefer to catch a taxi (at your expense).

The train will take around 2hrs 10min from Sydney Central station and costs approximately AUD$8 to $12. You can buy tickets directly at the train station; there is no need to book. You can also catch the train at Sydney airport and swap at Central station. The trains in peak times depart approximately every 15 mins, out of peak every 30 mins to 40 mins.

Please note:  If you would prefer a private taxi transfer we can provide details for you to arrange. This will be an additional cost.

Travelling from the End of the walk

Public Transport:  Take the train from Katoomba Station. We have included a taxi transfer from your accommodation to the station.

WEATHER

Available all year. October-November is usually mild to warm. With the warmer weather comes higher rainfall. Temperatures warm up from December-February with frequent heavy rainfall. 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.

Track closures are common after periods of heavy rain. We will do our best to provide alternative walking options when possible. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds due to track closures please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover any losses.

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

climate graph for the Blue Mountains

Source: BOM

INSURANCE

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

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from 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 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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  1. Rebecca K

    20 January, 2023 at 1:31 PM
    5

    AusWalk was a highly professional company from start to finish. It was extremely well organised and catered for our every need. The accommodation provided in the Blue Mountains was exceptional. The itineraries provided for our self guided walk were very easy to follow and there was no issue about getting lost. I would highly recommend this company for eight hiking, walking tour of the Blue Mountains.

  2. Barbara W

    11 February, 2021 at 2:04 PM
    5

    The Blue Mountains – self-guided walk is truly awesome but don’t expect easy walking! However if you love rugged mountains bathed in a blue haze from the eucalypts, breathtakingly beautiful scenery, spectacular waterfalls, interesting caves and canyons, challenging steps down into the valleys (and up again) – then it is for you. I would recommend you do it in spring when all the wild flowers are in bloom in the bush along with the rhododendrons, daffodils, tulips and lily-of-the-valley blooming in the towns. At the end of the day enjoy the comfort of an open fire place for a pre-dinner drink and swap stories with other travellers. As well as enjoying the plant and animal life – Superb Lyrebirds can be seen scratching in the leaf litter; marvel at the geology of the area, Towering cliffs of sandstone overlaid with igneous (volcanic) rocks suggesting the area formed in a swamp but some time in the distant past the whole area was uplifted to a height of around 1000 metres. Learn something of the history of the area – coal mines operated below Katoomba with some mine shafts extending for 1500 metres into the cliff faces. Families lived near the mines below the cliffs, but each Sunday the priest would come down a staircase called the Golden Stairs to say Mass for them.
    9/23/2016 7:00 PMAdd tags –

  3. Rob and J M

    11 February, 2021 at 2:14 PM
    5

    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.

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