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From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

1. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

Enjoy a 10-hour excursion from Sydney into the Blue Mountains. You can choose the option to include 3 rides at Scenic World, including the Cableway, Skyway, and Railway. You can bring your own lunch or buy lunch at one of the stops during the day. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and experience the amazing variety of Australian wildlife. Hand-feed kangaroos, see wombats and marvel at the crocodiles. Stop at Echo Point to enjoy splendid views of the Jamison Valley and the 3 Sisters, a towering rock formation from the Dreamtime.  Bypass Sydney’s peak traffic hours on a 1-hour Fantasea River Cruise (with commentary). If you like you can purchase a drink at the bar onboard as you relax in comfort and style. The cruise and your tour conclude at Darling Harbour or Circular Quay.

Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

2. Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

Head west from Sydney to the Blue Mountains on this small group full-day tour away from the large tour groups. Walk to a cliff lookout for panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, with its rust and pink sandstone cliffs and subtropical rainforest. Arrive to the Blue Mountains and escape the crowds. Visit Scenic World, and ride the Scenic Railway, Skyway and Cableway. Your tickets are already bought for you so there is no waiting in line and you can head straight to the rides! Your guide even comes on the rides with you. Enjoy a guided rainforest board walk and hear all the commentary about this natural ecosystem. Following this, take time to walk down the road to Echo Point and admire beautiful views of the Three Sister's lookout. Spend 20 minutes to wander around, take photos and take in the stunning scenery. Enjoy a chef prepared lunch at the a historic hotel - a wonderful and warm bistro style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains.  Spend some time up close to some of Australia’s natives at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Here you enjoy a hands on experience with so many Australian native animals, including hand-feeding a kangaroo! Take a ferry back to Sydney along the Parramatta River. Glide past landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, ending the trip at Circular Quay.  Please note that in peak season, January 4-26, the tour will operate in large groups to meet high demands. Please select the relevant option.

Blue Mountains Hop on Hop off & Scenic World Rides Pass

3. Blue Mountains Hop on Hop off & Scenic World Rides Pass

With this full-day combination package you’ll discover the best the Blue Mountains area has to offer. The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus makes it possible to plan the day according to your interests, with departures every 30 minutes through most of the day. Hop off and back on at any of the 29 stops throughout the region, visiting waterfalls, galleries, gardens, eateries and the major attractions of The 3 Sisters and Scenic World. At Scenic World, ride the world's steepest Scenic Railway down into the valley and then walk along the Scenic Walkway. Board the Scenic Cableway up out of the valley. Glide above ancient ravines and waterfalls on the Scenic Skyway, enjoying spectacular views. Extra value additions with this Pass: 40% Discount on entry to Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition A free glass of wine, beer or coffee with every meal at Leura Garage or Palett Dining 10% off all treatments at Ubika Day Spa at Fairmont Resort & Spa Leura 10% discount on full priced chocolates at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company Katoomba A free coffee with a dessert or meal at The Gingerbread House Katoomba 10% off accommodation at Blue Mountains YHA & Equeva Group Hotels

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4. Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus gives you the flexibility to plan your day according to your interests. The full-day pass has no restrictions – simply hop-on and hop-off as you please. This means you can plan your day around all the major attractions on offer in the region. Buses depart Katoomba every hour from 9 AM. The hop-on hop-off bus tour has 37 stops around Leura and Katoomba. Plan your day at your own pace with the option of visiting the waterfalls, attractions, galleries, gardens, bushwalks, cafes, and restaurants in the area as well as the major attractions of the Three Sisters and Katoomba Scenic World.

Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

5. Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

Leave Sydney and begin your day of exploration by journeying to the Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area, on a comfortable bus. Explore the park on a guided bushwalk, visit local towns, and marvel at your stunning surroundings, as your guide gives you informative commentary. Known for its stunning display of natural beauty and vast rainforests clad in eucalyptus trees, the Blue Mountains are over 100 million years old and span over thousands of hectares. The combination of the scorching Australian sun and fine oil mist from the eucalyptus leaves gives off a distinctive blue haze, earning The Blue Mountains their name. Your first stop is in the quaint town of Glenbrook, where you can enjoy a coffee or a quick snack before making your way to Euroka. Truly an authentic Australian experience, Euroka is campground near Glenbrook that is ideal for spotting native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before beginning your guided walk to Wentworth Falls. Appreciate the stunning surroundings on this hour walk through the bush. Marvel at the spectacular views from Wentworth falls and make your way along the stunning forests of Jamison Valley. Make your way to the locality’s iconic landmark, the Three Sisters rock formation. This is the ideal spot to capture photos of the Sisters whilst avoiding the morning crowds. Keep a close eye out for some of Australia's most iconic and unique wildlife here. As you come to the end of your tour, head to a secret sunset location for spectacular and undisturbed panoramic views. Witness the dazzling range of colors on display and experience the magic and charm of the mountains in the golden hour before sunset, before returning to your starting point.

From Katoomba: Megalong Valley Wine Trail

6. From Katoomba: Megalong Valley Wine Trail

Nestled in the beautiful Megalong Valley, surrounded by immense sandstone escarpments are the stunning Dryridge Estate and Megalong Creek Estate boutique vineyards. Leave the driving worries behind and be chauffeured both in and out of the Megalong Valley aboard the Megalong Valley Shuttle bus. Enjoy up to 5 hours in the Megalong Valley with two return shuttles available - either option gives you time to do tastings at each of the wineries as well as enjoy a light lunch. Cheers! Dryridge Estate Cellar Door was opened in 2012 and it boasts spectacular views; the Narrow Neck escarpment looms up from the valley floor and in the afternoon the sandstone cliffs are transformed by beautiful bright orange and yellow colours as the sun drops lower over the Great Dividing Range to the west. Wine Tasting Experience - Enjoy a taste of all the current vintage wines listed for $10 p.p. Food is also available - Cheese Board - $20.00 for two people / Cheese & Charcuterie Board - $35.00 for two people / Ploughman’s Lunch Platter- $50.00 for four people (no need to pre-order). Megalong Creek Estate Vineyard was established as a family farm run boutique vineyard in 2002. Sip single-vineyard wines, made with grapes grown solely in the Megalong Valley. Soak up the stunning valley views as resident alpacas graze before a backdrop of the towering sandstone escarpment. Wine Tasting Experience - Enjoy FREE tastings of all the current vintage wines listed. Grazing plate of Mudgee cheeses, fruit, olives & crackers (must be booked ahead) - $20 for two people. Book through - Megalong Creek Estate. Your Cellar Door experience - As a general guide you will need at least 1 hour at each winery to enjoy the full tasting experience. It is an easy 5 minutes stroll between the two wineries. Your Shuttle booking will automatically notify each winery that you will join them that day. The Shuttle Schedule - Megalong Valley Shuttle bus departs and returns to Katoomba. The advertised time is from the top of Katoomba Street - additional pickups is available: Depart Katoomba 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM; arrive Megalong 11:45 AM, 2:15 PM, 4:45 PM Depart Megalong 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 5:00 PM; arrive Katoomba 12:45 PM, 3:15 PM, 5:45 PM Additional pickups from Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath and Blackheath is available (select preference during checkout).

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Tour

7. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Tour

Depart Sydney and journey in a comfortable coach to the heart of the Blue Mountains, named for the blue tinge the mountain range takes on when viewed from a distance. Enjoy a guided bushwalk off the beaten track to a spectacular lookout, before exploring a mountain village at lunchtime. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney's leading animal attraction, where you can see a koala, feed kangaroos, and see other indigenous creatures such as wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Black-Breasted Buzzards and many more. Then, explore the Blue Mountains National Park on a guided bushwalk. See amazing waterfalls and rainforest flora, and discover secluded lookouts. Go to the Three Sisters rock formation, towering across the Jamison Valley at Katoomba. Return to the city in the comfort of your tour vehicle after a great day exploring the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Blue Mountains Day Tour: Wildlife Park, Lunch & Bushwalks

8. Blue Mountains Day Tour: Wildlife Park, Lunch & Bushwalks

Start the full-day program with a visit to awarding-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park. See and touch Australian wildlife, take a photo with a koala and hand feed a kangaroo. Join an eco-accredited guide on a bushwalk in the World Heritage national park. Take in awesome views from lookouts and see a stunning waterfall. Enjoy a tasty picnic lunch made with fresh local products, see the famous 3 Sisters rock formation and hear about local Aboriginal legends. Discover the Furber Steps, a path cut into the side of a cliff. Descend into a valley surrounded by rainforest. Take the famous Scenic Railway back to the top (at your own expense) or challenge yourself to return via the steps.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

9. Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

After a lazy start to your morning in Sydney, embark upon a truly special day in one of the most spectacular world heritage listed national parks, the Blue Mountains. You will leave the hustle and bustle of the Sydney metropolis and avoid the peak hour traffic, driving west towards the national park. Once there, you will explore the Blue Mountains National Park, with the regular tourist buses long gone, you will be left alone to soak in the golden hours before sunset. On your Blue Mountains tour, you will learn all about the native flora and fauna as well as the indigenous people of the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains has a very special indigenous dream-time creation story linked to the national park. Upon arriving in the Blue Mountains, you will commence an awe-inspiring scenic bush walk overlooking the breathtaking Jamison Valley. You will make your way to a sensational lookout across one of the most remarkable waterfalls in Australia, Wentworth Falls. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at one of the perfect lookouts chosen by your experienced tour guide. This is where you will have a closer look at the iconic Three Sisters sandstone formation. You can enjoy your Blue Mountains sunset whilst overlooking amazing views of Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle, and Narrow Neck Plateau. Your guide will take you to some terrific vantage points, allowing for the perfect sunset photo opportunities.

From Katoomba or Leura: 3-Hour Land Rover Adventure

10. From Katoomba or Leura: 3-Hour Land Rover Adventure

Explore the World Heritage Blue Mountains like never before. Discover Katoomba, Medlow Bath, and Blackheath in an open air Ex-Australian Army Land Rover. This is a unique opportunity for you to experience the amazing Blue Mountains. Smell the eucalypts and feel the fresh air around you. Elevated seating and no windows gives an unparalleled view of the spectacular landscape. Travel along Narrow Neck Plateau, the dividing range between the two most popular valleys in the Blue Mountains, and take short walks along some of the dirt tracks to see the views. In Medlow Bath and Blackheath, see more beautiful views that are catered to each individual group.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,895 reviews

Our guide Tom was great. He gave us very entertaining commentary both on the blue mountain region but also in Sydney as we were driving through. Our trip included a ferry back to Sydney. Since ferries were free at that time we were reimbursed the fare which they were under no obligation to do. I highly recommend FJ tours. The blue mountains and 3 sisters were beautiful. The rides at scenic world were a bit lame but can’t be helped. You are already there so may as well take them

It was a relaxed trip, with a lot of content, reported by the guide, with visits to different perspectives and locations of the Blue Mountains. We visited several locations, points of interest, trails and parks. It was a very busy day, with enough time for the different points and moments of the tour. I recommend!

It was such an amazing experience. Bob was so friendly and experienced guide, he made so easy trip for us. I would definitely advise him to all my friends. Thanks

great day. lots to see and the guide kept things moving, plenty of free time and easy going!

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