Blue Mountains Lookouts and Towns
During your group tour of the Blue Mountains with Sydney Wilderness Tours, you will visit Leura and Katoomba and at least 7 lookouts. as listed below.
Hawkesbury Heights lookout
This lookout is located on the Richmond – Springwood road, our access into the Blue Mountains. It is a more scenic drive than up the M4 Freeway. There is a 3 kilometre steep winding section of road which is unsuitable to trucks and large buses. Better for us. The view over the Hawkesbury River flood plain is expansive and educational with Sydney’s city skyline is in view 50 kls away. This flood plain was the location of all Sydney’s vegetable gardens and farming since 1795 and provided the residents of this new colony of nearly all their food requirements. In recent years much of it has been redeveloped into residential areas. Some of it is still zoned as flood prone.
Lincoln’s Rock Lookout.
This windswept wilderness lookout is one of the best with a rugged cliff top view of the Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains. A few years ago, it was renamed to Lincoln’s Rock in honour of the great Australian mountaineer, Lincoln Hall, who conquered Mt Everest on 3 occasions in the 1980s and 90’s. He lived just down the street from this windswept rocky outcrop. A superb view and is very inaccessible.
Township of Leura
This beautiful mountain village is a hive of activities as it is very popular with the bus companies. There are lots of different shops and a stroll up and down the street is most enjoyable. We have one hour here and as our lunch is pre ordered it reduces our waiting time and give more opportunities to stretch their legs.
Gordon Falls Lookout
A fabulous lookout with some spectacular cliff top views. A great location to demonstrate the power of the “cooee” call, a call for people lost in the Australian Bush over 100 years ago. It can echo around valleys and cliff faces and at this location it is a splendid example. Tell your guide to do the Cooee call. If he doesn’t leave him there.
This Lookout has a few stairs and steps, but access is still reasonable and about 100 metres in length but the view more than makes up for the access.
This is a small grotto in the Blue Mountains with huge Mountain ferns everywhere and a lovely small waterfall. A very picturesque location and again, only accessible in a smaller vehicle.
Honeymoon Lookout is another Jamison Valley lookout and all the newly weds love to have their photo taken next to the sign. Another easy stop and excellent access.
Echo Point and the Three Sisters
This where the Three Sisters are located. This is a famous location and its naming goes back hundreds of years by the aboriginal population who have an old folklore on how it was named. It can be an extremely busy lookout as the large buses have access to it with plenty of parking. Your guide will tell you of the old folklore story about the witch doctor, his 3 daughters, and their encounter with the “bunyip”.
Eagles Nest Lookout
This is another view of the Blue Mountains and the Three Sisters in the Jamison Valley. A favourite location with photographers who love the afternoon and evening sunlight on the Three Sisters to give a late afternoon glow, the photo at the front of this website was taken later in the afternoon and you can see the warm light of the afternoon sun. To achieve this photo, the photographer may have spent days at the sight waiting for the “perfect light conditions”.
Narrow Neck Lookout
This lookout gives an expansive view into the Megalong and Jamison Valley. A great location in windy cloudy weather as the cloud can be seen to travel up the cliff from the Megalong Valley and over the Causeway and down into the Jamison Valley. It looks like water flowing up and over and down again. A great location on a cloudy day.
This is named after an early premier of New South Wales who was the premier when the Opera House was built. A visionary person who is well remembered by this and other landmarks around Sydney. As you drive past Circular Quay on the upper road for the best view of the harbour and the Bridge this road is called the Cahills expressway in the honour of this political visionary. It looks down into the Megalong Valley where horse riding is all the rage from numerous locations and hobby farms.
Cliff View Lookout
This lookout has excellent views of Katoomba Falls and the Jamison Valley
Township of Katoomba
We drive through this old township which came about in the 1870’s when the railway was constructed. Katoomba is an aboriginal word meaning “shining falling water” and you see this waterfall called Katoomba falls when you ride the cable cars. It is a vibrant small town with an extremely busy shopping centre.
Olympic Park Ferry Wharf
This wharf is located at the site of the 2000 Olympic Games. This is a vibrant location and the foresight by the early planners in the early 1990’s ensured that there was to be a life after the Olympics left town. If there is time we drive through the site on the way to the Ferry Wharf. The ferry you travel on is a “Ferrari” in Ferry terms as it cruises along at 24 knots making short work of the return trip back to Circular Quay. A great way to end the day with a front row seat of all the development along the Parramatta River into Sydney Harbour. You can sit up front in the breeze, my favourite place to travel, and have that sea breeze in your face. These ferries are a clever design as there is no water spray at this speed.