Bushwalking Through the Blue Mountains Near Sydney
Located approximately an hour-and-a-half drive west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains is one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, and there is no better way to see it than by doing a few hikes. Even if you can only come for the day, a Blue Mountains day trip will be a highlight of any Australian visit, and with all sorts of Blue Mountains tours available, you can easily see a lot of the area and squeeze in a hike or two as well. If you do want to hit the trails, the following is a look at what to bring when hiking in the Blue Mountains, as well as a few options for fantastic hikes.
What to bring
Even if you are only planning on doing a short hike in the Blue Mountains, you should always ensure that you have the following items.
- Drinking water
- Sun protection
- A map
- Appropriate footwear
- Something to eat
- A rain jacket (for longer hikes)
Where to go
There are countless hikes you can do in the Blue Mountains area, and whether you are extremely fit and experienced or not in very good shape at all, it is easy to get out on a hike in the ‘Blueys’. The following are just a few of the impressive hikes on offer.
Echo Point to Barrabaroo Lookout (4.2km return)
This popular Blue Mountains hike should take you around two hours going at a leisurely pace, and consists of almost constant, spectacular views of the Jamison Valley. While it doesn’t feel like a strenuous hike, by the end you will have climbed 277 metres, and of all of the fantastic Blue Mountains hikes, this is among the best.
Furber Steps — Scenic Railway (900m return)
One of the most popular hikes in the Blue Mountains, this easy hike takes you down into the Jamison Valley, offering spectacular views of Katoomba Falls and Mount Solitary along the way. The trail ends up at the scenic railway stop, and if you are here before 4.50pm, you can catch the train back up the hill instead of walking it. It’ll be one of the most entertaining train rides you will ever take.
Ruined Castle Walk (7.9km return)
The Ruined Castle is a beautiful rock formation in the Jamison Valley, and to get to it you first have to descend into the valley via the famous Golden Staircase. You then cross the floor of the Jamison Valley before climbing up to the castle, where you will be treated to breathtaking views as far as Katoomba and Wentworth Falls. For those who want to take on a good day hike, this wonderful trail should take you around five hours return.
Six Foot Track (44.8km, one way)
This historic track goes from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, and follows the route of the early explorers. For the most part it follows service tracks, which are well maintained, and along the way you will pass Nellie’s Glen, the Megalong Valley, and the Jenolan Range. There are well-established campsites along the way, which you are going to need, because for most people this is a solid three-day hike.