The Blue Mountains, famed for its endless eucalyptus (gum tree) forests, is home to all four different types of eucalyptus trees found in Australia. These trees are found not only in dedicated natural forest areas, but grow in canyons, ridges, cliffs, and surround the myriad waterfalls in the region. The high temperatures cause these gum trees to emit a fine mist discharge created from the eucalyptus oil from its leaves. This oil mist then combines with dust particles and water vapour as it rises to surround the area giving it an overall blue tint, especially when the sun shines high and bright. Thus, when viewed from a distance, especially Sydney city, the Blue Mountains look very blue indeed!
Blue Mountains are nearly 100 km or a 1.5-hour drive towards the West of Sydney. However, if you are taking the M4 motorway (enter via Wattle Street, Sydney), you would be able to reduce the time in one third.
People visit the Blue Mountains throughout the year. However, we highly recommended visiting the Blue Mountains in between January to March. These months has an average temperature is around 16 Celsius mark, so, it is not cold or too hot. Always check the weather on last minute before visiting this UNESCO world heritage site. If you happen to visit on a rainy or gloomy day, your chances to see most of the lookouts are minimal.
It is debatable. There are many attractions and quite difficult to cover in a day trip. However, you will be able to cover the most famous attractions, for example, Three Sisters, Scenic World, and Govett’s Leap on a full day trip to Blue Mountains from Sydney.
It is depending on the season that you are planning to visit the Blue Mountains via a day trip. Summer months (December, January & February) get warm and recommended to wear comfortable and breathable clothes. Also, wear comfortable shoes if you are planning to hike. A jumper, coat, and scarf (winter clothing) recommended during the winter months (June to August) if you are planning to visit the Blue Mountains.
This is a little trick often offer by big bus charters to travellers and we do not recommend this option after a long day in Blue Mountains. However, we can certainly arrange this. Most big bus drivers found its hard to drop individual travellers to Sydney CBD hotels on return due to evening traffic and its time-consuming. So, offering a river cruise ticket is the cheapest option for them, but not convenient from the customer point of view as the traveller has to catch a taxi from Circular Quay to the accommodation.