If you enjoy spending quality time with Mother Nature, New South Wales is definitely the state for you.
Hiring a car in Sydney will give you access to the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park, which is home to around 300 kilometres of heritage walking tracks. Waterfalls, exotic bird life, and breathtaking rainforest scenery await you here.
There are many areas within this iconic national park that boast unique views and activities. Two of the most popular are Katoomba and Wentworth Falls.
If you rent a car at the Sydney airport, you'll be at this spectacular attraction in no time. Located just 60 kilometres from the bustling capital city, Katoomba is just one area of the Blue Mountains National Park that provides a variety of scenic walks that ardent nature lovers will never forget.
A 90-minute drive from the airport will find you in Echo Point, Katoomba, which is home to the world-famous Three Sisters.
The Three Sisters is a unique rock formation that attracts visitors from all over the world. These monoliths are 922, 918 and 906 metres tall, and are named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo.
According to Aboriginal legend, these rocks were once three human sisters who were transformed by a witchdoctor trying to protect them from danger.
At different seasons and times of day, the sunlight changes what colour the rocks are, so the Three Sisters are definitely worth seeing multiple times.
In addition to the Three Sisters Walk, there are many beautiful bush walks that you and your family can enjoy in Katoomba.
We recommend checking out Katoomba Falls, Cliff View Lookout, Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Boars Head Rock while you're in the area.
Located 100 kilometres away from Sydney and 8 kilometres from Katoomba, Wentworth Falls is one of the most beautiful locations within the Blue Mountains.
This is the place to go if you're looking for some longer bush walks and absolutely spectacular views. The Charles Darwin Walk is the shortest, taking one and a half hours to make a round trip, but we also encourage you to visit the Breakfast Point Lookout, Princes Rock Lookout, and Queens Cascades, which require longer treks.
If you're willing to brave the cold, you could also take a dip in the Wentworth Falls Lake.There's a picnic area and BBQ facilities nearby, so you can warm up with a nice meal after your aquatic exertions.
One of Wentworth Fall's most glorious and remote sites is only accessible by car, so make sure you've organised a rental car before you leave Sydney!
This site is called Ingar Picnic Ground, located in the Kings Tableland Area. This was the traditional land of the Gundungurra people, and is an ancient Aboriginal site. It may have been occupied as many as 22,000 years ago, according to the Blue Mountains Australia website. It can be accessed via Tableland Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive.
So, if you're looking to get away from it all for a day, and perhaps enjoy a romantic lunch with a loved one in picturesque seclusion, drive over to the Ingar Picnic Ground.
New South Wales is home to 820 parks and reserves – Blue Mountains National Park is just the tip of the iceberg. A rental car could help you enjoy the natural beauty of this state left, right and centre – so what are you waiting for?
For more information about Blue Mountains National Park, check out the official website. Here you can find all of the best things to do and see in the area and make sure you don't miss out on anything!