The Blue Mountains Places

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Katoomba

Four-Wheel Drives

Tread Lightly Eco Tours. This eco-minded company operates small-group tours of Blue Mountains National Park and guided day and night walks as well as four-wheel-drive tours and breakfast trips to view wildlife. Half- and full-day walking tours take in such areas as Fern Bower, Blue Gum Forest, and the Ruin Castle, starting at A$145 per person with lunch. 100 Great Western Hwy., Medlow Bath, NSW, 2780. or 0414/976752. www.treadlightly.com.au.

Blue Mountains Walkabout. Experience the Blue Mountains from an Aboriginal perspective on this outfitter's challenging one-day walks, which follow a traditional walkabout song line. Indigenous guides take you on a 7-km (4½-mile) off-track walk through rain forests while giving some background on Aboriginal culture. You'll also taste bush tucker. The walk involves some scrambling, so you need to be fit. The tours departs from Faulconbridge Railway Station (near Springwood, in the lower Blue Mountains), about a 30-minute drive east of Katoomba. Springwood, NSW, 2777. 0408/433822. www.bluemountainswalkabout.com. A$95.

Blue Mountains Guides. Single-day, overnight, and three-day walks are offered through this guiding company. The half-day Grand Canyon Walk near Blackheath (A$140) is a great way to experience the rain forest if time is short, while the three-day iconic "Six Foot Track" between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves includes one night of camping and another in a cabin, plus a cave tour on the last day (A$750). Four-wheel-drive trips are also available. 2/187 Katoomba St., Katoomba, NSW, 2780. 02/4782–6307. www.bluemountainsguides.com.au.

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