Hiking the Blue Mountains
Trip Start Oct 19, 2007
13Trip End Dec 01, 2007
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Our last day & a half though we had fabulous weather. Our first good weather day we left the hostel early in the day to do a SHORT hike to Wentworth Falls . We had to catch the train to Wentforth Falls (a small community just south of Katoomba). Once there, we got directions from a friendly couple in a second hand book shop who directed us to take the Charles Darwin walk to the falls. This was a shortcut and a very beautiful hike. Along the way we saw a number of small birds and heard even more! We did not get close to any of the more colourful and interesting birds, but at least we saw a couple
We dropped off a few things and then off on another walking adventure. Since we had not yet seen any views from Katoomba, back to Echo Point we went where we finally saw the Three Sisters ... a very spectacular view! Steve had already plotted out a hike for us, which started with going down the Giant Stairs (900 stairs to be exact). I thought the stairs down to Wentworth falls were bad ... those were nothing compared to the Giant Steps. These ones were treacherous at best and I was very thankful to get to the bottom of the forest floor. We trekked through Leura Forest, up to Fern Bower and finally out of the forest ... another long set of stairs up (these were a little easier on the mentality of the brain) and we reached the top of the road. Along the way we did not see much for wildlife but a pheasant type bird did dive bomb Steve. At the end of all this stair master of a hike - I required a reward - so off to the liquor store for an economical bottle of wine we were told about the evening before. As luck would have it, the hostel owner (Ross) showed up at the store, got us an extra discount on our bottle of wine and gave us a ride back to the hostel. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing by one of the fires, a hot shower and a warm bed. A well deserved break from the hiking of today ... if only there had been a hot tub - not too likely in Australia .
For our last day in Katoomba, we decided to do a short hike before catching the train back to Sydney for our flight to Hobart , Tasmania . The one we choose was the Cliff Walk, which also gave us some more great views of the Blue Mountains . It was a nice easy walk that allowed us to enjoy the warm weather that can occur in the Blue Mountains .