Visiting the mightly Blue Mountains creates a marvelous feeling of appreciation for the nature’s superiority in creating this indescribable paradise. Blue Mountains are part of the Australia’s Great Dividing Range. They are at the end of a huge sandy plateau which has covered the entire east part of the continent in the past. The soft rock has been exposed to erosion for millions of years and thus the current unusual and harsh landscape of the mountains was created. It consists of pointed summits, deep canyons, steep valleys, waterfalls, caves and forests. Blue Mountains range covers an area of 10, 300 sq. km and it stands at 60 km to 180 km from the central part of Sydney.
The Blue Mountains are peculiar with their rare type of Eucalyptus trees and more than 400 animal species such as the tiger quolls, koalas, yellow-bellied gliders and many others. The name of the mountain is due the blue fog formed above it when the etheric oil evaporates by the eucalyptus trees during the warm days, disperses in the air and merges with the water particles. There are several national parks, state forests and protected mountain areas in Blue Mountains. However, most of the visitors head to the mountains from the small exotic towns of Katoomba and Leura located near the Great Western Highway dividing the Blue Mountains range. Katoomba is a perfect exit point to reach the famous rock formation Three Sisters which can be seen from the Echo Point Lookout, attracting around 4 million visitors from all over the world every year. Echo Point Lookout provides views towards Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle rock formation too. After a short walk near Echo Point the visitors reach the Golden Stairs, a giant stairway with 800 steps allowing marvelous sights through the valley and its rain forest, swamps and waterfalls.
Another major attraction in the area is the Scenic World. It has the steepest railway in Katoomba and a skyway route. The trip with the gondola lift allows breathtaking views to the Katoomba Waterfalls and Orphan Rock. The gondola lift have transparent floors and travel at 300 meters above ground. The high rock Govetts Leap located to the north reveals sights towards some of the most beautiful places on the planet: Bridal Veil Falls, Perrys Lookout and Pulpit Rock. To the west the visitors can reach the Jenolan Caves - multilevel limestone caves and one of the most popular attractions in Australia. The caves are 340 million years old and the Aboriginal people who are afraid to go inside call them ‘Binoomea’, i.e. ‘dark places’. The cave tours are allowed with professional guides only. Wentworth waterfall is one of the most picturesque falls in Blue Mountains. It is a marvelous site with its water falling from 297 meters into a big pool. Another interesting and pretty landmark is the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden located at 300 meters above sea level where the visitors can see some plants resilient to cooler climate. Though it took 25 years for the first mountaineers to conquer the mountain, nowadays things are much easier. There are many marked trails through the summits and the valleys like the one reaching the Blue Forrest below Perrys Lookout or the Coachwood Glen Nature Trail in the Megalong Valley. There are longer trains too with huts along the route as well as climbing spots and horseback riding areas.
The beautiful town of Katoomba located only 5 km from Blue Moutains offers accommodation many accommodation options. One of the most charming hotels is The Carrington Hotel. It is located in an 1882 Victorian style building and has kept the vintage furniture combined with high-end service.
The best time to visit the Blue Mountains is from spring until fall. It must be noted that regardless its proximity to Sydney, the temperatures are considerably lower. The Blue Mountains are nothing but a magical heaven for the lovers of the outdoors.