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5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk

5 day self guided Blue Mountains walk

Join Life’s an Adventure on a magnificent 5-day self-guided tour in the Blue Mountains. Situated 2 hours west from Sydney, this stunning world-heritage site is a must when visiting the big city, to switch from noisy city sounds to a peaceful mountain area. This one million hectares of breathtaking waterfalls, sandstone cliffs, eucalyptus forests and its one of the largest and most intact regions of protected bushland of Australia.

Life’s an Adventure has had vast experience providing guided walking tours in the Blue Mountains during the past ten years, we have carefully selected the best of the best to show the cream of the crop in the Blue Mountains during your self-guided walk.

Enjoy the adventure of a self-guided walking tour with all create comforts provided for you. The Blue Mountains is a magnificent world-heritage site and so it is a perfect spot for a walking holiday with spectacular scenery and wildlife.

•We’ll carry your bags for you! Your luggage will be carried ahead of you to the next accommodation resulting into a more relaxing walk. Only a daypack is needed during the tour filled with items that is necessary for yourself.
•An alternative free tour when there is heavy rain during one of the days or you need a rest day. Either to Jenolan Caves or (a Mudgee Wine tour – Sunday’s only).
• A complimentary Walking APP for each day – with GPS triggers to show you where you are.
* No credit card fees when booking with us.
•Includes the Scenic World Pass for the Scenic Railway which provides you easier access into the valley and a spectacular Scenic Skyway gondola ride suspended across the Jamison Valley,
•To keep your peace of mind we will even provide you with an EPIRB free of charge.
•Lots of information provided during the tour about the flora, fauna, history and geology of the Blue Mountains in our extensive notes.
•Choice of easier walking options most days to suit your level of fitness.
•As we are a Sydney/Blue Mountains based company, we are only a phone call away from ensuring you will have a memorable experience whilst you are on tour.

A privately guided option of this tour is available with pickup from Sydney. Ask about costs with our reservations team.

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Why Choose Us?

When participating the self-guided walking tours with Life’s an Adventure, we make sure that we provide exceptional value for money with all the create comforts need. Our self-guided tour include:
  • Lots of information provided during the tour about the flora, fauna, history and geology of the Blue Mountains in our extensive notes.
  • A walking APP with GPS coordinates on your walk
  • 4 nights in local B&B accommodation
  • 2 x dinners in local restaurants included.
  • 3 x lunches
  • 4 x breakfasts
  • We will provide you with an EPIRB for safety
  • Scenic World rides
  • Your backpacks will be transferred
  • Maps
  • Waterproof map case


  • A Wet Weather Alternative. For a heavy rainy day we will provide a complimentary Jenolan Caves tour to use on one day when the weather would make it uncomfortable to walk (or on Sundays a Mudgee Wine tour is available).

Note we leave two nights free for you to dine at a local restaurant of your choice at your own expense.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk

Start at Blackheath

Your adventure starts any time after 2pm at Blackheath for the 5 day itinerary. Today you can visit an amazing coffee shop, pounder art galleries or just hang out at a historical pub.

Day 2
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk

Popes Glenn - Horseshoe Falls - Govett’s Leaps to Braeside Creek circuit.

Today is one of the must-do of the Blue Mountains. This grand circuit wanders down Pope’s Glen Creek from Blackheath village all the way to the escarpment. It follows the cliff tops along to the top of Bridal Veil Falls, and then loops back along Braeside Creek back home for an early finish to the day.

However approximately half way during the tour, there is an option to extend your trip for the more adventurous. This additional walk is a classic cliff top walk which brings you to Pulpit Rock lookout highlighting magnificent views of the Grose Valley.

The extended option is from Pulpit rock, to Boyd’s Beach and Govetts Leap. It is a easy-graded walk of 6 kilometre and is 2 hours extra.

Day 3
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk

Scenic Railway - Federal Pass and Ruined Castle.

This fantastic full day Blue Mountains hiking experience includes a must-do ride on the thrilling Scenic Railway the steepest railway in the world (a dramatic short cut to the valley floor for our group) and a great hiking experience to Ruined Castle. We traverse the Jamieson Valley and climb Ruined Castle, one of the most visible and remarkable landmarks of the Blue Mountains. The 360 degree views from the rocky outcrop of Ruined Castle is a stunning climax to this wonderful Blue Mountains walk. Enjoy a delicious lunch before returning. For most thank goodness, we have booked you a return ticket on the Scenic Railway to avoid 310 metres climb back to the cliff top?

Or will you rise to the Furber Challenge on the way back? An alternative to riding up the Scenic Railway, this track climbs steeply through dense rainforest past Katoomba falls and delightful grottoes.

We do offer an Easier option this day for the less active which is just as beautiful. This option is to ride the Scenic railway and then walk Federal pass, and come back via the golden Stairs. The easier option is a medium-graded walk and is 6.3 kilometres and lasts for 4 hours.

Day 4
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk

Three sisters - Giant Stairway - Dardanelles’ pass to Leura.

Today we see the Three Sisters, the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular landmark. This must see attraction is experienced by millions of people each year. The Three Sisters is essentially an unusual rock formation representing three sisters who according to Aboriginal legend were turned to stone and today you will be not just taking a picture of it (like most tourists), but also walking through it down to the forest floor, via the famous giant stairway.

An amazing transformation of scenery takes place where you are quickly taken to a magical place of ferns, mosses and towering dogwoods. You may even better treated with an impromptu meeting with the local lyrebird.

At this day there is also an option for a less-active walk. This walk will bring you to the Three sisters, Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura. It is an easy-graded 8,4, km walk for 3 hours.

Day 5
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk

Last day

Day 5 will be your last day, which doesn’t involve any hiking. After you breakfast you will be transferred to the station of Leura, if necessary.

Tour Accommodation

5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk

Night 1 and 2


Built in 1905, this 3 star hotel, traditional guesthouse in the Blue Mountains is a 5-minute walk from Blackheath Station. Rooms have fireplaces with French doors that open onto verandas.

5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk

Night 3


Here you will stay at a Beautiful Mountains Retreat accommodation which has a variety of 4.5 star suites. Delightfully restored 1920s Mountain home offering you atmosphere, open gas fires, spas and decor of the era. All suits have their own private entrances, queen-sized beds, central heating, gas fires, electric blankets, with own private sitting and eating areas.

Situated in the heart of Katoomba (on the Golden Tourist Mile) and only a short stroll to: cafes, restaurants and galleries it is guaranteed to impress.

5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk
5-day self-guided Blue Mountains walk

Night 4


An idyllic Blue Mountains escape. This is a very friendly hosted bed & breakfast accommodation in a federation style home set on over an acre of park like grounds with full size tennis court. Catering only for adults, your accommodation is one of the tastefully decorated queen bed rooms with large ensuite bathrooms. It offers “Peace and quiet”, extensive grounds, sweeping gravel drive, long shady veranda, lead light windows, decorative plasterwork and old style hospitality. Just 800m from the historic garden village of Leura, quality restaurants and plenty of shopping. This luxurious accommodation is the perfect way to finish off your stay in the Blue Mountains.

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Tour Availability

We run this tour every day throughout the whole year for a minimum of 2 persons. Check information below about availability and if you have any questions about any departures please contact us at

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Tour Prices

5 day walk
$ 1295 /p

Cvernight bags transported to your accommodation
2 x delicious dinners in local restaurants included
3 x lunches
4 x breakfasts
Scenic world pass
No credit card fees
An alternative free tour when there is heavy rain on one of the days.
An EPIRB for your safety
Extensive notes with provided information about the flora, fauna, history and geology of the Blue Mountains

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Frequently Asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to walk?

This walk is suitable for those who are looking for a walking / hiking holiday experience. A good level of fitness is needed to complete this walk. You must be capable of walking between 5 – 6 hours a day along formed tracks, although we also offer less active options which are around 3 to 4 hours. Because we carry our guests overnight packs it makes the walk that much more enjoyable. Please note if you have any medical conditions which may affect your walking we suggest you seek medical advice before booking this tour.

So what will I need to carry?

All our guests will just need to carry a small day pack with water, camera and any small personal items you want access to during the day. Your overnight bags will be transported to your accommodation each day.

What accommdation is provided on each night.

On night 1 and 2 you will be accommodated at a 3 star hotel at Blackheath, which is a traditional guesthouse in the Blue Mountains. At night 3 a beautiful Mountains retreat accommodation will be provided for you at Katoomba with private entrances, queen -sized beds, central heating, gas fires, electric blankets and private sitting and eating areas in all of the suits. On the last night, you will be staying at a friendly hosted bed & breakfast accommodation in a federation style home at Leura.

Do you cater for different dietary requirements?

Yes we can provide for any special dietary requirements. When booking please specify your special dietary requirements with as much details as possible. If you require specific meals such as gluten free, vegetarian or vegan, other than our standard menu you can either bring your own supplements or a $50 surcharge will apply.

When is the best time to do this walk?

We offer the self-guided tour troughout the whole year. There won’t be any camping, which means it won’t be too cold at night during the winter.

How do I check availability?

Click on the Availibility tab above. Our booking shows real time availability. Click on your preferred scheduled date highlighted in green to check availability and dates. To request a new date please email:

How do I book?

A $100 deposit is required at time of booking to secure your place with final payments due 8 weeks prior to departure. Bookings can be made online by simply clicking on the Book Now button or by calling us. Note if you are taking advantage of earlybird or Red Hot Savings you will need to book and pay in full at the initial booking stage.    

What time does this adventure start and finish?

The tour starts at day 1 after 2 pm. This day doesn’t involve any hiking. On the last day, the tour finishes after breakfast. You will be transfered to the train station of Leura, if necessary.

How many people are in each walk group?

There is a minimum number of 2 partcipants during each tour. There is no maximum amount of participants.

Do I need travel insurance?

We often get people who injure themselves before their tour or something unexpected happens and they are unable to make it to Tasmania. Travel insurance will cover all your tour, flights and pre-accommodation costs and is therefore extremely valuable, if the unforeseen happens. We strongly advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through QBE Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click on the link of QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited:

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