I went on a day tour in the Blue Mountains with Oztrails early December.
Our driver and guide of the day Jeff was really friendly and quite knowledgeable about the mountains. I was picked-up at my hostel near Central station in Sydney at about 8:30 in the morning. The mini-bus was okay, but not too comfy. Fortunately, you don't spend long hours on the road (it is really different from a Great Ocean Road tour for example). What was surprising is that nothing on the bus was indicating it was an Oztrails bus. Our guide himself didn't wear any Oztrails shirt or thing like that. There were passengers of all ages and nationalities on my bus.
So, we went to pick up the last passengers and then started driving to the Blue Mountains. We stopped in front of a river to have some morning refreshments (fruit juice, biscuits). At that time, you also have to give your tour voucher to your guide (if you've booked online) or pay for the tour by cash or credit card. After that short stop it was a 45min drive to the very Blue Mountains. It was about 11am when we stop at our first lookout. It was an awesome spot, the scenery was amazing, with trees and beautiful colors as far as your eyes can see! Then we did a second stop to a waterfall (sorry I don't remember which one). We did a short walk to a lookout. We were still very far away from the waterfall istself and I felt really disappointed we couldn't get closer. It was a one hour walk to get to the bottom of the waterfall and of course, it was not incuded in our day trip.
It's all we did in the morning. I was a little bit anxious that I was about to miss a lot of things in the Blue Mountains as we only saw two spots during the morning.
Then, we stopped at Leura, a little (and touristic) town for lunch. You have quite a broad choice of food: some cafés, some bakeries, a Woolworths... The main problem is that it started to rain (lovely thunderstorm!) and it was difficult to find a place to seat and eat our take-away food (only a few benches in Leura). I was pretty sure it was going to rain, but it was funny to see our guide did not expect the rain and thunderstorm.
After lunch, we went to Scenic World. Be aware that you have to pay an extra fee for it as it's not included in the tour. It costs $25 per person and you have to pay by cash. It is not compulsory, you can choose not to do it by the way. Fortunately it stopped raining when we arrived. Scenic world has 4 different part: skyway, walkway (a short rainforest walk to the Three Sisters), cableway, railway(the steepest inclined railway in the world). We were not lucky because the railway was closed to pubic that day! The other attractions were good, but it was difficult to enjoy the beautiful scenery as we could hardly see the mountains because of the massive fog brought by the thunderstorm. You have to know that Blue Mountains tours are really weather dependent.
After Scenic World, we did a last stop to see an aboriginal sculpture: a kangaroo. It was interesting even though not extraordinary.
Then we started returning to Sydney. On the way back, we did a short stop at the Olympic Park. If it's something you really want to see, I advise you to go with another tour or by yourself since you won't see a lot (only a 4min stop). Then, from the Olympic Park, we took a Captain Cook Cruise to come back to Sydney. It stopped at Darling Harbour and then at Circular Quay. It was really nice despite the awful weather. It is a one hour cruise and we passed under Harbour Bridge!
You also get a postcard at the end of the day tour, as a thank you from Oztrails. I think it's a really nice attention.
Finally we arrived at Circular Quay around 6pm.
To sum up:
- Nice tour but really weather dependent
- Nice guide
- Too expensive for what you get to my mind! We've not seen so many things in the Blue Mountains, I was a little bit disappointed at the end of the day.
- If you do not care about having a guide and about the returning cruise, I advise you not to choose this tour. There are other options that can get you to the Blue Mountains for no money (you can catch the train).
- This tour is much more for people who do not have plenty of time to spend in the area (like me at the time) and want to see (at least!) the famous Three Sisters.
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