With such sweeping beauty—soaring tablelands of sandstone brimming with rock formations, infinite blankets of blue-green eucalypt and gum forests, waterfalls plunging down massive cliffs—it’s little wonder that local Aussies come here for a walkabout. Explore on your own on this self-guided walking tour, using the charming outpost villages of Blackheath, Katoomba, and Leura as your bases, hiking as much or as little as you’d like. Our routes cut deep into Grose River Valley and Valley of the Waters, helping you retrace the paths of Australia’s early explorers, traversing steep hills and thrilling cliff-sides with help from occasional manmade ladders, stairs, and bridges. The Giant Stairway descends past the Three Sisters, an iconic trio of rock formations. Countless waterfalls shower multihued cliffs bearded in green. There’s awe-inspiring wonder at every turn. And there’s breathtaking luxury at day’s end, with deluxe accommodations at two sumptuous lodgings and an upscale bed-and-breakfast, made all the more comforting by Aussie home cooking one night and fine dining on two others.
Broomelea Bed & Breakfast
In the heart of Leura’s tranquil Living Heritage district, the 4½-star Broomelea is a classic Bed & Breakfast with a charming Edwardian flavor. The restaurants, boutiques, and galleries of Leura are just a ten-minute walk away, as are the cliff walks that overlook the Grose River Valley. Many of its rooms retain original Federation touches and a generous breakfast is served in a relaxed setting. Owners Bryan and Denise Keith have operated the historic house as an inn since 2000, enhancing its interior with warm touches and its exterior with lovely gardens as well as an inviting wraparound porch on which to breathe in the evening Blue Mountain air.IWiFiI
Lilianfels Resort & Spa
Evoking the grace of a European manor, the 5-star Lilianfels Resort & Spa enjoys a magnificent setting. Perched near the edge of an overlook 3,300 feet above sea level, it offers sweeping views of Jamison Valley and its canyons. Located in the heart of the Blue Mountains, the two-acre retreat is adorned with manicured gardens and beautiful Victorian touches, including luxurious silk and hand-crafted wallpaper. Generous terraces look over the valley and the onsite day spa tailors treatments to your desires. Also onsite, Darley’s restaurant is the most awarded fine dining establishment in New South Wales, preparing elegant fare sourced from the surrounding countryside.IWiFiIAir ConditioningI
Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges
A 4½ star country lodge and luxurious retreat, the Parkland Country Gardens & Lodges is set on 28 acres of beautifully manicured grounds with flower beds, sweeping green lawns, garden cottages, and a private lake. The property’s lush kitchen garden provides fruit and vegetables to the resort. Parkland offers a soothing environment in which to unwind, with a warm palette of colors and elegant touches in every room. Just over a half mile from the main street of Blackheath, you can easily stroll into town to browse antique shops and sample Australian cuisine.
|Breakfast daily, four packed lunches (days 2, 3, 4, and 5), and three dinners (days 1, 3, and 5); beverages not included|
|All accommodations while on tour|
|Local transfers as noted in the itinerary|
|Orientation phone call with a Country Walkers representative|
|Luggage transfers between the hotels|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes and maps|
|24-hour tour-related support provided by Country Walkers’ local partner|
|24-hour travel-related support provided by One Call International Emergency Hotline and Travel Assistance|
|The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff|