The Blue Mountain workers

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, November 26, 2010

  We took a two hour train ride to Katoomba to visit the Blue Mountains National Park, the slate coloured haze that gives the Blue Mountains their name comes from a fine mist of oil exuded by eucalyptus trees. When we arrived in katoomba we waited around for Bob (guy that promised us work in is hostel) to call us and give us a key, but he didn't.  We were warned by others he would drop us in it, and that he did! So after relaxing for a while we decided to check into the YHA hostel. It was a great big hostel almost like a hotel and the staff were spot on.  There was a sign on reception asking if anyone would be willing to work for 2 hours folding clean bed sheets for a free bed per night so we agreed to do it the following day and paid for our first night.

The following day we had to get to work at 1pm so we got up early and headed into the National Park to explore.  Literally ten minutes down the road and we were at the entrance to the park, which was great.  We did an amazing bush walk along Prince Henry cliff which gave us jaw dropping views over the canyon and green hills, it was a very hot day so we took it easy.  We then walked to Echo Point and the famous three sisters (towering three pillars) that stand out from the flat lined cliff edge.  We the climbed down the Giant Staircase (900 steps), which clung to the cliff edge and winded through the rocks deep into the rainforest.  We then walked along Federal Pass and headed to the scenic railway (the world’ steepest train) and the cable car.  We chose to take the train back to the top but not before speaking to a couple from Sunderland updating me on the football results and weather.  The train was crazy, it was indeed steep but at the bottom there was a little metal fence crash barrier, if the cable snapped you would be a goner right over the cliff edge.  So yes I was a little scared...again! Half way up on the train it goes through a cave and Indiana Jones started playing, it was so funny.  We got back to the hostel just in time to fold and roll clean bed sheets for a couple of hours for a free bed, it was so easy and we had a giggle.  On the night we made sur we were in the TV room first and had free run of the channels, until two little Dutch girls came in and started arguing for ages until one of the girls (aprox 4yrs old)  stood up and asked us all if she could watch Lady and the Tramp, how could we refuse! We all really enjoyed it.

The offer still stood the following day so we said yes and took advantage of the Blue Mountains once again heading in early as possible.  This time we walked  Fern Bower to Amphitheatre to see Leura Cascade waterfalls and at that point it started to rain, we took turns to walk ahead and climb up onto a cliff edge for a couple of photos but we got drenched so we retreated back to the hostel to work.  The manager gave us our huge trolley of sheets to fold and just as we finished she took it away and filled it with another load, but we managed to get it all done within two hours.  We then decided to get the train back to Sydney the following day and when we arrived there we booked a night bus up the coast to Byron Bay.
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