Welcome to the Blue Mountains! Your adventure begins in Sydney (Warrane in the language of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Sydney is now located). This is your gateway to a land of rugged peaks, soaring waterfalls and dense eucalyptus forest. Here, you’ll meet your fellow travellers and local leader for an 8.30am welcome meeting and to get your hiking packs ready to go, then it’s time to hit the road and drive to the town of Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains. On arrival, enjoy a cultural walk with a First Nations guide to learn of the history, culture and ancient wisdom of this region. You’ll learn about the traditional owners of the land, hear stories of one of the world’s oldest living cultures and see how it’s still present and celebrated today. Along the walk, you’ll discover song lines, rock art, ceremonial sits and dreaming stories plus, you’ll have the chance to try bush foods and medicines and learn about ochre painting. After your walk, drive to the town of Katoomba and settle into your accommodation and then get ready for a special night walk. You read that right, tonight you’ll enjoy a night walk through Katoomba Falls Reserve. See Orphan Rock, Witches Leap, Katoomba Falls and Katoomba Cascades lit up at night – a truly spectacular sight.
After breakfast, make your way to Wentworth Falls and then lace up your boots for a fantastic walk in the Wentworth Falls area. Wentworth Falls is a beautiful town deep in the Blue Mountains, surrounded by incredible scenery and wonderful bush walks. A walk from here might take you to Breakfast Point Lookout, Princes Rock Lookout, the Wentworth Falls, Queens Cascades or Rocket Point Lookout. Your leader will choose your walk today based on weather and track conditions. After exploring Wentworth Falls area, you’ll drive to Leura to discover Sublime Point Lookout. Along an easy walking track, dotted with casuarina trees, you might be so lucky to spot gang-gangs and cockatoos. Once you reach the Sublime Point Lookout, soak up the never-ending views across Jamison Valley and admire the incredible Australian bushland that blankets the whole area. After some time to take in the scenery, visit Everglades House and Gardens. Built in the 1930’s by a Danish-born landscape gardener, it’s easy to see the European charm that has been intertwined into this place. With European-style terraces, winding paths and rose-lined walks, the gardens have received acclaim from a global community of garden lovers. This afternoon, you’ll have time to explore Leura at your will. Perhaps learn more about the diverse landscapes of the region and the communities who live within them at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre or enjoy one of the close-by walks before journeying back to your accommodation. This evening you may like to check out a local restaurant with some of your fellow travellers.
After fuelling up on a hearty breakfast this morning, you’ll embark on one of the many incredible scenic walks in Katoomba or Blackheath. Home to the iconic Three Sisters, this area of the Blue Mountains is a bushwalkers heaven. You can expect lookouts with panoramic views, dense and beautiful Australian bushland and scenic waterfalls at almost every turn. Your expert guide will choose the best walks suited to the weather and track conditions of the day. After a day on your feet, exploring all this beautiful region has to offer, this evening, why not round off your adventure with a group dinner at a local microbrewery – the perfect chance to look back on all you’ve seen and done over the last few days.
It may be your final day but there’s still plenty of memorable sights to discover. This morning, you have one final chance to traverse this local landscape before making the journey back to Sydney. You can expect more world-class views, heritage walks and incredible waterfalls from your trek today. After some final adventuring, begin the drive back to Sydney, stopping off en route at a local cider farm to taste the delicious drink made from apples discovered in the Blue Mountains region. Arrive back in Sydney around 6.30pm, at which point your Blue Mountains adventure will come to an end.