Located just 2 hours away from Sydney, the spectacular Blue Mountains National Park is simply unmissable. With jaw-dropping views, stunning walks and waterfalls, there’s plenty to do and see. You’re going to need your walking shoes but don’t worry, there’s something for everyone!
The National Park is huge – I’m talking 2690 square kilometres kinda huge with lots of cute little towns nestled in it. So how can you possibly know where to start right? Well, I have the perfect 2 day itinerary for you that covers a fantastic part of the Blue Mountains. What’s even better is that you can camp overnight for free! Sounds pretty great, right?
So pack your bags, charge your cameras and get ready to spend 48 hours in the magnificent Blue Mountains!
This is the first town you will come across and it’s an amazing area to start your trip. Park up at Breakfast Point lookout and walk down to Princes Rock Lookout to get the best view of the awesome Wentworth Falls itself. You will be able to see for miles over the national park here so sit back and soak it in. On your way back to the carpark, stop at Jamison Lookout to get another view over the mountains.
It’s time for another mind-blowing viewpoint at the Gordon Falls lookout. This is one of my favourite waterfalls I’ve seen in Australia, and when you can also see for miles, it really does make for a picture postcard view.
If you’re looking to escape the heat then check out the Toy and Railway Museum here in Leura where they have the largest collection of toys, trains and collectables in this part of the world. So it’s a great place to head if this is your thing.
After this, wind your way through the forest on foot to the Leura Cascades and Leura Falls. It’s such a tranquil spot that will leave you feeling like you’ve stepped into an enchanted forest!
Start your afternoon off in Katoomba with a visit to the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company. Grab a delicious handmade sweet treat and a drink in the cafe. Next head on down to Echo Point and the famous 3 sisters rock formation. The name comes from an Aboriginal legend where 3 sisters from the Katoomba tribe fell in love with 3 brothers from the Nepean tribe but law forbade them to marry. A tribal war began and so a witch doctor turned the 3 sisters to stone to protect them.
Throughout the day, the 3 sisters can look quite different but it’s a truly magnificent sight. Be sure to walk down the steep Giant stairway to Honeymoon Lookout and walk across the bridge if you’re brave enough! It’s always a busy spot, just as the 12 Apostles is on the Great Ocean Road, but it’s so worth fighting the crowds!
**Top Budget Tip – park up near the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company for free and walk down to Echo Point, instead of paying for the car park there**
The last place on a busy day before you settle down for the night at your free campsite. Scenic World is a unique way to experience the Blue Mountains where technology works with the environment. Here you have the opportunity to ride the steepest railway in the world, glide over the trees on the Scenic Skyway, get panoramic views on the Scenic Cableway, and explore the forest and everything in it on the Scenic Walkway. You can even take your own food in and have a picnic on the walkway amongst the trees. Perfect!
Govetts Lookout and Megalong Valley
After a busy day, it’s nearly time to get camped up for the night.On the way, be sure to pass by Govetts Leap lookout to see the waterfall and the view across the Grose Valley. It’s a pretty awesome final view of the day and one of the most famous lookouts in Australia@
Take the exhilarating winding road down to the Megalong Valley where you will find a number of free campsites. I stayed at the Blackheath Glen Reserve which was a fairly small space in the forest. Make sure you get there in enough time to get a spot then cook some food, make a fire and watch the stars come out. Pretty perfect hey?
Prepare yourself for one hell of a view to start your day! The road to this spot can be fairly rough so make sure you check the weather, but if you can make it then 100000% do! Take the steps down to the lookout and soak in the panoramic views. The rock formation here with the walkways make it the ultimate view point. Watch out for birds sweeping across the treetops below and take in all the colours around you. Make sure you take the stairs all the way down to the final rock too!
Once you can tear yourself away from the views of Pulpit Rock, take the road to Mt Tomah to spend some time relaxing at the Botanic Gardens. It sits high up so has great views over the valley – I mean, where doesn’t have a fantastic view in the Blue Mountains right? Entrance is free and free guided tours run at 11.30am most days if you want to learn more.
The final place on your 48 hour Blue Mountains trip! Bilpin is famous for its apples and so what comes with that? Apple Pies! Stop off at a cafe to grab a slice on your way for lunch. A delicious way to end!