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This article is written by Alanna Tomazin

Are you in need of a study break or a change of scenery? Or maybe you just need some time to clear your head because coming to a new country can be quite overwhelming and scary. A day trip to the Blue Mountains located here in NSW is just what you need. Here you will find yourself taking in the stunning views of the mountain valleys and sandstone cliffs on offer and getting up close and personal with the breathtaking nature that has been created for you to enjoy.

The Blue Mountains is a rugged region west of Sydney and takes approximately a 2-hour drive to get there. It’s the perfect excuse for a day trip! The Blue Mountains are known for their dramatic scenery and you will not be disappointed.

Tip: If you don’t have a car or a license don’t fret because you can also get to the Blue Mountains via train. You just catch a train at the Central station and it will take you to every stop up the mountain. To plan your trip jump online at NSW TrainLink

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Lincoln’s Rock, also known as ‘Flat Rock’

 Lincoln’s Rock is located at Wentworth Falls and is quite breathtaking. From here you can see the stunning views of the Jamison Valley which change colour throughout the day as the sun and clouds move, so be sure to take a camera with you! If you’re feeling brave enough, Lincoln’s Rock is also known for its impressive optical illusion photo taken by many tourists where you appear to be sitting on the edge of a cliff… the truth is you are! But, the ledge is quite thick and fairly safe so nothing to worry about. It makes the perfect photo to show your family and friends how tough you are!

After you’ve finished discovering the views Lincoln’s Rock has to offer be sure to venture out into the main street of Wentworth Falls, where you will find antique shops and the most delicious German Bakery ever with lots of sweets and savories on offer.

Tip: Sitting at a cute little cafe with a hot cup of coffee is the best way to study so if you feel like bringing some of your books along, go for it!

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Echo Point, Three Sisters

 Echo Point lookout is located in the heart of Katoomba and is one of the most popular lookout points for tourists. Here you will find yourself looking at the famous Three Sisters among the forests of eucalyptus trees giving off the mystical blue effect in the distance, as well as witnessing other sandstone rock formations. The Three Sisters is essentially an unusual rock formation representing three sisters who according to Aboriginal legend, were turned to stone!

Tip: Be sure to check out the short 20-minute walk which actually takes you under the Three Sisters, it’s truly magical!

Don’t forget Katoomba is destination central for backpackers and tourists so make sure you check out the main streets of the town as you will find many quirky hidden cafes, antique shops, and parks which also make the perfect location for a picnic lunch.

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Hassans Walls Lookout

 Hassans Walls Lookout is located in Lithgow. It is the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains sitting at approximately 1100 meters above sea level. You can either take a 5-minute drive to the top or park your car at the bottom, and walk or ride up the mountain which takes about 40 minutes. And if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the native animals that inhabit the bush.

Once at the top of the lookout you make your way down the metal boardwalk taking in a peaceful, magical view of the Hartley Valley below, the best time for this is especially at dusk, where the sky is amber and purple in colour… it is magical and mystical and of course another photo opportunity!

Tip: While travelling through the Blue Mountains you will find that each lookout offers plenty of bush walks, so PLEASE be sure when undertaking one of them that you let someone know where you are going as there is limited phone reception in the Blue Mountains National Park. Always plan ahead! Check out Blue Mountains Australia online for more info.

 

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