The Blue Mountains and the ancient valleys within
The fresh atmosphere of these famous mountains is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil from the thousands of Eucalyptus trees. This oil mist and the forest ‘s water vapour, scatter short waves of light to create the distinctive blue haze that saw the name change from ‘Landsdowne Hills’ by Governor Phillip in 1788, to the name that soon followed, ‘Blue Mountains’.
The geology & landscape
The foothills of the Blue Mountains begin 65Km inland west of Sydney, and rise to flat-topped plateaus and sheer, rich, yellow cliffs as high as 1100 metres above sea level. The uplift forces occurring more than 200 million years ago formed the mountains and, following that, water created today’s Australian Grand Canyon in the Blue Mountains National Park. Meandering rivers plunged deep and narrow gorges cut and dissected these very old rocks until there were only some stubborn peaks left behind such as the Three Sisters or Mount Solitary. Vast valleys lie beneath such as the Jamison Valley 350m below, with its mystical forests of lush prehistoric ferns, ancient Eucalyptus and wildlife.
We take you into the valley
Our all-inclusive, small-group Sydney day tour is one of the very few that includes the rides of the renowned Scenic Cableway, the steepest in Australia, and the Scenic Railway the steepest in the world. We will plunge into the fertile valley past towering escarpments with magnificent Katoomba Falls and Three Sisters above to arrive below to the valley’s promised splendour and enchantment. Our Expert guides will accompany you, as you stroll beneath the timeless canopy that will rejuvenate your heart and soul!