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Mistakes to Avoid When Booking Blue Mountains Day Trips

A day trip to the Blue Mountains is an excellent way to experience this one-of-a-kind marvel of nature–especially if you’re only in town for a limited time! However, there are some common mistakes to avoid when you book and prepare for your trip.

With a little planning and thought, your trip should go ahead without a hitch. Throughout this article, we’re going to highlight some common mistakes and provide expert advice to help you make the most out of your Blue Mountains stay.

Booking Last Minute

Nothing’s more disappointing than missing out on your trip at the last minute. Unfortunately, this is a mistake that’s made by so many travellers. The good news is that it’s an easy fix! In the months or weeks leading up to your trip, do some research and explore the different options available.

Whether you’re planning a couple’s getaway or joining a guided Blue Mountains tour, it never hurts to book ahead. This way, you won't miss out on your chance to visit Scenic World, the Three Sisters, or any of the other incredible destinations on offer. Many of these spots, Scenic World especially, also tend to get booked out–especially during peak school holiday seasons. 

Of course, one of the biggest advantages of joining a tour is that all the bookings are already made for you! Here, a spot on the tour is the only booking you’ll ever have to make.

Not Setting a Schedule

This is another mistake that tends to go hand-in-hand with unplanned day trips. Sydney to Katoomba is roughly one and half hours each way, and will generally take longer via train. This means that in order to make the most of your time, you need to account for this travel time and plan accordingly.

If you’re taking your own vehicle, it’s also important to consider how long it will take you to get from destination to destination within the Blue Mountains. Here, we recommend selecting the few spots that you really want to visit and setting out a logical schedule/itinerary.

We also understand that everyone has their own travel style, preferences, and reasons for visiting the Blue Mountains. Either way, we’d hate for you to miss out on the amazing natural landscapes and attractions from a lack of planning.


Want to leave the planning to the experts? Book a spot on our one-of-a-kind Sydney Blue Mountains Day Tour. From day trips to chartered tours, our guides will ensure your time up in the breathtaking region is both enjoyable and highly informative.

Not Checking the Weather Forecast

There’s a big difference between visiting the Blue Mountains at the height of summer and the depths of winter. Due to the elevation, this region also has a unique ecosystem and climate that differs to that of the coast of NSW. This is why we recommend that you always check the weather forecast ahead of time, and in the morning itself.

Whether there’s heavy rain, warm sunshine, or cool winter winds in the forecast, it’s always important to consider the conditions before you set off. These rules apply to any independent day trips, as well as joining a guided tour.

As we’ll cover a little later, an awareness of the conditions can help to inform what you pack and bring along, be it rain jackets, sun protection or clothing that’s generally appropriate for that particular day’s weather.

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Not Dressing Appropriately

Moving right along from our previous point, not dressing appropriately is another common mistake that many people make. This could be everything from a lack of sun protection (hats, long sleeves, etc.) to forgetting a jacket on a rainy day.

Shoes are definitely worth considering too. Because you’ll be out in nature and exploring trails or walking tracks, you’ll need to bring the right footwear to match. Remember, there’s no sense hurting your feet or running a fresh pair of shoes!

When it comes to footwear, go with comfortable boots, runners with appropriate support or trail shoes, as the terrain can be rugged and uneven. Dressing in layers is also ideal all the way from Autumn through to Spring. This ultimately allows you to adjust to fluctuating temperatures throughout the day.

Overpacking or Underpacking

Finding the right balance in what to bring is key. Overpacking can make your trip cumbersome while underpacking might leave you unprepared. Some essentials to include are a small backpack, sunscreen, a hat, a rain jacket, and a first aid kit.

Given all the walking and exploring you’ll be doing, it’s important to stay hydrated and energised throughout the day. Carry plenty of water and some light snacks to keep you going throughout the day. It's better to be prepared, as some of the more isolated areas and trails might not have convenient access to refreshments.
On the flip side, overpacking and bringing a heavy bag is likely to tire you out and zap your energy levels. If you’re a little bit lost or unsure exactly what to bring along, check out our recent article for tips on ‘Designing the Ultimate Blue Mountains Day Trip Itinerary’.

Missing the Major Attractions

With so much to see and do in the Blue Mountains, it's easy to miss out on some of the most unforgettable attractions and jaw-dropping scenery. Some of the key highlights include the iconic Three Sisters rock formation, best viewed from Echo Point Lookout, and the stunning Wentworth Falls, which offers spectacular views and rewarding hiking trails. 

Don't miss Scenic World, where you can experience the Scenic Railway, Skyway, and Cableway for breathtaking views. Also, explore the lush Jenolan Caves, one of the world's oldest cave systems. To make the most of your trip, research these major attractions and plan your itinerary to ensure you experience the natural beauty and unique sites that make the Blue Mountains so special.

Book a Spot on Our Sydney Blue Mountains Day Tour

Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon '' of Australia, and now World Heritage listed, the Blue Mountains has deep gorges, steep cliffs, spectacular lookouts, excellent bushwalks, and diverse flora and fauna. On our Sydney Blue Mountains Day Tour, the true spirit of the Blue Mountains will be revealed.

You can travel with friends, family, or by yourself–everyone’s welcome at OzTrails! We’ve been running tours for many years, and take great pride in offering an inclusive, fun, and unforgettable experience for all. 

We’re highly rated by TripAdvisor and many other major travel companies–Book your spot today and see why!

A Few Final Notes

Be Open To New Experiences

From walks and trails to rides, restaurants, galleries, engravings, and ancient rock formations, this region is full of different unique experiences. Going into your day trip with an open mind and a sense of adventure will ultimately make it all an unforgettable experience.

Soak In The Local History And Culture

The history of the Blue Mountains is fascinating. At OzTrails, we acknowledge the Aboriginal Dharug, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, Wiradjuri, Darkinjung and Tharawal Nations as the traditional owners of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. 

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or returning, there are many opportunities to learn about the history of the land, including insights into the aboriginal rock engravings and First Nations people thought to have arrived in the Blue Mountains over 22,000 years ago.

Follow The Safety Guidelines

Safety should always be a priority. Follow all posted signs and guidelines, stay on marked trails, and avoid risky behaviours such as climbing on unfenced edges or venturing off into unknown areas. The natural beauty of the Blue Mountains is best enjoyed safely and responsibly.

Always Respect Wildlife And Nature

This region is home to diverse wildlife and pristine natural environments. Avoid feeding animals, stay on designated paths, and take your rubbish with you to preserve the beauty of the area for future visitors.

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Don’t Forget To Charge Your Phone

With so many scenic sights and stunning backdrops, it would be a shame if you’re unable to capture it because your phone isn’t charged! So, on the night before, make sure to keep it fully charged or bring along a portable charger so that you don;t fail to document the trip!

Check Out the Local Cuisine

The Blue Mountains have some fantastic cafes and restaurants offering delicious meals and unique local flavours. Plan to stop at a local eatery to experience the culinary delights of the region.

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