Great Western Highway, Blue Mountains Drive, Three Sisters, Scenic Skyway, Blackheath, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Sydney. Themes include: New South Wales, Departs from Sydney, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Sydney. + Show more
3 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Blue Mountains 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.
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Explore magnificent vistas, valleys alive with wildlife beneath forest clad mountain peaks - overlooked by scenic skyway gondolas. Fall in love with pretty streetscapes, country cottage gardens and friendly folk in the heritage townships of Leura and the art deco beauty of Katoomba on a Self-Drive holiday package to the Blue Mountains. Discover caves, the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and other cascades, bush walks, Blackheath, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens and Norman Lindsay's Faulconbridge.
Self-Drive Tour from Sydney, NSW, Australia.
DAY 1 Sydney - Blue Mountains
Drive the Great Western Highway, climbing to the heights of this 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 some 3900 feet tall at Mount Werong and be refreshed in the cool 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 gorge) Govetts Leap Reserve and Lookout (view of spectacular panorama before descending to Grosse Valley), Faulconbridge Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum (former home of Australian artist and writer Norman Lindsay, collection of artworks with gardens and bushwalks).Direct driving 112km (1.40 hours)
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DAY 2 Discover Blue Mountains
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. With a full day to discover why the magnificent Blue Mountains is the favoured short break of choice for Sydneysiders - and is the destination that visitors from around the world fall in love with, to return again and again - we have plenty of time to venture to some of the further reaches of the 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 canyoning, 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), Megalalong (Megalong Australian Heritage Farm).
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DAY 3 Blue Mountains - Sydney
Still time today to explore the stunning Blue Mountains before beginning the drive back to Sydney; whatever the weather, be it crisp cool winter, a bright summers day or the perfection of a light mountain dew misting the tall peaks, the mountains put on a show to remember forever.
Perhaps today thrill as you ride the Scenic Railway (the steepest railway in the world, it descends through the sandstone cliffs under an amazingly steep rock tunnel with a view of the spectacular rainforest before you. Cut alongside Orphan Rock close by to Katoomba, the funicular railway line was an original working part of the 19th century Katoomba Mining tramway system travelling down to the mines below Katoomba. Open metal mesh roofed carriages descend the 122 percent gradient 415 m in seconds!), wander the self guided boardwalks below (above the floor of the rainforest, see mine shafts, waterfalls, fertile rainforest and wildlife including sulphur crested cockies and Lyrebirds strutting their stuff on the forest floor); see amazing Art Deco architecture, hotels, cinema, etc in Katoomba, reminiscent of the days when the Blue Mountains first became the chic place to be for Sydneysiders; maybe wander the pretty streets of Leura (check out the Leura railway station - especially the 'bird pictures' left when the rock faces were dynamited to make way for the rail lines and the historic railway station); enroute back to Sydney, perhaps visit the Penrith Museum of Fire (one of the most unique and largest collections of fire fighting equipment and memorabilia in the world, fire engines from 18th century, uniforms and equipment). Direct driving 112km (1.40 hours)
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