Honeymoon is the best part of wedding life. The best honeymoon destination is the one that offers seclusion, comfort and many fun activities. The blue mountain regions in New South Wales, Australia offers the same. The mountain is adjacent to Sydney Metropolitan area between the western sides of Nepean River and extends up to the Coxs River. It is one of the exquisite areas of the world that is still untouched with urbanization. The places are beautiful and spread in vast area that offers seclusion at its best. The mountain consists mainly of sandstone plateau with deep trenches. The highest part (1200 mts above sea level) is in Mount Werong. It even has seven national parks and a forest reserve. The major portion of the mountains comes under the world heritage site. The recent flocking of tourists made it a hotspot with many hotels sprouting up that offers plenty of fun activities.
How to reach
You can travel by air to Sydney. The mountains are close the Sydney. It hardly takes 2 hours to reach Blue Mountains via road transport. There are several transport buses, both state and tour operators, to the mountains. The roads are well maintained. However, the park visiting needs permit and ticket. Therefore, the best way is to travel by tour operator buses that arrange everything for your comfort.
Time to visit
The place can be visited throughout the year. However, the winters in the mountain region are very misty and cold. The rains are also very sporadic in Australia. The rains can cause landslides or road blockages. Therefore, precaution must be maintained during rains.
The mountains have options of guesthouses, wood shacks and cabin. However, the best places to stay are in nearby towns. You can also book accommodation in Sydney and take the day long tours of Blue Mountains and return back at night.
Tourist attraction places
1. Scenic world Blue Mountains, Katoomba
The first attractive place to visit is the whole Blue Mountains. You can opt for a 3 quarter of kilometer journey from Katoomba via Skyways cable cars. These cars have clear glass bottom to give you the exotic view of the scenic mountains. The whole journey includes ancient ravines, waterfall and cliff side tunnels. You can have the aerial view of the railways that are among the steepest railways tracks. You can further extend the journey with a 2 km walk into the ancient rainforest. The tracks have been broadened to accommodate tourist and disabled people. This is the place where most of the people go for soul searching.
2. Mount Tomah Botanic Garden
The garden is situated 1000 meters above sea level at the northern region of Blue Mountains. You can travel there via the Bell’s Line of Road. Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney established the garden to house exotic plant varieties of cooler environment. The park was opened for public view in 1987. Since then, the park opens daily for tourists making it one of the scenic places of the world. The place is full of greenery and colorful flowers. It houses over 5000 species of exotic and non-exotic plants from around the world.
3. Jenolan Caves
These caves are among the oldest caves of the world. It can be reached within an hour from Katoomba. This is one the exquisite and mysterious place that you can every visit. There are guided tours that will show you the network of natural tunnels, underground rivers and many spectacular natural formations. However, you can opt for self-exploration or you can just spend some cozy time with your partner in total seclusion. The caves consist of network of nine caves.
4. ZigZag Railways
If you happen to visit the mountains, then you should not miss the steam locomotive ride amidst the mountain. The Zigzag railway tours starts from Clarence stations that reach deep inside the Lithgow valley. The scenic beauty alongside the track is mesmerizing. The railway track is one of the steepest railway tracks of the world. You can reach there from both Lithgow and Katoonga. It is a rarest examples of the combination between high scale engineering and natural beauty.
Things to do
1. You can visit the Normal Lindsay Gallery & Museum maintained by National trust. The gallery houses some of the original and authentic reproduction of art by Normal Lindsay. The place, at Falconbridge, can be reached with an hour drive from both Sydney and Katoomba. If you are not interested in art then you can relax at the onsite cafe treating yourself with local food and excellent coffee.
2. You can also opt to drive the great western highway to experience giant screen cinema. ‘The Edge’ is six-storey high screen that plays the high definition video of the exotic locations of Blue Mountains that can or cannot be reached easily. You can visit numerous valleys, waterfalls, forests while relaxing with you partner via the giant screen cinematic experience.
3. If you are onto tea, the you can visit the Bygone Beautys that host world’s largest teapot collection. The 3,000 pieces collection dates back to 17th century. There are also antiques, jewelry and furniture that will catch your attention.
4. The Japanese bathhouse and garden is the best place to visit with your spouse. You can opt for either the herbal steam bath or the bath with the purest water of natural underground springs.
5. If you are into puzzles and education then you can visit the Selwood Science and Puzzles, situated just above the railway line in Hazelbrook. You can do some hands-on scientific experiments, puzzle solving or buy some educational gifts from the resource center.
6. You can always travel to Sydney and nearby beaches to do water sports activities like surfing, swimming and sunbath.
7. If you both are adventure lovers, you can explore the national parks and sanctuary with your partner or ride the mountain on bikes. There are options of hiring cabins in the woods that provide good base point for exploration. However, the most of places cannot be reached if you do not have sufficient trekking and hiking experience.