Week 3 - Sydney - The Blue Mountains

Trip Start Nov 30, 2005
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Trip End Dec 09, 2006


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Monday, December 26, 2005

This week we headed to the blue mountains which are located just outside Sydney for three days, with the first day on an ozexperience tour. (They appear to be blue because the oil released from the euculyptis trees allows all the colours of the spectrum through except blue, like water)-John fact!
Leaving Sydney on the first day tour we passed the olympic village and first stop was at a clearing on the edge of the mountains. It was here that we had our first encounters with wild Kangaroos. We expected to be peering through a bush, catching a glimpse of a hopping roo or two, but they just wandered around us!. One Roo decided his mate was looking at his girl in the wrong way and we witnessed 'Roo boxing' first hand, which is apparently quite rare. We also saw some young Joey's poking out of pouches, but despite a lot of looking, no Koalas. The guide had offered free beer to anyone who spotted one!

The Blue mountains are basically mountains (obviously) but with huge valleys of rainforest and bush amonst them. They really are spectacular with hundreds of different walks along the cliff tops and down through the valleys. In the afternoon we did a couple of guided bushwalks, the first being a two and half hour walk round the 'Grand Canyon' and the second a descent into the Jameson valley to catch the steapest railway in the world back up to the top (track/ropes! shown in photo). The town of Katoomba was our base for the next two days, staying in the YHA hostel, about a ten minute walk to the Jameson Valley.

For the next two days we just went walking out on our own, which was absolutely brilliant.
The longest walk we did was down the 'Giants staircase' which talk us down to the rainforest at the bottom of the three sisters (The three columns of rock shown in the photo) and then walked along through the forest for a couple of hours, getting the cablecar back up to the top. We then took the skyride across the valley and walked along the cliffs back to Katoomba, and slept. That was until I was reminded that sleeping in a dorm meens people may snore! loudly.

We were told by our guide that the blue mountains are home to three of the ten most deadly snakes in the world and is the prefered habitat of the deadliest spider, the funnelweb. Treatment for a bite from one of these critters consists of an injection of rabbit blood(spiders) or horse blood(snakes)full of the relevant antibodies straight into the heart. Nice!, All will then get better as long as your not one of the unfortunate few allergic to horse blood! To set you at ease, we saw no snakes (despite taking it turns on snake watch when walking) I wanted to see one Jo didn't! but we think we saw a funnelweb! jo wouldn't allow closer inspection, which in hindsight was probably wise. However, Lizard watch was much more successful for Jo, she spotted many skinks a small bearded lizard and a large crested lizard around three feet long. When I moved to the front wildlife seemed to disappear! We also saw a few different coloured parrots.
While writing this update, Pat just caught a 'whitetip' spider, which has a dangerous poison bite in the bathroom! May not sleep so well tonight.

HAPPY XMAS everybody
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HAPPY NEW YEAR
SOUNDS LIKE YOUR REALLY GETTING INVOLVED, AND BET IT FEELS GOOD. LIFE ON THE BEACH I'M ON IS HARD MATE AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, MORE DIVING TOMMOROW, THE MAIN WORRY IS TRYING NOT TO EAT TO MUCH FOOD, OR DRINK TO MUCH BOOZE. KEEP THE E-MAILS GOING, AND ENJOY THE LOGS. ALSO QUITE ENJOY TAKING A LOOK AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE. AS IF YOU NEED REMINDING.

LOTS OF LOVE

AVOID THE SPIDERS

I'M FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES

DANNY BOY

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