A Captivating Rugged Beauty - The Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

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23rd Apr 2016
Photo of A Captivating Rugged Beauty - The Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Termed as one of the famous world heritage site, The Blue Mountains is as jaw dropping beautiful as it is mysteriously submerged under myths, stories and legends. Mostly a rugged mountainous region west of Sydney in Australia’s New South Wales, it has been formed and has been in existence for more than 50 million years ago. Well -Known for its dramatic scenery, it consists of steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages, this is one the best day tours you can take from Sydney.

Katoomba, a major town in the area, borders Blue Mountains National Park and its bush walking trails.

Photo of Katoomba NSW, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Approximately 2 hour from Sydney City Centre, take a bus or train ride to the mountains and back. It is recommended that you pre-plan the trip with any travel company who offers day tour to this destination as you need to pre purchase tickets for the nature walks, scenic railway or the Featherdale national park or any other activities.

Photo of A Captivating Rugged Beauty - The Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Before reaching the blue mountains you can take a break and relax in the quaint country side villages with scenic beauty and ambiance.

Reaching the mountains of this region in Katoomba, you will see that the predominant natural vegetation of this is region is the eucalyptus forests. The Blue Mountains are so named because they consists of dense and vast forests of eucalyptus which in the hot sun discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The discharged mist haze looks blue from a distance.

This region is also inhabited by 400 different animals including the Koala bear.

Spectacular views of the Blue Mountains

Photo of A Captivating Rugged Beauty - The Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

A snap with the sleepy Koala at Feather-Dale National Park

Photo of A Captivating Rugged Beauty - The Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Blue Mountains tour is a full day tour which includes, the Giant stairway, Aboriginal dance show, Jenolan Cave, Katoomba Scenic Railway, National Parks or you can stay back and enjoy after dark Ghost Mystery tours and discover the bloody history of this spectacular scenery.

Scenic World will give you the thrills and the adrenaline rush you wish for. You can choose either or all of the routes whether its -Walkway, Skyway, Cable way or Railway. I would recommend to try all as it gives you a world class experience.

Nature Walk and Hike at Blue Mountains

Photo of Scenic World, Katoomba NSW, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Adjust your railway seat position up to 20 degrees and get adventurous with the ‘Cliffhanger’ ride at a steep 64 degree incline, or for those seeking a relaxed journey select the ‘Laid Back’ option or you can still ride the ‘Original’ at 52 degrees (128% incline).

The Railway experience descends 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel, emerging into ancient rainforest at the Jamison Valley floor.

The train departs every ten minutes. Disembark at the bottom station to access the Scenic Walkway and stroll through 2.4 kilometres of Jurassic rainforest.

Take a ride with the magnificent Katoomba Railway Route

Photo of Katoomba Scenic Railway, Katoomba NSW, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Katoomba Scenic Railway, Katoomba NSW, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Katoomba Rail Route

Photo of Katoomba Scenic Railway, Katoomba NSW, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

You can also discover panoramic views of the Mountains from the Scenic Cableway. The 510 metre journey gently descends into the Jamison Valley and also returns visitors to the top of a long steep slope. The Cableway’s fully enclosed cabin provides a unique view point for viewing the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls.

After end of the route you can disembark at the bottom station and stroll through 2.4 kilometres of Jurassic rainforest.

Photo of A Captivating Rugged Beauty - The Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

The Legend of the Three Sisters- A tale of love, blood and magic

The ancient Aboriginal legend has it that once upon a time, three beautiful sisters who were members of the Katoomba tribe, had fallen in love with three brothers from another tribe, where they were forbidden to marry under the tribal law.

The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to fight in order to wed the three sisters which caused a major tribal battle.

As the lives of the three sisters were seriously in danger, a witchdoctor turned the three sisters into stone to protect them from any harm. While he had intended to reverse the spell when the battle was over, the witchdoctor himself was killed. As only he could reverse the spell to return the sisters to their former beauty, the sisters remain in their magnificent rock formation to this date, unable to return to their human form.

Marvel at the towering rock formations, The Three Sisters from the echo point which gives you the best view. You can also head out for hiking or rock climbing.

The 3 sisters rock formation as seen from the echo point

Photo of Echo Point, Katoomba NSW, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Echo Point, Katoomba NSW, Australia by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

To learn about the Aboriginal history, culture and storytelling, check out the Waradah Aboriginal Center located next to the echo point.

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