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The Explorer

See the most in one day

If you only have one day to explore the Blue Mountains and you want to pack as much in as possible, this itinerary is filled with cliff tops, valleys, bush walks and adventure. Best done from the 9:15am first bus, this itinerary begins with a stunning stroll along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk to stretch your legs a little, before you visit waterfalls, cascades, Scenic World and more.

Plan to finish at Leura Village (Stop 22) for some window shopping, a bite to eat and a few drinks. Trains depart Leura regularly.


Time Needed:

It’s best to have a full day.

Best Bus Pass:

Lyrebird Pass


Lookouts & Views


Scenic Rides

Short Bushwalks


Stop 5 – Honeymoon Lookout

take the 40min Prince Henry Cliff walk to Echo Point

Stop 8 – Katoomba Cascades

take the 30min Katoomba Cascades walk to Katoomba Falls

Stop 10 – Scenic World

Stop 11 – Narrow Neck Lookout

Stop 13 – Cahills Lookout

Stop 17 – Kiah Lookout

take the 90min  Bridal Veil Falls walk to Leura Cascades

Stop 21 – Lyrebird Dell

take the 60min Lyrebird Dell walk to Gordon Falls and then the 30min Prince Henry Cliff Walk to Olympian Rock


Honeymoon Lookout to Echo Point Bushwalk

Hop off the bus at Honeymoon Lookout – the starting point of our favourite short walks in the Blue Mountains. Wander through the shade of the towering eucalyptus trees to a soundtrack of constant birdsong, and see if you can spot the colourful parrots, bower birds and lyrebirds that make their home in this forest as you walk past several stunning lookouts towards the Three Sisters.

Turn left at the stairway that leads down to Honeymoon Bridge, and walk across to stand on the base of the first of the Three Sisters. To reach Echo Point you then follow the wide track that curves gently uphill to Queen Elizabeth Lookout and the world famous view of the Three Sisters.


Snacks and sandwiches

If you’re looking to refuel after you’ve walked to Echo Point, take a quick stop at The Lookout Restaurant. The Milkbar here has a selection of easy take-away foods like fish and chips, sandwiches and wraps, as well as lighter snack foods like yoghurt and avocado.

Katoomba Cascades & Reid's Plateau

The Katoomba Cascades walk offers many great opportunities to get out the camera and capture that once-in-a-lifetime picture. Along this short walk you’ll see cascading waterfalls, cliff tops views, and even some native birds.

Later on, you can enjoy the stunning views across Jamison Valley to the Three Sisters. Relax and watch the Skyway glide over the treetops before continuing towards the falls.

Scenic World

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Scenic World

Hop off at Scenic World for unique views of the Blue Mountains wilderness.

Start with a return trip on the Skyway for a bird’s eye view of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and the rugged Jamison Valley, then take your seat on the Scenic Railway – the steepest railway in the world. While the Indiana Jones music plays, you drop down smoothly through a natural tunnel in the rock and shoot out amid rainforest in the bottom of the valley.

Explore the forest on foot via the Scenic Walkway, before a treetop-skimming ride on the Scenic Cableway to complete your lap of Scenic World

Narrow Neck Plateau

Meet the Explorer Bus at Scenic World and get your breath back as we take you on a beautiful drive around past Eagle Hawk Lookout. Here is our chance to give you a little detail about the history and geology of the region. Then we pull up at Narrow Neck Lookout where you have views over both the Jamison & Megalong Valleys. Narrow Neck Lookout is a great spot for photos of the nearby massive sandstone cliffs, the green pastures & farms of the Megalong Valley, and the distant mountain ridges of The Great Dividing Range as they disappear into the blue eucalyptus haze.

From here, you can head down the track to Narrow Neck Plateau and enjoy a nice wander while you enjoy the views. This walk can be as long as you like, just retrace your steps to return to the bus stop.

Bridal Veil Falls

The walk from Kiah Lookout to Leura Cascades goes through some incredibly gorgeous areas, with waterfalls, cascades and ferned glens. Along the way, we highly encourage you to take a slight detour to visit Fossil Rock and Bridal Veil Lookout.

Careful, this route intercepts with a few other walks, it’s not hard to get sidetracked and lose more time than you prepared for!

Lyrebird Dell & Pool of Siloam

Hop off at Stop 21 and put your walking shoes on to discover one of the hidden treasures of the Blue Mountains. Start the Lyrebird Dell Walk and you’ll soon find a large sandstone cave that was once used as a meeting place for Aboriginal tribes. If you look closely, you might be able to spot ancient carvings in the stone.

Further along, the Pool of Siloam is an absolutely enchanting spot – a secluded pool set in thick forest, with a big sandy beach and a 7-metre waterfall (which you can cool yourself under on a hot day). It’s a wonderfully cool and shady spot to spend a hot afternoon, and the beauty of the place more than repays the effort of walking down the stairs to get here.

Treat yourself to a tasty meal

If you’re feeling hungry after a long day of walking, hop on the bus and step off at Stop 23 in Leura Village. With a menu as eclectic as the decor, you can enjoy a great menu made up of European-Indonesian fusion cooking. From Balinese style curries and satays, to Jaeger schnitzel, this place is a must see for travellers in Leura.

Or, you can enjoy some authentic and traditional Korean BBQ, using the best Australian Wagyu beef and pork. Try out their spicy kimchi stew, Korean pancakes, and warming ramyeon noodles!

The Train Home

When the bright lights start calling, you can jump on the train back to Sydney straight from Leura.