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Scenic Blue Mountains Trip

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by Chloe Doyle (subscribe)
Twenty-four year old girl living in Hobart, Tassie. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've adventured. 🚐⛰
Published May 31st 2016
A must do road trip for any Sydney-sider
If you live or are visiting NSW, the must see & do is the Blue Mountains in Katoomba. It is an approximate 2 and a half hour drive from Sydney's CBD to get there. There is paid parking at the most well-known and photographed attraction, which is the 'Three Sisters'.

Blue Mountains, National park, Sydney, Katoomba, New South Wales
Mountain range as far as the eye can see

Parking is available and closest to the site on Cliff Drive and Echo Point road. It costs approximately $4 an hour to park near the location and is a perfect entrance point for your adventure around the Blue Mountains. This site does get very busy on school holidays, public holidays and weekends so just a heads up to try get there early for a good spot to beat the crowds. However if you stay long enough you can really take in the impressive spectacle and there is also a walk from the lookout that takes you through the Three Sisters.

Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park
The 3 Sisters

At the lookout there is a trail that will take you to Leura Cascades, which is a beautiful scenic walk, however the trail is longer and more confusing than stated. I found this out unluckily when it was too late. So I turned back and headed towards the car park at the beginning after a lengthy walk. You may wish to take this route, but if you wish to see the best of the Blue Mountains continue reading.

Plenty of waterfalls

A cute little cave

If you follow Cliff Drive away from Echo Point Road & the Three Sisters, the road becomes windy and makes for an excellent road trip with gorgeous backdrop views of the mountain range, like something out of a screensaver. You can still see the Leura Cascades, just a short drive instead of a lengthy hike. When driving along Cliff Drive turn off onto Chelmsford Drive where you will find parking available. This place has waterfalls, natural pools & a cave to explore that at night also brings glow worms. This place is very beautiful and less than a half an hour walk to explore the entire trail at a relaxing and peaceful rate.

As the saying goes, "save the best for last", so the final stop on this road trip is Gordon Falls lookout. To get here, you get back onto Cliff Drive and follow until you get the turn off for Gordon Road followed by Lone Pine Avenue. From the car park it is only a short, mere five minute walk to the lookout and words can't put into focus what you will see.

Gordon Falls, Blue Mountains, National Park, Katoomba, New South Wales
Gordon Falls lookout

P.S When at Gordon Falls there is a small path, it doesn't exactly stand out but it's noticeable and wide enough to be able to proceed. Trust me you want to take this path; it comes out to an impressive opening, it is unfenced but has an incredible uninterrupted view of the Three Sisters to your left, Mount Solitary in the middle and what seems to be endless mountain and national park as far as the eye can see. It can be a bit scary but you'll thank me for the photo opportunity and feeling you get on this ledge. Enjoy it but be wise and stay safe!
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Why? To marvel at the beauty of the Blue Mountains
When: 365 days a year
Where: Blue Mountains
Cost: Approx $4 an hour for parking at the 3 Sisters
Your Comment
I haven't been to the Blue Mountains but they are on my bucket list. They look absolutely spectacular. One of my facebook acquaintances lives in a Blue Mountains Village and often posts stunning photos of the area.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7712) 1324 days ago
What a beautiful gentle step waterfalls! Thanks for gorgeous photos of nature's paradise and for learning about Australia for north Americans like me.
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|304) 1324 days ago
Great photos Chloe.
by Postcards from Shayne (score: 2|619) 1320 days ago
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