Review: Small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney offers the perfect day out

A visit to the stunning Blue Mountains is a must-do for many visitors to Sydney. This popular Blue Mountains day tour offers a small group size and a big introduction to one of Australia's most beautiful regions. Review: Joanne Karcz

4.5 stars

Small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney with FJ Tours

This small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney will show you many of the region’s highlights in one comprehensive day. Visit Echo Point, the Three Sisters and fabulous Scenic World. You’ll return to Sydney on a privately chartered cruise on the Parramatta River. Duration: 10 hours (approx.)


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A three-day stay in Sydney is the average for most visitors, and it’s just enough time to see the main city sights, visit a beach or two, and do a day tour to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.

Any day trip to the 11,000 square kilometre Blue Mountains National Park can only provide a taste of what’s on offer, but the small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney with FJ Tours covers all the key sights.

On a crisp June morning I set off with FJ Tours for a day of discovery in the mountains. Our amiable driver Jason (a mechanic turned tour guide) chats away en route, providing nuggets of interesting information about each of the areas we pass through.

The first stop on this small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney is Featherdale Wildlife Park at Doonside. The park has been completely modernised since I last visited. Visitors can get up close to a comprehensive range of iconic Australian animals. There are koalas to cuddle, wallabies and kangaroos to feed, and beautiful birds to admire. It’s also a chance for visitors to learn about Australia’s endangered species.

Small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney

Small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney: Featherdale Wildlife Park. Image: Joanne Karcz

We continue on through the outer suburbs of western Sydney and across the Nepean River, which forms a natural divide between Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Our first stop in the mountains is the pretty township of Leura, which is dotted with quaint cafes and gift shops. There’s plenty of time for a sunny stroll.

Small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney

Small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney: Visit the Three Sisters at Katoomba.

The next stop on our itinerary is Echo Point in Katoomba for the fabulous view of the Three Sisters rock formations. From there, we make our way around the cliff top to Scenic World – home to the world-famous skyway, cableway and Scenic Railway. With two hours to explore, I opt to take the cableway down into the Jamison Valley, walk through the rainforest and return on the Scenic Railway.

The cableway descends 545 metres past impressive sandstone cliffs into temperate rainforest. At the bottom it’s wonderfully peaceful. The only sounds are bird calls and drops of water falling softly from the forest canopy onto the understorey of tree ferns. Artefacts from the long-abandoned valley coal mines remind me that the Scenic Railway was originally built to haul coal out of the valley. My return journey on the steepest passenger train in the world is, as always, a big thrill.

Small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney

Small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney: Ride the Scenic Railway. Image: Joanne Karcz

With everyone back on the bus, we head down the mountains towards Olympic Park (the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics) to board a river cruise back to the city. The sun has already set as our boat makes its way along the Parramatta River, and we get a wonderful view of the city lights. It’s a great way to end this very enjoyable small group Blue Mountains tour from Sydney.

Joanne travelled as a guest of FJ Tours.

Additional images: Bigstock

 

About the writer

Joanne Karcz published a blog when she walked the Camino de Santiago some years ago and has been writing about her travels ever since. She is also an aspiring travel photographer and takes her camera wherever she goes. Joanne loves discovering new things to see and do in her own Sydney backyard, and blogs regularly about the city’s suburbs. She has travelled through Europe and South America and taken a group of friends on the trip of a lifetime to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. Her visits to Cuba and India were bucket list items, but she still has a few destinations to tick off!

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