Culture Trip’s local insiders have swum the Blue Lake, hiked the jaw-dropping trails and sampled all the area has to offer to find the most awesome things to do in the Blue Mountains. Be prepared for adventure, excitement, and an abundance of beauty.
Don your hiking boots and head out into the fresh mountain air – you’re guaranteed to feel great! The Six Foot Track starts at Katoomba, with the challenging three-day hike ending at Jenolan Caves. You’ll pass through spectacular bush and woodland and spy heritage sights with cascading waterfalls as you trek. There are many camping spots to choose from, and most are remote so you’ll fall asleep to the sounds of the outdoors after a hearty meal around the campfire. Recommended by local insider Angharad Jones
The team at Bilpin Cider Co. have been crafting the good stuff in the heart of the Blue Mountains since 2011. As to be expected, they’re big cider advocates and you will be too after a tour around their tasting shed and cellar. Once you’ve sampled the full range, purchase your favourite tipple from the bar and enjoy while looking out over the orchards. Sundays bring live music and picnic days and, of course, plenty of cider. Recommended by local insider Angharad Jones
A short drive from Sydney and you swap skyscrapers for a subterranean world. The Wombeyan Caves have an array of incredible natural stalagmites and stalactites. Choose from a guided tour or go it alone and explore the many caves. If you want to make a weekend of it, book a cabin or campground in the surrounding Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. It’s a site for endangered species, so keep your eyes peeled for wallabies, possums and wombats. Recommended by local insider Angharad Jones
The wonderfully named Jellybean Pool is a popular swimming hole beside Glenbrook Creek’s sandy beach in the Lower Blue Mountains. A beautifully natural swimming spot surrounded by trees and overhanging rock formations, it is wide enough to get your lengths in, and in places it’s shallow enough for little ones to splash about in. To work up a sweat before you hit the cool waters, take the Jellybean Track and you may be rewarded with the sight of rainbow lorikeets and kingfishers. Recommended by local insider Susanna Smith
The walking trails through the Jamison Valley are handily peppered with picturesque lookouts perfect for a rest and a photo opportunity. Prepare to be amazed by the sandstone formations surrounded by steep cliffs and lush greenery. The brave and adventurous can abseil down the side of said cliffs, and multi-day adventures can be booked to fully immerse yourself in nature. Recommended by local insider Susanna Smith
A beloved writer and artist, the famous Norman Lindsay lived and worked in the Blue Mountains. His former home is now open to visitors showcasing his life’s work – giving a glimpse into the history of the characters in children’s classic The Magic Pudding. Paintings depicting Bohemianism and Arcadian pantheism are found indoors, and his sculptures can be viewed in the adjacent gardens. The biggest fans can book ahead to stay onsite in the Norman Lindsay Cottage. Recommended by local insider Susanna Smith
Camp under the stars and gaze out over the sweeping views of the Capertee Valley from a tent with a difference. An exceptionally unique experience, the inflatable accommodation is entirely off-grid, yet filled with creature comforts. It comes with full kitchen and bathroom facilities, queen-sized bed and an outdoor wood-fired bath. Each of the tents come with telescopes to make the most of the clear skies over the world’s second-largest canyon. Take a trek around the 405-hectare (1,000-acre) working farm to catch the incredible sunsets. Recommended by local insider Susanna Smith
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WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.