Nature & Parks in Blue Mountains

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Nature & Parks in Blue Mountains

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  • Michael S
    Sydney, Australia333 contributions
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    If you're a nature lover, you can't get better than this!

    There are many trails, which I have done, and some lead to out-of-the-way pools of water that give wonderful views of the mountains. You really luck out when you find those because they are tucked away and few people find them.

    Some of the pools look like infinity pools without fencing, so you can plunge to your death. Obviously, people have common not to go to the edge!

    Anyway, last weekend was truly remarkable for all of us (and no - I won't tell readers how to get there!)
    Written 30 April 2024
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  • Darren R
    Connecticut360 contributions
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    The hike to down to the base of the falls has all you can want in a short hike: stunning views, interesting vegetation, fascinating rock formation (especially on the Undercliff Trail). It took us 90 minutes round trip, though the legs were burning on the initial steep ascent from the base of the falls.
    Written 22 March 2024
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  • boymomdfw
    Dallas, TX2,325 contributions
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    Would recommend going down the giant staircase instead of up. We went when it was raining some. So it was slippery and there were lots of leeches. Check your shoes and legs! It still was a good hike although we couldn't see much with the fog.
    Written 22 March 2024
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  • Janellesteve
    Copacabana, Australia779 contributions
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    We visited arbend of autumn ,there were still some colourful trees especially up towards heather garden, both of which are beautiful. Cafe was overflowing with people,it was Saturday 18th may. About 50 queued for admission tickets at 1pm. So lesson is , reserve cafe, pre buy admission tickets.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Warrens_of_Conder
    Canberra, Australia535 contributions
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    Amazing house and garden looked after by the national trust. The garden is terraced and quite compact so seeing all of the garden is very achievable. However some of the paths are quite uneven (especially down to the grotto) so take care when walking. Staff on the entry are very knowledgeable and will assist. Really enjoyed our visit.
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • Teacake_Taster
    Chesterfield, UK1,143 contributions
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    Free (donations welcome) access with good parking. Great view of mountains and restaurant/cafe looks over gardens as well. Coffee was great. Visited by bush turkey. Lovely plants and walkways. Toilets.
    Written 7 December 2023
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  • Olga I
    2 contributions
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    Super views, excellent track, not that difficult but very enjoyable. Highly recommended for bushwalking lovers!...
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • Jane G
    Armidale, Australia130 contributions
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    We walked as a family of 2 adults and our kids age 16 and 14, setting off from the Wentworth Falls picnic area and completing the circular trail in a clockwise direction. The walk is challenging in places, so there is a level of fitness required in order to enjoy. 'Slack Stairs' wasn't as bad as it was made out to be I felt. The infrastructure was secure, though some of the paths along the bottom were a bit rough. We walked at a steady pace and thoroughly enjoyed the walk which took us 3 hours.
    Written 16 April 2021
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  • Alisha G
    3 contributions
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    It was amazing there to visit and it’s very good for walk and to have scenery watch. There are varieties of flowers and gardens.
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Sam G
    5 contributions
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    love this gem. loved the restaurants and in particular, we walked down the walk to the canyon below and along the river, very nice
    Written 6 February 2024
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  • Bruce M
    Sydney, Australia829 contributions
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    Due to a landslide, access is not available via Wolgan Valley so the options are Glow worm tunnel road or Old Bells Line of road ( latter turnoff at Clarence near the Zog Zag railway station. It’s about a 30-40 minute drive from Clarence on dirt roads although these were in quite reasonable conditions apart from a few very small sections of potholes. A normal sedan can do it quite comfortably but a low slung sports car would struggle.
    Glow worm tunnel road ends at a new car park and there is a well constructed flat path to the cave itself although there is a short section of stairs into and out of a small creek ( there is a bridge over the creek). The tunnel is part of the old Newnes railway and there is work in progress to extend the wide walkway inside the tunnel. The wide walkway goes in perhaps 150 metres before it narrows. The glow worms can be seen from the end of the walkway so there isn’t a need to go further unless you choose so. Take a good torch as it’s very dark in the tunnel.
    Tip:
    One of the best kept secrets is the Dry Canyon walking trail which is nearby. It’s not signposted but to find the trail starting point head back up Glow worm tunnel road through the first short tunnel and look for a small parking area on the right ( heading back in the direction to Lithgow). There is a low metal wire barrier to stop cars venturing further. The trail winds past rock pagodas ( hence the name pagoda track) for perhaps 1.5km before there is a bit of a scramble down a slope to the first slit dry canyon which has a fantastic micro climate. Once you are through the first slit canyon, head on for perhaps 150 metres to the second dry canyon which is quite different to the first. There are some blogs on the dry canyons which give detailed directions and it’s worth downloading those to save time heading down an incorrect trail. The final 3 photos are the entrance to Dry Canyon
    Written 7 January 2024
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  • cpcog
    Sydney, Australia1,340 contributions
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    It is a great place to spend a Sunday with friends and family although it is a bit far away from Sydney (more than an hour drive)
    You will find the entrance easily. Staff welcome guests and show them where to park
    $10 entrance fee goes to the maintenance. You will be surprised how well the volunteers maintain and run the village. Thanks them to offer a chance for us to learn the history
    You can transform yourself to be someone in 19 century by paying $5. There are some clothes for you to choose from. No changing rooms but it is easy to put the dress on. You can choose different accessories as hats, gloves, umbrella, bags and so on. I strongly recommend people to try them on. (should not eat or play any ride with the costumes)
    The trains and trackers were very popular. We didn't take them because we want to spend the time exploring thr buildings more. I love the feeling to be in a small village.
    Kids would love feeding the animals. $2 for some animal food + a carrot is reasonable. You may feed sheep, goat, horse and donkey. Just remember to follow the man with the animal food at 12noon. No announcement will be made.
    There is a run down. We were unlucky that the laundry demonstration was cancelled. It was something i wanted to watch quite a lot.
    There are 2 cafes with simple food. The price is not expensive. You may being food for picnic or bbq too. While we wanted to engage more activities, it is better to have a quick lunch with hot dog ($4.5) at the restaurant. It was just a bit too hot for me (however, i know it should not have air con back then!)
    In general, we can spend hours in the village and didn't feel bored at all.
    The village only opens on Sunday 10am-4pm
    Written 15 January 2024
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,630 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prince Henry Cliffside Walk is a long walking trail, extending from Scenic World, Katoomba, past Echo Point, the Three Sisters and Leura to Gordon Falls Picnic area.
    The walk takes you deep into the Australian bushland past some of the most scenic of the Blue Mountains sights. Along the way we passed waterfalls and cascades, panoramic lookouts and viewing platforms built out over the valleys as well as dramatic cliffs and spectacular rock formations.
    It is not a circuit and in total, the 7km trail will take at least 3-4 hours.
    However you can dip in and out of it, which is what we did. We did two sections on different days.
    One day, we did a very short section, starting at Echo Point and heading up and over the cliff towards the Three Sisters.
    Another day, we started from the Scenic World car park and walked around towards Wentworth Falls, then returned to Scenic World on the Round Trail.
    The track is varied. Mostly it’s a compacted dirt, bushland path, with some stairs and some steep parts. Some sections are pretty rough and narrow and it can get muddy and slippery in patches, especially after wet weather. There is no bush scrambling or rock climbing and overall, there is nothing that is too difficult. The main hazards are tree roots and rocks that can trip up the unwary.
    National Parks advise that it is a ‘moderately challenging’ walk which is a pretty fair assessment.
    Make sure to take water bottles, a hat and sunscreen (and snacks if you’re doing the whole walk). There’s quite a lot of shade from the tree canopy so for a lot of the time you are not constantly exposed to the sun.
    Basic sign-posts appear at various points along the way., particularly at places where tracks intersect or where there’s a small detour to a lookout point. The lookout points are always worth doing.
    The signs almost always give an estimate estimate of how long it will take to get to the next main point which is pretty helpful.
    We also picked up a map from the Tourist Information Centre (there’s one at Katoomba & Echo Point) and we found that the NSW National Parks website is also a handy resource, with good maps and information.
    Written 23 May 2023
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  • Departure17905347291
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an easily accessible, stunning lookout point. It is not yet fettered by rails etc, so you can get as close as you dare to the vertical drop off. There is a great spot to sit on the edge for a classic photo - see attached. Accessible from the far end, you can also walk beneath the cliff down to some small but interesting caves. All in all, this is a great off-the-beaten-track viewpoint (not even any signs on the street corners to tell you its there!) that is well worth a visit. No amenities though, so it's really a brief stopover only.
    Written 9 December 2023
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  • Perry B
    Sydney, Australia2,559 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I really enjoyed the trek up to the Lake a couple of months back. The weather was clear and the atmospherics good while my friends and I must have snapped hundreds of photographs.
    Written 10 March 2024
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