Exploring the Blue Mountains: The Best Hiking Trails Near Sydney

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Thick green sheets of dense eucalyptus leaves, thundering waterfalls, deep mysterious canyons, mountain heights, and a mysterious blue mist hovering over the mountain tops. 

This might sound like the setting of the next Lord of the Rings movie, a fantastic fantasy realm of unparalleled natural beauty.

However, to any active Sydney local who loves the outdoors, they’ll instantly recognise this description as a loving homage to “The Blueys.” 

While Sydney is known for its amazing array of things to do both in and out of the city, for residents and visitors alike who want the best hiking trails in which to see Australia’s natural beauty, look no further than the Blue Mountains.

This absolutely awe-inspiring National Park is so beautiful it’s actually classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What Makes Blue Mountains So Special?

Having so many unique stunning natural sights in one area is highly unusual and part of what really sets the Blue Mountains apart. 

You can compare two of the most popular hiking trails and have two completely different descriptions of the scenery, the challenge, and even the photos. 

The ability to see cliffs or waterfalls or thick rain forest means multiple trips can provide a wide array of experiences.

This is also why this park has so many different hiking and biking paths to explore.

Easy Beginner Treks

While some of the best trails are going to be at least moderately challenging, or in some cases incredibly challenging, there is a trio of really good beginner trails for novice hikers. 

This gives beginners the ability to see some truly beautiful natural Australian scenery and is also a good starting point for those who are active outdoors but maybe aren’t used to the temperature or climate yet.

An incredibly scenic view of the famous Three Sisters rock formation is available from the Round Walking Track off of Katoomba.

This is generally accepted as the best destination for beginners if you’ve never been there and only have time for one trail.

Good beginner trails include:

  • Round Walking Track
  • Katoomba Falls Round Walk
  • Grand Canyon Walk

Most Challenging Treks

If more about the challenge and seeing the really out of the way gems that this park has to offer, then some of these treks will deliver all the challenges (and scenic rewards) you could want…and possibly a bit more. 

Federal Pass is the most challenging of the day walks, spanning 13 km one-way and taking an estimated 6 hours for even experienced hikers to finish. 

This path offers multiple views of the famed Three Sisters, goes past Ruined Castle and is filled with forests, gullies, and waterfalls to give a very good cross-section of what the park has to offer. 

It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful trails – but it’s a serious challenge.

If you’re willing to go for a 3-4 day hike, then the Six Foot Track is going to be right up your alley. 

Featuring isolated natural areas, campsites deep in the park, as well as bridges that cross rivers and gullies, there’s so much here to explore.

Even with three days to tackle the trail, it’s one heck of a challenge. 

This is not for the faint-hearted, and it’s best to pack a few extra supplies just in case three days becomes four, but the rewards are remarkable.

Also, you can check out these challenging trails:

  • Ruined Castle Walk
  • Grand Canyon Walk
  • Prince Henry Cliff Walk

Many Breath-taking Options

Even the easiest of walking paths in the Blue Mountains leads to amazing natural beauty, plenty of photographic opportunities, and some truly incredible experiences with nature. 

The Grand Canyon Walk is another incredibly popular path that offers many different views.

The more that you explore this park, the more that you’re going to find things that appeal to you.

So What Are You Waiting For?

There’s plenty of great hiking around the city of Sydney.

However, if you really want to take in all the natural beauty and the many different ecosystems in this part of the world, then you need to visit some of these hiking trails at the Blue Mountains to get the absolute most of your sight-seeing experience!

If you are planning to visit the Blue Mountains, look no further than FJ Tours Blue Mountains Tour.

At FJ Tours, our friendly sightseeing day tours are the best way to maximise your travel time, which means you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the Blue Mountains.

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