Travel by motor coach west to the Blue Mountains--an awesome Grand Canyon-like rock formation among deep valleys and cascading waterfalls. The Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site-an area of breathtaking views, rugged tablelands, sheer cliffs and deep, inaccessible valleys covering more than 2.5 million acres. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and relax as you marvel at a majestic landscape of waterfalls and awe-inspiring sandstone escarpments.
En route to the Blue Mountains, you’ll visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. This amazing park contains a variety of Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, reptiles, Tasmanian devils, wombats and various species of Australian birds. Get up close to the friendly kangaroos and a see Australia’s iconic, cuddly koalas.
Driving over the imposing Blue Mountains, watch for the famous rock formation known as the Three Sisters and enjoy the splendid panoramic views of the Jamieson Valley, Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle.
A highlight of your day will be a stop at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre in Katoomba. The center showcases the extraordinary talent and celebrates indigenous culture, art and dance. The Aboriginal staff will explain the use of their tools and weapons and meaning of their body paint.
Watch some high-energy traditional dancing along with a live didgeridoo performance.
A delicious two-course lunch is served at the Mountain Heritage Hotel. Boasting unrivaled views over the spectacular mountains, this quaint property lends an old-world charm to your dining experience.
Use your free time to relax and reflect on your day’s sightseeing adventure before returning to the ship.