Blue Mountains

24 June 2018

Favorite hiking destination out of Sydney

The Gundungurra creation story of the Blue Mountains tells that Dreamtime creatures Mirigan and Garangatch, half fish and half reptile, fought an epic battle which scarred the landscape into the Jamison Valley.

The Blue Mountains is a rugged region west of Sydney in Australia’s New South Wales. Known for dramatic scenery, it encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens.

Katoomba, a major town in the area, borders Blue Mountains National Park and its bush walking trails. Echo Point affords views of the storied Three Sisters sandstone rock formation.

Natural attractions in the area range from tiered Wentworth Falls to the illuminated Jenolan Caves, filled with stalactites, stalagmites and underground rivers.

The Blue Mountains − named for the eucalyptus haze over them − also encompass Wollemi National Park, known for its wild rivers and rare Wollemi pine.

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