Sydney (Australia) Blue Mountains Excursion Reviews
Take a tour of the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park, home to the famous 'three sisters' rock formation.
Mountains were beautiful, but the tour guide's heavy Russian accent was difficult to follow and it was difficult for him to attend to guiding duties while constantly navigating the tour driver using his i-phone. This was offputting.
We took a tour on Gray Line to the Blue Mountains. Full day tour costs $398AUD per couple. Pick up at centrally located hotels at 7:15 AM. About 1-1/2 hours to Blue mountains. Stopped in mountain town for coffee and any other needs. Went to Scenic World for Skyway Tram with glass floor about 270 meters above Jamison Valley and Katoomba falls. While there you can descend to the valley floor via the Scenic railway, walk the rainforest valley floor with many points of interest and take Cableway back up to top. At the top you can view famous three sisters rock formation. You have lunch vouchers to be used here that will get you lunch and drink, including beer or wine. Tour includes all fees at Scenic World. There are 3 other stops on the way back. Small town, famous for of all things, its public toilets. The aborigine center includes a show about the people and closer view of three sisters rock formation. The Featherdale Wildlife park which is a small zoo that is a nice size to see animals. Bus drops you off near the head of the Parramatta River which flows into Sydney Harbor. It's about a 3/4 hour boat ride with a drink included back to Central Quay. Great tour which is highly recommended.
This was a pay tour and disappointing. We were rushed through the scenic parts of the Blue Mountains and then dropped in Kuranda for several hours with no planned activities. Kuranda is a touristy town with many shops selling "native" crafts that seem to have been made in China. We went to the Butterfly Sanctuary on our own, and this was very worthwhile. It was too bad the tour couldn't prearrange this type of activity.
Excellent tour with Dingo Tours to see the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Animal Sanctuary. We enjoyed seeing the "Three Sisters" Rock formations and taking the cable cars and learning about Aboriginal culture. Featherdale was great for seeing and photographing koalas as they had many on display and a good variety of other animals as well. It was weird seeing such a place in the middle of a residential area. We also had a brief tour of the Olympic village and caught the ferry back to Circular Quay.
Spent morning in Blue Mountains. Started with stort stop in Leura, which was nice. Spent most of morning at Scenic World. Took skyrail & cable car, Had excellent views of 3 Sisters, Orphan Rock and various other sites. Enjoyed short walk in tropical forest a lot. Lunch at Conservation Hut with beautiful views of the Blue Mountains was extremely nice.
We combined the Featherdale Wildlife Park with the Blue Mountains for a full day tour. A 4x4 vehicle took us up and around the mountains with stops for whip cracking and boomerang throwing demonstrations. The weather can be iffy so be prepared to change itineraries and enjoy the scenery.
ROB OUR TOUR GUIDE WAS VERY PERSONABLE! HIS MAIN OBJECTIVE WAS FOR US TO BE AHEAD OF ALL
THE CROWDS SO THAT WE COULD ENJOY OUR TRIP TO THE MAX! WE THOUGHT THE BLUE MOUNTAINS WERE INCREDIBLE, TOOK THE TRAM RIDE ACROSS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, VIEWED A CASCADING
WATERFALL, OTHER ROCK FORMATIONS. TOOK ANOTHER TRAM DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BLUE
MOUNTAINS, WALKED AROUND IN THE RAIN FOREST. ALSO SAW AN ABORIGNAL SHOW, AND FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK. JAM PACKED DAY! WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND BLUE DIAMOND TOURS!!
The tour was by 4WD bus. Booking with the cruise line was convenient, but paid more than a separately arranged tour, of course. Not sure why a 4WD was necessary; maybe for the road up to one of the lookouts. Guide showed us how to use a boomerang, the materials used for rock drawings, talked about all things Australian, and played folk music.
Loved Featherdale Wildlife Park! Great opportunity to feed by hand the kangaroos and the emus which roam freely. We had lunch at the Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens, excellent restaurant, exquisite barramundi (native Australian fish). Beautiful gardens, quite first class.
The only problem was that this excursion was a 4WD adventure - however, due to bush fires, the 4WD roads were closed. SO, we essentially drove long distances in a fairly uncomfortable vehicle, for a non-4WD experience, when we could have been in a cozy, non-bumpy coach! If not for the bush fires, not only would we have gone to very good destinations, but we would have had quite a bit of fun on the gravel roads in the Blue Mountains, seeing even more idyllic scenery than we did.
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