Guided Small Group (2-4 travellers) Two Days, overnight at the heritage Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

Blue Mountains National Landscape and the National Geotourism Strategy

Blue Mountains World Heritage Area – Geoheritage and Cultural Heritage of the Blue Mountains 

Led by a  geologist specialising in geotourism, experiencing the World Heritage Exhibition Centre in the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and various geosites including the iconic Triassic sandstone landscapes at Govetts Leap and Echo Point as well as the sandstone escarpment and underlying Permian coal measure exposures in Jamison Valley, accessed by the steepest passenger railway in the world. Staying overnight in heritage, world famous hotel accommodation at Katoomba. This tour includes selected sites highlighting a comprehensive range of holistic geotourism experiences not included in most tourism products on offer in the Blue Mountains.

Departing from your Sydney hotel  at 8.00 am, travelling via the scenic Bells Line of Road, visiting the iconic Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens and World Heritage exhibition at Mt Tomah. Travelling to the Mt York  Cultural Heritage  site, then to Blackheath to experience the historic Govetts Leap lookout (Triassic sandstone escarpment of the Narrabeen Group) in the Blue Mountains and visiting the National Parks Visitor Centre,  with a leisurely stroll along the  Fairfax trail with more outstanding outlooks, followed by  a visit to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba to experience the various a/v displays and for lunch at the  Centre’s delightful cafe. 

After lunch, a visit to The Gully Special Aboriginal place to enjoy a heritage trail and a series of interpretation displays before retiring to accommodation provided in the  historically famous  Carrington Hotel and a scrumptious three course dinner to the accompaniment of ambient music played on the hotel’s grand piano. An alternative option for dinner is a visit to the outstanding  and exceptionally enjoyable Cinnabar Kitchen restaurant in Blackheath. 

Next morning, after a full breakfast, a visit to the famous Narrabeen Group landforms at Echo Point (including a walk along the new nature trail to the Three Sisters), and then exploring the underlying Permian Coal Measures exposures in Jamison Valley, accessed by the steepest passenger railway in the world.

Some further sightseeing  around selected bush walking tracks at Katoomba, Leura  and Wentworth Falls followed by lunch at a local cafe, then a couple of leisurely scenic walks  before travelling back to Sydney along the Great Western Highway (following much of the historic Cox’s Road) to Springwood, diverting down the Hawkesbury River Road and crossing the Nepean River at Richmond, arriving in back in Sydney around 6.00 pm.

The tour package includes all meals, morning/afternoon teas and entry fees.

NOTE:  Owing to access and weather related problems at Jenolan Caves, this tour currently does nor incorporate any content from this outstanding geotourism attraction.