Hiking in the blue mountains beginning of march

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1. Posted by borisfranc (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone!

I see that some of u on this forum are visiting sydney at the end of february - beginning of march. I'll be landing in sydney 27th feb and I'm planning on going hiking in the blue moutains after visiting the big city ;)
Nothing is really planned, so if u have any suggestions dont hesitate.
About me I'm a french little guy (23) and i'll be spending 4 months in Australia till June!

2. Posted by SOMV (Budding Member 58 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


Your plan to do some hiking is a great idea! So few people get out into the "bush", and they really miss out on spectacular scenery.

You can catch a train out to Katoomba from Sydney if you don't have a car. It's a really nice trip. Then stay in one of the youth hostels and plan your walks from there. The Blue Mountains are vast, and you should definitely be careful and don't hike by yourself unless you know exactly what you are doing. It is very easy to get lost.

But if you follow one of the popular hiking routes you will be fine. There are plenty of information centres in Katoomba, and plenty of maps you can buy.

If you want to go on a proper long hike, perhaps involving a few nights out under the stars, you may want to contact the Bush Walking (hiking) clubs of some universities and ask to join one of their planned walks.

I used to be in the Sydney University Bushwalking Club and they go out hiking almost every weekend. Contact them and see what they have to say.

Oh, if you are heading to Tasmania that is also known as perhaps the best place to hike in Australia. Especially around the Cradle Mountain area.

Oh I am so jealous - the bush is the one thing I miss about Australia the most. And the sound of the bell birds (literally like little bells ringing through the mountains) is incomparable. I have posted up some photos of the Blue Mountains I took in December last year. They don't really capture the beauty, but they will give you an idea.


3. Posted by borisfranc (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the all the tips Somv! it's too bad u are not in australia to join in!
When did u go hiking there?
I reallly dont know much about the 'wild' australia, and it's true hiking there must not be as simple as hiking in Europe...
Are there dangerous animals in the blue mountains? It's stupid but i've always been scared by snakes... hope the mountains are not to full of bad ones ;)

Anyway thanks a lot!
So anyone interested in the adventure?

ps: i see u cannot leave your email here, so how can u contact someone? i'm a little lost ;)

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5293 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting borisfranc

ps: i see u cannot leave your email here, so how can u contact someone? i'm a little lost ;)

There's a "Send message" link underneath everyone's name that you can use to send them a private message. (Private messages will by default send you an email, too, although you can disable that. Way at the top of each page it shows you how many new private messages you have.)
If you happen to dislike the private messaging system, you could swap email addresses through that system and communicate by email beyond that; we just had to stop the display of email addresses on the forum to try and reduce the amount of spam a bit, and also to protect people who didn't realize that posting their email address publicly like that would get them a whole lot of spam once the spamharvesters would find it.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 15, 2008, at 5:52 AM by Sander ]

5. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

yeah we have alot of dangerous animals in australia but its not that common to get bitten by something if youre careful. make sure you wear good hiking boots and long pants to lessen the blow if a snake bites you! carry a first aid kit with u and TAKE WATER! make sure you know where youre going and tell someone where youre going and what time you should be back.

if you see a snake its most likely more scared of you than you are of it, and if you stamp ur feet and the vibrations will scare it off... dont approach or corner it and youll be fine...

but seriously, you wont have a problem... ive lived in australia my whole life and have never been close to being bitten by anything... seen a few snakes but they always slither off!

6. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I live in the Blue Mountains and there are often snakes, especially in summer. Coming at the end of feb means it'll be towards the end of summer and so less snakes, most of the ones you see will be fairly harmless but you should leave them alone.

This summer there have been plenty of backpackers so you won't be alone, most of them do day trips into the Katoomba Valley which is a good option. If you can, go out to Mt Solitary and the ruined castle which can be an over nighter or done in a single day. Going down on the scenic railway and up on the cable car is a good way to avoid walking up and down the hill. You can go to echo point and the 3 sisters, but it's where everyone else goes too.

Please take plenty of water, some food and a map with you and wear covered shoes. An aside note, it has been raining lots this summer so some wet weather gear might not go astray.

7. Posted by borisfranc (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks you all for all the good recommandations... I thought i could finally leave my rain clothes behind but i'll bring them... and I think i'll also try to join some australian experienced hikers, it will surely be easier!