2015 Blue Mountains

I hope you are enjoying these recaps!  I’m enjoying reliving my trip.

Tuesday

In researching what to do in Sydney, an excursion to the Blue Mountains came up several times.  The pictures of the mountains were stunning, so we added it to our itinerary.  Which meant we were up super early to catch the train to Katoomba (a two-hour train ride).

When we arrived in Katoomba, the rain greeted us.  Well boo.  We grabbed breakfast before stopping in a store to buy ponchos, hats and gloves.

Hat, gloves with the Three Sisters in the background

Hat, gloves with the Three Sisters in the background

We took a cab over to Echo Point where we were to start our hike.  Guess what?  The path we had planned on taking was closed (we had been planning to hike from Echo Point to Scenic World via the Giant’s Staircase).  In talking with someone at the Info Desk, we decided on a different path that would still take us to Scenic World (we would miss out on a close up of one of the Three Sisters and a walk through the rainforest).

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

At the Echo Point lookout, we gazed across to the Three Sisters before starting our trek towards Scenic World.  (The Three Sisters is a rock formation – the most common legend has the sisters being turned into stone to protect them.)

Hiking

Hiking

The hike became more of a game of try not to step in the huge puddles and look at that view!

Foggy view

Foggy view

We reached the Skyway that would take us across to Scenic World.  Halfway across the operator told us to look down to see an absolutely stunning waterfall!

On the skyway (like how we have Seahawks colored ponchos?)

On the skyway (like how we have Seahawks colored ponchos?)

After a fortifying cup of tea and some snacks, we took the cableway down to the rainforest floor where we wandered through the trees.

In the rainforest

In the rainforest

Before heading back up, we decided to detour slightly on the path we would have come by so we could see the waterfall.  It was more of a glimpse, and sadly not very photogenic.

Can you see the waterfall?

Can you see the waterfall?

We ventured back to the main path and took the railway up (so if you are counting, that makes three different types of transportation – skyway, cableway, and railway).  Even better it is purported to be the steepest passenger railway in the world!!

Inside the railway

Inside the railway

We caught a cab back to the Katoomba train station and caught the next train back to Sydney.  Our train ride was made interesting / horrifying by a verbal fight between a couple that had to have lasted at least a half hour.

We were *slightly* hungry when we arrived back in Sydney.  Good thing we had reservations at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant.  We were all super excited to try it, but sadly it did not live up to our expectations.  I don’t know if it was an off night or if we didn’t try the right dishes.  Oh well.  It was also a bittersweet meal as it was our last night all together (Nilufer was leaving a plane the next morning since she had a job to get back to).

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2 Responses to 2015 Blue Mountains

  1. Britt says:

    Beautiful pics thanks for sharing!

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