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Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney

If during your trip to Australia you want to leave the hustle and bustle of Sydney behind and discover the peace and quiet nature has to offer, you won't have to look far. Happiness is a stone's throw away in the Blue Mountains on the outskirts of Sydney.

How to get there

Just outside of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are a jewel of Australian tourism. In the heart of the region of New South Wales, the Blue Mountains get their name from the eucalyptus forests that stretch right across them. Getting here couldn't be easier. Sydney is only 50 km awayand if you're driving you can find your way here and visit all of the locations with ease. Otherwise, you could always hop on a train at Sydney Central Station. Trains leave every hour and you can get off at Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria or Blackheath. On site you can hop on a bus from Katoomba or Leura. From there, the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus and Mountain Link Trolley Tours make a loop with thirty stops around the entire Blue Mountains range. This means you can get on and off wherever you like and discover the region in its entirety.

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Things to see

The tour of the Blue Mountains isn't the only surprise in store; there are a whole host of spectacular things to discover. After all, there's a reason it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Out of all the incredible choices on offer, you simply cannot miss Wentworth Falls, where the view from the Conservation Hut atop the Blue Mountains is breath taking. You certainly will not be disappointed by the view of Sublime Point and Gordon Falls from Leura. Again, it is exceptional. Not to mention the view of Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap from Blackheath. For the best possible views, there is no better place to go than to Echo Point in Katoomba. There, stretching on for miles, you will see the never-ending blue of the eucalyptus forests and the famous Three Sisters, dating back several million years. You can set off on a hike from any location, for anywhere between a few hours and several days. The scent of eucalyptus gives you the distinct feeling of having dived straight into a cup of herbal tea. Awaken your senses and you might even spot a koala or hear the laughter of the Kookaburras.

David Debrincat
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Updated 29 March 2018
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