I really didn’t realise how awesome the Blue Mountains are until I saw them for myself. Yes I had seen photos online but seeing it all in person was just breath taking.
Heads up – there will be lots on photos on this post because I don’t think I’m eloquent enough to truly describe the beauty of this place.
We were based in Katoomba which is the most visited village in the Blue Mountains. The village has about 8,000 residents with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained. We chose Katoomba as it is within walking distance of the famous Three Sisters as well as many walking paths.
Once we had checked into the campsite, we walked along the path that takes you to the Three Sisters. It was afternoon at this point and the viewing platform was packed. Good luck trying to get a photo of yourself with the Three Sisters in the background without strangers being stood right next to you or getting elbowed out of the way! It is the most visited spot in the Blue Mountains and gets really crowded from all the tour busses that stop and unload their cargo.
Tip – head to the Three Sisters early in the morning. We did this the next day arriving at the viewing platform at 7:30am. No one else was there apart from a couple of walkers. It was bliss. We were able to walk down to Honeymoon Bridge and stand right next to the rocks. There is also free parking at the Three Sisters before 9am so take advantage of this if you are staying nearby.
As there are so many walks to do in the Blue Mountains we thought it best to head down to the information centre (next to the Three Sisters) and get some info and maps. The most detailed maps are not free (about A$3 – A$4 each) but during our walks we didn’t use any of the maps we had picked up. We used the maps.me app instead and it was great as it showed us every little walking path.
We spent 2 days walking about exploring the Blue Mountains area. Below is a list of the walks we did:
Wentworth Falls – park at the picnic area and make your way to Wentworth Falls lookout. Continue to Weeping Rock via Fletchers Lookout and then on to Rocket Point lookout. Check out the photos from this walk which took us about 4 hours…
Govetts Leap – on the way to Govetts Leap stop at Evans Lookout near Blackheath. Then park at the visitor centre at Govetts Leap and start walking. Wander along Prince Philips walk then continue onto Govetts Leap walk. This will take you past Horseshoe Falls to Cripps Lookout onto Pulpit Rock Lookout.
Leura Cascades – a must if you like a waterfall. Head to the Leura Cascades carpark (carry on past Solitary Restaurant) where the walk begins. You will come to a viewpoint with Bridal Veil Falls on your left. If you want to see Bridal Veil Falls up close then carry on walking down many steps to where you can stand right at the bottom of the falls. Carry on along the path running along Linda Creek and head to Jamieson Lookout then onto Echo Tree Lookout. The path takes you back to the main road for a little then the path picks up again leading down to Fossil Rock Lookout, Bridal Veil Lookout and Majestic Lookout. From this last lookout you can head back to the carpark (total walking time was about 2 hours). Lots of stairs involved in this walk and uneven ground so those with dodgy knees/ hips take note!
If you are visiting the Blue Mountains but don’t have your own transport, never fear! There is a hop on hop off explorer bus service that operates from Katoomba departing every 30 minutes.