Without doubt, one of the highlights of my short stay in Sydney last year was a day’s outing in the Blue Mountains. I took an early(ish) train from Sydney to Katoomba, bought something for lunch and took a bus to the cliffs at Scenic World. I wasn’t interested in the tourist attraction, so instead found the start of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk and headed out. The walk follows the top of the cliffs for some 7km, passing by the popular outlooks, and offering access to other points of interest with at most a short detour. I had been this was on my earlier trip to Sydney, but that was just a quick stop at Echo Point on our way to Bathurst. This was my first time properly visiting the Blue Mountains. It was also early winter (so off-season, which meant I couldn’t count on all services being available) and I was doing this walk solo, so I figured it was best not to risk anything that could delay me.
The walk proved to be a great introduction to the area, easy enough and well signed. I stopped near Echo Point to eat my lunch, within view of the Three Sisters, but away from the crowds. So by the time I reached the end of the trail it was already early afternoon. I meant to take a bus up to Leura, but there wasn’t any timetable at the stop. After a few minutes I decided it was safer to simply walk up to the train station, adding another 2km or so.
For those who enjoy these things, I’m also including a map of the walk I did, below.