The Blue Mountains, found in New South Wales, features some of the most wonderful natural attractions in Australia. It begins west of the Nepean River and stretches toward Coxs River, covering more than 1 million hectares of rainforest, heathlands, and canyons. Bird lovers and animal enthusiasts will love the wildlife thriving within Blue Mountain’s diverse eucalypt vegetation.
A World Heritage Site
A great section of the Blue Mountains became part of the Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Site on November 29, 2000. It was listed as a World Heritage Site because of its many endemic and rare plants and the presence of some evolutionary relic species in the area. It also represents various eucalypt habitats, including heathland, wet and dry sclerophyll, swamps, grassland, and wetland.
Sites for Bushwalking
You can do a lot of outdoor activities in the Blue Mountains such as bushwalking, trekking, hiking, and even abseiling. Blackheath Walks allow bushwalking in the Grand Canyon-Govetts Leap area. The tracks here are suitable for the fit outdoor lover, as there are a lot of steep climbs and descents.
The Federal Pass is another walk that you can take. Through this cliff base route, you can visit and view many interesting sites including Echo Point, the Three Sisters, Kiah Lookout, Katoomba Falls, the Golden Stairs, and Mt. Solitary and beyond. The Scenic Railway can also be accessed here. It is named by the Guinness Book of Records as the steepest railway in the world. It traverses through an incline of 52 degrees through a rock tunnel that opens to a spectacular view of thick vegetation. The Scenic Railway operates daily every 10 minutes and carries 840 passengers every hour.
The Giant Stairway, which leads down into the Jamison Valley, is one more site worth visiting when bushwalking through the area. The steps were carved out of the cliff, with metal steps added at certain points. The Giant Stairway is located next to the Three Sisters.
Sites for Hiking, Rock Climbing, and Abseiling
The ideal sites for hiking, rock climbing, and abseiling are Wentworth Falls, Katoomba, and Leura. You will be treated to observing various kinds of plants in different habitats like open forest, swamp, and rainforest. The cliff-top walks are ideal for those who are quite uncertain of their ability to make it through difficult climbs.
The more serious hikers can take the National Pass going through the Valley of the Waters. They can also try the more challenging Wentworth Pass or the path going down to Vera Falls.
Exploring the Blue Mountains can be done through various day tours available. There are coach tours that stop at many interesting points in the area. There are also four-wheel drive tours that are able to go to more difficult places while offering more comfortable seating. Four-wheel drive tours can be personalized.
Many of the most beautiful places in the Blue Mountains can only be accessed by foot, that’s why there are day tours that offer to take you to these places on foot. You will have an experienced guide who will lead you through the tracks.