Self-Drive Itineraries - Two Day Trip
DAY ONE - Sydney to Katoomba
Sydney to Glenbrook – 60 mins
Head out from Sydney to Glenbrook at the base of the Blue Mountains on one of the motorways. Call into the Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre to pick up your Greater Blue Mountains Drive touring guide or for additional help in itinerary planning or booking tours. Euroka, near Glenbrook is a delight for small groups, families and campers with kangaroos, birds and other wildlife visiting. Also nearby is Red Hands Cave where you can see Aboriginal rock art.
Glenbrook to Wentworth Falls – 30 mins
Continue driving along the Great Western Highway towards Katoomba. En-route you can stop at the Corridor of Oaks in Faulconbridge where every Australian Prime Minister since Federation has planted a tree for posterity. Be sure to stop at Wentworth Falls, a charming village with many lookouts and picnic spots providing views of dramatic escarpments, waterfalls and valleys. Many walking trails originate here.
Wentworth Falls to Leura – 5 mins
Travel on to Leura. Known as the Garden village, naturally enough for its lovely gardens. Leura also offers boutique shopping, galleries, cafes and delicatessens; and the world’s largest private teapot collection. Take a stroll around Everglades Gardens designed by Paul Sorensen.
Leura to Katoomba – 5 mins
If you want to steer away from the Great Western Highway you can take the scenic route of Cliff Drive. Keep your eyes on the road but stop to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary and Jamison Valley. Drop into the Visitor Information Centre at Echo Point, near the Three Sisters. You can book guided walks and sightseeing tours and there’s a range of souvenirs available.
Catch a double decker sightseeing bus or a Trolley Tour and hop on and hop off as you choose at the many local attractions. Be sure to visit Scenic World where you can either descend into (on the world’s steepest incline railway) or float above (on board the Skyway) the Jamison Valley.
Overnight stay at one of Escarpment Group’s luxury properties; Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa or Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant in Katoomba, Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath
DAY 2 – Katoomba to Sydney
Katoomba to Medlow Bath – 5 mins
From Katoomba head west along the Great Western Highway to the small township of Medlow Bath – home of the iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel. Enjoy afternoon high tea in the Wintergarden Restaurant with the panoramic views overlooking the Megalong Valley. Partake in a history tour and discover the stories of yesteryear of the Hydro Majestic. Wander through the Hydro Majestic Pavilion and discover the vibrant displays showcasing boutique and unique food and wine from the Blue Mountains and its regions.
Medlow Bath to Mount Victoria – 20 mins
From Medlow Bath head west towards Mount Victoria stopping at Blackheath for a quick side trip to wonder at the magnificent view of the Grose Valley from Govetts Leap or Evans Lookout. You will be heading out towards the Bells Line of Road on the other side of the Grose Valley. Continue west to the quaint village of Mount Victoria.
Mount Victoria to Lithgow – 25 mins
From Mount Victoria continue along the Great Western Highway and down to Little Hartley. Explore the beautifully preserved 19th century buildings and courthouse of Hartley Historic Site. Relax in cafes and galleries in the Hartley Valley offering local produce, art and craft. Shortly you will arrive in Lithgow which is renowned for its rich industrial heritage and whilst in Lithgow take a 5 minute detour to Hassans Walls Lookout the highest scenic lookout in the Blue Mountains Region.
Lithgow to Mount Tomah – 40 mins
Drive for 18km along the Chifley Road to Bell then follow the signs to Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. You are now travelling along the Botanist’s Way drive which stretches along the Bells Line of Road from Lithgow to Windsor and celebrates the crossing of the only other pass through the Blue Mountains by botanist George Caley in 1823. Not to be missed, this drive features spectacular views of the enormous cliff walls of the Grose Valley in the northern Blue Mountains. Only 15 minutes’ drive from Bell is the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, a lovely place for a stroll or coffee break.
Mount Tomah to Richmond and Windsor – 50 mins
From Mount Tomah it is less than one hour’s drive through the picturesque fruit orchards of Bilpin to Richmond and Windsor in the Hawkesbury region and then onto Sydney.