Australia & the Pacific Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Blue Mountains

Jump to last reply

Hello! I'm taking my first trip to Australia in May, just have time to do a short visit in Sydney and Melbourne for 4 nights each. Typical American vacation, I know ;).

I'd like to spend time exploring both cities and also have a day trip in each. While in Melbourne I'll be visiting the Yarra Valley for a wine day. But here's the question: while in Sydney, should I visit the Blue Mountains? The tour I can afford is with Oztrek, $55, which was highly recommended from a guidebook and includes several nature walks. Sounds great but the tour takes a full day, and because I have such a short time on this first trip to Sydney I'm wondering if I should I stay closer and visit, i.e., the Sydney Harbour National Park if I want to go hiking in nature?

Btw I'm an active 40-something woman who loves exploring cities and discovering breathtaking scenery unique to an area. I live in LA now and go on moderate hikes a lot at the beaches and parks. I've waited my whole life to get to Australia and want to make the most of seeing what's worth seeing. If Blue Mountains can't be missed, I'll do it. Or are there other suggestions? And are there any local hiking groups?

19 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winners Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Sep 17, 14 at 01:05 PM
View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 New Zealand itinerary help
  2. 2 dinner cruise in sydney harbor
  3. 3 Tasmania Itinerary Question
  4. 4 Yarra Valley Wineries
  5. 5 Trip Report Fireworks Festival - A "MUST DO"
  6. 6 Trip Report So much good wine, so little time; South Australia's Limestone Coast
  7. 7 Katoomba vs. Leura vs ... ????
  8. 8 Song doc - one for you
  9. 9 Hey, Bokhara2 and cathies, need restaurant recommendations
  10. 10 North Island - 5 days - Wellington - Auckland
  11. 11 Jet Star?
  12. 12 Trip Report Aussie Trip Report: No cities, no worries
  13. 13 Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania in which order?
  14. 14 Air New Zealand & Virgin Australia Baggage Limits
  15. 15 dinner cruise in sydney harbor
  16. 16 New Zealand South Island Itinerary
  17. 17 Itinerary Planning
  18. 18 8 Day South Island Itinerary in Oct
  19. 19 NZ Itinerary from Christchurch to Queenstown in 8 days
  20. 20 Suggestions/ Tips request for 15 Days trip to South Island New Zealand
  21. 21 NZ South Island Plan
  22. 22 Tahiti, Cooks Islands or Fiji 20th Anniversary trip
  23. 23 Campervan help please!:)
  24. 24 Campervan/Motorhomes vs Car hire in New Zealand
  25. 25 suggested 6 day itinerary for South island New Zealand in December
View next 25 » Back to the top