Located just 90 minutes by car from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Located just 90 minutes by car from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The UNESCO world heritage-listed area, brimming with history, native flora and fauna, is a popular attraction for those looking to get back to nature. A Blue Mountains day trip or weekend getaway might be just what you need to get back to the grind. DM Concierge can curate a personal luxury travel itinerary for you to give you a truly worry-free experience.
The Blue Mountains National Park covers over 250,000 hectares, encompassing over 140 kilometers of walking tracks. Whether you are an avid hiker or want a short walk to take in the stunning wilderness, there is guaranteed to be a bushwalk suited to your needs. Lookouts are scattered around the park to give you a break between walking – here are a few of our favourites:
This lookout is one of the most accessible lookouts – easily reachable by car – and offers scenic views of Jamison Valley. We love stopping here at the start of our trips as it gives an exciting peak at what’s to come.
Princes Rock Lookout
Walking further into the national park you’ll find what is arguably the best view of Wentworth Falls. While crowds gather at the well-known Wentworth Falls lookout, our guides much prefer this lookout to marvel at the three-tiered waterfall in its entirety.
Hassans Walls Lookout
At 1,100 metres above sea level, this is the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains with extensive views of surrounding Mount Tomah and Mount Lambie. There is space to walk around and take in the amazing sights and sounds echoing through the valley.
Once you’ve been to the highest points in the Blue Mountains, it’s time to go underground.
The dramatic limestone formations of the Jenolan caves are more than 340 million years old – regarded as some of the most outstanding caves in the world. There are different cave chambers to explore, some requiring headlights to climb through narrow walkways while others have phenomenal acoustics for you to experience.
A trip to the Blue Mountains is not complete without visiting the Three Sisters, an iconic rock formation with an even more fascinating legend behind it. We recommend visiting the Echo Point lookout at sunset to experience the changing colours of the Three Sisters. Stay till dusk falls to see the formations sparkle under floodlights. Alternatively, ride the cablecar that spans across the valley to see this attraction from a different point of view.
Apart from the Aboriginal storytelling connected to the Three Sisters, the Blue Mountains region is also rich in Aboriginal history. As the traditional home of the Darug and Gundungarra people, the region has a special place in Dreamtime stories. We highly recommend learning about its history through tours and visiting the Waradah Australian Centre, located adjacent to the national park.
If you plan to visit on a weekend, the Blue Mountains is also home to many community markets celebrating local produce and handmade products. There are many markets to choose from, some with more than 100 stalls, so it’s easy to spend an entire morning browsing through the market. DM Concierge can help you select the best markets for your interests so that you can maximise your time away.
The exceptional local produce is showcased in the cafes and restaurants scattered around the area. Warm up in a cosy cafe after a morning spent walking in the national park, or enjoy a unique high tea experience at the iconic Hydro Majestic hotel. The region is also a hub for fine dining experiences that pair sublime seasonal produce with equally stunning views.