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Sydney's Hinterland Wilds

Among the most scenic and celebrated reaches of the Great Dividing Range that rumples up Australia's entire eastern margin, the Blue Mountains give Sydneysiders a recreational paradise just a short jaunt from the city's heart. Named for its characteristic haze, the heavily forested range rises to nearly 4,000 feet in a mosaic of craggy tablelands and broad gorges. Probably the single best-known landmark in the Blues is the trio of sandstone pillars called the Three Sisters.

Rich in Aboriginal heritage, home to bio-diverse eucalyptus forests and the rare "living-fossil" tree called the Wollemi pine, the Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that provide the perfect counterpoint to Sydney's urban delights.

Utrip Tips

* The Blue Mountains are approximately a 90 minute drive from Sydney, or a 3 hour train ride. Accommodation and dining options are available at the Blue Mountains.
* There is quite a lot to the area beyond the mountain hike, more information can be found at http://www.bluemts.com.au/info/thingstodo/

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