Shades of Blue

Trip Start Jan 30, 2010
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Trip End Jul 27, 2011


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Blackheath Caravan Park - Blue Mountains

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, October 28, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN!

We took off from Maroota into a pretty ordinary looking day weather wise. Plenty of drizzle and low cloud and it was really cold. Visibility was pretty much nearly nil once we started climbing up the mountains. The cloud cover was so low and with the rain, we couldn't see squat!  Apparently this was a very picturesque drive, but really we didn't see much of it at all.  We wanted to stay somewhere central so we could easily get to all the stuff that we want to see.  At 1,065 metres above sea level Blackheath ( known as Rhododendron Town) is the highest township in the Blue Mountains. It is 114km west of Sydney.  The fog was quite heavy in our standards and it was amazing not being able to see too far around us!  I haven’t experienced that before and it blew me away.  Bloody freezing up here I have to say.  Billy has dragged his beanie back out again and I have gone digging for some more winter woolies and ugh boots!

THE 3 SISTERS
It was a pretty foggy day for our visit to the Sisters but not raining, so we decided to give it a try. Headed down the spectacularly scenic Megalong Valley past towering sandstone cliffs and through beautiful rainforest.  Was quite a lovely drive.  From here we went through to the lovely little township of Leura. I loved it here. Really interesting shops and extremely friendly shop keepers.  It was then on to Katoomba to "Scenic World".  We started at Echo Point viewing area to check out the amazing panorama and had a reasonable view of The 3 Sisters – the fog was coming and going.  Such a powerful place. We took a walk around the cliff to the actual Sisters and the great stairway to climb down to them and out on to Sister 1. Bill suffered HUGE vertigo (can’t say that I blame him) so he stayed at the top to enjoy the view.  I took the steep steps down along the edge of the cliff and crossed a bridge out to the first sister. (See arrow in pic).  It was quite spectacular and very exhilarating!  I had jelly legs and was feeling a little queasy at one stage, but the view from this height was gobsmacking and yes, dizzying!  It was a bit scary but I have to say that I loved it.  Climbing back up the steep stairs wasn’t so much fun though. I have the sore thighs to prove it!  We took a ride on the extremely steep railway down to the bottom of the valley and that was really quite the experience. So steep! Then we walked through the rainforest boardwalk around the bottom of the escarpments. Gorgeous and peaceful. We caught the cable car back up to the top station which would have been awesome if you were able to move and take in the scenery but they had that many people stuffed into the thing, you just couldn’t wait to get out!  We have had quite spectacular visuals even though it really wasn’t conducive to photography weather wise.  I just couldn’t capture the splendor.  I can only imagine how good they would have been had the sun been shining!  We had a great day. 

GOVETT’S LEAP – ZIG ZAG RAILWAY
Woo Hoo!  Sunshine at last!  It is so good to feel the warmth!  Quite the pretty spot here at Blackheath and we are seeing it pretty much for the first time now the fog has lifted. First stop Govett’s Leap, an amazing scenic viewpoint down the Grose Valley.  Spectacular I have to say!  Poor Billy’s vertigo kicked in again so he was somewhat laid back, but did his best to enjoy the amazing vista.  The view was right down the valley and it was quite obvious why these are called the Blue Mountains.  Following this magnificence, we headed off for a train ride down through the Blue Mountains National Park on the Zig Zag Railway.  An old steam train took us on a ride for 1.5hours and quite enjoyable with some lovely scenery.  Beautiful warm sunny day today and we really enjoyed being out in it and being able to see things that we haven’t been able to see for the last couple of days due to the fog.  It really is a stunning part of the country.

JENOLAN CAVES
I have run out of words to describe beautiful! These caves have apparently been here for 340 million years or so! Wow, nature never ceases to amaze me!  They are amazing! We spent a few hours exploring awe inspiring caverns, breathtaking formations, small winding tunnels, had to duck and squeeze (lucky we are both so very slender), up and down stairs, but witnessed the most amazing natural wonders! Crystal clear underground waterways and amazing colours.  I certainly couldn’t capture the beauty or the powerful energy we experienced here in a photo. Cool and damp underground but well worth the many, many steps… (screaming thighs!) Quite spectacular.

PS: We must congratulate Amy on acquiring her "Wings".  She is now a fully fledged Flight Attendant!  Starts flying next week!  Well done Aimo!


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