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The Blue Mountains national park is a major icon near Sydney. You can experience fresh mountain air as you rise above Sydney and enter the spectacular Blue Mountains region. The Blue Mountains is perfect for exploring the best that nature has to offer. There are so many ways to get to The Blue Mountains but we still believe one of the best ways is a guided tour.
Gray line offers several levels on their tours, I did an all inclusive tour which meant everything was prepaid and there was no hassle for the whole day.
I had an early start meeting at the Gray Line office (Star City coach terminal) @ 7:55 am. Then the lovely started. The coach was big and comfortable; seating place big enough so that I was comfortable throughout the day (there was also there is bath room on board). We crossed The Sydney Harbour Bridge heading to our first stop Featherdale Wildlife Park (45 mins away from Sydney). It’s very friendly zoo, I really liked it. All animals are native. You can cuddle up to a koala take a picture for FREE!!! Hand feed kangaroo, wallabies and emus or just relax in the parks kiosk. We stayed there around 45mins to 1 hour.
Katoomba was our next stop, which is in the heart of the Blue Mountains National Park and is the location of the Three Sisters. We got off at Echo Point which is the best lookout to see Three Sisters rock formation. We then rode the scenic cableway across to scenic world. On the cableway you can get really awesome 360 degree view of Blue Mountain and waterfalls. We had our buffet lunch at scenic world; it is revolving restaurant while you eating you can still enjoy the beautiful view of the Mountain. After lunch we take another 2 rides the skyway and the (Worlds Steepest) railway and have a little time to walk around.
The little garden village LEURA is our next destination. We have 30mins to wandering around. Then we are on our way back headed for the city. Our driver sends us to Homebush bay ferry terminal then we take a Captain Cook river cruise back to Sydney Darling Harbour and Circular Quay. If you get off at Circular Quay you can see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from the water.
Our lovely Blue Mountain trip ends at Circular Quay!
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Yesterday I went on my Oz Trails Day Tour to The Blue Mountains. I was picked up out on the Great Western Highway at Faulconbridge by Hayden at 11.30am (most people departed from Sydney, but I live closer to The Blue Mountains). They had already been to Euroka Clearing at Glenbrook to look for kangaroos. However with the heat yesterday the kangaroos had retreated into the bush for shade and so they actually missed out on seeing them.
The bus is a 24 seater Mitsubishi Rosa. It was comfortable but certainly not flash. It does have air con but yesterday it was struggling. However with Hayden telling stories and bits of information we didn’t have time to focus on the heat.
First stop was at the village of LAWSON where we saw the aboriginal rock art (picture 8 in brochure) and Hayden gave some hands on experiences of local flora. Back on board we headed to WENTWORTH FALLS where the first stop is to the Kings Tableland (picture 4) which is spectacular and remote – there were no other tour groups here and Hayden delights in taking individual photos of customers standing near the cliff face!! Second stop was Wentworth Falls (pictures 5 and 9). This involves a bushwalk and approx 220 steps. There are toilets and an ice cream van at the parking area. Hayden accompanied us and again pointed out lots of interesting “bush things” When we were back on the bus he told us about the SCENIC WORLD RIDES and explained that he would take payment $25 per person which includes 3 rides. Skyway across to Scenic World, then Scenic Railway and Scenic Cableway. He told people so that they could get money ready for him in advance. He also offered that he would direct any people who did not want to do the rides to a short unguided bushwalk.
Then on to LEURA for lunch. Hayden pointed out the ATM and various cafes including the one to avoid – take too long to serve. The cafes are not too cheap in Leura because it’s a bit upmarket. There is a supermarket too. We had about 45 minutes to enjoy lunch and the shops before meeting Hayden back at the bus. He took the money for Scenic World and then we headed off. Hayden then drives around to the Scenic World car park via the place were he dropped off a few people with instructions for their unguided walk. He then goes into the centre to meet the people from the Skyway and escorts them on the other two rides with a guided tour along the boardwalk. We departed there about 3.30pm. Hayden hands out complimentary postcards which have OZ TRAILS website and telephone number. He also hands out a comment book. I left the tour near Springwood but they were heading to Olympic Park and the ferry.
We aware that the schedule can be mixed around a little depending on weather. Remember don’t promise that the customers WILL see kangaroos especially in this heat. It’s a great little tour and I think customers should be happy with the variety of scenery.
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