Walk the Blue Mountains

Trip Code: PZXB

Why we love it

Discover the diverse landscapes of the Blue Mountains on foot, walking past iconic sights like the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, Jamison Valley, Echo Point and Katoomba Falls., Learn about the history of this land and its traditional owners during a morning walk with a First Nations guide and hear stories of one of the world’s oldest living cultures., Embark on a spectacular Night-lit Walk through Katoomba Falls Reserve and experience the beauty of the falls lit up at night., Visit Everglades House and Gardens and wander through the European-inspired 1930’s homestead that has gained the attention of garden-lovers world-wide.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

As this is a walking trip that is dependent on weather and track conditions and therefore it is very hard to set an exact itinerary that will stay the same throughout the year. Due to weather, recent landslides and ongoing capital works, the tracks that are open and closed can change frequently and without warning. This means that the best laid plans may need to change, and leaders will be flexible and plan alternative walks.

Important information

START & END TIME
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 8.30am on Day 1 in Sydney, and you are expected to arrive back into Sydney around 6.30pm on the last day. Please note that there is no accommodation included on the last day in Sydney.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

BLUE MOUNTAINS NP TEMPORARY TRACK CLOSURES
Please note that ongoing track closures following sustained wet weather and subsequent geological instability as well as improvement works planned between May and September this year within the Park may put us in a position where we will be forced to change some of the walks with short notice. Blue Mountains National Park covers a huge area with many options for great walks to choose, therefore we are confident any last-minute changes, should they occur, will provide equally fantastic hiking experiences.

What to bring/pack

LUGGAGE LIMIT
Please keep your luggage size and weight to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15 kg in total per person) is essential due to limited space for luggage in our vehicles. We recommend against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store in the vehicle and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings., Be prepared for a variety of weather, with the possibility of cold, windy and wet conditions and in the warmer months hot days as well . It is not necessary to ‘dress’ for evening meals; casual, comfortable clothing is sufficient.

Essential items
● Personal identification
● Copy of your travel insurance policy and 24-hour contact number
● Credit card and spending money
● Comfortable daypack (25–35 litres) with rain cover
● Water bottle(s) or hydration bladder (2+ litres recommended)
● Comfortable and well worn in hiking shoes or boots
● Camera and mobile phone

Personal items
● Blister kit, rehydration salts, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and first-aid kit including any personal medication
● Toiletries
● High-factor sunscreen and high UV sunglasses
● Hand sanitiser
● Toilet paper and small ziplock bags for rubbish
● Blister pads and/or tape for hotspots or blisters on your feet
● Lightweight quick drying towel and swimwear (summer months)

Clothing
● Several pairs of walking socks
● T-shirts (lightweight, quick-drying fabric)
● Long-sleeved trekking shirts
● Shorts
● Rain jacket
● Long-sleeve shirt with collar (for sun protection)
● Long-legged pants (or shorts with long gaiters)
● Warm jacket and hat
● Warm fleece/gloves/beanie in winter

Optional items
● Waterproof cover for day pack
● Long gaiters
● Walking poles
● Flip flops/comfortable ‘evening’ shoes

Miscellaneous
● LED head torch with spare batteries
● Camera and spare batteries for camera
● Reading and writing material
● Padlock for bag
● Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking

Walking shoes/boots note
Waterproof walking boots with full ankle support are recommended for walking trips. Make sure your footwear is well worn in and comfortable. We also recommend hiking socks with at least one spare pair, as you will find these minimise the chance of getting blisters. The key to preventing blisters and avoiding unnecessary pain is to eliminate friction., https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

Physical rating

3

The walking on this trip is over easy to moderate terrain and distances covered can vary from 5 to 20 km (please check day descriptions for details). Some of the walks are circular but some can be out-and-back walks. Be prepared for daily ascents and descents, sometimes with short, steep sections. Terrain can be rocky with loose gravel, or with roots, which may become slippery when wet. This tour is ideal for nature lovers and the leaders set an even pace, providing time to take photos and to appreciate the beautiful surroundings.

Joining your group

Macleay Hotel, 28 Macleay St, Elizabeth Bay, Kings Cross, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 293577755

The Macleay Hotel is a small 126 room hotel with free wi-fi, an outdoor pool and BBQ area.
Check in time is approx. 2pm
The hotel is located in Potts Point, Sydney and is a short walk to Kings Cross station that allows access to Sydney's extensive train network.

Joining instructions

Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is located approx 12km's / 7.5mi) to Potts Point.

Trains take around 20 mins and run every 10 mins in peak time. For further information on timetables and fares please visit
https://www.airportlink.com.au/

The closest station to Potts Point is Kings Cross. At Central station change to platform 24 for trains to Kings Cross)
Taxi's and ride share are both available. Taxi's cost between $A45-$A60 to Potts Point and are available from several ranks outside arrivals throughout the airport. Ride Share can be organised through their particular app and met at the priority parking point.
Sydney Buses, private shuttle buses and rental cars are all available at the airport.

Central Station is Sydney's land transport hub. Located at the southern end of the city, Central is well serviced by Sydney Buses, Light Rail, Long distance coaches and Sydney Trains.
Kings Cross is only a few stops from Central. For Sydney transport information please see https://transportnsw.info/#/

Finishing your trip

Macleay Hotel, 28 Macleay St, Elizabeth Bay, Kings Cross, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 293577755

The Macleay Hotel is a small 126 room hotel with free wi-fi, an outdoor pool and BBQ area.
Check in time is approx. 2pm
The hotel is located in Potts Point, Sydney and is a short walk to Kings Cross station that allows access to Sydney's extensive train network.

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 3

Lunches included: 4

Dinners included: 

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

PICNIC LUNCH
Most lunches on this trip are taken in a scenic spot during the day's walk. The daily itinerary specifies whether this is included. If provided, lunch typically consists of a sandwich or wraps and fruit. Please feel free to substitute this with your own snacks if you wish, such as muesli bars and additional fruit. Make sure you let your booking agent know if we need to be aware of any dietary requirements, as well as also inform your leader of this at your group meeting.

WATER
Generally tap water in Australia is potable unless otherwise indicated. There are lots of opportunities to fill up from public water supplies throughout this trip and often there are water stations at the starts of walking tracks too. Your leader will be able to advise on a daily basis when is the best time to fill up.

Climate & seasonal information

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Intrepid's Local Operator: +61 406 382 597

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