Map of Walk the Blue Mountains including Australia

Take a wild walk in the Blue Mountains National Park

Escape the urban buzz of Sydney and enter a world of misty forests, wild valleys and ethereal falls on a 4-day walking adventure through the Blue Mountains. Named for the eucalyptus haze that clings to its features, there’s no better way to explore this diverse ecosystem than on foot, and with an expert leader by your side, you’ll leave with all the local secrets and inside knowledge of the landscapes you walk through. Marvel at the three sisters rock formation, stand in awe of the Empress Falls, visit the regal Ruined Castle and learn about Aboriginal history on a walk with a First Nations guide. When adventure calls, the Blue Mountains are the answer.

Cyber Sale: Up to 25% off 2022 trips

Our biggest sale of the year has been extended! Up to 25% off trips. Valid on trips departing 1 Dec 21 - 14 Dec 22. Book by 3 December.

Terms & Conditions

Start
Sydney, Australia
Finish
Sydney, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
PZXB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 11

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover the diverse landscapes of the Blue Mountains on foot, walking past iconic sights like the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, Jamison Valley, the Grand Stairway and Empress Falls.

  • Learn about the land of the Darug and Gundungurra peoples during a morning walk with a First Nations guide and hear stories of one of the world’s oldest living cultures.

  • Pay a visit to a castle with a difference – walk through creeks, cliffs, forests and valleys to arrive at the Ruined Castle, a spectacular natural rock formation that leaves a regal impression.

  • Follow the fantastic and much-loved Grand Canyon walking track through a remarkably diverse ecosystem of forests as your leader shares fascinating facts on the plant life you encounter.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

Itinerary

Welcome to the Blue Mountains! Your adventure begins in Sydney, your gateway to a land of rugged peaks, soaring waterfalls and dense eucalyptus forest. Here you’ll meet your fellow travellers and local leader for a 8.30am welcome meeting and to get your hiking packs ready to go, then it’s time to hit the road and drive to the town of Wentworth Falls. Continue through to Conservation Hut where you’ll jump out the vehicle and begin your explorations on foot. Take in awe-inspiring views of the Jamison Valley and Mt Solitary as you follow the Valley of the Waters track towards the eponymous Wentworth Falls and watch as the cascade plunges through rainforest into a beautiful pool below. Climb down the sandstone-carved Grand Stairway to the bottom of the falls to admire it from a different perspective, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take a quick dip in its cool waters. Step onto the Wentworth Pass and weave through spectacular forests broken up by meandering creeks and lovely little waterfalls, then climb up through the Valley of the Waters into lush rainforest. Soak in some amazing views over an al fresco picnic lunch then loop back around to where your walk began, passing by more stunning falls including the magical and much-photographed Empress Falls. After your walk, drive to the town of Katoomba and settle into your accommodation, then perhaps get to know your group a little better over dinner at a local brewery.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Blue Mountains - Picnic Lunch
  • Blue Mountains - Wentworth Falls & Valley of the Waters Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s walk is approximately 7km and around 4-5 hours.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting at 8.30am as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time and then departing on the tour. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Embrace an early start and an exciting day ahead. Today you’ll learn about the traditional owners of the land, the Darug and Gundungurra peoples, during a morning walk from Echo Point with a First Nations guide. Hear stories of one of the world’s oldest living cultures and see how it’s still present and celebrated today. Return to your accommodation to fuel up with breakfast, then lace up your boots for another fantastic walk. Kicking off from Leura Cascades, follow the Leura Creek through beautiful forest down into the impressive greenery of the Jamison Valley. Arrive at the Leura Forest, alive with the song of lyrebirds, then continue beneath the iconic Three Sisters rock formation, along Federal pass and past the remains of shale mines that sit at the bottom of the Jamison Valley’s dramatic cliffs. Arrive at the Ruined Castle, an unusual rock formation that teeters above the valley, named for its castle-like appearance. Take a moment to appreciate epic views of the Southern Blue Mountains, then leave the valley via the Golden Stairs and relax during the minibus journey back to your accommodation. This evening you may like to check out a local award-winning restaurant with a delicious and sustainable menu.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Blue Mountains - Sunrise First Nations Cultural Walk
  • Blue Mountains - Picnic Lunch
  • Blue Mountains - Laura Cascades & Ruined Castle Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s walk is approximately 15km and around 7 hours.
The Grand Canyon track is undoubtably one of the most celebrated and beloved in the Blue Mountains region, and today you’ll find out why. Set off along this historic trail, walking through an ever-changing ecosystem of dry sclerophyll forest and dense green rainforest. Arrive in the heart of the Grand Canyon and hike beneath Coachwood and Sassafras trees, looking up at the huge sandstone walls that surround you. Your leader will let you in on local secrets and share insight on the fascinating flora and fauna within the canyon. Stop in a scenic spot for a picnic lunch then climb out of the canyon to the Evans Lookout for incredible views over the Grose Valley. This afternoon, head to a local family-run winery to sample a delicious range of vintages and drink in views as impressive as the wine. You may also like to pay a visit to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre to learn more about the diverse landscapes of the region and the communities who live within them. This evening, why not round off your adventure with a group dinner at a local microbrewery – the perfect chance to look back on all you’ve seen and done over the last few days.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Blue Mountains - Dryridge Winery
  • Blue Mountains - Picnic Lunch
  • Blue Mountains - Grand Canyon Loop
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s walk is approximately 7km and around 5 hours.
It may be your final day but there’s still plenty of memorable sights to discover. Take a scenic drive to Pierces Path before arriving at the little-visited and totally beautiful Grose Valley. Here you’ll set off on your last walk in the dazzling landscapes of the Blue Mountains. Wander beneath tree ferns and along cliff tops then make a gentle descent into a shady eucalyptus forest, followed by a steeper and at times challenging descent down to the river. Take some time to enjoy your peaceful surroundings and perhaps have a swim in the river before ascending from the valley. Begin the drive back to Sydney, stopping off en route at a local cider farm to taste the delicious drink made from apples discovered in the Blue Mountains region. Arrive back in Sydney around 6.30pm, at which point your Blue Mountains adventure will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Blue Mountains - Hillbilly Cider Shed
  • Blue Mountains - Picnic Lunch
  • Blue Mountains - Pierce's Pass & Grose Valley Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s walk is approximately 6km and around 5 hours.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Blue Mountains - Picnic Lunch
  • Blue Mountains - Wentworth Falls & Valley of the Waters Walk
  • Blue Mountains - Sunrise First Nations Cultural Walk
  • Blue Mountains - Laura Cascades & Ruined Castle Walk
  • Blue Mountains - Dryridge Winery
  • Blue Mountains - Grand Canyon Loop
  • Blue Mountains - Hillbilly Cider Shed
  • Blue Mountains - Pierce's Pass & Grose Valley Walk

Dates & availability

Trip departures are unavailable.

There are currently no scheduled departures on our Walk the Blue Mountains trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.

Prices may go up, so secure your trip today!
Jump to a departure month

Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 8.30am on Day 1 in Sydney. Please see Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
2. FINAL DAY: You are expected to arrive back into Sydney around 6.30pm and dropped off at the same location as the joining point.
There is no accommodation included on the last day in Sydney, however we can request any additional nights should you need them.
3. A single supplement is not available for this trip upon request

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

View Essential Trip Information

Reviews