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How to Spend 3 Days in the Blue Mountains

How to Spend 3 Days in the Blue Mountains

Home to nature-rich forests, dramatic canyons, and waterfalls, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park lets you enjoy Australia’s natural beauty without having to travel far from Sydney. Three days give you ample time to explore corner of the region; here’s how. 

Day 1: Enjoy Mother Nature

A tour of the Blue Mountains’ natural wonders lets you skip the hassle of car hire while ensuring that you don’t miss any of the most important landmarks, which include the Three Sisters Viewpoint and Echo Point. For a more flexible approach, travel around the main attractions at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which typically depart from Katoomba Railway Station.

In the afternoon, embark on an easy hike from Leura Cascades to Bridal Veil Falls or opt for the more challenging Echo Point Trail, in which the Giant Stairway leads to the Three Sisters. Afterward, head back into Katoomba for dinner; on Katoomba Street, you’ll find restaurants that serve everything from high-end Australian and French cuisine to casual pub grub.

Day 2: Take to the Sky

Start your day in Leura, a town that’s nicknamed the Jewel of the Mountain’s Crown. Enjoy breakfast at one of Leura Mall’s cafés and then wander around the shops and galleries that line the streets. 

Devote the afternoon to Scenic World, which encompasses the Scenic Skyway, Scenic Cableway, Scenic Walkway, and Scenic Railway. Armed with an all-day pass, enjoy unlimited access to all of its attractions. Ride the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway; hike the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) Scenic Walkway, an elevated boardwalk that passes over rainforest; and enjoy views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Jamison Valley aboard the Scenic Cableway or Scenic Skyway.

Day 3: Get a Taste of Adventure

Conclude your visit to the Blue Mountains with some adventure. Explore the UNESCO-listed Jenolan Caves on a tour that takes you down 1,298 stairs into the 340 million-year-old labyrinth. Alternatively, opt for an abseiling tour—which offers unparalleled views of the area’s natural surroundings as you rappel down cliffs—or a canyoning adventure that lets you descend to Juggler Canyon, the Blue Mountains' equivalent to the Grand Canyon. If you can’t decide, look for tours that combine two or more activities into one trip.

Round out your day with a trip to Wollemi National Park, where you can discover its nocturnal wildlife on a tour. You’ll look for, and learn about, wombats, sugar gliders, kangaroos, owls, and more on a guided night walk. 

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.27
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$41.27
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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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$1,200.54
Price varies by group size
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$1,200.54
Price varies by group size

Half-Day Abseiling Adventure in Blue Mountains National Park

Half-Day Abseiling Adventure in Blue Mountains National Park

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Experience abseiling in the Blue Mountains on this tour from Katoomba. With a guide who provides instruction and encouragement, you'll rappel down a set of cliffs, from 16 feet (5 meters) to 49 feet (15 meters) to a 98-foot (30-meter) drop. During your adventure, don't forget to look around at the surrounding bushland scenery.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.28
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Small-Group Half-Day Abseiling Adventure from Katoomba

Small-Group Half-Day Abseiling Adventure from Katoomba

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If you have a taste for adventure but not much experience, join this guided half-day abseiling adventure from Katoomba. Enjoy the opportunity to take in the views of the Blue Mountains as you rappel down a rock face under the supervision of a guide. Suitable for those with little or no experience, this small-group tour includes all abseiling equipment as well as personalized attention and instruction to ensure your comfort and safety.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.79
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Private Blue Mountains Abseiling and Canyoning Day Trip from Sydney

Private Blue Mountains Abseiling and Canyoning Day Trip from Sydney

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Really immerse yourself into the Blue Mountains on this abseiling and canyoning tour from Sydney. You’ll enjoy an up-close look at the natural beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage–listed region as you descend waterfalls and jump and slide down rocks. Equipment is provided, and the tour is suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers. This private experience is limited to four people to provide personalized attention from a private guide.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$769.58
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