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Passing through one of New South Wales’ most beautiful and iconic regions, the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area the Greater Blue Mountains Drive offers one of the best ways to soak up the sights, and experience the attractions, of the region.
Heading west across Sydney, the route begins its first leg along the M4 motorway. Meandering through scenic towns and villages, including Springwood, Faulconbridge and Hazelbrook, the drive winds its way to the town of Wentworth Falls. Punctuated by beautiful historic buildings, Wentworth Falls offers great views the Jamison Valley and the ethereal falls after which the town is named. When you’re done enjoying the sights of Wentworth Falls, make your way to Leuraa\, the Blue Mountain’s ‘garden village’, and enjoy the sights of local heritage buildings and manicured gardens.
Only a short drive west of Leura, Katoomba offers access to the iconic Three Sisters, the breathtaking Jamison Valley and the exhilarating rides of Scenic World. Get your heart racing with a ride on the world’s steepest incline railway or glide over the valley below aboard Scenic World’s skyway or cableway. Make your way into Katoomba’s town centre to find cosy cafes, antique stores, and pubs popular amongst tourists and locals alike.
Back out on the road, travelling west a further 15 minutes leads you to the charming settlement of Blackheath. Breathe in the crisp mountain air, settle in for a cup of coffee or set out on a bushwalk to view highlights including Govetts Leap Lookout and the Grose Valley. After exploring the area, jump back in the car and make your way back to Leura for dinner and a good night’s rest.
Head along the Bells Line of Road and continue on to the village of Hartley Vale. Steeped in history, the village is home to buildings and roads dating as far back as the early 1800s. Continuing along the Bells Line of Road from Hartley Vale, you’ll find the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens. Established at the top of a basalt-capped mountain, the gardens provide the opportunity to see over 5,000 cool climate plants in one spot. Bring along a packed lunch and enjoy a picnic surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers.
From Mt Tomah, make your way to Bilpin and sample apples, peaches and other varieties direct from the farmer’s gate. Indulge in freshly baked apple pies, stock up your pantry or head outdoors and pick your own fruit to take home. From Bilpin, Kurrajong stands as the last mountain town before you enter the outer suburbs of Sydney. Savour the final glimpses of the beautiful Blue Mountains before beginning the drive back to the heart of Sydney.
This top drive was provided by Visit NSW.
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