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Blue Mountains Introduction
The Blue Mountains are situated in the Australian state of New South Wales and are a mountainous region where extraordinary beauty and invigorating adventure awaits. At just 50 kilometres from Sydney, the region is easily accessible to those that wish to escape the big smoke for a weekend away or longer, if time allows.
In the northern region of Jamison Valley proudly stand the Three Sisters who are named Meehni at 922 metres, Wimlah at 918 metres and Gunnedoo at 906 metres. A great way to observe these massive rock formations is to use The Giant Stairway with its over 800 steps that lead down to a depth of 300 metres to reach The Federal Pass. An hour and a half trek will take you to Katoomba Falls and the Katoomba Scenic Railway, a great option if you’re tired and don’t want to walk back. This train transportation makes up one of the four attractions of Katoomba Scenic World where the other three are a cableway, a skyway and a walkway.
A few kilometres east of Katoomba is the town of Wentworth Falls where you’ll also find the water formation of the same name. These falls consist of three tiers and two drops, Upper Wentworth Falls and Lower Wentworth Falls with a total height of 187 metres.
Perrys Lookdown is a quite a spectacular sight, breathtaking, in fact. Overlooking Blue Gum Forest, Grose Valley and Mount Banks, it is also a great bird watching spot where if you’re lucky you’ll see wedge-tailed eagles and yellow-tailed cockatoos. There are also camping grounds in the area that are free of charge should you wish to sleep under the stars.
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Aboriginal tribes lived in the area we now know as the Blue Mountains for thousands of years. Even when white explorers arrived in Sydney, the geographical characteristics of the mountains were deemed to preclude travel through or the building of settlements here. more...
This can be pursued with the assistance of local tour companies or independently. In the latter instance, an appropriate degree of knowledge and experience of the sport is essential, as well as the necessary equipment to ensure safe climbing. There are countless locations well suited to climbing although many in the Blue Mountains National Park are subject to restrictions, so it's wise to check with a tourist information centre before you embark on a climbing expedition. more...
Australia Day: to witness the celebrations, head for the Glenbrook Blue Mountains area on the 26th of the month for a lively variety of attractions and entertainment, with something for all members of the family. more...
Boasting an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for being the steepest railway in the world, the Katoomba Scenic Railway was originally part of the town's mining tramways which were constructed from 1878 to 1900. Reaching a height of 415 metres, the railway line passes through sandstone cliffs, a rock tunnel and up gradients of up to 52 degrees. more...
Sydney International Airport is the chief international gateway to the Blue Mountains and is located just over five miles south of the centre of Sydney. The airport is a modern dual-terminal facility with Terminal 1 serving international flights and Terminal 2 serving domestic ones. more...
Citizens with passports from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and the USA are permitted entry to Australia for up to 30 days with a tourist visa. An onward air ticket is necessary, plus a minimum of six months validity on your passport, in order to obtain a tourist visa. more...