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Trip Report - Blue Mountains Long Weekend

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Trip Report - Blue Mountains Long Weekend

Thought I'd post this on the Sydney forum as not many people seem to go to the specific Blue Mountains one. Hope it's useful, cheers :)

Friday

Left work early, flew to Sydney then train from the airport out to Windsor to visit my brother.

Saturday

Breakfast out with family then picked up our hire car at Richmond and headed off west. Took the scenic route via Bells Line of Road. Detoured to Mt Wilson (which I knew nothing about until I saw it mentioned on TA - thankyou!), which was beautiful with quite a lot of autumn colour still around, definitely worth a look.

Then as we drove through Blackheath I saw the sign for Govetts Leap and turned off, without really knowing what to expect. Good move! Maybe it was the dull overcast weather or maybe that it was after 3pm when we got there but we were surprised there weren't more people around on a long weekend. What dramatic scenery, even just a few steps from the car park. We also did a couple of short walks to get some different views. Loved the waterfalls too.

Sunset was approaching as we reached Katoomba so decided to stop at Echo Point to get the classic Three Sisters shot but unfortunately there wasn't much colour in the sky. Headed off to our accommodation in Leura.

Sunday

Decided to visit Scenic World this morning. Based on TA reviews we got there fairly early to beat the day trippers and avoid the queues. So glad we did that as we got straight onto each "ride" but the queues were long by the time we left - not to mention the queue at the front door to get in which went all the way back to the carpark! I think it was worth doing as the cable cars give you a different view on things but I certainly wouldn't bother going back again as it was the busiest place on our trip and not any more scenically impressive. Not sure I'd recommend it to anyone unless they could get there early, although I accept you're limited when you don't have a car.

Wanted to get away from Katoomba as there were just so many people there. Drove past (but didn't stop) at Echo Point and it was just swarming! Did the Blue Mountains Scenic Drive and stopped at a few lookouts along the way back to Leura.

Went to the Leura Cascades, which was a great spot. Did the cascades walk and probably spent an hour or so there as we kept stopping to take photos and gaze at the views. Fabulous spot if you want to improve your "milky waterfall" photography skills as there are the cascades and full size waterfalls. Would also be a great walk on a hot day as it's fairly sheltered. Back in the car we headed off for one last stop at Gordon Falls. Was another great view but unfortunately the falls themselves were barely trickling.

That was pretty much it as we flew out from Sydney early Monday afternoon.

There's loads to do and see in the area and we could have easily filled another couple of days (would particularly like to visit the Jenolan Caves) but I'd imagine it's hard to see much apart from Katoomba unless you have your own transport. Definitely worth staying at least a night if you have the time.

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1. Re: Trip Report - Blue Mountains Long Weekend

Thanks for a great report, glad you enjoyed your visit! It is always a good idea to avoid the BM's on a sunday IMHO!

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2. Re: Trip Report - Blue Mountains Long Weekend

We are intending to do the HOHO one day circuit in July weather permitting. We are intending to be in Katoomba around 9.30 in the morning and go straight to Scenic World. Is this too late to avoid early queues

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3. Re: Trip Report - Blue Mountains Long Weekend

Scenic world opens at 9am, 9.30 shouldn't be too bad on a sunday. It will depend a bit on the weather too, locals wont go so much if it's raining or foggy.

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4. Re: Trip Report - Blue Mountains Long Weekend

We are intending to do the HOHO one day circuit in July weather permitting

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School Holidays start this weekend.

I have been to Katoomba in school Holdays and outside school holidays. It is definitely busier in school holidays.

So, If you mean the first 2 weeks of July, you might find it very busy. If you can go say 3 weeks from today, you might find no queues at all.

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5. Re: Trip Report - Blue Mountains Long Weekend

We will be going, if at all, on 21 July after the Manchester United footy match. It is a Sunday. We will make a call probably on the way home from the footy regarding the weather.

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6. Re: Trip Report - Blue Mountains Long Weekend

Nice report. This would be good for people asking questions about self drive to the BMs.

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7. Re: Trip Report - Blue Mountains Long Weekend

Thanks for taking the time to do a great report, we've been talking about doing a Blue Mountains weekend ourselves so this is useful.

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8. Re: Trip Report - Blue Mountains Long Weekend

I learn so much from reading the forums here so its good to contribute something back. Happy to answer questions:)

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