The Best Winter Day-Trip Destination from Sydney

The winter school holidays are just around the corner! With the joys of long summer days at the beach no longer an option, you’ll be in need of some day-trip inspiration to burn out the kids (and hopefully stimulate the grown-ups too). The Lifestyle Channel’s Travel Expert, Rose Jacobs, is taking you to The Blue Mountains!

Instead of standing for hours in a queue, battling the city traffic and the expense and stress of parking or public transport with kids (eeeek!) to see the relics of dinosaurs at Sydney’s museums, why not see our very own 150 million year old rainforests - less than two hours from Sydney!

Forget the concrete playgrounds and get yourself to the Jurassic trees along the 2.4 kilometre rainforest walkway, the longest boardwalk in the Southern Hemisphere, nestled within the spectacular Blue Mountains.

If you’re afraid of losing the kids, you’re scared of heights, or you’re a grandparent without the energy of a 21-year-old, again, fear not! A trip to the breathtaking views of this World Heritage listed region, including Katoomba Falls, The Three Sisters and Jamison Valley can all be tailored to suit your needs.

Scenic World is the go-to team -renowned for providing the ultimate Blue Mountains adventure! It can be as relaxed as spotting native birdlife and soaking in the pristine air to an itinerary built for thrill-seekers. Glide between cliff tops on the glass-floored Skyway suspended 270 metres in the air (I can hear the kid’s squeals of delight from here!) or try a Cableway descent into the ancient Jamison Valley below, or perhaps the experience of riding the world’s steepest incline railway will be enough to blow your socks off!

No matter what your energy level is, one thing’s guaranteed. A day here with Scenic World will put your day-to-day world back into perspective. It’s not often we stop, with our kids and sit with them amongst the trees.

Winter also happens to be the most picturesque time to visit. Get there early to catch the morning mist rolling over the Three Sisters. Set up a family picnic on a rug and watch the clouds roll over the dense green landscape below. Teach your kids how to take photos of wildlife or identify some of our most iconic Aussie birdcalls.

If you’ve got the time, I strongly recommend you explore the local region and the adorable towns of Katoomba and Leura, just up the road. One of a kind experiences like the local Ginger Bread House are a must-see, as are the hot chocolates of Leura, that will surely send the kids off to sleep early and content!

There are also loads of great quality BnB’s and small hotels and accommodation options available. Picture a night off from cooking, a roaring fireplace and a glass of regional red wine, the kids exhausted from a fantastic day of exploring the best nature has to offer and an electric blanket to wrap yourself up in after a fantastic family day out. Who said School Holidays had to be a nightmare for parents?!

My Top Tip: The staff at Scenic World are all locals, so pull them aside and get their advice on the local hotspots for shopping, eating, further explorations and general knowledge of the area that will leave you amazed all over again!

It’s quite simple really; forget the chaos of playgrounds and shopping centers, of jumping castles and play-dates that tear your home to shreds. The Blue Mountains is the best playground your kids could ever hope to see. Scenic World has made it even easier for you to enjoy. And let’s face it, anything that replaces the rainforests of Avatar on the mind-numbing iPad with the real thing has to be worth a visit! (Maybe leave the blue body paint at home)

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