Blue Mountains is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the western part of Sydney. The Unesco Heritage site covers an area of about 10,000 square. Blue Mountains is a great place to visit if you want to get away from the hectic life of the city and have a relaxing holiday.
Blue Mountains is situated nearby to the town of Katoomba. In Katoomba, you will find streets that are lined up with traditional art deco buildings. Many tourists pay a visit to the Echo Point platform in Katoomba to enjoy the picturesque view of Jamison Valley and Three Sisters rock. It is quite expensive to park your vehicle here as the parking fee costs about $3 – $4 per hour.
According to legend, the Three Sisters rock formations are actually three sisters from Katoomba that have been turned into a rock temporarily by the sorcerer. The sorcerer turned them into stone because they hook up with men of the Nepean tribe. The men accidentally put the sorcerer to death and the three young women end up as stone in eternity.
Another sightseeing spot you must visit is the Grand Canyon track which was set up in 1907. Following the Grand Canyon walk trail will lead you into a valley. This track can be access it from Blackheath. The track leads halfway up the cliff and is protected from the dangerous areas. The track is about 5.4 km in length and it will take you about 3 – 4 hours to complete the route.
Jenolan Caves is one of the most famous limestone caves in the Oberon area in Australia. The cave is well known for its natural limestone formations as well as the underground rivers. You are free to explore the ten show caves at the Jenolan Caves. There are tours for tourists of all ages including adults, and children. The Jenolan Caves House hotel is located at the Jenolan Caves.
Mount Tomah, a botanical garden situated in Blue Mountains, offers a large variety of plants in the southern part of Australia. Mount Tomah is especially beautiful in Spring time when all the flowers have bloomed. You will find many type sof plants from other parts of the world at the Mount Tomah botanical garden. The garden is situated at a high place about 1,000 m above the sea level, from where you can observe beautiful views of nature. There are many facilities at Mount Tomah including picnic areas, restaurant, workshops, and hotels.
Many Blue Mountains scenic tours also include Featherdale Wildlife Park in the tour. At Featherdale Wildlife Park, you will get see all sorts of native animals in Australia such as koala, wombats, and kangaroos.
In conclusion, Blue Mountains is a must visit place if you are a tourist at Sydney. Instead of traveling there on your own, you can join an organized 4WD tour to take you around the area. The advantage of joining a 4WD tour is that there will be experienced guide taking you to any interesting place you want to visit in the area.