Blue Mountains Private Tours in Autumn 2019
At Nature Trail we are pleased to offer our Private Tour Programme for the Autumn 2019 season below. We offer these at no commercial charge.
We explore an eclectic mix of short hiking tours, full-day hiking tours, overnight treks, nature workshops, wilderness experiences, open garden tours as well as special interest tours.
|Practice||84||HK-KPE||Katoomba Cascades Prince Henry Echo||Wed||6-Mar-19|
|Practice||85||HK-GFS||Giant Stairway Federal Scenic||Mon||6-Mar-19|
|Practice||86||HK-KFS||Katoomba Furbers Scenic||Wed||6-Mar-19|
|Recce||87||NW-LCS||Leura Cascades to Scenic||Mon||11-Mar-19|
|Research||88||HK-BMW||Blue Mountains Wildflowers||Fri||15-Mar-19|
|Recce||89||HK-EWS||Explorer Walkways Scenic||Mon||18-Mar-19|
|Scout||90||NW-BMB||Blue Mountains Birdlife||Fri||22-Mar-19|
|Practice||91||HK-WFX||Wentworth Falls Explorer||Mon||25-Mar-19|
|Recce||92||HK-BGF||Blue Gum Forest||Fri||29-Mar-19|
|Practice||93||HK-GVD||Grose Valley Deep||Mon||1-Apr-19|
|Scout||94||NW-BMS||Blue Mountains Swamps||Wed||3-Apr-19|
|Recce||95||GN-ESG||Everglades and Sorensen Gardens||Fri||5-Apr-19|
|Practice||96||HK-GCM||Grand Canyon Majesty||Mon||8-Apr-19|
|Practice||97||HK-GPE||Gordons Pool of Siloam to Everglades||Fri||12-Apr-19|
|Scout||98||GN-MWG||Mount Wilson Gardens||Mon||15-Apr-19|
|Scout||99||GN-MTG||Mount Tomah Gardens||Mon||15-Apr-19|
|Scout||100||WE-MBW||Mount Banks Wilderness||Mon||15-Apr-19|
|Scout||101||WE-MHW||Mount Hay Wilderness||Fri||19-Apr-19|
|Scout||102||WE-LPW||Lockley Pylon Wilderness||Mon||22-Apr-19|
|Recce||103||WE-FRD||Fortress Ridge and Darks Cave Wilderness||Fri||26-Apr-19|
|Practice||104||HK-DVC||Darwin’s Walk Views Conservation Hut||Mon||29-Apr-19|
|Practice||105||HK-GEP||Grose Escarpment Panorama||Fri||3-May-19|
|Recce||106||HK-VFB||Mount Victoria Fairy Bower||Mon||6-May-19|
|Scout||107||NW-BMG||Blue Mountains Geology||Fri||10-May-19|
|Scout||108||HK-SAL||Selected Accessible Lookouts||Mon||13-May-19|
|Recce||109||BH-LVX||Lithgow Valley Explorer||Fri||17-May-19|
|Scout||110||MT-NPX||Newnes Plateau Explorer||Mon||20-May-19|
|Recce||111||HK-KSG||Katoomba Falls Scenic Golden Stairs||Fri||24-May-19|
|Practice||112||HK-WCI||Walls Cave Intrigue||Mon||27-May-19|
|Scout||113||NW-BMW||Blue Mountains Wildflowers||Fri||31-May-19|
If you wish to enquire about participating on any of these tours, then please contact Steve to discuss as early as possible.
Enquiries: 1300 355 133
Currently Non-Commercial: Nature Trail is a new start up business undergoing the final stages of commercialisation, including acquiring an Eco-Pass to be able to commercially operate within the Blue Mountains National Park. So we are not yet operating commercially.
So currently we only offer our tours on a private basis, at no commercial charge.
We invite current and past students/staff of TAFE Outdoor Recreation, TAFE Guiding, plus members and volunteers of the Blue Mountains Accommodation and Tourism Association (BMATA) to participate. This is our way of giving back to TAFE training and to Blue Mountains tourism. We also invite registered Friends of Nature Trail.
Tour Suitability: In order to ensure tour safety and to comply with our insurance risk management policy, tour participants need to:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have a good level of health and fitness
- Accept self-catering costs responsibility – gear, food, snacks, drinking water
- Wear suitable clothing and carry required items relevant to the intended tour
- Pre-pay specified direct tour costs – fuel share costs, site fees, site guide fees
Terms and Conditions: Ahead of each tour, each tour participant is required to have completed our Guest Booking Form and Private Tour Agreement.
To ensure a high standard of commercial tour delivery, Nature Trail for each tour undertakes a series of research trips in order to maximise the tour experience value by refining details before offering the tour commercially to our guests.
‘Research‘ = This is Nature Trail’s preliminary theoretical research survey of a proposed tour. It is usually undertaken at Nature Trail Base using planning tools such as our in-house tour planning forms, maps, Internet and making phone enquiries.
‘Scout‘ = Nature Trail’s initial survey of a proposed tour design – journaling, exploring variations, schedule is flexible. No commentary, no catering, limited transfer/transport. Route is highly exploratory with many stops and starts. Participation is free of charge and available only to registered Friends of Nature Trail.
‘Recce‘ = Nature Trail’s first group test of a tour plan with a selected route and draft schedule, with journaling. No commentary, no catering, limited transfer/transport. Participation is free of charge and available only to registered Friends of Nature Trail.
‘Practice‘ = Nature Trail’s practice trip is free-of charge tour delivery to a commercial standard, following a refined tour plan, selected route and tested schedule, with limited commentary and with journaling. There is no catering, limited transfer/transport. Participation is free of charge and available only to registered Friends of Nature Trail.
‘Commercial‘ = Nature Trail’s polished commercial tour delivery, following a refined tour plan, selected route and tested schedule, with full researched interpretative commentary, catering, includes transport and guest transfers in the Upper Blue Mountains. Available only to prepaid guests. These tours are also available for private charter subject to availability.
Tours Confirmed: Tours and their dates above are confirmed to proceed (save unforeseen circumstances). Any tours highlighted in red above have already been completed.
Timings: Tour Departures are generally from 7am and are full-day duration finishing by about 4pm unless otherwise advised. More accurate return estimates are calculated and published on this website a few days before the tour date.
Location: All tours depart and return from Katoomba Railway Station.
Transfers: Vehicle transfers to from Nature Trail base need to be arranged with us well before the tour date ASAP. Nature Trail transfers are complimentary and our pickup/drop-off range extends from Wentworth Falls to Mount Victoria.
Tag-Along Option: Participants may wish to be independent and to tag-along in their own vehicles and after the tour to make their own arrangements – such as local lunch or to drive somewhere else. However, for safety briefing reasons all participants needs to first meet up at Nature Trail Base at the Tour Start Time.
Any tours highlighted in red above will have already been undertaken.
Registered Friends of Nature Trail: This is our group of ‘friends’ whom we have come to know who have registered their interest and particulars with Nature Trail for participation on regular Nature Trail tours on an ongoing basis. Each is required to completed our Guest Booking Form, Private Tour Agreement and Friends Registration Form, and have successfully participated on at least one Nature Trail tour.
Nature Trail anticipates offering commercial tours from late-2019.
Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.
Steve, Tour Director