Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney | Off the Beaten Track


Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney is a bucket-list item for many tourists heading to Sydney, Australia. But it’s one of those attractions that are a little outside the Sydney. This forces you to make plans in order to plan a good visit. There are many coach tours that leave to Blue Mountain and do not provide authentic experiences. And most are cookie-cutter tours. But if a tourist seeking as authentic Blue Mountains experiences, here are our tips from Sydney Private Tours including traditional Aboriginal experience.

How to get there?

We never recommend you to get into a coach tour (a cookie-cutter Blue Mountains trip from Sydney) if you are seeking an authentic experience. Do you really want to stick to an itinerary and not enjoying a lifetime experience? Our recommendations are –

Catch a train to Blue Mountains from Central

A train to the Blue Mountains takes approximately 2h and 15min. And you can catch a train from T1 line leaves from Central station, Sydney. We suggest to download the Opal travel app or log in to Transport NSW to see live train time table to the Blue Mountains.  If you get into a T1 line, mostly you have to switch to BM line from Black town. This is the cheapest way to get to the Blue Mountains on a day trip from Sydney. And cost 3.60 AUD one way.

Book a private tour

Alternatively, some prefer to book a private guide from Sydney to Blue Mountains. And this could cost around 700 to 800 AUD and you can check the available options from here.

Self-drive to Blue Mountains

Why not consider hire a car from Sydney and drive to the Blue Mountains on your day trip? There are many car rental companies located conveniently located central to Sydney. Some of those companies are Hertz, Europcar, and Go-Get. A compact car that can travel comfortably up to 5 passengers only cost roughly 65 AUD. And would be a great option if you are comfortable on right-hand driving.

Blue Mountains Day trip from Sydney travel itinerary

The below travel itinerary suits only of you travel independently. Traveling with a large group on a bus won’t provide you the options to amending a pre-planned Blue Mountains travel itinerary.  

Three Sisters Katoomba

We highly recommend reaching to Three Sisters Katoomba earliest as possible before the crowd hits there on your Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney. In around 11 am to 1 pm time period, you will experience large coach tours reach the Blue Mountains. And practically make it impossible to find a parking spot near to Three Sisters lookout. If you are traveling from the train, Katoomba station is the nearest station to the Three Sisters lookout. And it’s a nearly 30 min walk via Lurline street. Paying 55 AUD you can buy a hop on hop off Explorer bus pass. This gives you the freedom to travel to most in the Blue Mountains at your own pace!

Take a hike to Katoomba or Leura cascades

Either you travel by a private tour guide, train or self-drive, reaching to Katoomba or Leura cascades is quite easy. From both cascades, our choice is the Leura cascade. It is an epic bush walks and mostly you can spot native wild animals too. Read our blog on “Epic Blue Mountains Bushwalks” for more info.

Lookouts to see on Blue Mountains day trip

Apart from the famous Three Sisters lookout, others best Blue Mountains lookouts that are located near to Three Sisters are Cahill’s, and Boars. If you have hired a private guide or self-drive, you got many options on your hand. Heading to Blackheath, you will find Pulpit, Govetts Leap, and Evans lookouts.

Authentic Aboriginal experience at Blue Mountains

Sydney Aboriginal Tour
Photo credits – Evan Yanna Muru

A day trip to the Blue Mountains from Sydney wouldn’t complete if you don’t listen to an original landowner. There are few Aboriginal guides conduct guided tours in Blue Mountains region. However, we highly recommend Evan Yanna Muru from Darug Custodian Aboriginal Clan from our experience.  His tours include participating in Dreamtime storytelling, visiting ceremony sites, spot native wildlife, authentic bush tucker experience, and body painting.  If you want to participate in this adventure tour during a Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney, we highly recommend to give a ring to Evan on 0408 443 822 and see the availability. Do not hesitate if you travel by train. Evan picks you up from Faulconbridge Railway Station platform for this guided Aboriginal tour.

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Final words on Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney

So, there you have it. This is only one recipe to see the Blue Mountains, Australia. But we (Sydney Top Tours) have covered some of the other attractions to see in Blue Mountains in “Tours to Blue Mountains” article. In general, to the recipe for successful Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney; Read up on few guided articles, book in advance (especially during the summer months), choose one of best Blue Mountains bushwalks, take your time soaking in sweeping beauty, and bring a good selfie stick to take Instagram worthy photos. If you do all of these things and harness the power of your imagination along the way then you are setting yourself up for a great visit.

If you have a few more days to spend in Sydney, why not taste some of the best wines and craft beers Sydney can offer? Read our other articles relating to Sydney Wine Tours and Sydney Wineries.

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