There are so many Blue Mountains tours from Sydney. Hence, how can you choose the best for your style of travel? We from Sydney Top Tours discusses some of the factors to help you discover the best Blue Mountains tour suits your travel style.

Blue Mountains day trip selection criteria

  • What are the must-see attractions or things to do in Blue Mountains?
  • The best price of a Blue Mountains tour
  • Kids friendly areas or activities if you travel as a family
  • Katoomba weather conditions
  • Travel tips for a family trip

mmm… it’s a long list to tick of before you travel? Isn’t it? But yes, its all depends on what sort of traveler are you? A SOLO traveler may neglect kids friendly activities and seek more adventure activities. Vice versa, a premium traveler may seek to customize experience at its own pace with the care of a private guide. Firstly, we will see why the Blue Mountains is so popular among travelers.

Why you must choose a Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney?

The Blue Mountains is the most popular attraction among travelers to Sydney and almost every travel article has a mention of Blue Mountains. Therefore, what makes Blue Mountains Sydney so popular among travelers?

  • Just 90 mins from Sydney by means of a vehicle, the Blue Mountains has a number of Sydney’s amazing natural points of interest. With dramatic perspectives over the deep valley troughs gouged out over thousands and thousands of years, the lookouts of Blue Mountains such as Wentworth Falls, Govetts leap and Echo point are extraordinary.
  • Bushwalks at Blue Mountains include clean strolls to longer walks which lead from the clifftops into the depths of the valleys. The Six Foot Track is a greater hard 3-day stroll along the old coach road among Katoomba and Jenolan Caves. In addition, you can additionally enjoy many mountain bike trails.

What is the best transport mode to the Blue Mountains from Sydney?

While it’s miles feasible to discover the mountains with the aid of public transport it isn’t always the quality alternative for all of us, for some guests organized tours are the best preference.

Blue Mountains tour deals

Most travelers on A32 route to Katoomba, usually cover few other attractions either after the Echo point or before it. Below are few options offered by many tour operators as Blue Mountains tour combo deals.

Blue Mountains and Featherdale tour

One of the popular Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney. Usual day trip covers the Echo point, Scenic World, lunch at Katoomba and Featherdale wildlife park.

Blue Mountains and Jenolan caves tour

This tour is not in the bucket list for most of the travelers due to the time restrictions as usually, the Jenolan caves tour adds additional 3 hours to a usual Blue Mountains day tripSecondly, the physical fitness required to explore Jenolan caves. If you are planning to visit Jenolan Caves, we highly recommend booking a private day tour to Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves from Sydney to avoid hotel pickup delays from large bus tours.

What types of Blue Mountains day tours are available?

There are various types of tours departure from Sydney to Blue Mountains. The selection of the tour depends on mainly the budget and your travel style. You can find large bus tours that carry 50 to 60 travelers on board and limiting exploring the natural beauty of Blue Mountains. These cookie-cutter tours don’t offer much if you want to see the real Blue Mountains. Small group tours are one of the choices, however, yet you stuck with an itinerary and don’t allow you to enjoy the hidden beauty of Blue Mountain lookouts such as Pulpit. The best choice to see the Blue Mountains is to select a private tour that leaves from Sydney. However, private tours come at a cost.  

What are the available Blue Mountains Sydney tour deals and prices?

Budget or the cheapest option to visit BM

train ride from Sydney to Katoomba and 15 mins walk to the Echo point and Leura hike may be the cheapest way to explore Blue Mountains area if you are a budget traveler. Roughly at $20, you can add the Blue Mountains to your bucket list. However, this will limit your chances of exploring hidden gems of Blue Mountains such as Explorers Tree near Blackheath.

Big coach tours to Blue Mountains

Usually, a bus tour cost around 80 to 100$ per person from Sydney. But again, you have to stick with a chosen itinerary from a touring company and want to be the option if you want to see the real Blue Mountains. Especially, if you are a family and travel with kids and need quick stopovers to change nappies and feed. Moreover, these large busses won’t reach the must-see Blue Mountains attractions due to the size of the bus.

Small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney price

One of the choices available for travelers to Blue Mountains. Sometimes, the way they advertise tempts to instant purchase. Still, it’s a group and you have to share the vehicle with many others and tour operates with a chosen itinerary. So, less flexible if you want to explore Blue Mountains area in your own way.  Yet, these tours charge 200 to 250 $ per person and usually travel in 24 to 26-seater minibusses.

Private Blue Mountains Tour from Sydney price

Not the best choice of many travelers due to the cost of this kind of tour. However, booking a Blue Mountains private day tour will allow you to explore the area at your own pace. A Blue Mountains private tour cost around 800 AUD per tour basis and usually accommodate up to 12 passengers due to the small size of private vehicles.

What are the best Blue Mountains attractions to see in a day trip from Sydney?

Lower region

Red hand cave

Blue Mountains day trip attractions

Red Hand cave in Blue Mountains National Park is one of the nice showcases of Aboriginal rock art. The area is also one of the perfect spots for spot bird native to Blue Mountains and located close to Glenbrook.

Wild kangaroos

Spotting wild kangaroos should be a must in a Blue Mountains tour itinerary. These animals are the world’s biggest marsupials and might weigh 90kg and develop 2 metres tall.

Upper region

Three Sisters at Echo point


Take a day tour to well-known Echo Point lookout in Katoomba for beautiful views of the Jamison Valley and the enduring three Sisters.

Pulpit Rock lookout

This mesmerizing lookout gives mountain cycling, picnicking and scenic views across Grose Valley, taking in Blue Gum forest and Govetts leap in Blue Mountains countrywide Park.

Wentworth falls

Elevated nearly 860 metres above sea level and another must see stop in a Blue Mountains tour from Sydney. Breakfast point lookout, Princess rock lookout and Rocket point lookouts are popular among adventure travelers to Wentworth fall but may not suit for most of the travelers due to uneven steps.

Katoomba cascade

Popular with locals and visitors alike, those picturesque cascades are at the Kedumba River. The cascades are nestled in the bend on Cliff power, near Katoomba park. There are stepping stones across the creek at the lowest of the falls and a bench seat in the color. There are a few small clearings where you can enjoy a picnic while on Blue Mountains day trip.

Leura cascade

A hike to Leura cascade via the Fern Bower circuit is moderately challenging and not the best choice for most of the travelers on a Blue Mountains tour. Solo and adventure seekers won’t skip this hike due to its impressive cliff line and gorgeous scenic views.

Megalong valley

Blue Mountains

Megalong Valley is absolutely magic. Whilst the view from the Hydro Majestic lodge at Medlow bath is breathtaking, a power down into the valley itself is an unforgettable revel in.

Travel tips

  • Accessible toilets – Due to the popularity, you will find public toilets almost near to many attractions such as at Echo point. However, you may have to wait in a toilet queue with frustration especially during the high seasons like December school holidays. So, try to avoid those toilets near the main attraction sites.
  • Picnic area – there are many picnic areas located at Blue Mountains Katoomba. Some of the popular picnic areas are located in Leura cascade, Boars head lookout, and Wentworth Falls.
  • Great hikes – Katoomba and Leura are the most popular hikes and must do in a Blue Mountains Tour. However, if you are new to hiking and you will end up pushing your body to new limits with challenging tracks at Fern Bower Leura.
  • Travel gear – Always recommend to check Blue Mountains weather before you go on a Blue Mountains tour from Sydney. The temperature during the summer may rise over 35 degrees and winter may be freezing in Katoomba and usually, you will see snow near Blackheath.

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