The entire continent of Australia is surrounded with great tourist attractions both manmade and natural. Sydney alone being the most popular city in the country boasts great tourist attractions from the famous Sydney Opera House to the stunning Bondi Beach. However, Sydney offers more apart from you can see in the downtown area. As you reach outskirts, you will see magnificent sceneries such as the Blue Mountains.
Should you plan for a holiday destination in Sydney, visit Blue Mountains and use these tips to make your stay pleasant and memorable.
Located west part of the metropolitan area, the Blue Mountains is a pride of New South Wales for its majestic scenery. It was in the year 2000 when this natural reserve was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Travel route to Blue Mountain
From Sydney to the Blue Mountains, the most popular means to reach the place is by car. It will take approximately 50 minutes drive if you will be passing through Glenbrook or Lapstone. As you leave the city, just follow the signs to Parramatta. By passing through Strathfield take the M4 Motorway to reach Lapstone. If you want a scenic route, another alternative is the Bell’s Line that starts at Richmond. From here, you will be passing through Mount Victoria, Mount Tomah and Bell. Another route is the outer west area where your guide is the Lithgow signs. Upon entering Blue Mountains, you will take Victoria Pass and go straight to the peak of Mount Victoria.
You can also reach Blue Mountains via train called the CityRail. From Sydney Central, train ride is available every one to two hours. Buses and other vehicles are also available through package trips from travel and tour companies in the Sydney area.
View from the Peak
As you reach the mountain area, you can enjoy spectacular views of the cities of Blackheath, Katoomba, Leura, Mount Victoria, Medlow Bath and Wentworth Falls. At the mountain’s lower region are the cities of Glenbrook and Springwood.
People who are frequent travelers to the Blue Mountains are called, “Sydneysiders.” This is because the mountains are officially a major weekend destination. Locals in the Blue Mountains are usually commuters, retirees, artists, nature lovers and tourism workers. Interestingly, folks with alternative lifestyle such as lesbians and gays also populate the area.
Since the Blue Mountains resist development and innovative projects, you will only find two fast foods from Glenbrook to Lithgow: Burger King and McDonalds. Therefore, it is recommended that you carry some food products if you opt for other food preferences. Nonetheless, you will still find restaurants that range from economy class to luxurious types with panoramic views of the mountain ranges and natural reserves.
Temperature is very cold that you will feel it is about to snow. It can be up to 10°C, which is ideally colder than the coast area. It even gets colder at nighttime that makes open fires perfect and lovely. The Blue Mountains experiences snow fall only every one or two years. It is therefore essential to carry thick jackets and sweaters to combat the cold.
The Blue Mountains is open to all locals and visitors all-year round. The nearest major airport is the Sydney National Airport. Whether you are traveling alone, as couple or family, the Blue Mountains provide a number of great sceneries and activities; you will find plenty of reasons to come back.