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Storytelling, Bringing
People and Places together

Mountains Tales


creative, entertaining historical tours of the Blue Mountains.

Mountains tales provides historical tours of the blue mountains
through coach commentary tours and village walking tours.

our unique insight into the history of the people and places of the
blue mountains is delivered through the art of storytelling.

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Groups tours to the Blue Mountains

Social Group Day Trips

Is your social group looking for the ultimate tour of the Blue Mountains with a touch of laughter along the way?

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Educational Tours

Our educational tours are designed for Stage 2 and 3 students, with a specific emphasis on the Australian History strand in the Key Learning Area (KLA).

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Conferences and Events Group Tours

In search of an enthusiastic local host for your conference or event in the Blue Mountains? Look no further!

Join a village walking tour

Walking tour the Leura Story

The Leura Story Walking Tour

Explore why Leura remains a Federation Village. Journey with us to hear the stories of Leura's People, Places and Events

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The Katoomba Story Walking Tour

Journey with us through the first 50 years of Katoomba's history, from small coal mining village to 'Honeymoon Capital' of Australia

Mt Victoria Story Walking Tour

Embark on a journey through the colonial history of Mt Victoria, that led to the establishment of the Victorian and Edwardian Mountain Holiday Resort Village.

About Mountains Tales

My name is Sue Collins, and I’m the proud owner and operator of Mountains Tales, a local Blue Mountains business. I have a deep love for the Blue Mountains, and I’m excited to share its stories with both locals and visitors.

 

I have a passion for Australian history stories, and this enthusiasm has motivated me to establish a range of village walking tours. Come join me, and together we can delve into the captivating narratives of the Leura Story, Katoomba Story, and the Mt Victoria Story.

 

Mountains Tales has expanded its offerings to include Coach Commentary Tours catering to diverse coach groups visiting the Blue Mountains. Whether it’s for Conferences and Events, Social Groups, or Educational Tours, we’ve got you covered. 

 

With experience in the corporate realm in Sydney, specifically in Sales and HR, I comprehend the elements essential for a thriving corporate getaway –  time to chill, form connections, learn and have fun and laughter along the way.

 

The Social Group Day Trips I organize are consistently filled with laughter. Regardless of how frequently you’ve explored the Blue Mountains, there’s always an abundance of stories waiting to be discovered and enjoyed, ensuring a day trip that’s truly unforgettable. 

 

Revisiting my childhood experiences and discovering the colonial stories of Sydney, our Educational Tours delve into our not-so-distant colonial past. Focused on stage 2 and 3 students, within the framework of the Australian History Key Learning Area (KLA), our program involves storytelling and role play, transforming the breathtaking landscapes of the Blue Mountains into an immersive classroom.

 

Within my tours, I not only recount the captivating tales of the Blue Mountains but also offer a glimpse into my own story. My deep love for community and personal commitment extends to serving as an SES volunteer, responding to the community’s needs in times of crisis. Additionally, I hold the role of coordinator for ANZAC Day services in Leura and actively participate in both Leura and Blue Mountains heritage committees.

 

With my background as a certified adult educator, I am confident that participants in my tours will acquire enhanced knowledge and comprehension of the Blue Mountains. Come join me on this journey, and I am certain you’ll develop a profound appreciation for the beauty and history of the Blue Mountains as well.

Sue Collins conducts tours of the Blue Mountains

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Bongani Muzy Ndlovu Gatsheny
Bongani Muzy Ndlovu Gatsheny
2023-11-23
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Tina Mulholland
Tina Mulholland
2023-09-08
What a great afternoon we had on the Mountains Tales Katoomba Story Tour! Sue is an brilliant presenter, passionate about the history she generously unfurls along the way and a captivating storyteller. I love Katoomba and thought I knew it's story but now I understand so much more - some intriguing details and why, for example, we have so many Art Deco buildings still standing. It's had me thinking about it ever since. I highly recommend the tour for locals and visitors, it was thoroughly entertaining and illuminating. Thanks, Sue! See you soon on the Leura Tour!
Laura Overton
Laura Overton
2023-09-03
Wow - where did the last 2 hours go?! Katoomba came alive through Sue’s stories and pictures - we strongly recommend Mountain Tales for anyone looking to dig deeper into how this special area continues to be a breath of fresh air!
Julie Medija
Julie Medija
2023-08-21
We had our day tour early today. Sue is a great story teller. I love that my imagination is running because of how she tells her stories. We, being a Filipino, appreciate that we clearly understand her words. We enjoyed our day tour. Thanks a lot Sue.
Jodie Louise Dalglish
Jodie Louise Dalglish
2023-03-28
We all had so much fun and learnt so much about Leura History that I had never heard before even though I have lived here for decades. Sue has an incredible amount of knowledge and delivers it in a fun and humorous way. I unreservedly recommend this tour to everyone!
Mary Mendelsohn
Mary Mendelsohn
2023-03-27
This is my first visit to Australia. Katoomba was recommended by a friend and was a fun journey from Sydney. I spent the day walking about on my own, enjoying the town and Echo Point but I am so glad I booked a tour with Mountain Tales. Sue made the town come alive with her stories, rich with history and great insights. I enjoyed her explanations of how Katoomba came to be, its boom and all the services that local entrepreneurs created for the tourists and why things changed. Her stories, pictures and love of the area only made me more excited to explore the region. Thank you Sue for an awesome afternoon!
Paul Rilstone
Paul Rilstone
2023-03-07
What a fantastic experience! Having recently moved to the Blue Mountains, I regularly walk the streets of Leura but had never considered the history, challenges or why this country town is different from others. The tour was relaxed, engaging, and packed with information. Sue is an amazing historian, humorous and entertaining. I would highly recommend the opportunity to have a glimpse into the past.
Kerrie Kimes
Kerrie Kimes
2023-01-10
New to living in the mountains and wanting to know more about where we live we decided to do the Leura walk with Sue. It was excellent, so much knowledge and historical pictures to back up the story telling. We loved it and are now planning to do the Katoomba walk soon with friends. Highly recommend Mountains Tale. Thank you once again Sue.
Christine Conolly
Christine Conolly
2022-12-30
Absolutely fantastic. Sue has a passion for local history and will take you on a magical journey back in time. On a lovely tour throughout town you will see theatres, pubs, and street corners come to life as if you were actually there in 1910. Katoomba is steeped in history and you simply cannot visit here without taking the Mountain Tales walking tour…!!!!!
Paul Watkins
Paul Watkins
2022-09-07
It was fantastic, and I highly recommend the tour. The walking is easy and well paced. If you are visiting the area and love Australian history (or history in general) there is no better way than to join Sue and discover the fascinating story behind the making of an iconic Blue Mountains town. The best part for me was discovering Leura's hidden gems. Sue is an excellent guide....at the end of the walk, I wanted more and so will also do her Katoomba tour. If you have friends visiting from overseas, this would make an awesome holiday gift... now that I think about it, it would also make a great gift for anyone living in Sydney, or visiting from interstate.

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Scott Elgar
Scott Elgar
2024-03-30
We’ve been coming to Leura for years and it was great to see a historical walking tour now available. Sue is a great storyteller and knowledgeable historian who brought the story of Laura to life. We loved the tour and will be back another time to enjoy the Katoomba tour as well.
Melanie Conway
Melanie Conway
2024-01-21
What a brilliant morning we had, touring Leura with Sue! We had booked on a whim after admiring and wondering about some of Leura’s historic sights and were so glad we did. Sue was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and a gifted storyteller. She ensured that we had a positive and safe experience, keeping us out of the elements on a hot day. We have taken away so much fascinating knowledge of Leura and its history and are keen to join Sue on some of her other tours in the future. If you are interested in local history or learning more about this beautiful town, join a Mountain Tales tour - you won’t regret it!
Topi Gums
Topi Gums
2024-01-09
After coming to Leura over many years, Mountain Tales enabled us to see Leura in a different light. Leura’s history is interesting and fascinating. We really enjoyed the tour by Sue and highly recommend any visitors to Leura to attend the tour.
Anthony Kryger
Anthony Kryger
2023-12-08
What a great experience it was to be taken on a Leura Walking Tour. Sue was very knowledgeable and passionate about Leura and though there were only two of us on this tour she kept us engaged the whole time. It was a hot day and Sue was very considerate in offering us another time, if we wanted, when it was cooler.
Anthony Sammut
Anthony Sammut
2023-11-05
We thoroughly enjoyed our Leura Story Walking Tour. Sue's a great story teller - she's informative, knowledgeable, interesting & easy to listen to. Walking in the rain & drizzle made our experience even more memorable. We'd definitely recommend Mountains Tales & we'll be adding the Mt Victoria plus the Katoomba tours to our 'must do' list. A truly great tour - loved it. 5 🌟 🙂
Paul Worboys
Paul Worboys
2023-09-11
Sue from Mountains Tales did an amazing job in bringing to life the wonderful and historic Mount Victoria through the walking tour that we did last Saturday - it was just brilliant. She really brings the history of this lovely village alive. Such a great thing to do - and it finishes just in time for a lovely lunch at one of the cafes in the village ;) - I'd highly recommend it!
Steven Fiorentino
Steven Fiorentino
2023-09-11
We did the history tour in Mount Victoria last weekend. What a splendid way to while away a few hours whilst learning the rich history of this glorious mountain village. I would thoroughly recommend this tour, it’s five stars from me 🙏🏻
Giulia Orefice
Giulia Orefice
2023-05-24
We had a great time and our guide was very knowledgeble and fun!
Nathan Telfer
Nathan Telfer
2023-05-03
I did a walking tour of Leura with Sue, and it was simply outstanding. Her knowledge, passion and excitement for what she dose was outstanding. I highly recommend connecting up with Sue when you're in the mountains.
Maureen Wooldridge
Maureen Wooldridge
2023-05-02
Being a frequent visitor to the Blue Mountains, I thought I knew Leura well. Not so! Sue helps us to see Leura with different eyes, its history, its hard times, photos and stories of magnificent residences of bygone days, the 1980s vision to continue to bring holiday makers to escape the city and breathe in the (very) fresh mountain air. Look forward to doing her Katoomba tour next time. Thanks, Sue.