Crossing the Great Dividing Range

Crossing the Great Dividing Range provides more fun and excitement to your Blue Mountains tours experience. Making the Hunter Valley as your starting point, get lost in the wilds with a spectacular highlands road trip.


Crossing some parts of the Great Dividing Range would be an exciting and fun road trip experience. From the Hunter Region, Putty Road cuts through the mountain ranges leading to the picturesque Blue Mountains National Park, 50 kilometres west of Sydney.

The trip enables you to traverse a section between the national parks of Wollemi and Yengo. The main destination of your Blue Mountains tours must be the town of Katoomba. At Echo Point lookout, you can view the storied Three Sisters, Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck Plateau, and the Jamison Valley. Or, you could also take an hour of bushwalk to reach the base of Katoomba Falls.

The Blue Mountains is a part of the Great Dividing Range, a series of mountain ranges, ridges, and plateaus. The Great Dividing Range is also called the Eastern Highlands. It is the world’s third longest mountain range. Starting from Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula in the north down south to New South Wales it bends westward to Victoria, finally dissolving in the Grampians. That’s 3,700 kilometres of rugged mountainous terrains and highlands.

Lying parallel to the eastern coasts of Australia, the Great Dividing Range comprises Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, and Victoria. The highest peak is the 2,228-metre high Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest mountain peak.

Dotted with waterfalls and waterways, it is the headwaters of Australia’s main rivers. Covered with verdure ancient rainforests, it also showcases a diverse flora and fauna. Eucalyptus forests make the Blue Mountains blue when viewed from a distance. The azure hue gives you a sense of awe, mystery, and fascination which makes your Blue Mountains tours more interesting.

Within the Great Dividing Range are many clusters of mountain ranges declared as national parks and conservation reserves including the Grampians, the Blue Mountains, the Dandenong Ranges, Wollemi, and Alpine National Parks among many others.

Along the way, while crossing the highlands, wild kangaroos and other wild animals can be spotted playfully grazing on the roadsides. On the forks and branches of eucalyptus trees above, there’s a chance to see some koalas. But because of the speed of the bus, you could hardly see them.

It would also be a challenging adventure to explore the Great Dividing Range from Queensland to Victoria. But that is a dream for now. One could only imagine the spectacular views of mountains, ridges, plateaus, escarpments, and valleys. Impressive landscapes, waterfalls, waterways, and wildflowers await as well as wild animals and extreme weather. Getting lost in the wilds is easy though. Getting back on track, however, is not. Let’s stick to the road trip.

Drunk last night with friends over a few bottles of wine or of vodka on your Sydney tours to the Hunter Valley, your journey to the Blue Mountains is justified.

Well, the scenic views of the mountain ranges are more than enough to give you a sense of calm and serenity. The sound of the waters falling off the gorge of Wentworth Falls takes your hangover away. Or better yet, just drink plenty of water or fruit juices and enjoy the Blue Mountains tours experience on the Great Dividing Range.


By Kelvene Requiroso, content writer and member of the SEO team of the Melbourne-based Get Lost Travel Group. 

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