Blue Mountains Travel Guide
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Published by TOP4 Team
The misty, bush-clad cliffs and valleys of the Blue Mountains are the eroded remains of a giant plateau that rose up out of a river delta 80 million years ago. Occupied for at least 20,000 years by Aboriginal people, the mountains proved an impenetrable barrier to the European settlers of Sydney until 1813.These days the area provides an accessible and spectacularly beautiful nature retreat for the city’s resident, with bushwalking, adventure sports, gourmet retreats and cool-climate gardens among the many attractions.
The Blue Mountains Heritage Centre of Blackheath has a wealth of knowledge on the geology, history, flora and fauna of the mountains, and also on the network of walking trails leading into their heart. Nearby Govetts Lookout, high above the Grose Valley, is the starting point for a handful of trails.
Formed 400 years ago, the Jenolan Caves make up one of the most extensive and complex underground limestone cave systems in the world.
One of the most beautiful towns in the Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls offers bushwalks with phenomenal views. A corridor of trees leads to Wentworth Falls Lake, a popular picnic spot, and the massive waterfall after which the town was named.
Three Sisters and Echo Point
The lookout at Echo Point is the best vantage point to view the famous Three Sisters. Echo Point and the Sisters were once joined, but over time great blocks of rock broke off and fell away into the Jamison Valley. Visitors can ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world, or enjoy views from the Scenic Skyway.