Blue Mountains Tour Sydney – Which One To Choose?Blue Mountains Tour Sydney – Which One To Choose?

The Blue Mountains Tour from Sydney is one of the most popular day trips. But what tour is the best? Let The Travel Tester help you out!

The Blue Mountains Tour from Sydney is one of the most popular day trips. But what tour is the best? Let The Travel Tester help you out!

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I read your travel stories and wondered where you booked your Blue Mountains tour? Which company was that? – Jasmin

 

Answer

Hi Jasmin,
Thanks for reading my stories! Visiting the Blue Mountains is one of the most popular day trips from Sydney and I can definitely recommend it. As a travel agent, this was by far the most popular tour I’ve sold. And who doesn’t like endless views, a long hike, waterfalls, Aboriginal rock formations and so on?

There are many tour operators in Sydney that sell day trips to the Blue Mountain area. Their itineraries are pretty much the same. The difference in price usually has to do with lunch being included or not, the way they bring you back to the city and whether they visit other attractions in the area, such as a wildlife park and/or Sydney Olympic park.

One of the cheapest companies is The Happy Coach. They leave every day of the week and have lunch included. It was the tour I’ve booked most for our guests. Another company I recommend is OZ Trails, this tour doesn’t include lunch, but has an Olympic Park stop and boat ride back to the city included. The only thing that both tours don’t include is a ticket to Scenic World.

The first time I went to Sydney in 2006, I did a Blue Mountains day trip with Wonderbus Tours. Looking back on it, it was quite expensive, but everything was included, such as lunch, 3 rides on Scenic World, visit to a local village and when I booked it, a wine tasting session, Olympic Park visit and boat ride back to the city.

I’d like to end this answer with a secret budget tip for the poor backpackers amongst you. If you really don’t want to spend around 70-100 dollars on a guided tour to the Blue Mountains (as I can understand), going by train might be something for you. It’s so easy:

Take the CityRail train to Central Station and hop on the (how convenient) “Blue Mountains Line train”. This will take you in about 2 hours to station “Katoomba”, where you get off and simply walk to Echo Point (30 minutes), the lookout over the Blue Mountains. Bring your own food & drinks and enjoy a lovely day of walking. Don’t miss the last train though!

 

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Australia - Blue Mountains Tour

 

Question

I read your travel stories and wondered where you booked your Blue Mountains tour? Which company was that? – Jasmin

 

Answer

Hi Jasmin,
Thanks for reading my stories! Visiting the Blue Mountains is one of the most popular day trips from Sydney and I can definitely recommend it. As a travel agent, this was by far the most popular tour I’ve sold. And who doesn’t like endless views, a long hike, waterfalls, Aboriginal rock formations and so on?

There are many tour operators in Sydney that sell day trips to the Blue Mountain area. Their itineraries are pretty much the same. The difference in price usually has to do with lunch being included or not, the way they bring you back to the city and whether they visit other attractions in the area, such as a wildlife park and/or Sydney Olympic park.

One of the cheapest companies is The Happy Coach. They leave every day of the week and have lunch included. It was the tour I’ve booked most for our guests. Another company I recommend is OZ Trails, this tour doesn’t include lunch, but has an Olympic Park stop and boat ride back to the city included. The only thing that both tours don’t include is a ticket to Scenic World.

The first time I went to Sydney in 2006, I did a Blue Mountains day trip with Wonderbus Tours. Looking back on it, it was quite expensive, but everything was included, such as lunch, 3 rides on Scenic World, visit to a local village and when I booked it, a wine tasting session, Olympic Park visit and boat ride back to the city.

I’d like to end this answer with a secret budget tip for the poor backpackers amongst you. If you really don’t want to spend around 70-100 dollars on a guided tour to the Blue Mountains (as I can understand), going by train might be something for you. It’s so easy:

Take the CityRail train to Central Station and hop on the (how convenient) “Blue Mountains Line train”. This will take you in about 2 hours to station “Katoomba”, where you get off and simply walk to Echo Point (30 minutes), the lookout over the Blue Mountains. Bring your own food & drinks and enjoy a lovely day of walking. Don’t miss the last train though!

 

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Australia - Blue Mountains Tour

 

Are you visiting Australia soon? Let my answers to all your questions help you plan your Australia trip:

 


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Please send me your Australia questions!
I’ve visited Australia 3 times, travelled all around the country and lived in Sydney for 2 years, working as a hostel receptionist and travel agent. I’ll do my best to answer to my best and current knowledge, or help you find the right resources to prepare for the trip of your lifetime. I fell in love with Australia, and I know you will too

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10 Comments

  • I see that you have been in Australia many times, I plan to go on the East Coast in February and I heard that are Box jellyfish in the water at that time.
    We’ll be able to enjoy the beaches?, swimming? any advise.
    Thank you !!!

  • Would like to know which part should I stay @ Sydney being the first time traveling to Australia. Just me and my friend. thank you!

    • Hi Vivian, if you’re looking to party, then around the Kings Cross neighbourhood is the best place to be, there are lots of backpacker hotels there. For a bit more upscale, head to the Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, or head over to the area around the Central Station. There are many options! If you’re looking for a quieter place, try staying in a hostel in for example the Newtown area! Have fun on your trip!

  • Hi Vivian, plan to visit Sydney end June to early July with my 2 teens girls.
    Wish to stay at beach apartment or hotel for a week n another week at place with snow, wish the place also could offer many activities for teens.
    Any recommendation of the beach n place with snow in Sydney n accommodation?
    Thank you. Have a lovely day ahead.

  • Hi I just read your blue mountain post. My family and I will be traveling to Sydney on last week of October. I would like to ask how was your experience with OZ tails company?

    • Hi Marine, Thanks for your question, I travelled to the Blue Mountains with Wonderbus myself, and after that I usually went there just by train as that is the cheapest option, but I know OzTrails is definitely a good option if you don’t want to make your way over to the park yourself, they pick you up from your hotel. Be aware no lunch is included, but you could bring your own or buy it at the restaurant in the visitor center. As it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to Australia myself, I would check their Facebook page to see more recent customer reviews > https://www.facebook.com/oztrails. Have a great trip! The Blue Mountains are so great to visit!

  • Me and my friend will visit Australia in January 2017. For the first time
    We would like to take part in a Blue Mountains day tour.
    But.. My question
    I have a head for heights. Its is a real problem,
    But only in open area. Cableway, Railway – its not a big problem.
    But open area. Yes, it is.

    Please , give me advise. Is this a trip for me?
    I don’t want to be a problem for the rest of group

    • Hi Dorota, the only issue with heights in the Blue mountains would be the steep cable car taking you back from the valley to the visitor center, but that’s only about half a minute (and you could walk back up as well if you’d rather not take the cable car). For the rest, you can just walk and stay away from the edges if you want. I would definitely recommend visiting the Blue Mountains, I did with both my mum as my mother-in-law who are afraid of heights and they had a great time!!

  • We are travelling to Sydney and are about to book a day trip to the Blue Mountain by bluemountainstoursydney.com.au. Has anybody used them? Is it a safe site to book with as you have to pay in advance.

    • Hi Anette, I haven’t travelled with them, but I would advice to book the tour at the reception of your hotel in Sydney. There are many tours going to the Blue Mountains each day, so you don’t have to book too long in advance. This way, you can ask your travel agent at the hotel which tour they would recommend you as well. Hope you’ll have a great trip!

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