LOCATION: BLUE MOUNTAINS, NSW
The Blue Mountains, just to the west of Sydney is a stunningly beautiful part of Australia. Katoomba has some wonderful places for you to take in the grand views.
Long having a history as a popular tourist destination since the completion of the railway line from Sydney in the late 1800s, guesthouses, resorts, B&Bs and hotels have been dotting the mountains, yet the pristine nature of the Blue Mountains National Park retains millions of gum trees, colourful birdlife, koalas, kangaroos and wallabies.
Other Blue Mountains points of interest include Blackheath, Wentworth Falls, Mount Victoria and the Zig Zag Railway, built to handle the steep inclines in the late 1800s. There are wonderful gardens to be found at Mt. Tomah.
Because of the proximity of the Blue Mountains to Sydney, there are all kinds of activities, tours and day trips available. Aboriginal Experiences and activitities exploring indigenous arts, foods and lifestyle can be found here, so can horse riding, absailing and mountain climbing.
Note: Seasons in Australia are reversed to the Northern Hemisphere - i.e. Winter is June to August with spring in September to November, Summer is December to February. Australia has a temperate climate, with over 340 sunny days per year. Summer can have strong sunny days so wear a hat and sunscreen between 10am and 3pm (when outdoors!). Summer average temperature 22 Celsius, Winter avg. temperature 13 Celsius.
The map shows National Parks, towns and places of interest, including Springwood, Katoomba, Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Leura.
The Blue Mountains has been a Sydney escape since the 19th Century, so there are numerous historical hotels as well as luxury mountain resorts in and near the many villages dotting the mountains. Bed and breakfasts, camp sites and caravan parks are also easy to find.
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