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How to Spend 1 Day in the Blue Mountains

How to Spend 1 Day in the Blue Mountains

An area of stunning natural beauty, home to dense forests, sandstone cliffs, dramatic canyons, and waterfalls, the Blue Mountains region is a highlight of any trip to Australia. With just one day, you’ll want to see as much of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as possible, so here’s how to make the most of one day in the Blue Mountains.

Morning: Take in the Region’s Sights

Many travelers visit the Blue Mountains on a day trip from Sydney. Most tour options include transport from the city, which saves you the stress of driving or booking train tickets separately. Regardless of whether you’re day-tripping or staying the night, take in the area’s most important landmarks this morning, such as the Three Sisters and Echo Point lookouts. Alternatively, if you arrive by train independently, a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour departing from Katoomba Railway Station lets you explore the area at your own pace.

Afternoon: Wildlife and Aerial Views

Head to Scenic World this afternoon, where you can enjoy unlimited access to all of its attractions with an all-day pass. You can ride the Scenic Railway along the Jamison Valley floor, hike the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) Scenic Walkway, or enjoy spectacular views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Jamison Valley aboard the Scenic Cableway or Scenic Skyway. Alternatively, spend your afternoon getting acquainted with some of Australia’s most iconic native animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to Tasmanian devils, koalas, wallabies, and wombats. The park offers keeper talks, feeding demonstrations, and the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and emus under supervision.

Night: Delve Deeper and Dine

True wildlife fans can take a nighttime tour of nearby Wollemi National Park, within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area, to discover its nocturnal wildlife. On a guided walk by spotlight, you’ll learn more about the behavior of  wombats, sugar gliders, kangaroos, and owls, as well as the history, ecology, and geology that make the landscape unique. Otherwise, round out your day with a leisurely dinner in Katoomba, Blackheath, Leura, or Blax. The popularity of trips to the Blue Mountains among Sydneysiders has inspired a raft of excellent restaurants, many of which use locally sourced produce and take advantage of the bounty of nearby wineries.

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Full-Day Tour in Blue Mountains with Breakfast

Full-Day Tour in Blue Mountains with Breakfast

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Head into the Blue Mountains with this small group tour from Sydney. Visit Featherdale to see koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, and more incredible animals. Enjoy thrilling rides at Scenic World, and check out dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, and the striking rock formation known as the Three Sisters. Take in scenic views of Sydney with a ferry ride down the Parramatta River under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.89
From
$159.89

All-Inclusive Blue Mountains Tour in a Luxury Mercedes Sprinter

All-Inclusive Blue Mountains Tour in a Luxury Mercedes Sprinter

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Explore the Blue Mountains the easy way on an all-inclusive, full-day tour from Sydney. Receive personalized service from your guide on a small-group tour with a maximum of 16 participants. It’s an action-packed trip with spectacular views, railway and cable car rides, forest walks, wildlife encounters, and more. See much more than touring independently on this thorough tour that appeals to many interests
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$172.10
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$172.10

Blue Mountains Unique Small-Group Day Adventure with BBQ Lunch

Blue Mountains Unique Small-Group Day Adventure with BBQ Lunch

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If you take just one day trip from Sydney, make it a journey into the Blue Mountains, stopping at natural wonders such as Echo Point, the Three Sisters, Jamison Valley, and Wentworth Falls. Catered to travelers 18 to 39 years old, this tour includes scenic views, bush walks, a stop for a swim, and a traditional Aussie barbecue. All national park fees and transportation are also included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.16
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$78.16

Blue Mountains Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Optional Scenic World Rides

Blue Mountains Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Optional Scenic World Rides

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Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the Blue Mountains with a sightseeing pass valid for three days. Your bus stops at 29 convenient locations, where you can hop off to visit mountain towns, snap photos from the Three Sisters and Echo Point lookouts, and more. Plus, you can upgrade to the Lyrebrird Pass to add a Scenic World unlimited ride pass.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.44
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$39.44
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Private Blue Mountains Tour with Local Guide and Breakfast in the Aussie Bush

Private Blue Mountains Tour with Local Guide and Breakfast in the Aussie Bush

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Explore the beautiful Blue Mountains on this small-group excursion with a local guide. After a convenient hotel or AirBnB pickup, track wombats and admire kangaroos, watch for koalas and crocodiles at Featherdale, and marvel at towering waterfalls and stunning cliffs. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch and take a ferry ride down the Parramatta River and into Sydney’s gorgeous harbor—all included in the tour price.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,147.32
Price varies by group size
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$1,147.32
Price varies by group size

Featherdale Wildlife Park General Admission

Featherdale Wildlife Park General Admission

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Enjoy a fun-filled family day out at the Featherdale Wildlife Park near Sydney, and see some of Australia’s most iconic native animals. Learn more about endangered species like Tasmanian devils; spot adorable koalas, wallabies and wombats; or brave a peek at dingoes, deadly snakes and crocodiles. That’s not all: Make the most of the varied keeper talks, watch feeding demonstrations, and enjoy hand-feeding kangaroos and emus under supervision. You also have the option to experience a up close and personal Koala Encounter!!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.30
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$23.30