Starting no later then 7.30 am to avoid the traffic, we're straight off to Australia's own Grand Canyon for a eventful day packed with close wildlife encounters, spectacular vistas and explorative walks. Morning tea with wild kangaroos deep in the Australian bush.
On our circuit hike along the Jamison Valley today we'll discover waterfalls, magnificent canyons, eucalyptus and rainforests and an abundance of local birds. The true beauty of the Jamison speaks for itself at the famous Three Sisters.
After an Aussie picnic at our secret hideaway, we descent halfway down the remote Grose Valley for spectaculair and interrupted vistas over Mount Banks, the Bridal Veil Falls and Pulpit Rock. In the afternoon, we drive up the Great Dividing Range and into the Central Tablelands to enjoy the solitude and beauty of country NSW, before arriving at one of the world's most spectacular limestone cave formations of the Jenolan Karst.
Having settled into our room of the charming, heritage listed Jenolan Caves House, it is time of another highlight: a walk around the fairy-like Blue Lake for a realistic chance to see the resident platypus in the wild!
Optional activity: a night tour of the Jenolan Caves
Accommodation: Jenolan Caves House
After a hearty breakfast at our hotel, we're straight off to another highlight in yet another national park within the Great Blue Mountains World Heritage Area: the Kanangra-Boyd National Park. A refreshing walk along the valley ridge seamed with silver banksia, bright red mountain devils and white flowering hakeas offers unparalleled views across one of Australia’s most spectacular landscapes with its waterfalls, exposed spikes of ancient rocks and misty mountains. In the depths of the gorge, spot an Australian red cedar or the gorgeous flame robin. Or look up to see some soaring wedge-tail eagles.
On our way along the unsealed bush road back from the Kanangra Wall, we venture on the grassy fields around Luther and Spring Creek to get close to several grazing wombats and a mob of eastern grey kangaroos, before they turn in for the... day.
After our lunch at the historic Hartley village, we make our way via the scenic Bell's Line of Road to a remote lookout on the green slopes of Mount Banks, one of the highest points of the Blue Mountains National Park on the northern ridges of the Grose Valley. A short drive later we find ourselves amount the flowering grass trees, giant ash gums and enigmatic Wollemi pines of the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens of Mt Tomah.
Look out for the clever satin bowerbird! En-route to Sydney we'll get close and personal with koalas, emus, quokkas, echidnas and little penguins at the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park. Return to your hotel at ca. 5.30 PM, packed with memories that will last a lifetime.