This day trip was recommended to me by a work colleague who had done it himself a couple of years ago. This was (another) AAT Kings tour booked via Viator. This is a full day trip and involves an early start. Central Sydney city hotel pickups are included in the cost of this tour (£75 each). Travel to the Blue Mountains was on a very comfortable minibus (maximum 18 people) with free Wi-Fi (cue frantic Facebook/Instagram/Twitter updates!)
Our first stop was to the quaint town of Leura. Here we visited a family run cafe for morning coffee and cake (or in my case tea and brownie) which was very welcome (and included in the price) as I’d not had time for breakfast that morning. The town itself is very cute and reminded me of a modern-day version of the town in Little House on the Prairie with tree-lined streets and friendly locals. There are also plenty of gift shops here if you want to pick up a souvenir for a friend or something for yourself as a reminder of your visit.
The next stop on this busy and varied day was Scenic World. Now, this little gem was a surprise for me as I had not read the itinerary of the day fully. Here we ‘floated on air’ across the Jamison Valley on the Skyway, please be warned if you are scared of heights – don’t look down!!! Then took the steepest cable car in the southern hemisphere down to the rainforest floor on the Cableway then walked through the rainforest on the Walkway where we were able to get some fantastic pics of the 3 Sisters rock formation. Our guide also told us the story of the 3 Sisters (Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo (906 m) which was very informative. Last but not least on our visit here we took the Railway which is the steepest incline railway in the world.
Next stop was lunch (yum!) 2 courses and a soft drink (included in the price of the day trip) at Wentworth Falls. The food was lovely and very filling and the views were amazing, with enough time given to take a few snaps before we jumped back on the bus.
Our last, and in my opinion the most fun stop on this trip was an afternoon at the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Having previously been to both the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Australia Zoo I must admit this was my favourite place to see and interact with animals. The kangaroos are loose and the food is available to buy which meant there was plenty of opportunities to feed and pet them. You can also ‘cuddle’ a koala for a small donation rather than a fixed price like elsewhere. Featherdale is also home to the animal I had most wanted to see in Australia – the happiest animal in the world – a Quokka!!! Seriously seeing that little fella made my day!
Even though it had been a long day it was great to finish it with a cruise along the Parramatta River from Sydney Olympic Park to Darling Harbour (or Circular Quay). We sat back with an ice-cold beer, relaxed for the 60-minute duration and watched the sunset over Sydney. What a fabulous way to end an unforgettable, yet tiring day.