Weekend Trip From Sydney: The Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Sydney

The Blue Mountains are just about two hours west of Sydney – it’s the perfect weekend getaway. If you’re tired of the city life and craving some fresh air, chill breezes, and solid hiking trails, read on for the perfect weekend away.

Blue Mountains: The Perfect Weekend Trip From Sydney

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I took Friday night to pack, eat some Lord Of The Fries, and plan out my weekend. I’d rented an airbnb (ps use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb trip!) just outside of the Blue Mountains, in Leonay.

We headed up to the Blue Mountains on Saturday morning, leaving Sydney around 9 am. Fueled up on a breakfast of porridge, we just stopped for a coffee and some lunch supplies on the way, and arrived at our first destination at 12:30.

Saturday: Grand Canyon Hike

The trip started off with a long hike in the Grand Canyon of the Blue Mountains National Park. The Grand Canyon loop is about a two to three hour loop. We went there and back the long way, which added up to 4 hours.

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After completely exhausting ourselves, we stopped at the Thai Kitchen in Springwood for some curries (I love a good yellow curry!). Next, we headed to the airbnb, where we took showers, had a glass of wine, and promptly fell asleep with sore legs and tired feet.

Sunday: Three Sisters and Wentworth Falls

On Sunday, we set off at 9 AM for coffee and food supplies. We found a cute little strip mall with a new coffee shop and a Supa IGA. My new favorite thing is having coffee “for here” – it’s such a better experience than takeaway! Dan's Coffee Hause Blue Mountains

Next, we headed toward the Three Sisters, a rock formation with an incredible tale behind it. It was cold and windy, so we didn’t stay for long.

Three Sisters Blue Mountains After getting the best views of the Three Sisters, we headed east to go home, planning a quick stop at Wentworth Falls (ps check out Wentworth on Netflix – it’s a great show! It’s the aussie version of Orange Is The New Black, maybe even better than OITNB).

Our “quick stop” at Wentworth Falls somehow turned in to a 3 hour hike. I was not going home without seeing the waterfall! In the end, I saw three waterfalls. It was worth the three hour hike, but I think I learned a valuable lesson here: be prepared for anything. I ended up filling up my water bottle under a waterfall because we ran out of water. That water was pretty good though!

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After a long weekend of hiking, it felt so good to come home. I got home around 7 on Sunday night, took a long hot shower, and slept sooo well.



  1. Erika The Tiger
    June 26, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Wow, wow, wow, and wow!! Those waterfalls are breathtaking! I love waterfalls so much that one of my life goals is to photograph every waterfall I see in my state (we have a ton!)

    I totally agree about sitting and enjoying a coffee instead of taking it to go.

    Your life is so beautiful and exciting! Seeing bits of it always makes my day brighter!!

    • June 26, 2017 / 6:28 am

      I love hiking and drinking natural river water. Nothing beats it. I want a whole week of this!!!

      • June 26, 2017 / 8:10 am

        I want a whole week of this too! One weekend was not enough, there is so much to do there.

        Tbh I wasn’t sure about drinking the water, I’ve seen it on TV so I hoped for the best, and it was perfectly fine. I didn’t get sick and I was super excited to drink from the source. I hope to someday live close enough to drink from a waterfall at least once a week – how cool would that be!

    • June 26, 2017 / 8:08 am

      aw that is an incredible goal! I love it. I really love waterfalls too, I’d love to see your waterfall photos!

      I try to keep my life as exciting as possible, hehe. I’m pretty happy with it!

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment <3

  2. June 26, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    That loop hike looks epic! Insane views! And those waterfalls: wow. I’ll definitely bookmark this for whenever I make it to Australia. 🙂

    • June 27, 2017 / 2:32 am

      Do it! You guys would loooove it. The hiking is incredible!! I love a good viewpoint too – it makes the hike that much more rewarding!!

  3. Ron
    June 27, 2017 / 1:11 am

    Wentworth is better than OITNB. You should post more photos to Instagram 🙂

    • June 27, 2017 / 2:32 am

      It is better!! So happy that an aussie friend recommended it – I actually binge watched it while in Thailand. I’ll be posting many more photos to instagram (and I may have a photo diary post on the blue mountains coming up 😉 )

  4. Sarah Whyte
    June 27, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Hi Amanda

    What was the total cost of your weekend away?



    • June 27, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Hi Sarah! I worked it out to about $100 per person (I went with a friend). Hope that helps!

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