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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.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

3. 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.

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.

Melbourne: 12 Apostles, Great Otways and Great Ocean Road

5. Melbourne: 12 Apostles, Great Otways and Great Ocean Road

Discover the iconic 12 Apostles, see picturesque beaches, and make your way through the trees in Great Otways National Park and Redwood Forest on a minivan guided tour. Snack on local fruit and spot native koalas, as you explore this stunning part of Australia. Departing Melbourne early with your knowledgeable guide, head straight to the famous 12 Apostles before the masses of people arrive. Take a short stroll along the boardwalk and appreciate the stunning views. Continue to another spectacular scene, Gibson Steps, and walk down the 70-meter cliff-side pathway to the beach, where there will be plenty of time to take some incredible photos. Next, it’s back in the van to start a drive through the magical Great Otways National Park. Pull over and take a short hike through ancient rainforests to one of the Otways' pristine waterfalls. With your energy restored, continue your tour along the iconic Great Ocean Road. Pass by Apollo Bay before reaching Kennett's River, where you'll get the chance to spot native koalas going about their daily routines. Stop at the beautiful town of Lorne for 30 minutes to shop and explore at your leisure, or take a swim in the ocean.

From Melbourne: Wilsons Promontory Day Tour

6. From Melbourne: Wilsons Promontory Day Tour

This small group (max 8 guests) hiking tour is made for those who want the best of the beach and the mountains. You arrive at Wilsons Prom and embark on the first hike for the day which goes through beautiful terrain and emerges to the vastness of “The Big Drift” Wilsons Promontory sand dunes. An out of this world and inescapable view that can be often overlooked. Once you return, you will take a small drive to the general store for some lunch. Next, it’s time for the second hike of the day, a 7.8 km return journey to the famous Mt Oberon. From the summit, you will experience arguably the best coastal views in Victoria. Next stop is a favourite, Squeaky Beach. Here you can wander on the incredibly white rounded grains of quartz which make a squeaking sound giving this popular local beach its name. Finally, upon departing the National Park, you will make a stop to see some native furry friends. There is a high chance you’ll see Wombats, Emus, Kangaroos and Wallabies going about their daily business.

Sydney: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park with River Cruise

7. Sydney: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park with River Cruise

After being collected from your central Sydney accommodation, head out of town to see koalas and feed kangaroos. Meet all your favorite Australian animals in an outdoor bush setting at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Then head out to the Blue Mountains for the day. Admire the stunning scenic lookouts and amazing views of the famous mountains of Australia. 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. Get the chance 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 end of the tour, enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise back to Sydney harbor along the Parramatta river.

Blue Mountains: Private Scenic Tour with Optional Stops

8. 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. 

Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature Explorer, Sunset & Dinner

9. Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature Explorer, Sunset & Dinner

Enjoy a photo tour of the Blue Mountains including sunset at Echo Point. This tour departs later so you can sleep in and avoid Sydney’s rush hour traffic. Stop at three amazing lookouts, each just a short walk from the vehicle. Listen to the sounds of nature, the birds, and rushing water on two longer walks to some majestic waterfalls. Keen nature lovers will enjoy the 90-minute bush walk into Wentworth Falls and two other 20 minute walks. Those who would rather not join in the longer walks can choose to take a shorter walk or visit Scenic World for two hours at your own expense. After the group reunites you'll visit two spectacular lookouts before returning to Echo Point to view the Three Sisters as the sun sets. The final remote lookout looks west over the Megalong Valley to watch the last rays of sunlight. Finally, relax at a local restaurant and enjoy dinner before returning to Sydney.

Blue Mountains: Small Group Discovery Tour

10. 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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 297 reviews

Drivers are friendly, leaves every hour so lots of chances to leave at a convenient time. Wherever you get off, they will be back to get you an hour later minimum. It helps if you have an idea of how long you might light to stay at what hop off stops. If you are into shopping and cafes, you want a minimum 2 hours in Leura village. I recommend at least 2-3 hours for scenic world to enjoy the walks and the café.

Terry was EXTREMELY helpful and knowledgeable about the scenery and history surrounding this beautiful landscape. I would highly recommend booking with him! He was also very helpful suggesting places and things worth doing in the surrounding areas and gave us amazing insight on what we should fill our days with :) I’m happy to say I would recommend this to anyone I know traveling in the Sydney area

We had a wonderful day in the Blue Mountains including a sensational walk to Wentworth falls. Lunch at the Carrington Hotel by the fire was very cosy as well as delicious. Scenic World was not only great fun but also provided sensational views from all three rides. Craig provided for every individuals requirements adding to the extremely enjoyable experience.

Smokey is a great guide, very friendly and approachable. Everyone in the group admired his ability of talking non stop for hours, either when driving or doing a walk. Thank you for this great experience. Enjoyed it a lot :)

The driver and tour were fantastic. Get Your Guide description and presentation of the tour was misleading. I will never book through Get Your Guide again.