Blue Mountains Guides. Single-day, overnight, and three-day walks are available through this guiding company. The half-day Grand Canyon Walk near Blackheath (A$155) is a great way to experience the rain forest if time is short. A four-wheel-drive trip, which includes breakfast with wild kangaroos, is another good choice. 33 Portland Rd., Medlow Bath, New South Wales, 2780. 1300/300755; www.bluemountainsguides.com.au. From A$145.

Blue Mountains Walkabout. Experience the Blue Mountains from an Aboriginal perspective on this outfitter's challenging one-day walks, which follow a traditional walkabout song line. Indigenous guides take you on a 7-km (4½-mile) off-track walk through rain forests, while giving some background on Aboriginal culture. You'll also taste bush tucker (food). The walk involves some scrambling, so you need to be fit. The tours depart from Faulconbridge Railway Station (near Springwood, in the lower Blue Mountains), about a 30-minute drive east of Katoomba. Springwood, New South Wales, 2777. 0408/433–822; www.bluemountainswalkabout.com. A$95.

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