Top 10 Reasons Why You Must Visit the Blue Mountains in New South Wales
There are too many reasons why we keep on recommending the Blue Mountains as one of the must visits in New South Wales to everyone, so we have listed them down. When we visited the Blue Mountains, it left a sweet and memorable experience in our hearts. It is not a new attraction and yet it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Australia. We stayed a couple of nights in the Blue Mountains and we never had enough. From our experience, we list down the Top 10 Reasons Why You Must Visit the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.
1.It is a short distance away from the city
The beauty of visiting the Blue Mountains is it is just a 90 minute drive away from Sydney city. Thus, you have options of taking a tour, self-drive or taking a train directly from the city to the Blue Mountains.
We took the train to the Blue Mountains and our local friends drove us around. Our advice is self-drive is the best and for Malaysians, please apply for the International Driving License from JPJ for RM 150 one year if you plan for self-drive. Trust us, it is worth it.
What we loved the most about the Blue Mountains is the experience. It is not just the mountains but the laid-back landscape which is totally opposite of the city of Sydney. You can see ‘real’ Australian homes in the Blue Mountains rather than the buildings of steel in the city.
2.Find the Three Sisters
If you are in the Blue Mountains, you will need to find the Three Sisters, the most popular sisters in the Blue Mountains. The Three Sisters have been around for thousands of years and they are not humans but three unusual rock formations.
You can find them at Echo Point in Katoomba and this iconic attraction is probably the most photographed or Instagrammed location in Blue Mountains. What is unique about the Three Sisters is that their colours change from time to time and season to season. That’s why many photographers spend time here trying to get the best photo of the Three Sisters. The three of them stand at 922, 918 and 906 metres tall, which is over 3000 feet above sea level.
Three Sisters Walk
Do you know that you can actually walk to the Three Sisters? There is a passage next to the Echo Point Visitor Centre that leads you to the Three Sisters Walk.
You can watch the video that offers you the guide to walk to the Three Sisters Walk. This is a family friendly walk and this is one of the must dos in Echo Point (and many people didn’t know about this yet).
To reach the ‘first sister’ you will pass by the Giant Stairway and also the Honeymoon Bridge. Thus, there are also plenty of longer walks nearby which includes Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Dardanelless Pass Loop Walking Track and Three Sisters Walk to Scenic World via Giant Stairway.
The Everglades Gardens
The Everglades Gardens are highly recommended by many travel guides and websites as part of things to do in the Blue Mountains. There is a house as well as gardens within Everglades Gardens that were built in the 1930s by landscape gardener Paul Sorensen.
What is unique are its sandstone terraces, sweeping lawns and European-style landscape. It also has views over Jamison Valley which is part of the Blue Mountains National Park.
If you are looking for a beautiful garden perfect for photography and Instagram, Everglades Gardens is the place you should visit in the Blue Mountains. Even if it’s not for photography, you can easily spend some time enjoying the nature, the design and also the gardens here with your loved ones or family.
Everglades Garden Address:
37 Everglades Ave, Leura NSW 2780, Australia
Hours: March to September – 10AM–4PM & October to February – 10AM–5PM (Closed on December 25th and 26th)
Phone: +61 2 4784 1938
Mayfield Garden is another must visit gardens in Blue Mountains. Mayfield Garden and the Private Garden were created by the Hawkins family in the mid 1990s and it is one of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate gardens. The 160 acres garden is located near Oberon is only 75 minutes of drive from Katoomba.
The Private Garden is an additional 124 acres and only opens to visitors four times a year for seasonal festivals.
Autumn 2018 – 14th April daily til 29th April
Winter 2018 – 7th July daily til 22nd July
Spring 2018 – 13th October daily til 28th October
Summer 2019 – 12th January daily til 27th January
Mayfield Garden is a huge place so expect to spend the whole day exploring, chilling and enjoying this magical place. There is also café in the garden that offers a local produce menu from their 3 acre vegetable garden, 5 acre orchard and 5,000 acre farm. You can also purchase Mayfield’s own homemade chutneys, jams and oils. This is one of the best souvenirs you can buy back from the Blue Mountains.
Mayfield Garden Address:
530 Mayfield Rd, Oberon NSW 2787, Australia
Opens: 9 am to 4.30 pm daily (except 25th and 26th December)
Phone: +61 2 6336 3131
Scenic World is a privately owned tourist attraction located in the Blue Mountains. At first, we thought this is another tourist attraction but it is not. You can spend the entire day exploring part of the Blue Mountains National Park at Scenic World.
You can find restaurants and rides like the Scenic Cableway, Skyway and also the stunning views of the surrounding area. There are also walking trails you can explore here, plus the world’s steepest incline railway that takes passengers to and from the ancient rainforest in the Jamison Valley.
You can read our complete review at: Five Things to do at Scenic World Blue Mountains