Blue Mountains: the road less travelled

Most people visiting the Blue Mountains from Sydney will travel on the Great Western Highway. This road is located in the middle/south of the Blue Mountains National Park. www.sydneynimbletours.com.au/journal/ring-the-bell

The road less travelled to the Blue Mountains is the road in the northern section of park, the Bells Line of Road. It provides access to the other side of the Blue Mountains National Park.

The other side has some great lookouts, walks and gardens. We will visit a number of mountains: Mt Tomah, Mt Banks, Mt Charles and Mt Wilson; exceptional gardens; cathedral of ferns and the Museum of Turkish Baths.

We then cut across to Blackheath village to enjoy two nearby lookouts and finish the day with a visit to Echo Point.

The itinerary includes two bushwalks, one taking an hour and the other around 45 minutes. As with all of our tours the day out is for your group only, which provides flexibility. This is not a rigid tour. It is your day and you own it.

If you would like to reduce the walking time we can add some lookouts that are much easier to access and discuss some other enticing options.

The plan:

(i)            Pick up at accommodation and drive towards Windsor and Bells Line of Road

(ii)           First stop is Mt Tomah – enjoy a leisurely stroll around the botanic gardens, which specialises in cool climate plants and shrubs, and has a fine collection of Wollemi Pines.

(iii)          Head to several lookouts, one of which requires a moderate 30 minute walk each way - it is well worth the effort.

(iv)         Time for a nutritious lunch

(v)          Make our way to the place that time forgot, Mt Wilson. Mt Wilson has a fire station, no shops and a population of around 300 people on a good day. The delightful WindyRidge Gardens has wonderful trees, shrubs, ponds, waterfalls and sculptures.

(vi)         After visiting Windyridge we then pay our dues at Mt Wilson’s Cathedral of Ferns, have a brief look at the Turkish Bath Museum and observe some rare sandstone formations at Du Faurs Lookout

(vii)        a second shorter walk in the rainforest

(viii)       At this point it is time to leave the Bells Line of Road and drive to Blackheath village and visit nearby Govetts Leap and Evans Lookouts

(ix)         The final destination for the day is Echo Point and the iconic Three Sisters.

(x)          Sadly it is time to make our way back to Sydney and we return to your accommodation.

 

Pick up is at 8am and will return to your accommodation at around 7pm.

This day packs a punch and you will see a lot of grandeur. Bring that camera!

It’s time you did the other side………