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Blue Mountains Hop on Hop off & Scenic World Rides Pass

1. Blue Mountains Hop on Hop off & Scenic World Rides Pass

With this full-day combination package you’ll discover the best the Blue Mountains area has to offer. The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus makes it possible to plan the day according to your interests, with departures every 30 minutes through most of the day. Hop off and back on at any of the 29 stops throughout the region, visiting waterfalls, galleries, gardens, eateries and the major attractions of The 3 Sisters and Scenic World. At Scenic World, ride the world's steepest Scenic Railway down into the valley and then walk along the Scenic Walkway. Board the Scenic Cableway up out of the valley. Glide above ancient ravines and waterfalls on the Scenic Skyway, enjoying spectacular views. Extra value additions with this Pass: 40% Discount on entry to Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition A free glass of wine, beer or coffee with every meal at Leura Garage or Palett Dining 10% off all treatments at Ubika Day Spa at Fairmont Resort & Spa Leura 10% discount on full priced chocolates at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company Katoomba A free coffee with a dessert or meal at The Gingerbread House Katoomba 10% off accommodation at Blue Mountains YHA & Equeva Group Hotels

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

2. Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus gives you the flexibility to plan your day according to your interests. The full-day pass has no restrictions – simply hop-on and hop-off as you please. This means you can plan your day around all the major attractions on offer in the region. Buses depart Katoomba every hour from 9 AM. The hop-on hop-off bus tour has 37 stops around Leura and Katoomba. Plan your day at your own pace with the option of visiting the waterfalls, attractions, galleries, gardens, bushwalks, cafes, and restaurants in the area as well as the major attractions of the Three Sisters and Katoomba Scenic World.

Blue Mountains: Small Group Discovery Tour

3. Blue Mountains: Small Group Discovery Tour

Spend the day exploring the Blue Mountains in Australia on a small group tour departing from Sydney. Sightsee scenic views, towns, and rainforests. Enjoy free time as you visit places such as Lincoln Rock and Scenic World. Choose the places you explore for a personalized experience. Start your adventure by departing from Sydney. Arrive at Kings Tableland and marvel at its panoramic lookout. Stop at Lincoln Rock for your first glimpse of the Jamison Valley. Head to the lookouts at Wentworth Falls. Take an optional guided walk and experience the recently upgraded paths via weeping rock and the under-cliff walk. See the many tiers of Wentworth Falls as you walk along the ridgeline. Next, choose between free time at Leura or Katoomba. Leura offers fine boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. At Katoomba, see the Carrington Hotel which is the only 19th-century grand resort hotel still in use in New South Wales. Enjoy a warm open fire inside or explore the pergola overlooking Katoomba. Optionally, stop for lunch at either Leura or Katoomba. Conveniently choose your lunch location the day before with your guide so reservations can be made for you. Next, enjoy free time at Scenic World or choose to visit the town of Blackheath. Scenic World’s railway offers rides into Jamison Valley via funicular railway and across the valley via cable car. At the base of the valley, there are boardwalks through the abandoned coal mine. Scenic World may be booked in advance or the day of. If going to Blackheath, discover the valley on the northern side of the pass. See the rugged beauty of Govett’s Leap and visit the town’s antique cafe or Ivanhoe Hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your own pace near Echo Point. Enjoy short walks, lookouts, visitor information, and refreshments. Get to see the Three Sisters rock formation in the afternoon sun. At the end of your adventure, exit the Blue Mountains via Cliff Drive while enjoying views of the Megalong Valley. Make your way back to Sydney.

Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

4. Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

Leave Sydney and begin your day of exploration by journeying to the Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area, on a comfortable bus. Explore the park on a guided bushwalk, visit local towns, and marvel at your stunning surroundings, as your guide gives you informative commentary. Known for its stunning display of natural beauty and vast rainforests clad in eucalyptus trees, the Blue Mountains are over 100 million years old and span over thousands of hectares. The combination of the scorching Australian sun and fine oil mist from the eucalyptus leaves gives off a distinctive blue haze, earning The Blue Mountains their name. Your first stop is in the quaint town of Glenbrook, where you can enjoy a coffee or a quick snack before making your way to Euroka. Truly an authentic Australian experience, Euroka is campground near Glenbrook that is ideal for spotting native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before beginning your guided walk to Wentworth Falls. Appreciate the stunning surroundings on this hour walk through the bush. Marvel at the spectacular views from Wentworth falls and make your way along the stunning forests of Jamison Valley. Make your way to the locality’s iconic landmark, the Three Sisters rock formation. This is the ideal spot to capture photos of the Sisters whilst avoiding the morning crowds. Keep a close eye out for some of Australia's most iconic and unique wildlife here. As you come to the end of your tour, head to a secret sunset location for spectacular and undisturbed panoramic views. Witness the dazzling range of colors on display and experience the magic and charm of the mountains in the golden hour before sunset, before returning to your starting point.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

5. Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

After a lazy start to your morning in Sydney, embark upon a truly special day in one of the most spectacular world heritage listed national parks, the Blue Mountains. You will leave the hustle and bustle of the Sydney metropolis and avoid the peak hour traffic, driving west towards the national park. Once there, you will explore the Blue Mountains National Park, with the regular tourist buses long gone, you will be left alone to soak in the golden hours before sunset. On your Blue Mountains tour, you will learn all about the native flora and fauna as well as the indigenous people of the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains has a very special indigenous dream-time creation story linked to the national park. Upon arriving in the Blue Mountains, you will commence an awe-inspiring scenic bush walk overlooking the breathtaking Jamison Valley. You will make your way to a sensational lookout across one of the most remarkable waterfalls in Australia, Wentworth Falls. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at one of the perfect lookouts chosen by your experienced tour guide. This is where you will have a closer look at the iconic Three Sisters sandstone formation. You can enjoy your Blue Mountains sunset whilst overlooking amazing views of Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle, and Narrow Neck Plateau. Your guide will take you to some terrific vantage points, allowing for the perfect sunset photo opportunities.

Blue Mountains: Private Scenic Tour with Optional Stops

6. Blue Mountains: Private Scenic Tour with Optional Stops

Experience the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area on this guided day trip. Behold panoramic views of Jamison Valley, take a bushwalk to Echo Point, and explore Katoomba and Leura. Add an optional stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park or Scenic World. After pickup in Sydney, continue westward into the Blue Mountains. Soak in the sheer sandstone cliffs and lush rainforests of Jamison Valley. Take a bushwalk up to Echo Point for stunning views of the famous Three Sisters sandstone rock formation. Stop for lunch at a local spot in the quaint town of Katoomba which borders the Blue Mountains National Park. Experience the charming village of Leura with its tree-lined main street, antique shops, art galleries, and artisan chocolate makers.  Add a stop at the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park. Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s cutest native animals. Choose to stop at Scenic World, home to the Scenic Railway, Skyway, Cableway, and Rainforest Walkway. 

From Sydney: Private Blue Mountains Day Trip with Bushwalks

7. From Sydney: Private Blue Mountains Day Trip with Bushwalks

Take the hassle out of planning and organizing your own day trip to the Blue Mountains with this private day trip for you and your group only. Your day starts with convenient pickup from your hotel or accommodation, before heading west towards the Great Dividing Range. Depending on your preferences, when passing through western Sydney you can take 1.5 hours at either Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to the largest collection of Australian native animals in the world, or Sydney Zoo, Sydney's newest animal sanctuary with both native and exotic animals. Both offer the chance to see all your favourite animals up close and interact directly with some truly iconic Aussie creatures, including koalas, kangaroos, and many more. Further west the journey follows the Great Western Highway, the same route taken by Aboriginals for thousands of years. Once in the mountains, enjoy some time for bushwalking, waterfalls, and lookouts. While hiking, keep an eye out for colourful birds, unique animal life, and dramatic canyons and cliffs. Your expert guide will point out interesting natural formations, and provide commentary throughout the day. Choose from an array of different dining options for lunch. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the national park, a table at a great local cafe, a bistro meal in an Aussie pub, or a gourmet experience in a prestigious restaurant. After lunch you'll head to Echo Point, which provides the best view of the Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley to hear the Aboriginal story of creation. Optional free time for you to visit Scenic World for the Discovery pass taking in the three rides (at own expense) or you can go on another beautiful bushwalk. After this adventurous day, your driver/guide will safely deliver you back to your pickup address or drop you off on route if preferred.

Sydney: Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, and Kanangra Lookout

8. Sydney: Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, and Kanangra Lookout

Take a full-day tour to discover the stunning landscape of the Blue Mountains and visit some of the region’s natural highlights. Your day begins with pickup at your hotel in Sydney in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Head towards the UNESCO-listed Blue Mountains, and relax during the drive there. Visit the incredible Jenolan Caves, the oldest discovered open caves in the world. Learn about and explore this outstanding limestone cave system, dating back 360 million years. Discover what the caves might have been used for throughout the ages. Next, enjoy a walking tour of the Blue Mountains to see the most scenic spots, including the Grand Arch. Admire stunning waterfalls and glistening blue pools as you learn about native flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide. Stop at the breathtaking Kanangra Lookout where you can appreciate the unforgettable views. As you walk through this unique landscape, your certified outdoor guide will teach you the basics of essential outdoor survival skills. At the end of an incredible day out, you’ll be dropped off back in Sydney.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Glow Worm Adventure by Night

9. Sydney: Blue Mountains Glow Worm Adventure by Night

Following collection from your Sydney accommodation, begin your truly extraordinary adventure into the Blue Mountains. This thrilling thrilling experience sees you guided on a bush walk through the forest during the evening - equipped with headlights. Your evening hike leads to a cave, which includes a waterfall. There you can encounter native glow worms, candescent like a starry night. As you travel to and from the cave, be on the lookout for other forms of local wildlife. Throughout your experience your guide is also happy to introduce you to some bush tucker, and can also talk with you about general survival skills. At the conclusion of your authentic and informative Blue Mountains experience, your guide returns you back to your tour starting point.

Sydney: Scenic Blue Mountains 4x4 Day Tour

10. Sydney: Scenic Blue Mountains 4x4 Day Tour

After having been collected from your central Sydney accommodation, head out of town to the Blue Mountains for the day. Whilst there, take in the stunning scenic lookouts and amazing views that these famous mountains have to offer. This tour is ideal for participants wanting short guided bush walks to beautiful lookouts and famous landmarks. Traveling with an experienced guide, explore off-the-beaten-track routes away from the regular crowds. Make the most of fantastic photographic opportunities as you encounter renowned Australian flora and fauna. Later, choose to swim under a waterfall, and check out some of the best lookouts on the wild side of the national park. At the conclusion of your experience, return back to your accommodation in Sydney for drop-off to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Blue Mountains

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,983 reviews

Fantastic day out! Craig goes out of his way to make you feel welcome and is great at arranging the day’s activities to suit the group. His knowledge of the area is thorough and he narrates the journey in an interesting way. Overall, the tour is a great mix of informative and entertaining with a really relaxed vibe and no sense of being rushed. The bus is also a nice size - not too big, not too small and very comfy. I’d highly recommend this service for your tour of the Blue Mountains.

Excellent private tour. Antoine, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and gave us a fantastic day in the blue mountain national park. We learned about history, culture and much more. We are well-traveled and have high standards, and we were delighted with our tour guide - Antoine was great and spoke excellent English, French, and Arabic. Time and money well invested. Jointly written by Jaber and Farah ☺️

Greg was a great, very personable guide, gave us all the background information and answered every question. The stations and tours selected were spot on. All in all, an all-round successful trip that we can warmly recommend to everyone.

Was a great day to get outside stretch our legs and get over a bit of jet lag. Our guide Antoine was excellent and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this tour.

This tour was really beautiful! Terry was a great guide so helpful and very flexible. The photos were amazing thanks to terrys help! Was a great experience!!