The Blue Mountains are a must for any backpacker or traveller passing through Sydney.
Even though I have passed through Sydney a few times I still hadn’t visited the Blue Mountains despite being right on my doorstep. As I was leaving Sydney I thought I best pay them a visit!
My advice to any backpacker would be not to do this trip on a tour. There are several reasons for this. The first and obvious reason would be cost. You can take a train from Sydney Central to Katoomba from a little over $10. The Three Sisters is a ten minute walk from the train station. In addition you can purchase a hop on-and-off pass for $20. A day trip for $30 is a bargain! Most companies offer tours from between $50 – $90. Certainly a way to save some cash if you are on a budget.
There is another reason why I would suggest not doing a tour is the freedom. A friend and I got off at the station, grabbed a map and just explored. We walked when we wanted, stopped when we wanted and were free to do whatever we liked. A lot of the tour buses we witnessed just seemed to be herded around like sheep.
So if you fancy a cheap day out of the city from Sydney, like walking and scenery, a day trip to the Blue Mountains could be for you.