Blue Mountains Drive, Three Sisters, Scenic Skyway, Blackheath, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens Country towns, lakes, gold mines, Goulbourn, Bywong, Canberra. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Sydney. Themes include: New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Departs from Sydney, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Sydney. + Show more
5 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Blue Mountains hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 nights good standard Canberra hotel (luxury upgrades available)
New South Wales Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
Blue Mountains National ParkThree SistersMount Tomah Botanic GardensGoulbournBywongCanberra
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Explore the splendour of the iconic Blue Mountains on a Self-Drive holiday to the Blue Mountains and Canberra. Ride a scenic skyway gondola, explore magnificent vistas across mountain peaks, ancient rock formations, cascading waterfalls, caves and pretty mountain streetscapes in Leura and art deco elegance in Katoomba. Discover fertile farmlands, the ATC and Canberra, visit Parliament House, tour the Australian War Memorial, National Galleries, the Australian Institute of Sport and Cockington Green.
Self-Drive Tour from Sydney, NSW, Australia.
DAY 1 Sydney - Blue Mountains
Drive the Great Western Highway, climbing to the heights of the magnificent range in the footsteps of men who cut out the path from Sydney to the magical Blue Mountains in 1813. See magnificent vistas of mountains and valleys, wildlife, and quaint townships, where the mountains peak at over 3900 feet at Mount Werong. Breathe in deep to feel the fresh Blue Mountains air.
You could experience Penrith, Museum of Fire, Glenbrook, Blue Mountains Drive (1200 km of major connecting roads, 18 discovery trails, series of drives encircling greater Blue Mountains area), Red Hands Cave, Blaxland (Wascoe Siding Miniature Railway), Valley Heights, Springwood, Lawson, Wentworth Falls, Leura, (Everglades Gardens Sublime Point), Katoomba, Three Sisters (rock formation of 3 rocks 922m, 918m and 906m, Indigenous Dreamtime legend, best viewed from Echo Point), Scenic World (ride the world’s steepest railway, originally built for miners, or Scenic Skyway 7km cable car over Jamison Valley), (Explorers Tree, Werriberri Trail Rides, Megalong Australian Heritage Centre), Blackheath (Hargraves Outlook, Mermaids Cave, Govett Statue, Bacchante Gardens, NPWS Heritage Centre), Mount Victoria, Hartley, Jenolan Caves, Lithgow (Zig Zag Railway) Eastern Creek, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens (1000 meters above sea levels, 5000 species of cool climate plants from all around the world), Blackheath Evans Lookout (magnificent views of the Grosse Valley and Govetts Gorge, beginning of tracks in and out of the gorge) Govetts Leap Reserve and Lookout (view of spectacular panorama before descending to Grosse Valley), Faulconbridge Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum (former home of Australia artist and writer Norman Lindsay, collection of artworks with gardens and bushwalks). Direct driving 112km (1.40 hours)
Overnight Blue Mountains
DAY 2 Discover Blue Mountains
Discover why the magnificent Blue Mountains is the long standing short break of choice for Sydneysiders and the destination that visitors from around the world fall in love with, to return again and again. The Blue Mountains National Park, east of the mountain town of Blackheath, is resplendent with bush tracks, look-out stations, towering mountainscapes and waterfalls cascading to mountain streams deep below in splendid valleys. With amazing cool climate gardens lovingly set out generations ago in the mountain towns and villages, each season brings new delights with springtime daffodils and summer roses around pretty cottage gardens contrasting magnificently with the splendid wilderness of the Blue Mountain ranges. The highest Blue Mountain town is the welcoming Blackheath town. Blackheath is a delight colloquially called "Rhododendron Town" due to the mass plantings of colourful shrubs in the 'country gardens' of its quaint delightfully character homes. The many Blue Mountain towns and villages welcome visitors with festivals, elegant restaurants, chic cafes and boutiques and many craft shops. Famous landmarks, such as Hanging Rock, and the formations from the Indigenous Dreamtime, the Three Sisters, each almost 1 km tall, historic attractions abound. Easy walk trails and the steepest railway in the world or the amazing cable chair lift carry visitors with ease from the tallest mountain peaks to the depth of the under canopy and the stunning flora and fauna of the astounding Blue Mountains.
World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Echo Point, Jamison Valley (and Giant Stairway), Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains National Park, Kanangra Boyd National Park (Kanangra Falls), Wollemi National Park (prehistoric Wollemi Pine rediscovered here), Jenolan Caves, Katoomba (Cliff Drive, Indigenous experiences, 'alternative', arty, hippy town, excellent cafes, art deco buildings, Wentworth Falls, Echo Point, Scenic World and Scenic Railway), Leura (pretty 'village' and rail station, cottages, village shops and boutiques, craft shops), Lithgow (Ironfest Event, jousting re-enactment etc), Blackheath (pretty mountain town, Govett's Leap and Grose Valley (Grand Canyon canyoneers abseiling), Autumn Wine Fair, scenic walks), Medlow Bath (amazing art deco Hydro-Majestic, sweeping vistas across Megalong), Mount Victoria (westernmost township, charming buildings, historic cinema, craft shops, train museum) Lithgow, Oberon (trout fishing, bushwalking, mushroom forage March - May, Mayfield Gardens), Tomah (Harvest Food and Wine Festival, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden), Megalong (Megalong Australian Heritage Farm).
Overnight Blue Mountains
DAY 3 Blue Mountains - Canberra
Leaving the Blue Mountains, en-route to Canberra today, follow the road to Penrith, bypass Liverpool, Campbelltown, heading for the fertile food bowl of Goulburn and then follow the M31 beyond Goulburn to Canberra.
So much to see and do in Canberra, perhaps break the journey, enjoy a picnic or take lunch at a cafe at the Gold Creek Village before hitting Canberra: Cockington Green (some 15 km outside of Canberra, you can get the blood flowing here, spending hours discovering the works of art; see astonishing miniature villages with detailed buildings in various situations and stupendous landscaped surrounds in miniature to suit each element, - village cricket ground, complete with players - the Loch Ness Monster and the Stig (always a favourite), English Premier League soccer match, complete with the first ever streaker - modesty covered by a bobbies hat, miniature train speeding past lakes and fields and forest through the countryside and a bigger 'ride on train' to carry you around the gardens; picture perfect miniature copies of many of the foreign embassies of Canberra. Perhaps take a picnic), The National Dinosaur Museum of Australia (follow the evolution of life as we know it with the biggest permanent display of some 23 complete dinosaur skeletons and some 300 displays of individual fossils), Canberra Reptile Zoo.
DAY 4 Discover Canberra
So very much to do, so very much to see in Canberra. Canberra the truly modern, truly magnificent capital of Australia where the awesome Australian War Memorial elegantly celebrates the honour and the glory of man, not war. Where the cruel, ugly reality of war in the rat infested trenches is brought to mind and brought home with love and respect for the vanquished and for the victor with a lesson hard learned. The Australian War Memorial sets the marque high for the capital city and the capital city meets that marque with the people’s house, with Parliament House, sitting high on the hill, and the office of the Prime Minister directly facing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the War Memorial bringing the full weight of responsibility of government to the mind of the PM. Opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth in 1988, Parliament House is magnificent in the colours of Australia with the blue/green of the gum- haze of the Blue Mountains the predominant colour in the house where the ceilings and windows soar to meet the sky and the galleries house Australian Art and a unique copy of the Magna Carta. Art deco buildings abound in Canberra and alongside Lake Burley Griffin, the National Gallery of Australia shows off magnificent art work - monuments, public buildings and landmarks stand tall and elegant. People come out to play in Canberra with festivals galore, sailing boats and tour boats on the huge lake, adults young and old glide along the pathways of the great lake in swarms of hired Segways as walkers flex their muscles under the shadow of the tremendous Captain Cook Jet Fountain, shooting high into the sky. I love my Canberra, my capital city in the bush. Canberra is replete with dining options from happy cafes to chic restaurants, teeming with attractions such as Questacon, the Australian Institute of Sport exhibitions, galleries, and gardens and nearby fertile farmlands, villages and the splendid mountains of the outback.
Canberra, The Australian Institute of Sport (see the elite athletes and swimmers at work and at play and take some time out for fun too), The National Zoo (exotic animals from around the world and unique Aussie creatures), Cockington Green (amazing world in miniature set in superb gardens, elegant residences, a British Bobby protecting the honour of the first cricket pitch 'streaker', mini train ride, restaurant/cafe), National Dinosaur Museum (Australia's largest collection of fossils, relics and dinosaurs from prehistoric times), Lake Burley Griffin (boating, blading, Segwaying, cafes and great sights), The Old Bus Station Markets (Glass Studio, make your own art glass object, fresh local produce, wines from local wineries, flowers, crafts, fashion, cafe), Festivals and exhibitions (International exhibitions and Floriade in Sept/October is not to be missed), The National Museum (Australian culture, history, galleries, restaurants), The Australian War Memorial (personal memorabilia, exhibits, displays, active shows, son et lumiere, animated and live storytelling, Victoria Cross medals, Reflection Pool, memorials, Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, wonderful statuary, dioramas, gardens and restaurants in an aura of art deco splendour), Parliament House (4,000 art works, see the members of parliament in action in elegantly beautiful building), National Gallery (mainly Australian artwork and sculptures, cafe and gift shop), Australian National Botanic Gardens (native plants, eucalyptus, rainforest and rock gardens), Canberra Museum and Gallery (Sydney Nolan Collection, regional museum and art), National Capital Exhibition (the original plan for Canberra by Burley Griffin, views over Lake Burley Griffin), National Film and Sound Archive (unique and iconic moments in Australia's cultural history), High Court of Australia (tour main courtrooms, cafe), National Library of Australia (exhibitions), National Portrait Gallery (exhibitions, theatrette, portraits of Australians), Old Parliament House and the Museum of Australian Democracy (see the office of the PM, and both houses, historical pics, gift shop), Questacon (interactive science for all the family, national Science and Technology Centre), Canberra Reptile Sanctuary, Royal Australian Mint (tour the mint, see how coins are made and perhaps make your own), The Lodge, Government House, The Embassy District (drive past some big houses in ethnic styles, Embassy of Papua New Guinea, Embassy of China, The Royal Thai Embassy and the original foreign embassy in Canberra, the Embassy of USA), fertile farmlands and mountain villages and historic mine sites are all within easy drive just outside the ACT.
DAY 5 Canberra - Sydney
Taking the road north east from Canberra to Sydney today, pass through country towns, ancient lakes and gold mines, splendid rural landscapes and fertile valleys.
Leaving behind beautiful, elegant Canberra, take to the hills and the open countryside; Gold Creek Village, Cockington Green (spend hours here; see astonishing miniature villages with detailed buildings in various situations and stupendous landscaped surrounds in miniature to suit each element, - village cricket ground, complete with players - the Loch Ness Monster and the Stig (always a favourite), soccer match, complete with a streaker being covered by a bobbies hat, miniature train speeding past lakes and fields and forest through the countryside and a bigger 'ride on train' to carry you around the gardens; picture perfect copies of many of the foreign embassies of Canberra. Perhaps take a picnic), The National Dinosaur Museum of Australia (follow the evolution of life as we know it with the biggest permanent display of some 23 complete skeletons and some 300 displays of individual fossils), Canberra Reptile Zoo, Campbeltown Scenic Lookout (perhaps watch paragliders in the area). Direct driving 290km (3 hours)
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