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The Greater Blue Mountains Drive, Australia

Australia Sally Mayman; Tourism NSW
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The Greater Blue Mountains Drive, Australia

story by: Inspire Sydney & Surrounds

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive includes discovery trails that branch off the main route, taking you off the beaten track. The common link is the network of national parks and conservation areas that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This is just an idea for a short break in the Blue Mountains.

Day 1: Sydney – Leura
Head through the pretty towns of Faulconbridge and Hazelbrook and continue to Wentworth Falls. Offering spectacular views over the Jamison Valley and excellent trails into the Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls is a great place to stop for a walk through the bush and some excellent photo opportunities before continuing on your way.

Drive to lovely Leura and take some time to peruse the shops, galleries and craft stores on the charming tree-lined main street, and then stop for lunch in one of a number of gourmet cafes. It’s just a short drive to neighbouring Katoomba with its historic buildings and antiques stores and Echo Point where you can view the incredible Three Sisters rock formation from the lookout, or get a different view from Scenic World’s railway, walkway, skyway or cableway.

Day 2: Leura – Sydney
Take the leisurely Bells Line of Road back to Sydney, and maybe try some of the 18 discovery trails to explore the wilderness further. Drive about 40 minutes north to Hartley Vale – here you’ll find a quaint historic village, along with the remnants of early roads over the Blue Mountains, dating back to the early 19th Century – some of which have now been incorporated into walking tracks.

Continue to Mt Tomah through the heart of the Blue Mountains, passing the tiny town of Bell. Drive directly to the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens and view over 5,000 species of cool climate plants before making your way leisurely back to Sydney.

Highlights worth seeing along the way
SCENIC WORLD BLUE MOUNTAINS – The Scenic Railway, Scenic Skyway, Scenic Cableway and Scenic Skywalk take you into the World Heritage-listed rainforest of Jamison Valley.

JENOLAN CAVES – With 11 spectacular show caves, underground rivers and amazing formations these are among the oldest cave systems in the world.

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