The blue mountains are an amazing phenomenal nature that you must see when traveling to Sydney. The mountains are so tranquil, breathtaking and unique.
In December I had friends over from the Netherlands and we rented a car to go see some of the highlights of the mountains. If you are planning to do the same thing (renting a car) then I advise you to check this post out. As somewhat of a local I know some cool spots to see, including a place where you can see kangaroos (Wild ones, not the ones at Featherdale Wildlife park lol)
The route we took was as follows
- Pick up a rental car in Artarmon
- Artarmon – Three sister Katoomba
- Katoomba – Evans lookout
- Blackheath lookout – Leura cascades
- Leura cascades – Wentworth falls
- Wentworth falls – Eureka campsite
We collected the car at 10 am and we dropped it off again at 8 pm so it is a full day trip.
STOP 1 | THE TREE SISTER | KATOOMBA
The Three Sisters are an unusual rock formation that can be seen from Echo Point in Katoomba, and it also offers some pretty spectacular views of the blue mountains.
The three sisters are a popular stopping point because of a famous Aboriginal legend. The legend goes that three sisters ‘Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and Gunnedoo’ lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with 3 brothers from another tribe, but their love was forbidden. They were forbidden to marry, but in order to protect them, they were turned into stone. The witch doctor who turned cast the spell was killed in battle and therefore they are still cast in stone today.
This is one of the main stops of tour buses, so be prepared that you are not alone here. The town itself is pretty cool with lots of little shops and restaurants. We opted to drive on to Blackheath to escape the crowds.
Address for GPS: Three Sisters view point, Cliff Drive, Katoomba NSW
STOP 2 | EVANS LOOKOUT | BLACKHEATH
For us, it was around 2 pm so we were starving. Instead of walking into a restaurant we decided to drive a bit further an have some lunch with this view. There are 2 picnic tables here as well as some sort of seating that you can… sit on. We were here for about 45 minutes just nibbling on our food and being in awe with this view.
Address for GPS: Blue Mountains National Park, Evans Lookout Rd, Blackheath NSW 2787
STOP 3 | LEURA CASCADES | LEURA
After we filled our stomachs we hopped into our car and drive to Katoomba’s cutest little town, Leura. Filled with lovely cute shops and restaurants. But that’s not why we were there, we were on a mission to see the stunning Leura Cascades.
We walked the Leura Cascades Circuit Walk. Following Leura Creek down to a beautiful small waterfall, this is one of the prettiest short walks in the Leura area. Sit under the overhang and watch as the falls cascade down around you, then climb to great views of the Leura cliffline, before this circuit track leads back to the park. The walk is only 844 meters and takes about 30 minutes. There are quite a few steps, so it is a moderate track. So beware.
Address for GPS: Leura Cascades Picnic Area, Leura NSW
STOP 4 | WENTWORTH FALLS LOOKOUT| WENTWORTH FALLS
I love Wentworth Falls. I don’t know what it is about this places, but this places never ceases to amaze me. I originally planned to do the Charles Darwin walk, but my friends are not ‘walkers’ so we missed out on that one. Instead, we drove straight toWentwortht Falls Lookout, which is pretty snappy.
Now be prepared for some ugly pictures…
ugly isn’t it.
Address for GPS: Wentworth Falls tracks Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park NSW 2787
After this, it was time to look for some Australian Wildlife at Glenbrook.
STOP 4 | EUREKA CAMPGROUND | GLENBROOK NATIONAL PARK
One of the easiest locations to see kangaroos is at Eureka campground in Glenbrook National Park. This national park is located just outside of Glenbrook, one of the first towns in the blue mountains. It is only a 20-minute detour from the main road, so totally doable. You definitely do need a car, so if you are traveling by public transport then I advise you NOT to do this.
The drive to the campground was not too difficult, but there are some unpaved roads.
There is a park fee of $8,- when entering the national park. However, when we got there the booths were closed and we could just keep on driving. So if you come earlier in the day you might have to pay. Additionally, the park closes at 7 pm, so make sure you get there on time.
EUREKA CLEARING CAMPGROUND
The campground is surrounded by virtually untouched eucalypt forest and is, therefore, home to lots of Australian wildlife.
The best time to go is early in the morning or a bit later in the evening when the animals are more active. We arrive at the ground at 6 pm and found lots of activity. Some eastern Grey Kangaroo’s where grazing the fields, kookaburras where laughing their heads off, cockatoos where enjoying dinner and a family of ducks were wandering around the grounds.
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- Spit to Manly coastal walk
- Taronga Zoo
- Palm Beach and Barrenjoey lighthouse
- Sydney by night
- Everything you want to see and do in the blue mountains
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