To join your Hop-On Hop-Off Blue Mountain Explorer Bus Tour from Sydney you should take the train to Katoomba Railway Station and catch the Blue Mountain Explorer Bus at the Savoy Bus Stop. The first tour bus starts at 0945h (9:45am) and departs every 30 minutes until 1605h (4:05pm). You can join the tour at any of the stops on the route.
This is a hop-on hop-off tour which means that you can get off at any stop to go sightseeing and jump back on again when you are ready. With buses arriving every 30 minutes this is easy to do. Your ticket is valid for 48 hours from first use, which gives you lots of time to look around.
If you want to just stay on the bus and see the sights through the windows, while listening to a live commentary in English, then the full round trip takes 50 minutes.
The tour has 13 stops, each with its own special attractions nearby.
• Katoomba Railway Station : Starting and ending point for the Blue Mountain Explorer. Opened in 1874, it serves intercity trains and is one of the main stations in the Blue Mountains.
• Craft Shops, Art Galleries : Hop off the bus here to explore the enticing art galleries, antique shops and craft shops of Katoomba.
• Waterfalls Rainforest Walk : This delightful walk shows you beautiful views, birdlife, rainforest and luxuriant ferns and dramatic waterfalls.
• Katoomba Cascades : The best stop for the exciting Scenic Railway – the steepest in the world! Or you can stroll down to the popular Katoomba Cascades.
• Three Sisters Plaza: Closest stop for the Three Sisters and Prince Henry Cliff Walk. The Walk starts at Gordon Falls Picnic Area and follows the cliff top past Leura Cascades and Echo Point, ending near the top of the Scenic Railway in Katoomba.
• Cliff Top Walk: Glorious views and plenty of fresh air
• Leura Cascades: There is a short and easy walk down the canyon to the top of Bridal Veil Falls. No steep stairs, suitable for most people.
• Toy and Railway Museum: A world famous collection of toys and dolls, teddy bears, tinplate, ships, automobiles, airplanes, and trains, plus a permanent Barbie Doll exhibition and NSW Railway memorabilia. The collection is housed in a glorious 5 hectare historic Blue Mountains garden and family mansion.
• Leura Village: A pretty village with a well-preserved historic streetscape. Leura is home to many formal, English-style gardens which open to the public in early October each year.
• Everglades Gardens: One of Australia’s foremost heritage gardens, dating from the 1930s. It sits in 12 ½ acres of European-style gardens and native Australian bush with breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley.
• Leura Resorts: Easy access to Leura’s hotels.
• Leura Railway Station: Opened in 1890 this is a regional railway station on the Blue Mountains Line of the CityRail intercity network.
• Katoomba Railway Station: Back to the starting point. Here you can catch the train back to Sydney.
You can end the tour at your own convenience at any of the 13 stops.