Duration: 2 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £195pp
Day 1 Sydney/Blue Mountains: Collect your hire car and head westwards to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains and your chosen hotel. Perhaps take a stroll around the town of Katoomba, where history, the arts, breathtaking scenery and cafe culture merge.
Day 2 Blue Mountains: At leisure to explore as you choose. See the Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point Lookout at Katoomba; board the world’s steepest passenger railway or get a panoramic view of the mountains from a glass-floored cable car suspended above a steep gorge. If you like adventure, there are numerous exhilarating activities on offers, including rock climbing and abseiling. If time allows, join a guided tour of Jenolan Caves, where you’ll be filled with wonder through the eleven show caves, underground rivers and amazing rock formations. Another fascinating attraction is Waradah Aboriginal Centre, where you can enjoy traditional dance and music as well as admire authentic Aboriginal artworks. Shopping for arts and crafts at galleries in pretty mountain villages such as Leura is another popular option, or you can head to Mount Tomah to see the Botanic Gardens, which features thousands of plants from the southern hemisphere and around the world.
Day 3 Blue Mountains/Sydney: Time for final sightseeing, hiking or simply admiring views before you return to Sydney where the tour concludes. Alternatively, why not consider the Hunter Valley self-drive tour shown on page 39?
Departures: Daily from Sydney.
Accommodation: Choice of the Carrington Hotel (colonial room) or Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley (heritage villa).
Meals: Breakfast at Carrington Hotel; full board at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.
Tour price: The prices shown includes 3 days group B car hire and accommodation as outlined.
4* THE CARRINGTON HOTEL
2 night self-drive tour
Restored to its former grandeur, this heritage-listed hotel is a local landmark in Katoomba offering the elegance and charm of yesteryear. The property offers a convenient base from which to explore this World Heritage listed region with close proximity to Scenic World and the numerous walking trails.
Within the hotel is a choice of dining venues and bars, including the Grand Dining Room, one of the last Victorian dining rooms still operating in Australia, and Taking High Tea is an age-old tradition at The Carrington. Spacious guest rooms feature a mini fridge and free WiFi while there is also free parking at the hotel.
5* EMIRATES ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY
2 night self-drive tour
Stunningly situated adjacent to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, this world-class conservation based resort boasts 40 luxurious freestanding villas, each lavishly appointed and offering its own private pool and deck which is surrounded by a garden with a spacious veranda adjoining it.
Activities at the resort include horse riding, wildlife safaris, mountain biking, archery and tennis. The resort also boasts a superb spa, swimming pool and a range of formal and casual dining settings. As well as all meals, the price includes all non-alcoholic beverages and a selection of regional wines and beer with meals.