Blue Mountains, NSW

 Australia

It's time to explore the famed Blue Mountains like you never have before. Over five spectacular days, you'll tackle four iconic walking tracks in the three major valleys that make up this region.

Trip duration:
5 days

Challenge duration:
4 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
February to April

Accommodation:
4-star cottages based on twin-share

Hiking the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains National Park has so much more to offer than just the Three Sisters.

On this adventure, you'll challenge yourself to trek through vast deep valleys, climb to the top of Mount Solitary, and witness the range of breathtaking scenery that the region has to offer.

Over five days, you'll explore exhilarating walks, discover Aboriginal history, hike to tumbling waterfalls, and enjoy far-reaching vistas of ancient escarpments and forest-clad valleys. And, each evening, take in the picturesque town of Leura as you relax at the historic Old Leura Dairy, now a boutique eco-lodge.

Plateau rising up, against backdrop of mountains in the distance. Blue Mountains
Trekker sitting on a log, looking at a creek surrounded by lush ferns and forest. Blue Mountains.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Explore the three major valleys of Blue Mountains National Park; Jamison Valley, Megalong Valley, and Gros Valley
  • Conquer Mount Solitary, the highest point in the national park
  • Take in the sites of the historical town of Leura
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Leura

Make your own way to Leura, in the Blue Mountains National Park, for the start of our adventure. You will need to arrive by 5:30pm, in time for our first team briefing. Following this, we will have a welcome drink and dinner together, giving you the chance to meet your fellow trekkers and new friends. 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Katoomba to Mt Solitary

On our first day of trekking, we’ll be tackling Mt Solitary, an isolated sandstone plateau. The mountain was named so as it is the only mountain in the Jamison Valley, one of the three major valleys in the region. Our day begins with a quick transfer to Katoomba, accessing the valley floor via the historic and spectacular Scenic Railway. Once we’ve arrived deep into the valley, we’ll set our sights on conquering Mt Solitary, passing ruins of former coal mines along the way. At the summit of Mt Solitary, we stop to take in views of Narrow Neck and the Jamison Valley, before descending the mountain and then return to Katoomba via the Golden Staircase at Narrow Neck. 

Trekking Distance: 18km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pierces Pass to The Pinnacles

Today we’re exploring the Grose Valley. This area was home to the first conservation battle in NSW, in 1931, to protect the magnificent Blue Gum Forest. We begin today with a transfer to Pierces Pass on the historic Bells Line of Road before descending 600m into the heart of the valley. We then head eastwards towards the Blue Gum Forest, where we’ll find eucalypts as far as the eye can see, and immerse ourselves in this wildlife haven whilst we make a stop for lunch. This afternoon, we continue onto Du Faur Head and the Lockley Pylon track, making our way across open heathlands before we finally arrive at our end point, at the Pinnacles on Mt Hay Road.

Trekking Distance: 17km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Megalong Valley, Nellies Glen, and Devils Hole

Megalong Valley is known as one of the Blue Mountains’ best-kept secrets, but getting there is an adventure in itself. Starting from the town of Blackheath, this winding road passes through temperate rainforests filled with soaring eucalypts and emerald tree ferns before arriving into the rural paradise that is Megalong Valley. Today we’ll be exploring this region with a section of trek that begins in Katoomba, the Six Foot Track. The track continues all the way to Jenolan Caves, but today we’ll be exploring the gully of Nellies Glen, and returning via the Devils Hole, an impressive cleft topped by a massive boulder. Tonight, we’ll celebrate our last evening together with a team dinner at a local restaurant.

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Grand Canyon & Depart Leura

Our final day takes us through a narrow slot canyon that is deep, dark, and twisting, but is also known as one of the best walks in the upper Blue Mountains. The spectacular Grand Canyon track follows an impressive halfway ledge above much of the canyon, before descending to the canyon floor below. Once on the canyon floor, we’ll be met with a series of waterfalls, creeks and spectacular views, not to mention the abundance of native plants. It is the perfect end to a challenging few days. We’ll make a final return to our accommodation for the chance to freshen up before we say goodbye to our new friends.

Trekking Distance: 7km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: Arrive in Leura

Make your own way to Leura, in the Blue Mountains National Park, for the start of our adventure. You will need to arrive by 5:30pm, in time for our first team briefing. Following this, we will have a welcome drink and dinner together, giving you the chance to meet your fellow trekkers and new friends. 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Katoomba to Mt Solitary

On our first day of trekking, we’ll be tackling Mt Solitary, an isolated sandstone plateau. The mountain was named so as it is the only mountain in the Jamison Valley, one of the three major valleys in the region. Our day begins with a quick transfer to Katoomba, accessing the valley floor via the historic and spectacular Scenic Railway. Once we’ve arrived deep into the valley, we’ll set our sights on conquering Mt Solitary, passing ruins of former coal mines along the way. At the summit of Mt Solitary, we stop to take in views of Narrow Neck and the Jamison Valley, before descending the mountain and then return to Katoomba via the Golden Staircase at Narrow Neck. 

Trekking Distance: 18km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pierces Pass to The Pinnacles

Today we’re exploring the Grose Valley. This area was home to the first conservation battle in NSW, in 1931, to protect the magnificent Blue Gum Forest. We begin today with a transfer to Pierces Pass on the historic Bells Line of Road before descending 600m into the heart of the valley. We then head eastwards towards the Blue Gum Forest, where we’ll find eucalypts as far as the eye can see, and immerse ourselves in this wildlife haven whilst we make a stop for lunch. This afternoon, we continue onto Du Faur Head and the Lockley Pylon track, making our way across open heathlands before we finally arrive at our end point, at the Pinnacles on Mt Hay Road.

Trekking Distance: 17km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Megalong Valley, Nellies Glen, and Devils Hole

Megalong Valley is known as one of the Blue Mountains’ best-kept secrets, but getting there is an adventure in itself. Starting from the town of Blackheath, this winding road passes through temperate rainforests filled with soaring eucalypts and emerald tree ferns before arriving into the rural paradise that is Megalong Valley. Today we’ll be exploring this region with a section of trek that begins in Katoomba, the Six Foot Track. The track continues all the way to Jenolan Caves, but today we’ll be exploring the gully of Nellies Glen, and returning via the Devils Hole, an impressive cleft topped by a massive boulder. Tonight, we’ll celebrate our last evening together with a team dinner at a local restaurant.

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Grand Canyon & Depart Leura

Our final day takes us through a narrow slot canyon that is deep, dark, and twisting, but is also known as one of the best walks in the upper Blue Mountains. The spectacular Grand Canyon track follows an impressive halfway ledge above much of the canyon, before descending to the canyon floor below. Once on the canyon floor, we’ll be met with a series of waterfalls, creeks and spectacular views, not to mention the abundance of native plants. It is the perfect end to a challenging few days. We’ll make a final return to our accommodation for the chance to freshen up before we say goodbye to our new friends.

Trekking Distance: 7km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Blue Mountains trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–80+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 4-star cottages. The Old Leura Dairy is a charming boutique accommodation, with a fireplace and hot tub for relaxing at the end of the day.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Included in the package are breakfast, packed lunch and snacks while trekking, and a two-course dinner each evening.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. A special meal can always be prepared to meet individual needs specified in advance.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Out in the bush, phone coverage will be sketchy – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you’re lucky, you might get some coverage at high points on the trail.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. 

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4-star cottages based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Trekking guide
  • National Park fees
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include:

  • Travel to and from Leura
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

 

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $25 per day to cover any meals and beverages not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

 

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Blue Mountains trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–80+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 4-star cottages. The Old Leura Dairy is a charming boutique accommodation, with a fireplace and hot tub for relaxing at the end of the day.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Included in the package are breakfast, packed lunch and snacks while trekking, and a two-course dinner each evening.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. A special meal can always be prepared to meet individual needs specified in advance.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Out in the bush, phone coverage will be sketchy – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you’re lucky, you might get some coverage at high points on the trail.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. 

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4-star cottages based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Trekking guide
  • National Park fees
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include:

  • Travel to and from Leura
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

 

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $25 per day to cover any meals and beverages not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

 

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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