A Blue Mountains, Australia vacation rental serves up the majesty of eucalyptus forests, dramatic waterfalls, and steep cliffs just outside your doorstep. From charming villages to picturesque vistas, this heavenly spot in New South Wales is the ideal place for your next vacation.
The Three Sisters is one of the most photographed places in the area. The sandstone rock formation trio was allegedly formed when three sisters were turned to stone when they fell in love with brothers from a rival tribe. Echo Point is the perfect place from which to gaze upon them in all their glory. The sisters are also lit from sundown until around 11 for a completely unique viewing experience. Don't miss Jenolan Caves with its impressive limestone formation and underground rivers. Explore Aboriginal culture at the Booderee Botanic Gardens where you can learn about the Aboriginal use of plants. Take a spin through some of the most dramatic scenery you've ever seen on the Greater Blue Mountains Drive. Just remember Aussies drive on the left-hand side of the road.
The Blue Mountains are about a two-hour drive from Sydney. You can get there from the Great Western Highway but you'd be cheating yourself out of the beauty of Bell's Line of Road, which takes travelers through the Blue Mountains National Park. If you're flying into Sydney you can also take a train from the airport to the Central Railway Station to the Blue Mountains. There are also several bus tours that can bring you there, but if you plan on staying at a Blue Mountains, Australia, vacation rental, you'll most likely want a car to explore its vast beauty.
The Blue Mountains are located in the Southern Hemisphere, which means the area's winter is June through August. The climate is more temperate than Sydney, which is surprising for the mountains. Winters average around 41 degrees, while summer temps are in the mid 60s. The air contains droplets of eucalyptus oil. That, mixed with dust particles and water vapor, scatters short-wave rays of light bathing the mountains and valleys in a dreamy blue haze.
The Winter Magic Festival is held in Katoomba in June. It features magicians, jugglers, clowns, and musicians for a memorable event. Lady Luck Festival in January is held at the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba and is a retro celebration of everything old being new again. Expect plenty of hot rods and rockabillies. Practice your jive if you plan on attending.
The Blue Mountains are home to some wonderful restaurants including EATS270, which offers a variety of ethnic choices featuring locally sourced, seasonal produce and one of the best views in the mountains. You can find it all including easy take-away restaurants (fast-food) as well as luxurious dining opportunities in historic homes.
A Blue Mountains, Australia, vacation rental is the perfect way to enjoy this magnificent area. Sure, you could visit as part of a day trip from Sydney, but that would never be long enough. You'll see.