Australia is a beautiful country with a lot of sights to see, but if you are at a point where it is all starting to look the same, perhaps it is time to see things from a new perspective. Nestled up close to Australia’s biggest city is a remote area that can only be fully appreciated from the air and the very best way to do that is from a helicopter.
Taking a helicopter tour of the Southern Highlands is just the thing to wake up the adventurer in you and a great thing to do with someone close to you. Here are some of the features you can expect on a helicopter tour of the Southern Highlands.
Sydney From The Air:
You may think you know Sydney, but have you had the opportunity to look at it from the air. From the wide windows and low altitude of a helicopter, you will get a new look at the iconic Sydney Harbour, the downtown core, and the 2000 Olympics site.
Do not forget to bring your camera. If you have never been on a helicopter before. You will be pleased with how much easier it is to get those amazing aerial photographs through the helicopter’s wide, nearly 360-degree view. On a helicopter experience for two, you will have full access to the scenery during the 90-minute flight.
One of the main attractions of the Southern Highlands is the Three Sisters at Katoomba, which is a spectacular rock formation that can be seen from lookout points on the ground, but in a helicopter, you get a view from all sides and a view of the beautiful valley that surrounds them. Legend has it that three maidens were transformed into a rock to save them from an angry neighboring tribe. But the witch doctor who transformed them was killed so they could not be changed back, a truly tragic tale for the young ladies.
No visit to the region would be complete with a look at the majestic landscape of the Jamison Valley. Sharp sandstone cliffs down towards the Cox River which become Lake Burragorang created by the Warragamba Dam.
The Blue Mountains are legendary for their vast eucalyptus forests and the iconic blue haze that gives them their name. The haze is created by eucalyptus oil that is released and suspended in the air. The result is a very specific blue filter over the whole area, making it a wonderful opportunity for scenic photography.
Constructed between 1948 and 1960, the Warragamba Dam is the main water supply for Sydney. It is a marvel of engineering, 142 meters tall and nestled aesthetically into the canyon walls of Lake Burragorang. The dam and lake can only be appreciated properly from the air and you will receive the full view as you arrive from the Jamison Valley.
A helicopter tour is the most exciting way to explore this rugged region of New South Wales, and the only way you can see it all at once. You will be amazed at what beauty lies so close to Australia’s most vibrant and populous city. An experience like this won’t be soon forgotten.