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TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Getting to different mountains requires different travel arrangements. I will explain how to get to 2 mountains. This only applies for people living in Sydney, Australia unless otherwise stated.

Blue Mountains:
The most popular means of transport to the Blue Mountains is by car. The entrance to the Blue Mountains at Glenbrook/Lapstone is only around 50 minutes drive from Sydney. From the city, follow road signs to Parramatta. There is the M4 at Strathfield and takes you through Lapstone in the Blue Mountains (There is a toll at the end of the M4). Many people will tell you that the Blue Mountains is a 90 minute drive from the city, but it is much longer as this only applies to Leura and Katoomba. An alternative route to the Blue Mountains is via Bell’s Line of Road which starts at Richmond and takes you through to Mount Tomah and Bell, and across to Mount Victoria. This drive is extremely pleasant through the vast Blue Mountains National Park, a contrast to the main thoroughfare of the Great Western Highway. If you are travelling from the outer west, follow the signs to Lithgow, then through to Hartley where you will enter the Blue Mountains via Victoria Pass taking you straight to the top at Mount Victoria.

TOWN

KM
Glenbrook
74
Springwood
84
Lawson
95
Wentworth Falls
113
Leura
119
Katoomba
122
Blackheath
133
Megalong Valley
144
Mount Victoria
138
Mount Tomah
121
Clarence
127
Lithgow
161
Jenolan Caves / Oberon
194

The most relaxing way to get to the Blue Mountains is by train. City Rail offers a very good rail service to the blue mountains. If you fly into Sydney, there are buses and shuttles taking you directly to Central station. From Central you can Board an air-conditioned double decker Mountains train. The fast journey to the Mountains will most likely stop at Strathfield, Parramatta, Penrith, Emu Plains, and then all stations up the Blue Mountains. Most trains go through to Mount Victoria. Some even go as far as Lithgow. Trains generally run every hour and even more frequently during peak commuter times. Taxis are readily available from Blaxland, Springwood, Leura and Katoomba Railway Stations.

DESTINATION

HOURS

Sydney To Glenbrook
1
Sydney To Springfield
1.25
Sydney To Hazelbrook
1.5
Sydney To Wentworth Falls
1.75
Sydney To Katoomba
2
Sydney To Mount Victoria
2.25
Sydney To Lithgow
2.75

Mt Fuji:
Japan is a 10 hour flight from Sydney. With a population of over 12 million people, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Shinjuku is the busiest part of Tokyo and therefore the busiest part of Japan, but the frantic rush around the city is actually organised chaos. The best way to avoid all this madness is to go to Mt Fuji. Buses run regularly after 9am. Mount Fuji is still an active volcano and last year’s earth tremors were a gentle reminder of her power. The last major eruption was in 1707 but the sheer size of the eruption left no question about her explosive powers. In this eruption the ash spread all the way to Tokyo 100 kilometres away. Thai Airways International flies to Tokyo. Prices start from $2056 from Sydney and $1467 from Perth. Includes taxes and subject to exchange rates. Conditions apply.