Discover the Blue Mountains
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Approximately 8 Hours
Travel west of Sydney by motorcoach towards the Blue Mountains. Despite its name, this UNESCO World Heritage Site isn't mountainous at all. In fact, it’s an area of scenic, rugged, low-elevation tablelands covering more than 2.5 million acres. Some wonderful cultural and landscape surprises await you.
Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park for an introduction to the amazing (and very bizarre) spectrum of Australian wildlife. Just a few feet away from you -- and in some cases roaming quite freely within the park -- are wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, reptiles, Tasmanian devils, wombats and many Australian species of bird. Photo opportunities abound, and you can pay extra to have your photo taken with a fuzzy koala who enjoys cuddles as much as you do.
At the Blue Mountains, you'll realize that the attraction here is not what rises above, but rather, what lies beneath. A stop at the Echo Point viewpoint shows what the "mountains" are all about -- they are canyons deeply incised through the tablelands, with some intriguing landforms carved by wind and water. You will have a very impressive view of the Three Sisters -- eroded columns whose existence has given rise to a wealth of Aboriginal lore. Take in panoramic views of the Jamieson Valley, Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle as well.
At the Waradah Aboriginal Centre in Katoomba, learn about the talent, culture, art and dance of the indigenous Aboriginal people. A live show expounds the use of their tools and weapons, and the meaning of their body paint. Watch some high-energy traditional dancing and an explanation of how didgeridoo music came about and what the various sounds mean.
A two-course traditional lunch is served at the Mountain Heritage Hotel. Boasting unrivalled views over the Blue Mountains, this quaint property lends an old-world, English-style ambience to your lunch experience.
Reflect on your day's sightseeing as you return to the ship.
This option is available only to guests whose cruise does not begin or end in Sydney. Tour does not operate on holidays.