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Driving to the Blue Mountains, Sydney – Fairytale Road Trips

Sydney is Australia’s largest city. Its spectacular scenic surroundings make a perfect getaway for a road trip. A drive from the main city to the Blue Mountains Sydney, promises to show you the best of nature.


The city’s major attractions include its Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Watson’s Bay, Hyde Park, Barracks museum, and Bondi Beach, among many others. Travelers from around the world visit the city every year for an unforgettable time.


Blue Mountains Sydney


Exploring the Blue Mountains Sydney

Getting There


You can easily reach the Blue Mountains Sydney by following the signs to Paramatta on the highway. While the entrance to the place at Glenbrook/Lapstone is merely 50 minutes from the main city, the popular destination of Leura/Katoomba is another 40 minutes from here.


The Blue Mountains, Australia
The Blue Mountains Sydney Photo Tony Fernandez CC


Though many tourists return to the city from this point, rest assured that there is so much to explore from beyond here. You can also take an alternate route to the Blue Mountains Sydney from Sydney through the Bell’s Line of Road that has many things to do and places to see.


Mount Tomah, Mount Bell, and Mount Victoria fall on this way, making the drive a visual delight.


Scenic Trips


The trip from the city of Sydney to its Blue Mountains Sydney along the Cliff Drive is as picturesque as it gets. You must stop at Echo point to take in the stunning view of the Megalong Valley.


The calm and quiet of the place serves as a much-needed relief from the urban lifestyle. The wilderness of the spread of this lush green valley will definitely reach out to the nature lover in you. 


UNESCO World Heritage Site


The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed the Greater Blue Mountains Sydney in the UNESCO World Heritage List on November 29, 2000, to increase awareness of the site’s importance, give qualified advice on the protection and security of the area, and to give financial assistance.


The wilds of the Blue Mountains Sydney are listed in World’s Heritage for a reason. The place is home to rare or threatened flora and fauna and numerous unique animals and is preserved for its outstanding value to all of humanity now and in the future.


The Blue Mountains are home to over 100 different types of eucalyptus trees and 12 of those 100 types live exclusively in the sandstones of Sydney. Whether the eucalypt trees are in deep valleys with tall forests, or in the open tablelands as shrublands, this is the most balanced and highly diversified variety of eucalypt trees in the entire world.


Don’t forget to check out the Wollemi pine, one of the world’s rarest species that’s considered a living fossil because it dates back to the Mesozoic Era and was categorically extinct for a million years until it was found happily hiding in isolated gorges within the Blue Mountains.


Here is the home of many rare and threatened species, to date there are about 147 rare plants and 52 rare animals.


From reflecting on the sheer beauty of the protected, the globally valuable ecosystem of eucalypt forests to spotting interesting, unique animals and maybe even feeding a wallaby or kangaroo in the Featherdale Wildlife Park, there is so much to see and do.


You can observe animals such as kangaroos and koalas, symbolic of the country, in their natural habitat a short distance from here.


Since the Blue Mountains Sydney are best to be explored on your own, driving is the right way to go.  Car hire in Sydney is pretty convenient from the airport and other places.


Laced with one natural splendor after the other, the drive is nothing less than spectacular.


The Greater Blue Mountains area is over one million hectares and is full of deep valleys, swamps, wetlands, steep cliffs, grasslands, and beautiful forests that offer breathtaking views of almost untouched wilderness and adorable rare animals and plants in their natural habitat.


I am so glad it was added to the World’s Heritage list so that the area will be protected for future generations to enjoy.


This stunning area features over 400 animals you might encounter while exploring that include koala, Blue Mountains water skinks, kangaroos, spotted-tail quolls, green and golden bell frogs, long-nosed potoroo, and the yellow-bellied glider to name a few.


Keep your eyes open and you should be able to spot some of them, grab a camera, and maybe you can snap a picture if you’re quick enough.


Along with taking in the breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains, you can also check out its many little towns. That of Leura is a must-visit, especially if you like shopping.


So pack your bags, hire a car, and hit the roads for a perfect weekend getaway to the Blue Mountains Sydney. The natural beauty of this pristine place allows you to rediscover yourself in the best way possible.


Photo feature Tony Fernandez Creative Commons License

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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