Search Sydney best day trips and Blue Mountains will be on top of the list.
It is the most accessible and perhaps the most famous city escape, easily reachable by 2 hour train-ride from Sydney Central Station to the town of Katoomba, where you can catch the public bus that will take you to the famous lookouts. The train ride was easy, but the public bus (Bus 686) at Katoomba was hectic and chaotic, maybe because it was the weekend and everyone decided to spend their day with nature.
Though there are some private companies that offers easy alternative like a Day trip or the Hop On/ Hop Off bus, both are good options for those who wants to see more and want to avoid the hassle. I’ve also seen some people who decided to take the 2.5km walk from the train station to the Scenic World entrance area, where they can take the famous cable car. Since I always go for the most economical way of seeing places when I travel, I went to the Blue Mountains on my own.
The most famous lookout at the Blue Mountains is the Echo Point, for the view of the iconic formation , the Three Sisters. As the name suggest, the three weathered sandstone peaks formed thousand years ago set against the cliffs of Jameson Valley and endless blue skies is a breathtaking sight.
But the crowd at Echo Point wasy overwhelming, that I find myself in search for the quiet and peace that I had in mind about the Blue Mountains. So I decided to take the short Prince Henry Cliff Walk, making my way to Laura Cascades. True enough, there are only handful of people on both trails, which made it an enjoyable experience .
After Laura Cascades, I went back to the town of Katoomba , spent an hour for lunch and do the Street Art Walk, while waiting for the next train trip back to Sydney. Katoomba is a small town that is almost synonymous to Blue Mountains. Here you have the usual Mom and Pops stores, church, school, residential area and various restaurants that mostly cater to tourist.
I ended up dining at The Yellow Deli and had the best Reuben sandwich. I sent a photo of the deli interior to a friend, and told him how good the coffee and sandwich is, only to receive a reply of a Vice news article about the people who who owns and runs the café. Well, it certainly made the trip to Katoomba and Blue Mountains more interesting experience.