The Blue Mountains

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A trip to Sydney would not be complete without a visit to the famous Blue Mountains.

 

Located less than two hours from the city centre, the mountainous region has been aptly named due to its appearance. The blue colouring comes from the being densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. With the oil in the atmosphere mixed with dust particles and water vapour, it makes the hillside look predominantly blue in the sunlight.

 

Due to the rough terrain, the mountains were seen as an impassible barrier when the first settlers first landed, but now with roadways and resources they are one of the most visited icons in New South Wales.

 

The Mountains are World Heritage listed and have breathtaking views and picturesque villages.They’re also very popular for adventure seekers looking to explore the many walk ways, see the waterfalls and visit the spectacular limestone Jenolan caves, which are the oldest open caves in the world.

 

There is always something going on in the Blue Mountains, from village and flower festivals, as well as musical and sporting events. One of the most popular one being the Capertee Challenge, which is a mountain bike event in the Capertee Valley – the largest enclosed valley in Australia.

 

The park has many heritage tracks and lookouts, which are magnificent. Echo Point at Katoomba is a popular spot, offering views of the Three Sisters rock formations. Trains, hop-on-off buses and tours are available throughout the region.

 

If you’re in Sydney and want to get out of the city centre for the day, I highly recommend a visit.

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