If you are planning a trip to Sydney (let’s be honest, who isn’t?) and have some spare time up your sleeve, exploring the Blue Mountains National Park should be at the top of your ‘to do list’! Unless, drowning in tanned, toned bodies at Bondi Beach is your type of adventure.
The Blue Mountains is, at the most, 2.5 hours from Sydney. SO, there is really no excuse to find the nearest Thrifty car rental and spend the well-worth-it $75.00 (approx.) for a days hire.
You are probably thinking that making the most of the 11,000 square kilometre National Park is like playing darts with spaghetti; impossible!
We put binge-exploring to the ultimate test and ended up defeating all odds. We spent the day speechless in this euphoric world.
First things first, if you want to have the most memorable experience we recommend, although still so beautiful, avoiding the tourist infested Three Sisters and Wentworth Falls and immerse yourself deeper into the Blue Mountains. Your day will be comparatively better, trust us.
Victoria Falls – Silver Cascades
Victoria Falls Lookout overlooks the Grose Valley where Victoria Creeks runs through creating a series of cascades. Although we did not make it to the Victoria Falls, we were still as mesmerised with the Silver Cascades. Albeit the water being beyond freezing, it was a wonderful secluded swimming hole to cool off.
Distance and Time (approx): 2 hours / 4km along an easy-medium steep trail.
How to get there: Head West along the Great Western Highway and turn right on to Victoria Falls Road. Follow the dirt track along the mountains ridge for at least 5km before reaching the car park/lookout.
Baltzer Lookout and Hanging Rock
The feeling when you first walk out on to the exposed Baltzer Lookout is unreal. Our stomachs dropped and we were left speechless. From the lookout there are incredible views up and drown the Grose Valley and to the left is the infamous Hanging Rock. Hanging Rock is a block of sandstone over 100m high that has become detached from the main cliff. Those who are fearless jump across the gap; like Ben, not me, I went white and almost fainted trying. Do so at your own risk though as any wrong movements could be fatal.
Distance and Time (approx): 4 hours / 11km, we cut this time in half though as the hike to Baltzer lookout is almost entirely on a fire trail so it was easily achieved on our mountain bikes.
How to get there: Again off the Great Western highway, head west and take a right turn on to Ridgewell Road, Blackheath and follow the road until the beginning of the fire trail.