One of the most popular attractions a short distance from Sydney, the Blue Mountains lie due west of Australia’s most populous metropolis and provide an experience that’s remarkably different from other day trip options. The sheer natural beauty coupled with the unique diversity has seen it designated a UNESCO Heritage site, and as an experienced and trusted Sydney bus charter company, Pegasus Coach Tours is an excellent choice for organised bus tours and coach hire services to this must-visit destination.
What to Expect
As the seven national parks which comprise the Blue Mountains total 10,000m2, it’s not only vast but also offers a diversity that’s rare in a location so close to a major metropolis, even one renowned for its inherent natural beauty like Sydney. Like much of the ranges that run along the Eastern Seaboard, the peaks of the Blue Mountains are rounded and densely treed in most parts, especially the valleys that are often covered in fog during autumn and spring. One of the most spectacular examples of this is the aptly named Phantom Falls (see below), a popular attraction in the Jamison Valley.
A common feature of the panoramas of the Blue Valley is the visual contrast between the sandstone cliffs that drop down into lush green valleys, often with a spectacular waterfall to complete the vista. The wildlife in the region is immense, though unless visitors descend down onto the valley floor, the best way to see local fauna up close and personal is by visiting a park like the Featherdale Wildlife Park.
With regards to climate and the best time to visit, the Blue Mountains is spectacular all year-round, though as it drops to between 3°C and 12°C in winter many visitors prefer the warmer months, with summer and spring temperatures averaging around 15°C to 25°C. The Blue Mountains are particularly splendid in autumn and winter, it must be said, and offer a very different, albeit chilly, experience.
Scenic World – Great for All
An absolute must-visit if you’re travelling with the kids, though visitors of all ages will also have a great time, Scenic World really does have a lot to offer, including two of the most popular tourist attractions in the Blue Mountains – the Scenic Railway and Skyway. The Scenic Railway has the honour of being the world’s steepest passenger railway, and the Skyway provides amazing, 360o degree views of some of the Blue Mountains’ most iconic sights, including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and the Jamison Valley.
It’s easy to spend the day here, but as there’s so much to see and do on a Blue Mountains day trip, many visitors find it advantageous to stop at Scenic World just long enough to experience the railway and cable car, and have a quick coffee or tea before hopping back on the bus.
The Three Sisters – Iconic Vistas
Perhaps the most iconic of all the Blue Mountains’ vistas, the Three Sisters are a rock formation caused by the erosion of the soft sandstone that comprises much of the mountains in the region. Located on the northern escarpment of the Jamison Valley, the Three Sisters are a short distance to Katoomba, another popular destination in the Blue Mountains.
It’s possible to catch the Three Sisters at sunrise, though due to travelling times most visitors arrive at around mid-morning to midday, often resulting in large crowds. The light is best in the mid-afternoon, so if you’d like to miss the crowds and enjoy the most breathtaking panoramas, this may well be the best time to visit, plus you have the option of arriving earlier, going for a hike and returning later in the day.
The Aboriginal legend of the Three Sisters (Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo) is a beautiful tale and adds another dimension to the visit, with the story told by the traditional owners, the Gundungurra people, the original Dreamtime legend. If you’re interested in learning more about the Aboriginal culture of the region and the legends of the land, the Waradah Aboriginal Show in Katoomba is highly-recommended.
Phantom Falls – An Amazing Natural Event
To witness the awe-inspiring natural event that is Phantom Falls, visitors will need to try their luck in autumn and spring as high humidity, among other factors, must be exact for the Falls to provide that magical and mysterious vista. The curtain of mist travels at around 10 – 20 metres per second, and is often over 700 metres wide and 50 metres deep. It provides an amazing photo opportunity for those present when the warm air of the Jamison Valley meets the cold air of the Megalong Valley.
If you visit in the evening, you may be lucky enough to witness the Falls running backwards, flowing into the Megalong Valley, a sight that’s particularly spectacular under the moonlight, especially on a full moon.
Leura Cascades – The Beauty of the Valley Floor
There’s so much more to the Blue Mountains than awe-inspiring mountain vistas, as the lush floors of the valleys offer amazing flora and fauna diversity, along with views that are just as impressive. Of the many bushwalks in the Blue Mountains, the stroll to Leura Cascades is one of the most popular, as it’s such a gentle 30-minute walk and simply one of the best bushwalks in the region.
With the sound of water trickling as you make your way down, not to mention the chorus of lyrebirds, you’ll witness the picturesque scene of the convergence of two creeks framed by ferns and a bridge, along with the lookout at Bridal Veil Falls which offers phenomenal views of the mountains, often with a plethora of birdlife soaring above a dense canopy of rainforest.
The Blue Mountains has so much to offer all visitors. Whether you’re visiting from overseas or arranging an exciting outing for your students, Pegasus Coach Tours can assist you in arranging the perfect day trip to the Blue Mountains. To learn more about our bus and coach services, give us a call on (02) 9838 1733.