90 minutes drive from Sydney
Our stay in Sydney was limited and next morning we got up early to get our car and reach the next destination. We were thinking about renting GPS but unfortunately all were fully booked. My skills of reading map, navigation are for sure above an average so we were not worrying to be lost. And as expected we were pretty fast outside the city without any traffic
Why Blue Mountains are blue?
The Greater Blue Mountains Area of New South Wales is a sandstone plateau that holds a high diversity of eucalypts, representing all four existing groups. It is an area of rugged tablelands, sheer cliffs, deep, inaccessible valleys and swamps that contain ancient, relict species of global significance.
The Blue Mountains, given that name due to the blue haze that hovers above them, is an area renowned for spectacular scenery, plant and wildlife and densely populated forests of oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. Thus, it is commonly believed that the blue haze blanketing the mountains is created by the atmosphere whereby dispersed droplets of Eucalypt oil combine with dust particles and water vapour to scatter refracted rays of light which are largely blue in colour.
What can’t you miss?
Three Sisters is a famous rocks formation. They are close to the town of Katoomba (many signs will point you the right way). According to Aboriginal legend three sisters, Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from the neighbouring Nepean tribe, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers were not happy to accept this and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters. A major tribal battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back (Wikipedia).
We did also a few small walks on our way. You have many options depending how many hours, days you have foreseen.