Pulpit Rock, Blue Mountains, NSW
The World heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains area takes up over a million hectares. What's more, the region is so densely forested that the world's oldest tree - the Wollemi Pine - flourished here undetected in a remote valley until 1994.
So it's no wonder the area has rides of all grades and distances. There are thousands of kilometres of fire trails here, traversing ridge lines on the escarpment and descending to the valleys far below. Feel the cool rainforest air on your face as you wind past cascading waterfalls, breathtaking panoramas, fern-filled gullies and magnificent flowers. This is one exhilarating outdoor adventure.
You can test your fitness on the hilly 120 kilometre Glenbrook to Wentworth Falls or cruise downhill on the 55 kilometre Wentworth Falls to Glenbrook route. It takes you through southern side of the mountains' ridge, named the Blue Labyrinth by early bushwalkers confused by the maze of similar, even-topped ridges.
Explore the lookouts of the Jamison Valley or follow the route of explorer George Caley on the five hour ride along Mount Banks Road. Take in the sweeping views from basalt-capped Mount Banks and stare out over Grose River Gorge. Unlike Caley, who gave up hope of crossing the Blue Mountains when he saw the dense Grose Valley, you won't return to Sydney disappointed.