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Visiting Australia is one of the main destinations in most overseas travellers travel basket. The COVID-19 has really slowed down overseas travel due to international broader closures and restrictions imposed by governments to control the spread of the virus. However, we all are optimistic and soon the borders will be re-open thank you, researchers, who found a cure by early 2021. Whoever having travel plans to Australia, Sydney is one of the main stopovers in their travel itinerary. Sydney has several popular tourist attractions and visitors get confused about what to select from the limited time available to spend in Sydney. Tourism statistics show that most tourists spend only 3 days in Sydney. Therefore, it is a common question among many as to what attractions to visit during a limited time in Sydney and is it worth visiting Blue Mountains?
Therefore, we thought of giving some valuable that why you have to choose Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney on a visit to Land Down Under.
Blue Mountains – TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Winner
The bee’s knees of travel reviews; TripAdvisor, awarded Blue Mountains and Three Sisters (the main attraction of the Blue Mountains) consecutively as a ‘Traveller’s Choice Best Destination to Visit’ in their rankings. The review system calculates all the positive and negative reviews throughout the year, quality and quantity of reviews, and other factors before spotlighting the very best destinations/attractions to visit. Therefore, it is no doubt about the popularity of this amazing rugged region full of eucalyptus forests, waterfalls, and wildlife. This is the first point that we say; it is worth visiting Blue Mountains.
Travel Statistics of Blue Mountains
We have used pre-COVID-19 travel statists to get unbiased domestic and local travel statistics to calculate the popularity of Blue Mountains among travellers. There were 4.4 overseas’ visitors who visited NSW in 2019, and 4.1 million have visited Sydney. Some have visited as students, tourists, employment, etc. to Sydney. That statistics also show Opera House was the prominent tourist attraction in Sydney that attracted 8.2 million visitors combined from overseas and domestic travellers. The second most popular attraction was the Bondi beach which was accounted for 300,000 visitors. 3rd place took by the famous Blue Mountains with 95,500 international tourists. Therefore, this is the second indication to show that it is worth booking a Blue Mountains tour from Sydney.
UNESCO won’t award Heritage Listing without any criteria. The categorization includes cultural importance, historical value, scientific importance and other significances before categorizing as a UNESCO heritage site. Blue Mountains has full fill all of these sections. Firstly, Blue Mountains shows an excellent taxonomic, physiognomic and ecological diversity of the eucalyptus vegetation. Wollemi Pine is one of the most important trees you can spot in the Blue Mountains that has a significant value to the ecology.
Blue Mountains are not short of Aboriginal history and having close links to the Convict era of Sydney. If you happen to visit Blue Mountains, you still can visit some of the few remaining Aboriginal art sites; The Red Hand Cave at Blue Mountains National Park. The local areas such as Blaxland, Lawson, and Wentworth have links with the first settlers to Blue Mountains in 1813. The Explorers Tree located at Explorers Hill, Katoomba still open to visit by a visitor current day if you like to learn about history. The Glenbrook Tunnel is another historical site you can visit on a Blue Mountains private tour from Sydney. All in all, this tells it is worth visiting Blue Mountains if you like history and heritage.
Native Wildlife Spotting
Many tourists visit Sydney planning to see wild kangaroos or koalas. However, there are only a few places where you can spot wild kangaroos in Sydney. The Blue Mountains is one of those places located closer to Sydney. So, if you are planning to go on a Blue Mountains day trip, you can add wildlife spotting to that as well. Apart from wild kangaroos, you can spot native birds including Lyrebirds, Sulphur-crested cockatoos, Galah, Laughing Kookaburras, Wedge-Tailed Eagle, and Crimson Rosella at Blue Mountains. If you have decided to take a Jenolan Caves tour, you will get a better chance to see Platypus as well. Isn’t these are motivating you to book a Blue Mountains tour? Is it worth visiting Blue Mountains or not?
Escaping from Sydney City Busy Vibes
Finally, it is all about escaping from busy Sydney roads and noises for at least one day. Visit Leura Blue Mountains to see the prettiest local villages, or take a hike to the Katoomba cascade to enjoy the view of a segmented waterfall.
So, aren’t these points are helping you to decide your question of ‘is it worth visiting the Blue Mountains’? We have covered travellers guide to the Blue Mountains if you need further reading before deciding on your Sydney tour.