If you are in the Sydney region, the Blue Mountain National Park is a must see! Only a short journey from the city, the mountains offer a lush backdrop for endless outdoor activities (and amazing photo opportunities!). My friends and I visited for just the day, but managed to check off quite a few adventures off the list! Keep reading to see our itinerary for things to do on a day-trip to the Blue Mountains!
HIKE TO THE BASE OF WENTWORTH FALLS
Wentworth Falls is a three-tiered waterfall fed by the Jamison Creek. The hike down to the base of the falls, following the National Park Trail is beautiful, with panorama views, waterfalls, rock pools – oh, and stairs galore. If you missed leg day at the gym, trust me – it’s a work out. We had a moment while doing the stairs down (thinking about how it is going to suck going back up!), wondering if it was really worth it to see the base of the falls. IT. IS. WORTH.IT.
When we finally got to the bottom, we turned the corner and saw a scene one can only describe in fairytale terms. The breeze was blowing the water from the falls into mist that was covering the region with mist and rainbows. The rock pools cascading down the valley were a mixture of orange stone and turquoise water. Pure magic.
DON’T FORGET YOUR SWIM GEAR!
Anytime anybody mentions a location where you can swim in a waterfall, I can’t resist jumping in! Unfortunately I didn’t do my research and had no idea what to expect with Wentworth falls – sometimes there is a beauty in the unexpected, but in this case – I wish I brought my bathing suit! The water is chilly, but nothing a seasoned Canadian couldn’t handle. I can’t wait to go back and hit up the rock pools!
TAKE THE NATIONAL PASS TRAIL
As if “swimming in waterfalls” isn’t enticing enough, the trail down to the base of the falls is worth the trip in itself! Embedded into the side of a cliff, the National Pass is a vertigo-inducing walking track with insane views of the of the Blue Mountains National Park. It’s hard to believe that the trail was built by hand in the early 1900’s with just picks and shovels (…and perhaps some dynamite).
TICK OFF THE ‘THREE SISTERS’ FROM YOUR LIST.
There is a high probability that you have seen a photo of the Three Sisters before. Arguably the most popular sight in the Blue Mountains, the rock formation is one of the defining landscapes of Australia.
From Echo Point Lookout, you can easily access the stairs to the sisters, or even a gondola that gives you a bird’s eye view through the mountains. These locations are tourist-heavy, but definitely worth seeing!
THE LEGENDARY TALE OF THE THREE SISTERS.
Once upon a time there were three sisters, Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo. The girls were from the valley’s Katoomba tribe and they fell madly in love with brothers from a neighbouring tribe. Unfortunately a marriage was forbidden by tribal law, so they could not be together. The brothers would not accept this fate and decided the only thing left to do was capture the three sisters – how romantic. During an epic battle between the tribes an Elder turned the sisters into stone to protect them from the men. The Elder was killed during the battle, so no one could turn them back into their human form… I think this story calls for a sequel? Am I right?
CATCH THE SUNSET AT SUBLIME POINT.
We absolutely loved the Sublime Point look-out for its local, low-key vibes. At sunset, local groups came to drink wine in the quiet hills and catch up on gossip. Grab a blanket and watch the sunset in tranquillity, far from the crowds.
Okay, so maybe our sunset was a bit of a fail… The conditions were perfect for a vivid sunset, but right at the last minute a thick cloud covered the hills – and muted the orange hues of sundown.
Someone knows how to do sunsets right! Check out this fellow Instagrammer’s amazing view!