Will a Blue Mountains day trip be enough time to see everything?
The Blue Mountains is a region to the west of Sydney, made of mountains, lush forests, and sandstone cliffs. The region covers over 11,000 kilometres of land. The Blue Mountains National Park itself expands across more than 2,500 kilometres. Despite its vastness, a day trip will allow you to see the main highlights of the region.
Getting to the Blue Mountains
If you have your own vehicle, you can drive for about 90 minutes along the M4. As you wind through the mountains, you’ll pass a range of scenic spots such as Wentworth Falls. Or you could drive the Bells Line, which leads you past the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and takes closer to two hours.
Another option is to take a train from Sydney Central Station for about two hours to Katoomba. It’s important to note that an Opal Card is required to use the NSW public transport services. The Opal Card and train timetables can be conveniently accessed here. Once in Katoomba, there are public buses that can take you to see the Three Sisters and other famous sights.
We also offer Blue Mountains day trips, which include transportation to and from Sydney, scenic stops, and other exciting activities!
Day Trip Activities
There’s so much to explore in the Blue Mountains – here are just a few highlights.
Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is located in the heart of the Blue Mountains. The garden features plants from the southern hemisphere and from across the globe. Not only will you discover a diverse range of wildlife, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a panoramic view across the spectacular Blue Mountains. You can learn about the region at the visitor centre located in the garden. You’ll also find an exhibition space with local art, picnic areas, and workshops.
One of the most famous sights in the Blue Mountains is the Three Sisters. This unique rock formation consists of three large boulders that jut out of the valley. One of the best lookouts to see the Three Sisters is Echo Point. This viewing point boasts views of the Three Sisters and the breathtaking Jamison Valley.
Scenic World provides a unique viewing experience of the Blue Mountains. The popular attraction allows travellers to see the Blue Mountains from different perspectives. The Scenic Railway is Australia’s steepest railway, taking passengers deep into the forest on a thrilling ride. The Scenic Skyway and the Scenic Cableway boast panoramic views from high above as they slowly travel above the mountains.
The Jenolan Caves are nestled deep within the mountains and date back over 340 million years. The limestone caves are so complex that a large part of them have yet to be explored. You can visit the caves to discover the enchanting underground world tucked below the Blue Mountains.