Trip Start Aug 01, 2003
66Trip End Sep 20, 2004
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Sunday 11th January
From Sydney it is easy to get out to Katoomba and the Blue Mountains. They were named after the haze created by all the eucalyptus oil defracting the light. For the most part it is a remote wilderness of canyons and gorges. The thought-to-be-extinct Wollemi Pine was discovered recently by walkers here. The tree is a dinosaur, colonizing the planet millions of years ago before being pushed out by modern flora.
The real tourist lookout is located at to the 'three sisters'. At dusk when the crowds leave and the shafts of light spear through the clouds it's a pretty magical place. The cries of cockatus and parrots echo around the valley as the sun sets. The rocks are illuminated in an orange glow.
Monday 12th January
Walkabout with Evan, a fifth generation member of the Darug tribe that was all but wiped out in the early years of European arrival in Australia. Terra Nullis - 'no ones' Land they called it. Due to disease and a loss of their hunting grounds, bodies of the darug washed up on the shores.
Following the guide through the bush to secret cermonnial sites and learning all about the plants and animals of the bush. It was pretty stenuous, we were out for ten hours in total. Showered under a waterfall whilst evan boiled his billy by the billabong.
Tuesday 13th January
Double decker bus tour of Katoomba and the surrounding area. The town of Katoomba sits on the plateau above the canyon. From there we walked along the rim stopping at lookouts each more beautiful than the last.
Wednesday 14th January
Descended into the canyon via a series of ladders and cascades. At the bottom was a beach at the base of a waterfall surrounded by ferns and rainforest. Trekked through the subtropical rainforest to the valley of waters and started the long climb back up to Leura.
Thursday 15th January
Leaving for Sydney, storms and mist have shrouded the valley so final view of the three sisters was a total whiteout. The bus stopped at featherdale animal sanctuary, got to stroke a koala and saw a tazmanian devil.