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Blue Mountain Day Tours from Sydney

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Blue Mountain Day Tours from Sydney

Planning 1 day trip June 13, with husband and teenage son, and curious about others' experiences with Blue Mtn. Day Tours. We like that Ferndale Wildlife Park and river cruise back through Sydney Harbour are included for $95/adult. Other "perks:" trip to future Olympic site, all transport, and - woohoo! - free koala. Is this worthwhile over hop-on/off Explorer bus from Sydney? Is merely passing through Katoomba on day tour adequate? Thanks for your insights.

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1. Re: Blue Mountain Day Tours from Sydney

Don't confuse the Hop on Hop off buses. There are two routes for Sydney which are operated by:

city-sightseeing.com/tours/australia/sydney.…

Then there is the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus which starts from Katoomba Station. Katoomba is in the Blue Mountains - not Sydney. This bus costs $36 per adult and covers attractions in the Blue Mountains only. For this tour use public transport ie train to Katoomba. You can buy a Link ticket in Sydney - but essentially you still make your own way to Katoomba. This method will give more time in the Blue Mountains then the other type of private tours, which I cannot personally comment upon. To get mor repsonses post this query in the Sydney forum.

Total price for transport from Sydney and the Blue Mountains Explorer is around $49 per adult last time I looked.

131500.com.au/tickets/explore/blue-mountains

explorerbus.com.au/howitworks/valuepasses.htm

Edited: 31 May 2012, 01:10
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Alternatively you can catch a local bus from Katoomba Station to Echo point./Cliff Drive/Scenic World. That would be an even cheaper day out.

131500.com.au/maps/…09727_Katoomba.pdf

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I can't comment on the tour per se but the 'river cruise' referred to is simply the Circular Quay - Parramatta ferry - a local commuter ferry that anyone can catch at any time and the 'Olympic site' is the site of the 2000 Olympics at Homebush Bay - now just a bunch of stadiums (probably empty and closed when you will be there) surrounded by a lot of roads and carparks - not much to see IMO. Featherdale Wildlife Park is worth a visit - unless you are planning to go to Taronga Park Zoo in which case it's a bit of duplication.

'Free koala' - I presume of the stuffed, toy variety???

An alternative plan you might like to consider is to take an early morning train from Sydney Central to Katoomba - about 2 hours and explore the area yourself. You can get there for $21 by purchasing a MyMulti Daypass (half fare if your teenager is under 16) Once you arrive in Katoomba you can buy a ticket on the Trolley bus for $25 that runs a shuttle service to all of the main tourist spots in the Mountains. trolleytours.com.au/links/timetables/trolley…

If you really want to save some money, your MyMulti day ticket is also valid on the Blue Mountains public bus service, which also goes to many of the scenic spots. bmbc.com.au/links/…UpperMountainsTT.pdf

Then you can take the train back to Sydney as late as you like.

Not only is this a cheaper way of doing things - as little as $21! - but it will give you a lot more time in the Mountains to explore the area.

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Thanks everyone - this is all very useful. Appreciate your help.

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