- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Unesco World Heritage
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Blue Mountains National Park is a must-see tourist attraction in Australia. It owes its name to the eucalyptus forests that cover it. It is an ideal place for a weekend with your family or significant other. I advise that you go during the week to avoid the crowd of Australians who have made the Blue Mountains their favourite place to relax.
Regarding transport, I think that the best option is to take the train from Central Station in Sydney and then take the bus loop to the different points of interest. What with the many panoramic views and the beautiful walks, you must devote several days to the park.
Among the must-see places to visit, I recommend Katoomba, Leura, the view of the Three Sisters from Echo Point, the Scenic Skyway, the Jamison Valley, and Blackheath. They are a feast for the eyes!
The Blue Mountains are situated only a few kilometres outside of Sydney, and it is well worth spending a day thereduring your visit to Australia. You rarely see green, mountainous scenery only a few kilometres away from a large city such as Sydney!
I went there having booked a tour with a guide, which was certainly worthwhile, as he explained to us all about the history and the scenery...If you go to the Blue Mountains, be sure not to miss the view point at the top of the 'Three Sisters', three adjoining mountain peaks which are more or less the emblem of the region! The landscapes really are magnificent, and there are many different hikes you can go on to fully discover the area. Keep your eyes peeled, as you may come across parrots, or even a koala!
The Blue Mountains will give you a taste of what to expect in Australia - astonishing nature! A classified UNESCO site, this mountain range is blanketed with eucalyptus trees and boasts numerous cave sites, waterfalls, gorges and stunning views. It's here that residents of Sydney flock for a bit of fresh air. The mountains get their name from the mists that rise from the eucalyptus trees, casting blue tones across the rocks, particularly when sunshine is reflected off their leaves.
Being a canyoning fan, I was hoping to do some in Claustral Canyon, which is part of the Blue Mountains and supposedly one of the best in Australia. Unfortunately the price, being much more expensive than in Europe, put me right off. I made do with a guided tour so I could sightsee at least part of this immense national park. During my walk I learnt that 200 years ago, the Blue Mountains were covered by a tropical forest, which, due to climate change, evolved into a eucalyptus forest. Only a few tropical plants remain, most of them around the waterfalls. We stopped to admire the view from Princess Rock, Sublime in Leura and Govett Leap, all of which are a well known vantage points. The panoramic views were just as breathtaking at Echo Point, which overlooks the touristy Three Sisters, famous for being part of Aboriginal legend. We were also taken to more isolated areas (there are many in this forest), which boast views that disappear into the horizon.