Thursday, 5 November 2015

Things you never knew about the Blue Mountains, NSW



The Blue Mountains region is just 80km from Sydney and this World Heritage area is home to around 162,000 people and over 400 types of animal. We booked a tour through Oz Trails and experienced some of the best lookouts and bushwalks, as well as a visit to Katoomba.

The mountain range is huge and we only saw part of it on our day tour but I got to learn a lot about the area. If you don't know much about the Blue Mountains, or want some reasons to visit, here are some things you might not know about this beautiful part of New South Wales:



There's a world underground


The Jenolan Caves are limestone caves in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. These are some of the oldest open cave systems in the world and have underground rivers and amazing crystal limestone formations. Lucas Cave is the most visited and has a range of caverns. Its highest chamber – known as 'The Cathedral' – is often hired as a wedding venue and the acoustics are so good it's also used for concerts.

Christmas is celebrated in June


If you can't wait until December for festivities, head to the Blue Mountains where Yulefest takes place from June to August in Katoomba. Thousands of people come here to enjoy Christmas feasts complete with mulled wine, carols and occasional snowfall. As well as this, on the Saturday nearest to the winter solstice, Katoomba's streets host a parade of entertainers from gymnasts and dancers to poets and storytellers for its annual Winter Magic Festival.

It has the steepest railway in the world


Head to Scenic World in Katoomba and you'll find the Scenic Railway – the steepest railway in the world with a 52 degree incline. The track descends 310 metres through a cliffside tunnel into the rainforest and the glass-roofed carriages offer stunning views of the Jamison Valley. At Scenic World you'll also find the Scenic Cableway and Skyway, which both offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Three Sisters and Katoomba Falls.



You'll definitely discover the charm of the Blue Mountains if you just have one day to explore, but there are so many unique things to see that a weekend break would be perfect...


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  1. Amazing! Some of those photos are breathtaking. I go to Australia for a year in January, that's another place to add to my list whilst I am there!

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    1. Thank you! I went when it was a really sunny day and have been told the views can be incredible on stormy days too! Well worth a visit if you have the chance :)

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