Australia Blue Mountains

Located just two hours’ drive west of Sydney, The Blue Mountains are one of New South Wales’ most popular regions to visit.
The area gets its name from the blue haze that exudes from the oil found in eucalyptus trees.
The Blue Mountains are known for their beautiful sandstone cliffs and valleys, forming eight connected nature reserves.

The region has a great deal to offer, including great hikes and many active/adventure options, charming small towns, terrific dining, and fantastic vistas.

The highest elevations are around 3,000 ft. over sea level, so the temperature is always cooler than Sydney – especially at night.
There are many lookout points in the region.

The best known is Echo Point, where you have a commanding view of a valley below and the rock formation known as the Three Sisters on your left. Visit Echo Point either early or late in the day, to avoid the many tour buses and groups that stop to take photos. Two other lookouts that are less well-known but worth seeing are Evans Lookout and Sublime Point – close a town called Leura. On your way to/from the Blue Mountains, stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park to see Koalas and Kangaroos up close.

The best place to stay in the Blue Mountains region, by a mile, is Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, a destination unto itself. The resort is located about 2.5 hours’ drive from Sydney. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an all-inclusive resort set in a private, 7,000-acre wildlife reserve of forests and open grasslands surrounded by majestic sandstone mountains. The vibe is sophisticated, elegant, casual, and low key. Stay at least two nights’ to get a taste of all that the property has to offer.

Key selling points of this unique resort:

  • Accommodations: 40 free-standing, spacious villas with private pools. Most are 1 bedroom, 3 are two-bedroom, and one three-bedroom Wolgan villa.
  • Dining: The resort offers formal and casual venues, including a main Dining Room, a more informal Country Kitchen restaurant, and Valley Bar & Lounge. You can also dine in your villa.
  • Facilities: the property offers a large pool, spa, tennis, and spacious public areas
  • Activities: enjoy horseback riding, hiking, archery, night safaris, and conservation activities during your stay.
  • Don’t miss: dining under the stars or a gourmet lunch picnic on the reserve

BY IGNACIO MAZA