The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains Weekend Getaway

One of my favourite weekend getaways from Sydney is up to the Blue Mountains. Only about 90 minutes drive from Sydney, on a clear day with never ending blue skies, it’s truly spectacular. So called because of a fine blue haze from the eucalyptus trees which is visible from a distance, the Blue Mountains are beautiful.  However calling them “mountains” is a bit ambitious.  Australia is vast and relatively flat, with its highest peak, Mount Kosciusko, a mere 2229 metres high.  The highest point in the Blue Mountains is only 1064 metres.  That said, it still makes for some challenging hikes!

As well as the stunning views, there are plenty of hikes to fill in your time – so what better destination to take some out of town friends.  They’d never visited before so I devised an itinerary to show off the highlights in a couple of days.

The Blue Mountains

Day One

After an early morning pick up from the airport we were on the road and heading west.  The weather was perfect, clear endless blue skies and mild temperatures, perfect for a long walk.  After stopping in at Leura to pick up a coffee and a quick lunch, we headed off to the start of our walk – the ominous sounding Grand Canyon track.

As the name suggests, it goes down, down and down, and then up, up and up!  About three hours in total, this is a loop track, finishing near Evans Lookout.  The views are amazing, absolutely worth the effort for sure.

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

Hiking in the Blue Mountains


The Blue Mountains

Happy trails in the Blue Mountains!

From there we headed up to the pretty little town of Blackheath, which was celebrating its annual Rhododendron Festival. I confess that wasn’t of much interest to us, so we bypassed it and headed to the Govett’s Leap lookout.  From this point you can see sweeping views across the Grose Valley, and it’s also the starting point for a number of other hikes.  I took a short walk along the cliffs, and made a mental note that I need to be back!

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

Then it was time to go back to Leura to check into our accommodation for the night, a really cute converted Convent within easy walking distance to the village.  It was perfect for us, very cosy, but we dragged ourselves into town to eat at the very cool restaurant, Leura Garage.  It had a great atmosphere and exceptionally friendly staff.

The Blue Mountains

Leura, a gorgeous little village in the heart of the Blue Mountains

Day two

We didn’t have a full day as there a plane to catch, so wanted to make the best use of the time we did have.  I knew exactly how to do it, so after a quick coffee stop in Leura, we were off to Scenic World in Katoomba.  I still hadn’t shown my guests the famous Three Sisters, one of the most iconic images of Australia, and there was more walking to be done.

Starting from Scenic World, we headed off to Katoomba taking the Prince Henry Cliff Walk to Echo Point.  Finally the Three Sisters were in front of us!  From there it was down the Giant Staircase, (and as an aside, they are exceptionally well-named, a very challenging and long walk down!), then through the bush to the Furber Steps, where we wisely decided to take the world’s steepest railcar back to the top, saving us a big walk up the hill, and about 40 minutes.

After a lunch stop in Katoomba we were on our way to the airport in Sydney, after a near perfect weekend in the mountains.

The Blue Mountains

The Giant Staircase – well named!


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The cableway in the Blue Mountains


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The world’s steepest railway

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters is an iconic image of Australia

Comments
4 Responses to “The Blue Mountains Weekend Getaway”
  1. Richard says:

    Really enjoyed reading this Rachael. Would love to do it myself. No snakes on those hikes I hope.
    Also envy you the nice weather after all the miserable weather we have been havivg.
    Look forward to hearing about your next adventure.

    • Hi Richard, yes we’ve been very lucky with the weather here, gorgeous! I hope you are keeping dry and warm. Definitely no snake sightings! It’s beautiful up in the Blue Mountains for sure. Lovely to hear from you.

  2. Jackie says:

    This looks beautiful and weather wonderfully fine not like here. Went to Huntley sports yesterday and was almost a victim of hyperthermia I reckon.. jackie

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