Tips & Articles

5
September
2018

How Were the Blue Mountains Formed?

The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are located a short drive from Australia’s largest city, Sydney. It is a huge expansion of land, reaching 11,400 km in size and more than 470 million years old. It is home to a range of astonishing mountains, rock formations, deep canyons, lush forest land, as well as stunning waterfalls. But how did this remarkable area form? Back millions of years ago, the sea covered the entire area. During this time, large amounts of sediment dropped into the water, covering the sea floor. Over time, these sediments compressed into sandstone and shale, transforming them into […]

   
  
30
July
2018

Explore the Aboriginal Rock Engravings at the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are home to some of Australia’s most magical scenes, with the velvet green peaks harbouring years and years of Aboriginal history. Alongside an eclectic collection of native animal species and breath-taking lookout points, the Blue Mountains have formed an important part of the country’s history that can be explored today through the series of rock engravings that are still visible. These ancient creative sites provide a window into the past of the area’s local tribes and give visitors a chance to experience the majestic beauty of ancient art. The Blue Mountains are peppered with important Aboriginal sites, […]

   
  
12
June
2018

The Blue Mountains Visitor Centre at Echo Point

The Blue Mountains Visitor Centre is set in the heart of Echo Point, an area that opens out into lush green mountains and historic landmarks. Here, visitors can enjoy views of the world-famous Three Sisters natural rock formation and the sprawling expanse of the Jamison Valley. Nestled on the edge of the Blue Mountains National Park not far from Katoomba, the visitor’s centre promises captivating views across the vast surrounding scenery as well as marks the starting point for numerous walks through the landscape. The centre plays host to a range of services, including tours and adventure activities, bushwalking guides, […]

   
  
27
April
2018

Taking the Parramatta River Cruise

The area surrounding the Blue Mountains and Sydney is home to some spectacular scenery. Boasting lush waterways and greenery that seems to spread endlessly for miles, the Parramatta River Cruise is one of the best ways to experience everything the area has to offer. This particular ferry route was the very first one that took passengers from iconic Sydney Harbour all the way up the Parramatta River. Back when it first started, the journey took a whole week to complete – now, it takes just under an hour, taking in some of the river’s most picturesque spots along the way. […]

   
  
16
March
2018

The History of the Jenolan Caves

The Blue Mountains are one of Australia’s premiere tourist attractions. They harbour a fascinating amount of history and natural beauty, including plenty of aboriginal heritage and geological wonders. The Jenolan Caves form an important part of the region. These limestone caves can be found in the heart of the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve in the middle of the Central Tablelands region. As one of the most-visited set of limestone caves in the country, the Jenolan Caves proffer a fascinating and lengthy history that covers both Aboriginal legend and a fascinating geological timeline. Today, they remain the most ancient, open caves […]

   
  
6
February
2018

The Rich Indigenous History of the Blue Mountains

Escape the city and venture into the fairytale world of the Blue Mountains which are set just outside of Sydney. Lush green peaks punctuate the skyline, while quaint villages dot the valleys below. Here, you can dive into the fascinating cultural heritage of the region and learn all about the rich Aboriginal history of the Blue Mountains. For centuries and centuries, the Blue Mountains have formed the home of many Aboriginal tribes, including the Gundungurra and Darug tribes. Still today, plenty of Indigenous peoples live in the area and there are a number of unique cultural sites that let visitors […]

   
  
27
December
2017

Exploring the Blue Lake in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are one of Australia’s top tourist attractions, unfolding out in a majestic show of soaring peaks and lush, green valleys. Throughout them, there are plenty of natural wonders to feast your eyes on, like the Jenolan area that sits in the middle of it all. In this part of the country, there is a rich history that characterises the natural scenes, complete with centuries-old trees and wild hiking trails that weave through the landscape. Perhaps the most famous part at the heart of the Blue Mountains are the Jenolan caves, which date back 340 million years. The […]

   
  
23
November
2017

Aboriginal Rock Engravings at the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains provide a picturesque escape from the busy streets of Sydney. Here, Australia’s natural beauty is in full bloom, with lush greenery and velvet peaks that dip and soar across the horizon. As well as a vibrant display of wildlife and pretty scenery, the area is home to a rich and lengthy Aboriginal history. Throughout the landscape, there are numerous Indigenous sites that formed an important part of life for the local tribes. Today, these sites provide an insight into the area’s history, as they are still flecked with centuries-old rock paintings. Within the Blue Mountains, there are […]

   
  
17
October
2017

Places to Stay in the Blue Mountains: Katoomba YHA

The Blue Mountains are one of Australia’s most mesmerising attractions, boasting lush green forests, charming villages, and soaring peaks that cast an impressive silhouette against the skyline. Katoomba is one of the main towns in the mountains, encompassing a range of delicious restaurants, boutique stores, and fascinating museums and art galleries. The YHA sits in the centre of Katoomba, providing a great-value accommodation option for visitors passing through. Set inside a historic, natural trust-listed, art deco building, the YHA showcases modern facilities, including free Wi-Fi, a large and comfortable kitchen, and a selection of different rooms to suit every kind […]

   
  
25
September
2017

Things to Do in Wentworth Falls

The Blue Mountains boasts an incredible scenery of soaring peaks and velvet green valleys. Exploring this region exposes visitors to an extraordinary amount of natural beauty, including numerous species of plant and animal life. There are plenty of charming towns dotted throughout the Blue Mountains, one of which is Wentworth Falls. This quaint little hotspot is thought to be one of the most beautiful places to explore in the region, promising picturesque bushwalks, cultural activities and a hearty dose of history to go with it. The town originally began life as Weatherboard, because it was named after the Weatherboard Hut […]

   
  
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