Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
The soft sandstone of the Three Sisters tower over the Jamison Valley like silent sentinels. They are probably the highlight of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia not far from Katoomba. Only an hour so from Sydney they really are a popular and well loved site, with people lining the railings waiting for the golden light of sunset to lift the colour of those rocks. From Echo Point nearby a walking track leads to the Three Sisters and down to the valley floor via stone steps known as "The Giant Stairway". A 1.5-hour walk on The Federal Pass trail leads to the base of Katoomba Falls.
Govetts Leap in the beautiful Blue Mountains is a well known lookout in the popular little town of Blackheath, New South Wales. Six hundred metres straight down "the leap" offers grand views across the Grose Valley and is probably second only to the Three Sisters in terms of tourism.
The Blue Mountains offers quite a range of choices for those interested in waterfalls, with possibly the prime attraction being the spectacular Wentworth Falls. At 187 meters these falls are broken into three sections and fed by Kedumba Creek. An "must do" day walk, one I'd rate in the top five in Australia, uses the "National Pass" trail to explore the Upper Wentworth Falls area and then navigates along under the cliff-line to more falls, eventually looping back up onto the ridge.
The views are simply amazing and the track, while steep and very exposed, is extremely well maintained. I'd go so far as to say, if you've time for only one short walk in the Blue Mountains, this one should be top of the list. Is it kid friendly? Well sort of, if you're prepared to keep a close hold of them in places and maybe carry them up some steps. For the more fit there are plenty of additions to the National Pass walk that explore deeper into the valley.
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