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Blue Mountains and Central West

"Discover our History and Environment with a visit to the Blue Mountains Region, the perfect location for Educational Tours. "

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Students have the opportunity to follow the steps of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson, the first Europeans to cross the Blue Mountains. Visit the Convict built Lennox Bridge at Lapstone and further west in Katoomba along the Great Western Highway view the famous Explorers' Marked Tree, now caged in and sheltered to protect the remains. The tree has the initials of famous explorers dated 1813. Explore Katoomba's early beginnings at Scenic World, descend to a Rainforest boardwalk via the world's steepest incline railway.

A visit to the National Parks & Wildlife Services will help students gain a valuable understanding of the region's world heritage value and discover the unique flora, fauna, indigenous culture and geological history with a Discovery Park Ranger.

Continue your journey and experience into the natural wonders of the Jenolan Caves, the best known limestone caves in Australia with spectacular lighting, underground rivers and cave formations that will amaze you. Jenolan Caves presents students with the wonderful opportunity to discover and experience the environment and the relationship between the above ground environment and the underground world.

Venue selections

  • Abercrombie Caves
  • Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum
  • Bathurst Goldfields
  • Bathurst Historical Tour
  • Bathurst Observatory
  • Ben Chifley House
  • Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
  • Cowra Musuem – War, Rail & Rural
  • Cowra Japanese Gardens
  • Cowra War Cemetery
  • Cowra Prisoner War Camp
  • Crystal Kingdom, Coonanbarabran
  • CSIRO Telescope, Parkes
  • Dubbo Military Museum
  • Echo Point & The Three Sisters
  • Govetts Leap Lookout
  • Gulgong Pioneer Museum
  • Hartley Historic Site
  • Heritage Park
  • Hill End Holiday Ranch
  • History Hill
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens
  • Mt Piper Power Station
  • National Motor Racing Museum
  • Old Dubbo Goal
  • Scenic Rail & Skyway
  • Sliding Springs Observatory
  • Sky Watch Observatory, Coonanabarabran
  • Warrumbungles Field Study Centre
  • Warrumbungles National Park
  • Wellington Caves
  • Wellington Phosphate Mine
  • Western Plains Zoo

Accomodation selections

  • Bathurst Goldfields
  • Gold Panner Motor Inn
  • Heritage Park
  • Jenolan Caves Gate House

Sample itineraries

2 Days Blue Mountains & Jenolan Caves sample itinerary

Day 1

6.45am Coach arrives at school.
Depart school for the Blue Mountains.
8.45am Echo Point & the Three Sisters
Morning Tea.
9.15am Katoomba Scenic Railway – return journey
Built in 1878 to transport coal to the top of the escarpment, this thrilling and unique ride descends 450 meters down the escarpment at a maximum gradient of 52 degrees and holds the Guinness book of records certificate as The World’s Steepest passenger carrying incline railway.
10.30am Depart for Hartley.
11.15am Hartley Historic Site Audiovisual
This is a slide presentation on the crossing of the Blue Mountains and the history of the area.

Court House Tour – The Court House was built in 1837 and is set as it was when operating. The tour includes the constable's room, the male and female cells, courtroom, magistrate's and clerk's office.

The Farmers Inn – Built in the 1840s, the shop is set out as an old General Store and carries antique reproductions.
12.30pm Lunch – Students provide own packed lunch.
1.15pm Depart for Jenolan Caves.
3.00pm Arrive Jenolan Caves.
3.30pm Jenolan Caves Tour
Outstanding Limestone caves with spectacular lighting, underground rivers and cave formations that will amaze you.
5.00pm Jenolan Caves Gate House
Students to provide own sleeping bags/linen and towel.
5.30pm Dinner.

Day 2

7.00am Breakfast.
9.00am Jenolan Caves Tour - another outstanding limestone cave.
1.00pm Mt Piper Power Station
Video and Talk on the operations of the power station. Tour the plant then visit the 'Energy Expo' which has static and interactive displays.
Lunch - packed lunch provided by accommodation centre.
2.00pm Depart for journey to Govetts Leap.
3.30pm Govetts Leap Lookout - Govetts Leap Lookout is a popular lookout and offers spectacular views over the Grose Valley and to Govetts Leap Falls.
4.15pm Depart for return journey to school.
6.00pm Approximate arrival at school.

All itineraries are tailored to suit specific needs and requirements. Times are subject to change due to session availability. Travelways excursions offer students and teachers a fun educational learning experience. We know the best venues to visit, negotiate the best rates and we realise safety is an issue. That is why we provide modern seat belt equipped vehicles for the safety of students, so teachers and parents can rest easy.

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