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Before winter hits, schedule in a day hike exploring the picturesque Blue Mountains.

If the great outdoors is calling you, we’ve listed 5 of the best treks you can knock over in a day or less while enjoying the awe-inspiring natural scenery.

1. Leura Cascades

For those wanting to enjoy a leisurely walk rather than build up a sweat, Leura Cascades offers a short walk to picturesque waterfalls. Enjoy a lazy lunch at the picnic tables before walking a short way along the creek to Leura Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. If you feel up for a longer walk, the Fern Bower circuit and Prince Henry Cliff Walk are both nearby.

Distance: 1km (about a 20 minute round trip)
Level of difficulty: Easy

2. Great round walk

If you’re looking to get a feel for the best of the Blue Mountains but only have a few hours, the Great round walk is the perfect day hike. You’ll get to experience the Scenic Skyway, Prince Harry Cliffwalk, Federal Pass and Gaint Staircase all in a few hours.

Distance: 6km (about a 2 hour round trip)
Level of difficulty: Medium

3. Cliff Top Walking Track

Cliff Top walking track will get your heart-pumping and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across the Grose Valley and an abundance of bird life. You’ll most likely see king parrots and yellow-tailed black cockatoos, so don’t forget your binoculars. On this day hike, you’ll see waterfalls at Barrow Lookout and find yourself at a peaceful picnic spot at Evans Lookout.

Distance: 6km (about a 3.5 hour round trip)
Level of difficulty: Medium

4. National Pass

Looking to combine a cardio workout with your walk? National Pass is the ideal Blue Mountains day trek for you! Your walk will start at Conservation Hut, before taking you to Queen Victoria Lookout, Valley of the Waters and to the historic Grand Stairway. Along the way, you’ll be met with stunning waterfalls before arriving at Jamison Lookouts, the perfect picnic spot. Just a warning: you’ll want to pack good walking shoes for this one as the trail is literally cut into the side of the cliff.

Distance: 5.4km (about a 3.5 hour round trip)
Level of difficulty: Hard

5. Prince Henry Cliff Walk

With over 20 lookouts, Prince Henry Cliff Walk offers plenty of places to photograph the spectacular views of the natural landscape.  So make sure you allow extra time to soak up the serenity and take a few selfies! It’s one of the best walks to view the iconic Three Sisters as well as see Jamison Valley and several waterfalls.

Distance: 6.8km (about a 3.5 hour)
Level of difficulty: Medium – hard

For more day treks in the Blue Mountains click here.

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