Just a two hour drive west of Sydney you will find yourself high up in the natural wonderland of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As you slowly rise above Sydney the fresh mountain air will fill your lungs and tantalize your sense as you take in views of gushing waterfalls, tall forest canopies, sandstone cliffs, deep canyons, and breathtaking caves. The area gets its name from a blue haze that seems to hang over the region permanently. This slate colored haze actually comes from the abundance of eucalyptus trees in the area. These trees form a fine mist of oil across the deep and often inaccessible valleys and cast a blue haze over the stunning landscapes. Here you will not only find some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions but also quaint historic villages nestled among the tree tops. So take a moment to breathe deeply, enjoy the fresh mountain air, replenish your soul as well as your body and reconnect with nature.
One of the most popular things to do in the area would be enjoying one of the many walking trails. Take you pick from the extremely short and easy tracks such as the 1.8 kilometer walk to look out over Wentworth Falls all the way to the 3-day Six Foot Track. This track runs from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves and is an actual horse track from 1884 that used to connect the two mountain towns. With over 140 kilometers of walking tracks there will be no shortage of options to pick from that will satisfy everyone. You can even go boulder hopping on the Glenbrooke Gorge track or if you are feeling up for a challenge you can climb up the sheer cliffs at Wentworth Falls on the National Pass.
However the most iconic as well as the most visited attraction in the area doesn't even require a walk to see it. The Three Sisters is a rock formation located on the outskirts of the mountain village of Katoomba. Here you will find three pillars looming on the edge of a cliff looking out over the vast valley below. This ancient rock formation is part of the local dreamtime. According to legend the pillars were once three beautiful sisters. Their names were Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo. They were turned to stone by a powerful tribal elder and they will forever watch over the land of the traditional country. The best place to witness these three sleeping beauties would be from the Echo Point Lookout. If you have the motivation it is best to visit the site during sunrise so you can watch as the sun peaks its head above the horizon and silhouettes the 3 sisters in a golden glow as the haze from the valley below rises up with the morning sun.
Another great way to view these three beautiful giants would be from Scenic World. Here you can actually ride in a sky gondola across the Jamison Valley and witness the stunning Three Sister rock formation as well as Mount Solitary and Katoomba falls from the sky as you journey high over the canyon valley below. You can also hop on the scenic railway if you are feeling more daring and plunge 400 meter down a steep escarpment on the world's steepest incline railway. On this heart stopping ride you will pass through a long tunnel and a gorge end finish on the soft valley floor below.
If you are still up for more exploring next stop on the list would definitely be the underground wonderland of the Jenolan Caves. Here you will find an awe inspiring labyrinth of limestone caves that were actually sculpted by underground rivers. After admiring one of the oldest cave systems in the world you can head over to the Botanic Gardens at Mount Tomah and explore thousands of plant species from the southern hemisphere and beyond. Because the garden is over 1,000 meters above sea level there are stunning views here of the valleys that lie below. Last but not least after an action packed day of exploring this marvelous region you can go relax at Australia's first luxury wildlife and conservation based resort, the One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa. Here you can enjoy a bit of history as you relax at a converted 1832 homestead in one of the multiple freestanding suites equipped with a private terrace and pool.
So if you are in need for a break in nature to recharge and reconnect the Blue Mountains are calling you. Come and breathe in the fresh mountain air as you relax at a historic spa and resort or enjoy one of the many walking tracks in the area. You will soon discover why this area is a World Heritage site where ancient rock formations come to life and deep valleys of eucalyptus carpeted forest glow in an ever blue misty haze.