Hike and Bushcamp in the Blue Mountains

Walk through mysterious forests, climb to the summit of Mount Solitary, and camp beneath the stars. 3 days, 2 nights.

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Hike and Bushcamp in the Blue Mountains

Walk through mysterious forests, climb to the summit of Mount Solitary, and camp beneath the stars. 3 days, 2 nights.

Descend into the living, breathing forests of the Blue Mountains for an incredible hiking adventure. Walk beneath dramatic cliffs, picnic at splashing waterfalls, and hike the classic Korrowal Knife Edge to the top of Mount Solitary. At night relax around the warm glow of a campfire and gaze up at the starry sky. Your hiking adventure includes:

  • 3 days of hiking in the Blue Mountains
  • 2 nights of bushcamping
  • All meals, snacks and hot drinks
  • Professional, experienced, local guide
  • All camping gear
  • Local transfers

Perfect for:
Active adventurers looking to escape the busyness of daily life and reconnect with nature. Previous experience recommended but not required.

What to Expect

Day 1: Hike into the wilderness

Meet your guide bright and early in the cliffside town of Katoomba.

Hike down into ancient rainforest and quickly leave the tourists far behind. It won’t take long to feel completely isolated.

Listen for the calls of bellbirds, look out for lyrebirds crossing the trail, and learn about local flora and fauna from your guide.

Hike past the scenic Leura Cascades, traverse a landslide from 1931, and follow the base of the mighty Katoomba Cliffs. This is nature at its finest.

Late in the day arrive at your campsite on the lower slopes of Mount Solitary.

Take some time to unwind and freshen up, then gather around the campfire for dinner, laughter and incredible stargazing.

12km of hiking, 740m ascent, 820m descent

Day 2: Hike Mount Solitary

Wake up to the sound of birds chirping, then pack up and hit the trail for your ascent of Mount Solitary.

You’ll follow the fun and challenging Korrowal Knife Edge. There’s no trail, so you’ll get to scramble up rocks and climb the ridgeline.

Traverse the broad top of the mountain and arrive at the true summit in time for lunch.

At 980m elevation, you have the best views in the Jamison Valley. Take a deep breath. It’s good to be here.

Descend the mountain via a steep spur that leads straight back into the forest and your campsite.

Cool off with a swim in the Kedumba River, then laze around camp and watch wild kangaroos and wallabies grazing nearby.

Enjoy a tasty campfire dinner, then fall asleep surrounded by the sounds of nature.

12km of hiking, 580m ascent, 1100m descent

Day 3: Hike out to Katoomba

Wake up with a hot drink and eat breakfast with the local wildlife.

Gradually climb up and out of the valley through eucalyptus forests to the base of the cliffs.

Rest in the shade, then scramble between clifflines up a steep gully to the top of the cliff edge at Wentworth Falls.

Finish with a relaxed walk along the cliffs with views of yesterday’s conquest, then celebrate your adventure with a cold one in Katoomba before catching the train home.

9km of hiking, 190m descent, 800m ascent

Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, trail conditions, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll bushcamp in two locations in the Blue Mountains. The first is at the base of Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle, and the second is in a clearing on the banks of the Kedumba River where wild kangaroos and wallabies often graze.

Both campsites have only very basic facilities (e.g. picnic tables and drop toilets) and no vehicle access, so you can expect peace, solitude, and the opportunity to reconnect with nature.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Sorry, no private trips are currently available for this product. Try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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Location

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The terrain of the Blue Mountains isn’t something you can fully appreciate from a distance. Yes, the roadside lookout points are beautiful, but what lies below those cliffs? The answer is a Jurassic Park-like world of mossy slot canyons, rushing rivers and chirping rainforest. It won’t take long to feel like you’ve been transported to a different planet.

The Blue Mountains are so named for the blue haze that colours them from a distance. The haze is thought to be a byproduct of the eucalyptus forests that cover the mountains. Those forests along the with an abundance of endemic flora and fauna earned the area a UNESCO World Heritage Area listing in 2000.

Up on the plateau, Katoomba is the main town (pop. 8,000) in the Blue Mountains. It caters to a bustling tourism industry and provides access to some of the best attractions in the area. There are heaps of restaurants, bars, cafes, hostels and hotels to meet all your needs if you arrive a day early.

Start point?
You’ll meet your guide at 08:00 on the first day at the Katoomba Train Station. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip ends back at the Katoomba Train Station around 16:00 on the third day. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Train: There are regular trains to Katoomba from Sydney Central (2 hours, direct) and Sydney Airport (2 ½ hours, 1 transfer). You’ll have to catch a very early train (~05:30) to arrive in Katoomba by 08:00 on the first day of hiking, or you can arrive the night before and stay in Katoomba.

Car: You can also drive yourself. Katoomba is about 1 ½ hours from Sydney.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Katoomba
  • Accommodation before/after the trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 10.

Please note, if there are not 5 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The first and last days are mostly on good trails, though there are some steep sections.

The middle day is the most challenging with rock scrambling, off-trail hiking, and a steep descent into camp. But don’t worry: your guide is always right there to help you, and there’s no rush.

This trip is suitable for any reasonably fit adventurer with a good attitude. Previous hiking experience is recommended but not required.

Your guide will prepare plenty of fresh, wholesome food throughout the trip. Dinners are homecooked then frozen and dehydrated to make carrying them easier. Examples include:

  • Breakfast: Apple and cinnamon porridge.
  • Lunch: Wraps with salami, tuna or cheese.
  • Dinner: Beef and bean chilli; chickpea and vegetable curry; tomato/olive/chorizo pasta.
  • Snacks: Huge variety and lots of them. You won’t go hungry!

Vegetarian and vegan diets can be met. Just make a request when booking.

Most seasons you’ll experience mild temperatures ranging from 9 – 15 °C during the day and cooling off to 5 – 9 °C at night. It can get misty and humid in the Blue Mountains, but most days are sunny and clear. Mid-summer and mid-winter can be very hot or very cold, accordingly.

Your host will provide everything you need for camping, including:

  • 1- or 2-person tent
  • Sleeping bag rated to -10 °C
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Closed cell foam sleeping mat
  • 60 – 75L backpack
  • First aid kit
  • All cooking and eating kit

Your host recommends you bring the following:

  • Sturdy, waterproof, broken-in hiking shoes or boots
  • Water bottles or hydration pack (minimum 2L)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)
  • Warm jumper or fleece
  • Warm jacket (down or synthetic)
  • Thermal top and bottom (wool or synthetic)
  • Long hiking trousers and long-sleeved shirt
  • T-shirt and shorts
  • Change of socks
  • A warm hat
  • Headtorch or hand held torch, and spare batteries
  • Personal medication as needed
  • A couple of garbage bags to waterproof your gear
  • Very basic toiletries (no soaps)
  • Camera
  • Lightweight shoes to wear in camp (optional)
  • Insect repellent

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