Travelling west from Sydney we pass the historic city of Penrith nestled on the banks of the Nepean River. Then we start our ascent through many charming small towns and villages, stopping first at stylish Leura for a comfort stop, coffee break and perhaps a stroll down the pretty main street. Next we move on to the thriving Blue Mountains capital of Katoomba. Here we will delight in magnificent views of the mountains major valleys, gorges and peaks including the world famous Three Sisters rock formation. The bird and plant life here is exotic and plentiful and there is time to marvel at the mind-expanding beauty and the many wonders of nature.
All tour prices are costed on the basis of AUD$80 per hour for the vehicle and tour captain/driver. This would mean for 9 passengers the cost is about $15 per hour per person.
All refreshments at passengers' own expense.
50% deposit required to confirm bookings.
All tours provide fully accessible comfort stops.
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Next, lunch (at own expense) will be taken at one of many accessible mountain restaurants or coffee houses, according to the taste of the passengers. This will be discussed with the driver en route but could include such places as the newly renovated 19th century Hydro Majestic hotel at Medlow Bath, with its unbelievable views and very pleasant atmosphere.
Now, on to the pretty Rhododendron town of Blackheath. Here there is a no cost option (weather permitting) of a wheelchair accessible walk through a totally unspoiled Australian gum tree forest. An easy 1.8kms (1 mile) stroll, comfortable for both manual and battery powered wheelchairs. This is a truly great experience, which ends at the awe inspiring Govett's Leap lookout.
But all good things come to an end and so we head back to Sydney via an even more scenic route through the rich fruit growing areas of Bell and Bilpin and two of most historic pioneering towns in Australia, Richmond and Windsor. Time for a comfort stop and the chance to buy a memento or two.
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