Blue Mountains Beauties

Blue Mountains Beauties

As one of Australia’s iconic travel destinations, the Blue Mountains really does offer something for everyone. While we obviously love the incredible adventure that this ancient landscape brings, but it’s so much more than that. Here are a few of our favourites.

Exploring the National Parks
You know that we do guided hiking, abseiling and canyoning but you can also take a self-guided wander to get off the beaten track. Check out the National Parks and Wildlife website for up to date track information to find a route that suits your ability.

Check out Scenic World
There’s a reason this family run Scenic World has been welcoming travellers since 1945 – breathtaking scenery, incredible history and really fun activities. Check out the famous Scenic Railway, with a track on a scream-inducing 52 degree incline, the Scenic Cableway that runs across the cliffs from side to side and the 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway

Potter in the cafes and shops of Leura
This quaint mountain town population swells on the weekends as out of towners treat themselves to a country café lunch and wander through the leafy streets of Leura. Try Leura Garage for chic industrial eco interiors and the Old Church Café for a quick morning coffee hit and gallery space. Hidden down quiet laneways vintage shoppers will fun retro and vintage clothing, homewares and antique pieces. 

Take in a Lookout view
With soaring cliffs as far as the eye can see, there are also loads of lookouts offering incredible views over the valleys. Try Govett’s Leap for an easy and relatively family friendly lookout (hold on to your toddlers though, there are fences but you don’t want to test their strength!), or one of our favourites, Hargreaves Lookout with over 180 degrees of breathtaking vista over the Megalong Valley.

The Big Apple
Nearby Bilpin is famous for their apples and if we’re taking a trip to Sydney we always stop in at one of the apple shops for a piece of towering apple pie with whipped cream, and of course, pick up a bag of top notch apples to enjoy. Try Pie in the Sky, delicious!  

 

Summer Canyons of the Blue Mountains

Summer Canyons of the Blue Mountains

Canyoning in the Blue Mountains in the warmer months takes on a whole new ball game - the cold weather leaves us for bright, sunny days making it simply stunning to be up in the mountains. Summer is here and we've already noticing a spike in bookings for our wet canyons like Claustral and Butterbox. These guys give you a chance to get wet without the struggle of the cold.

Butterbox is the classic Blue Mountains canyoning experience - with seven abseils, stunning waterfalls and lots of beautiful natural pools to swim in. Claustral is a tricky little number with lots of nooks and crannies to explore for the fit and adventurous among you. But for the very experienced canyoners, we present Kanangra Main. It's HUGE, it's wet and by golly, it's one to remember. The sheer scale of the drops is breathtaking in the true sense of the word. 

These canyons can be done all year round but are truly spectacular in the warmer months. And with all this just outside Sydney, it's easy to get amongst the action! 

Extra Bits for Your Kits

Extra Bits for Your Kits

Even though at Blue Mountains Wild Adventures we provide most of the gear you'll need for your canyoning adventure, a few key bits of kit will make your day out even more awesome.

Dunlop Volleys

Every guide's dirty little secret, the good old Dunlop Volleys make for fantastic canyoning shoes. The Dunlop Volley has been around since 1939, would you believe, and after a brief dip in quality, are now being made according to their 1975 specifications, back in the heyday. Pick up a classic white pair or this mean looking pair at Target. 

GoPro

When you get home from your day canyoning in the Blue Mountains, you want to relive it. We love the whole GoPro range but recommend bringing along a Chesty Mount if you can (unless you've got a canyoning helmet with a mount already on it?!). The Chesty Mount lets you go handsfree so you can jump into pools, slide down rocks and just generally get about the canyon with no fuss. Just remember to turn around and enjoy the view once in a while! 

Sports Gels

We'll make sure you don't go hungry on your canyoning trip in the Blue Mountains, but our team also like to pack a few little sports gels in their own kit just in case. The Endura Gels are great for when the chips are down (or at least your energy levels!) and will give you a quick burst of energy in the form of liquid caffeine and carbs. Hot tip, give the coffee flavour a wide berth, stick to raspberry and citrus flavours.