The Blue Mountains, Katoomba
Situated just an hour and a half’s drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains National Park is quite simply breathtakingly beautiful and offers numerous things to see and do. Visit Echo Point lookout and take in the amazing panoramic views over Jamison Valley and the famous Three Sisters, then head out on one of the numerous walks and explore the beautiful valleys, canyons, waterfalls and forests of this renowned World Heritage site. Make sure to visit Scenic World, where you can explore the rainforest from elevated walkways and get unique aerial views of the Blue Mountains from the Skyway and Cableway.
Visit Echo Point
At the edge of the Katoomba cliffs and in the heart of the Blue Mountains lays Echo Point, a popular lookout where you can take in the stunning far-reaching views of the Jamison Valley and the spectacular Three Sisters. Here you’ll also find the Echo Point Visitor Centre, where you can get information on the area and find out more about the many things to see and do.
Echo Point is the starting point of many world-class walks – take the accessible path to the Three Sisters and get a closer look at this beautiful and unusual rock formation named after an Aboriginal legend, or take the more challenging Giant Stairway and take in the spectacular views as you descend the 800-plus steps down to Scenic World.
Explore Scenic World
To make it a day to remember, a visit to the Scenic World attraction is an absolute must. Take a trip on the world’s steepest commercial railway, then glide high above the park on the Scenic Skyway and look down from a glass-bottomed cabin as you take in the stunning aerial views of the Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters.
For more panoramic views of the Blue Mountains, there’s also the Scenic Cableway, which takes you on a spectacular 510-metre journey down into the Jamison Valley.
On foot, take the elevated 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway – the longest in the Southern Hemisphere – and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Jurassic rainforest and its abundance of native wildlife.
Visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre
Be sure to leave time for a visit to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, where you can learn all about living Aboriginal culture and admire traditional Aboriginal dance and music.
Take part in an interactive didgeridoo performance and admire the original Aboriginal artworks in the gallery, before witnessing a corroboree performed by traditional Aboriginal dancers and learning more about the stories behind each dance. There’s also a souvenir shop, where you can buy unique souvenirs and beautiful decorations.
Whatever your age, a visit to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre is a truly unforgettable experience!
Make a Trip to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
If you’re a lover of art, be sure to visit the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, which showcases a fantastic selection of local and international artworks and presents many touring exhibitions. The centre also hosts regular events, including a wide variety of concerts, workshops and forums, while the shop stocks an array of gifts, homewares, stationery and more.
Article by Dan Flower.
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