Probably one of NSW's top scenic destinations, we all know about the Blue Mountains. Here's what you can do on the upcoming long weekend so you can kiss those Monday blues away... Literally!
When we hear of Blue Mountains, we all think of The Three Sisters. But what else is there to do there?
If you've had a long week at work and all you need is a quiet place to unwind and for a nice change of pace, then I feel you.
Blue Mountains is one of my favourite places to visit when I need a something scenic to inspire my next project, or very simply something to take my mind off the vibrancy of the city and to soak in the great outdoors. One of the reasons why the Blue Mountains is one of my favourites for nature is because it has so much to offer. You'd start with Echo Point and head on the Wildlife tour taking you through to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Scenic World and Leura. At Featherdale, you get to hand feed kangaroos, possibly encounter an emu, stalk giant crocodiles... And so much more.
One of my favourite spots is definitely the Echo Point lookout. It's the starting point to most of the mountain walks, but my secret is to get there early - and by early I mean before 10am - and you will have that gorgeous view to yourself, and your partner or friends.
But for your ultimate one-stop-shop to everything Blue Mountains, go on this scenic day tour.
This tour takes you through Echo Point, the Three Sisters Rock Formation, and on the Scenic Cableway, Skyway and Railway. In other words, if you've only got enough time in Sydney for one tour - then this is the one you want to go for! Did I mention you get to touch koalas as well at the interactive wildlife park? This tour also includes an awesome 2-course lunch, and the best part is that this tour departs from the city and brings you right back to the city with a River Cruise along the Parramatta River to Darling Harbour/Circular Quay where the tour concludes.
If nature is your thing, you'll love hiking in the Blue Mountains.
Hike to the bottom of waterfalls, visit aboriginal rock sights, see kangaroos, get up close with the Three Sisters. If you're up for a 2-hour hike down steep stairs and uneven terrain and you're a die-hard fan of the outdoors, then this adventure card is all yours.
My favourite, though, still has to be the abseiling and canyoning experience. Get your heart racing as you find yourself traversing between a crack in the mountain with both feet split on either side of the rock walls and nothing but 70 metres of air between you and the ground. As you continue the abseil through the crack onto a ledge, you'll find yourself quickly on the edge of an exposed cliff face overlooking a vast valley... Sound exhilarating enough? You don't need experience for this either. With expert guides, you're all set.
And of course, if you're not convinced in going to the Blue Mountains, but you feel like a nature-inspired getaway, I suggest the Jenolan caves. This packaged tour is worth every buck! It lets you go on the Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway (#instaworthy photo ops!) and explore the Jenolan Caves, where you get to bask in the glory of the limestone caverns and view the spectacular Grand Arch.
For all there is, despite the number of times I've been up to the Blue Mountains, I always find a new path each time and I guess that's what keeps me going back.
As my favourite yoga teacher says,
Life, after all, is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.
Sounds like where you want to be this weekend? Me too. And hey, if you're cool enough, you might end up filming a video on the edges of the cliff at The Blue Mountains like them...