FROM SYDNEY G4 16 – “BLUE MOUNTAINS INDEPTH” – Premium, Gold & Platinum Class – 3 DAYS

A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

The Bells Line Of Road – Waterfalls – Rock Art – Aboriginal Culture – Zig Zag Railway – Magnificent Scenery – Nature Based Tour – Four Wheel Driving – New Experiences Tour Code G4 16 -   ()

A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 3 Days

G4 = Minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD vehicle with specialist driver/guide

The Bells Line Of Road – Waterfalls – Rock Art – Aboriginal Culture – Zig Zag Railway – Magnificent Scenery – Nature Based Tour – Four Wheel Driving – New Experiences 

Introduction

Austour offers a tailored, luxury three day Blue Mountains Experience that will be different, exciting and full of interest with the flexibility to adapt to meet the specific needs of you, the client. Its certainly different and an exclusive to Austour.

Tour Highlights

  • The Bells Line of Road
  • Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
  • Wentworth Falls
  • Mt Wilson rock art site
  • Aboriginal Culture
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Pulpit Rock
  • Golden Stairs and Federal Pass walk
  • 3 Sisters Rock Formation
  • Wombeyan Caves
  • Warragamba Dam & Burragorang Lookout

Sydney To The Blue Mountains – An Interesting And Different Route Day 1

8:00 am: Clients will be met at their Sydney accommodation by their private Tour Guide.

You begin by travelling to the Blue Mountains via the Bells Line of Road, one of two main roads that lead over the mountains. Finding routes across the mountains was of vital importance to the early British Colonists, who were seeking to expand from the Sydney Basin through the seemingly-impenetrable Blue Mountains to the fertile Western Plains beyond. Your first stop is at the beautiful cliff-top Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, with an opportunity to understand Australia’s unique landscapes. See ancient pines and some of the oldest flowering plants on earth, while relaxing with a light morning tea of hot drinks and traditional cakes.

At Mount Wilson stop to see Aboriginal rock carvings at a site where part of Australia’s first colour motion picture, Jedda, was filmed. At Pulpit Rock take in the breathtaking views over the Grose River Valley. Jutting out on a dramatic blade of rock, Pulpit Rock can either leave you lost for words, or singing the praises of the sweeping views of vast forested gorges and magnificent valley below. Explore some of the many tracks along the cliff-line, or down into the valley. For lunch enjoy the views and food at the Conservation Hut. Located right by the cliff-line overlooking the Valley of the Waters at Wentworth Falls, the Conservation Hut is a relaxed spot to enjoy a great café lunch, either on the large open verandah with stunning views of the Jamison Valley, or inside by the fire for those cooler days.

After lunch you’ll explore Wentworth Falls. This is the area where Charles Darwin took a stroll through the Blue Mountains when the Beagle visited Sydney in 1836. The unique and fascinating wildlife of Australia intrigued the young Darwin, and caught a platypus in this area for his collection! As for you, Wentworth Falls offers a variety of tracks to mix and match as you explore the unique flora and fauna of the Australian Bush. The tracks take in some of the best of this area’s scenery, without having to descend too far into the valley. Two sidetracks along the way offer early exits should you run out of steam. From the top of the cliff, you’ll have a great view of smoky blue haze that gives the mountains their name.

Later in the afternoon visit Waradah Aboriginal Centre. This is a superb chance to gain an insight into the world’s oldest surviving culture in a relaxed, friendly environment with a dance & didgeridoo performance in traditional clothing & body paint and a cultural talk.

6.00 pm: Clients will be dropped off at their accommodation at Lillianfels, Blue Mountains or similar.  Gather for a pre-dinner drink and evening meal at the hotel restaurant.

  • The Blue Mountains is a magical place any time of the year. Glowing in autumn, cool in winter, colourful in spring and refreshing in summer. The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapour, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour. The Greater Blue Mountains was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000 and was one of 15 World Heritage places included in the National Heritage List on 21 May 2007.
  • The Bells Line of Road (route B59) is a major road in New South Wales and runs from North Richmond on the North-Western outskirts of Sydney to Bell in the Blue Mountains, where it becomes Chifley Road. The route, part of the traditional Aboriginal pathway network, was shown to Archibald Bell, Jr. by Darug men Emery and Cogy in 1823. They were accompanied by assistant government surveyor Robert Hoddle [and the route they marked was known as Bell’s Line, to be later cleared to become the second road across the mountains. It was rarely used before World War II. The road was improved between 1939 and 1949 as it was seen by the government as being an alternative to the Great Western Highway and could be used for war efforts. Today, the route is still used as an alternate route across the Blue Mountains and is also a popular tourist drive.
Meals:
Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Lillianfels, Blue Mountains 4 Star

Blue Mountains Sightseeing, Zig Zag Railway, Jenolan Caves And Other Different Experiences Day 2

Your day begins this morning at 8.00 am.

This morning will be a great chance to enjoy some of the spectacular views and walking tracks for which the area is known. Starting right from the lawns of your accommodation at Lilianfels Blue Mountains. This historic site is where, in the 1890s Australian law-makers drafted what became the first Australian Constitution. Crossing the beautiful lawns step straight onto the Prince Henry Cliff walk, before turning either left or right to enjoy a walk, tailored to suit your walking preferences. For those keen to work their leg muscles, head left to the Giant Staircase that descends deep into the valley alongside the famous rock formation known as The Three Sisters. From here the Federal Pass Walk takes you through tall open eucalypt bushland and beautiful pockets of temperate rainforest. If you would prefer something more leisurely there is a more modest descent, the Furber Steps which offer a more measured approach to the valley floor. Arriving at Katoomba Falls you’ll then take the easy option back up to the cliff-top by ascending on the world’s steepest passenger railway (with a 52 degree incline), the Zig Zag Scenic Railway has been temporarily suspended following a bushfire in 2013 and hopes to be reopening in 2016.

At lunchtime you’ll have the chance to visit the quaint mountain village of Leura. Famous in the mountains for its many small shops and galleries, it’s a great place to browse before enjoying a delicious 2 course gourmet lunch at the award-winning Silks Brasserie. High ceilings, ochre-coloured walls, smart black and white chequerboard floor and the crisp linen-covered tables all contribute to a memorable dining experience.

Following lunch, travel on to the Jenolan Caves. Regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system, with pure underground rivers and amazing limestone crystal formations, Jenolan Caves is among the finest and oldest cave systems in the world. At Jenolan Caves take a private one hour tour of the Imperial Cave – an ancient river passage featuring ‘The Sinkhole’, ‘Ridleys Shortcut’, Lot’s Wife’, the Alabaster Column’ and the dramatic ‘Crystal Cities’.

6.00 pm: Clients will be able to settle into their accommodation at Caves House – Jenolan Caves and experience a wonderful meal at “Chisolm’s”. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink before your meal.

  • Chisolm’s is one of Australia’s two remaining “grand dining rooms” and Dining in Chisolm’s is one of the many must do experiences whilst staying here at Jenolan Caves. The ambiance and historical significance of the room is an experience in itself and when matched with our Executive Chef’s menu is the perfect end to a long day of exploring the Caves precinct. Caves house was designed in 1897 by Walter Liberty Vernon as a retreat for the wealthy landowners of NSW. Mr. Vernon, a former Soldier who was also the NSW Government Architect from 1890 to 1911, designed many landmark buildings throughout Australia, including the Art Gallery of NSW. At Caves House, Vernon’s design included an enormous grand dining room, completed in 1924, which is now our magnificent Chisholm’s Grand Dining Room.
  • The 1813 crossing of the Blue Mountains was the expedition led by Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth, which became the first successful crossing of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales by European settlers. The crossing enabled the settlers to access and use the land west of the mountains for farming, and made possible the establishment of Australia’s first inland settlement at Bathurst.
Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, and Dinner
Accommodation:
Caves House, Jenolan Caves 4 Star

Jenolan Caves To Sydney With More Spectacular And Interesting Sights Along The Way Day 3

Start the morning with an early walk to Blue Lakes in the Jenolan Caves. This is a beautiful spot to watch for platypus – most easily seen as they hunt for food in the early dawn, or dusk hours. A hearty breakfast back at Caves House will prepare you for a day of four-wheel-driving as you explore the Kanangra Boyd National Park and the Southern Blue Mountains, on to the Wombeyan Caves.

The 2.5 hour drive to the Wombeyan Caves will travel through beautiful farmland and bushland, skirting the Kanangra Boyd and Abercrombie River National Parks, and into the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. The Wombeyan Caves are limestone caves, lying in the southern region of the Blue Mountains and the Southern Highlands. This was the first area in Australia to be reserved for the protection of caves in 1865, and there are still structures within the caves dating from the early 1900s. The area also acts as a reserve for endangered species, including several species of wallabies, birds, possums and wombats.

Enjoy a picnic lunch at the caves while you explore the area, taking your choice from the famous Fig Tree Cave, Victoria Arch Walking Track, Kooringa Cave, Dennings Labyrinth, Wollondilly Cave and many others. From here you’ll travel back into Sydney via the Southern Highlands. There are two exits from the Wombeyan Caves – either via the rough and windy, but very beautiful, Wombeyan Caves Road to the east, or south via Taralga and Goulburn. Both offer stunning views and great 4WDing through the Australian Bush.

In the afternoon we’ll pace our day around your departure time from the caves. If time allows, you’ll visit Warragamba Dam Information Centre, and Burragorang Lookout, offering vast views of the Burragorang State Conservation Area and Warragamba Dam, which supplies around 80% of Sydney’s water. Ancient lands of the D’harawal and Gundangarra people, the land became important to the early European settlers as a coal-mining region from the 1820s, and to a lesser extent for lead and silver. When Sydney’s population began rapidly expanding the Warragamba River was dammed to create a lake, beneath which the mining towns now lie. Lake Burragorang is around 4 times the size of Sydney Harbour, and Warragamba is one of the world’s largest domestic supply dams. The 17,500ha Conservation Area is also home to threatened species such as koalas, tiger quoll and the powerful owl.

6.00 pm: Clients will be returned to their Sydney accommodation by their tour guide.

  • Francis Barrallier was the eldest son of Jean-Louis Barrallier, a French marine engineer and Royalist supporter who escaped to the United Kingdom in 1793 during the Siege of Toulon by the Republicans. Francis arrived in Australia in April 1800 and in July 1800 the Governor of New South Wales, Philip Gidley King, appointed him as an ensign in the New South Wales Corps.  He was made engineer and artillery officer in August 1801. In October–November 1802 he was directed by Governor King to try to find a way over the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney. He travelled about 140 miles in seven weeks, but had to turn back – at one stage due to unfriendly Aborigines, and later due to a lack of supplies. He did not succeed in physically crossing the range however he was adamant that he had found the route to be followed to achieve this end as he sighted the land ahead beyond the range. At this time in British history, it was not appropriate to talk about possible ways of crossing as there were advantages to containing the population to the east of the impregnable ranges and being of French descent, his views of a route now being discovered was challenged by the British administration. The records were set straight when Barrallier’s diaries were presented to the Australian government by the French government in the year of Australia’s bicentenary, 1988. It would be correct to say that Barrallier was the first person to find a route across the Blue Mountains and it was correct to say that Blaxland Wentworth and Lawson were the first to cross the Blue Mountains. The exact route was along Warragamba River and is a restricted area of the Warragamba water catchment.
Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea,

Inclusions 

  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off at Sydney Hotel
  • Services of a specialist tour guide and luxury 4WD vehicle
  • Entry to Waradah Aboriginal Culture Centre
  • Entry to National Parks and Botanic Gardens
  • Visits as per itinerary, including Zig Zag Railway
  • Morning tea and lunch
  • Bottled Water provided on board
  • Accommodation at Lillianfels Resort, Blue Mountains or similar – twin share
  • Accommodation at Caves House, Jenolan Caves or similar – twin share
  • Complementary welcome drink – Wine or Juice, with evening meal
  • Evening meal at Lillianfels Resort
  • Private 1 hour tour of the Imperial Cave
  • Wombeyan Caves self-guided walks
  • Tours departing daily excluding 23rd, 24th, 25th December

Exclusions

  • Alcohol with meals unless otherwise stated
  • Supper
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Single Accommodation – available upon application
  • Tours departing 23rd, 24th, 25th December

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Note: accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure. The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in extreme adverse weather, bushfires, floods etc.

Prices Platinum 4 Range 

Adult $3450

Child up to and including 16 years $2750

prices valid to 31st March 2016

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