The Blue Mountains is one of the best places in New South Wales to do some bushwalking and it is less than two hours drive from Sydney. There are all kinds of walks and hikes on offer, so whether you are looking for a gentle walk or a more serious hike, you’ll have exactly what you are looking for right here. If you don’t want to go solo, you can take the easy way and jump on a Blue Mountains tour. The following are some of the great options you have for hitting the trails in the Blue Mountains.
The Giant Staircase to The Scenic Railway
Located right next to the iconic Three Sisters rock formation is one of the regions most spectacular walks. Descending over 1000 feet and approximately 860 steps, this is quite a difficult walk as it is very steep and quite narrow in places, so allow lots of time to get it done. It takes around an hour and a half to make it to the railway where, thankfully, there is a train going back up. The last train leaves at 4:50pm, so make sure you don’t miss it. From the bottom of the stairs to the railway it is flat and easy as you meander along the Federal Pass track, which takes you through beautiful temperate rainforest and then through some gorgeous eucalyptus forest. This is a very popular track, especially during summer, and is part of a lot of local day tours. If you want to shake the crowds, skip the train and take the Furber Steps back up.
Govett’s Leap to Bridal Veil Falls
This is a great little loop that takes you to some awesome vantage points. Starting at the parking lot at Govett’s Leap, where the view is truly spectacular, this hike continues along the top of the cliffs before dropping just over a hundred metres down a series of steps. The steps bring you to the top of Bridal Falls and a magnificent view back across the valley. This is easily one of the more impressive views in the entire Blue Mountains region, so don’t forget your camera! From here, you retrace your steps back up to Govett’s Leap. The entire hike is just over two and a half kilometres and takes most people around an hour.
Govett’s Leap to Perry’s Lookout
Another great hike starting off at Govett’s Leap, this 21km jaunt is for the slightly more committed hikers and is best done over two days. From Govett’s Leap, the trail heads off to your left and drops quite steeply down into the Grose Valley. As you descend into the valley, be sure to keep an eye out, as you'll have a really good chance of seeing some of the elusive black cockatoos here. From the valley floor you will continue along the banks of a river and into the magical Blue Gum Forest where you can set up camp for the night. The next morning, the trail leads you steeply out of the valley and straight up to Perry’s Lookout. This part of the hike is quite difficult and takes approximately three hours, and when you finally drag yourself up to the lookout you will be treated to some absolutely breathtaking views, making it all worthwhile.