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The Easy Rider

A Hop-on Hop-off Blue Mountains Itinerary

You don't have to go on big bushwalks to have a fantastic experience in the Blue Mountains wilderness. Here's an itinerary for those days when you feel like taking it easy. Soak up some exceptional mountain views, soar high above waterfalls, enjoy a relaxed meal, and see some of our wonderful gardens and museums. Great sightseeing with minimum effort? Step this way!

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One day

Lookouts, Views, Waterfalls, Museums, Gardens

Lyrebird Pass

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Katoomba Street

Hop on the Explorer Bus and watch Katoomba's vibrant street life flow by as your driver steers you carefully through town. In just five minutes you leave the houses behind and start getting spectacular views across the cliffs.

Scenic World

Hop off at Scenic World and take a ride out and back on the Skyway for a fabulous first view of the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary and Katoomba Falls. Go down into the Jamison Valley on the Scenic Railway, then take a gentle 10-minute walk through towering rainforest trees on the Scenic Walkway, stopping to look at the historical displays and information boards. Ride the Cableway back to the top, exit through the gift shop, and head out to the car park where the Explorer Bus will be waiting to carry you onwards.

Cliffs Tops and Valleys Tour

Hop aboard and we'll take you on a tour through some of the most spectacular roadside scenery in the Blue Mountains. Enjoy superb views of the Jamison and Megalong valleys while your driver explains how this spectacular landscape was formed.

Three Sisters and Echo Point

The Explorer Bus drops you right at the entrance to Echo Point, where a short level walk leads out to the cliff edge for the best view of our famous Three Sisters. We pick up every 30 minutes, so you can enjoy the view for as long as you want.

While you're here, why not take in one of the fun and informative performances at the excellent Waradah Aboriginal Centre?

Lunch in Leura

Hop back on the Explorer Bus for a relaxing ride through to Leura village, and look out for the wonderful views across the Kedumba Valley as we drive past Kiah Lookout. Choose from one of the many great places to eat on and around Leura Mall – perhaps a gourmet lunch at Silks, quality pub food at the Alexandra Hotel, or one of the vegan specials at Rubyfruit. After lunch allow some time to window shop in the many interesting shops along Leura Mall, or take a tour of the world's biggest private teapot collection at Bygone Beautys.

Everglades Garden

Ready to begin Exploring again? Jump on the bus and ride with us out to Everglades, the finest of Leura's many superb gardens. Take an hour to wander through the 12 acres of landscaped grounds and Art Deco house. (Show your Explorer Bus Pass for a big discount on the entry fee.)

Afternoon Tea at the Paragon Cafe

Relax on the easy ride back along the highway into Katoomba, while your driver tells tales of local history – such as how a team of 30 convicts built the road across the Blue Mountains in just six months in 1814. Jump off at the top of Katoomba Street and walk down to the Paragon Cafe for coffee and a piece of cake in the historic surrounds of one of Australia's best Art Deco buildings.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

From the Paragon it's a short walk through to this excellent art gallery and museum. Learn all there is to know about the natural and human history of the Blue Mountains at the World Heritage Exhibition, see great work by major Australian artists in the City Art Gallery, and head out to the viewing deck for a magnificent panorama of across all the places you've been on a great day of Blue Mountains sightseeing.

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