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