This was our first trip to Sydney and one of the attractions we wanted to see were the Blue Mountains. Since we didn't have a car, we had to rely on another means to get around the Blue Mountains. We were staying in Sydney right next to the Central Station so it was an easy decision to do the combo ticket which included train transportation from Sydney to Katoomba, plus a ticket on the Explorer Bus for about $49 each. My wife and I got the ticket at Central Station on the morning we wanted to do the tour and proceeded to board the train for the 2+hour train ride. We enjoyed the ride because it took us to areas outside the city which we wouldn't have seen.
We got to Katoomba in time to meet the bus at stop #1 for first departure at 9:45am. Dave, the driver greeted us as we boarded the bus and once everyone had boarded, he explained how you can get off and on the bus and what stops we would make. The bus was clean and comfortable. Dave was very friendly and provided interesting information about the area as we drove to each stop. If you're looking for a personally guided tour, this isn't for you. But for us, it was perfect. We don't like to be lead around if we can help it and we like to make our decision about what to do.
We got off at about 6 stops and did some hiking, had lunch in Leura at the Garage, which was very good. We also had Allan as a bus driver and he was excellent as well. We liked having the variety of getting off and on when we wanted and choosing what we wanted to visit rather than having a tour guide decide what to see. Leura was a nice place for lunch and to walk around and visit the shops there.
Finally, we caught the train back at about 3:45 which got us to Sydney about 5:30. This was a great way to see the Blue Mountains at our speed. We would certainly do the Blue Mountain Explorer Bus again! Thanks to Dave and Allan for helping us have a great day!