The Blue Mountains

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
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Trip End Apr 12, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, February 8, 2013

So after our stressful day yesterday, we went on a day trip today to the Blue Mountains which were about an hour and a half drive inland from Sydney. I should mention now that the Blue Mountains are neither blue nor mountains - they are in fact plateaus and they get the blue adjective because apparently the Eucalyptus trees give off a blue glow. Fun fact for the day sorted.

Our guide was a Aussie guy called Ryder who was extremely chilled out and even admitted he didn't really have a plan for us as to where we would go during the trip. He also had a love of hip hop and duly cranked up the volume whenever a good song came on the radio. He was cool.

Our tour started with a quick stop at a little roadside lookout where you're basically stood on a rock overlooking the world pretty much. It was a little nerves acting being so high up and I said to Rikki a few times to step back a bit because he was freaking me out.

After that quick stop, we picked up another traveller from the train station and headed to our first walk through some of the rainforest. Most of the national park is made up of Eucalyptus trees in sandstone soil (I think that's what Ryder said anyway) and then there are pockets of rainforest. One such pocket we walked through and past a small waterfall and stream. When we got to the lookout the view was just amazing. There's nothing quite like it and I don't really know how to describe it. You'll have to see the pictures!

We then drove around to the north side of the mountains and completed a short walk that took us to another look out platform that once again had amazing views. We spotted a waterfall just across from us and found out that our next walk was around that area. After a short drive, we were at the walking site and on our way to the waterfall. We had to cross over the stream and then up a few steps to the lookout platform that looks down onto the waterfall. That view was probably my favourite of the day as I don't think I've ever seen a proper waterfall before and it was nice and refreshing feeling some of the water blowing up from the stream.

After a long walk back upstream, Ryder picked us up and drove us to our final spot known as The Three Sisters. It's basically three massive rocks and there is an aboriginal legend attached to them. The story goes that there was an aboriginal witch doctor who had three daughters who wanted to marry three warriors from a different tribe. All three were forbidden from marrying the warriors which caused a big battle. To protect his daughters, the witch doctor turned them into stone but died in battle so was never able to turn them back into humans. And thus, there they now stand for eternity. The guide told it better :)

All in all, it was a really great day spent out in the Australian countryside. We've just had some dinner at a nearby Thai restaurant and are planning on having a couple of drinks in the bar later this evening.

Have a lovely day :)
Jennie xxx
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Sharon on

Wow, that looks amazing! Look forward to seeing all the photos x

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