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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba February 5th 2009

We had met a number of Sydneysiders on our travels, and whenever we asked them about the best places to visit, they all said the same - "Get out of town and see the Blue Mountains". So we did. We ummed and oohed about how to get there, but in the end we decided to accept our advancing years and get on a "Darby and Joan" style bus trip. We took the plunge, picked up a leaflet in the hotel, dialled the number and booked it for the following day, having no idea who the tour company were and what they were like! They sounded OK, and agreed to pick us up from our hotel the following morning. When they arrived, it was a minibus, with a couple sat at the front, three at the back, ... read more
The Three Sisters
The Rain Forest
The Rain Forest

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba January 2nd 2009

Leaving Sydney we head off to the train station to catch our train to Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains. A two hour journey, with about 22 stops before ours - and it was packed. We found our YHA, dropped off the bags and decided to go for an afternoon walk - well this turned into a 4 hour hike. We started at Echo Point where you look out into the valley below and the distant mountains, as well as a close up view of The Three Sisters, three large rock formations, which are part of the aboriginal dreamtime. Then its off down the Giant Staircase, which is basically 900 narrow steps grafted onto the back of The Three Sisters. Then a 2.5 Km walk over uneven and hilly terrain on a well marked ... read more
And Just to Prove We Got to the Bottom
A Nice View From the Bottom
Katoomba Falls

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba December 10th 2008

Sydney is surrounded by some beautiful places and one place that I had on my list of 'to do's' was the Blue Mountains. It's a mountainous area consisting of a sandstone plateau that includes gorges up to 760 metres in depth, and has high points up to 1,190 metres. It's namesake is derived from the blue tinge the range takes on when viewed from a distance. My housemate Kate also mentioned that she would like visit too, so we decided to go to Katoomba which is about 100km from Sydney and provides a good base for exploring the area. We left on a hot and sunny Saturday morning and made our way on the train out to the Blue Mountains area. Once we were out of the suburbs of Sydney the scenery was pretty amazing. We ... read more
View from the lookout point
My warm hat!!!
Cup of tea anyone?

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba October 7th 2008

Hi All, we're just back from a very relaxing and well deserved long weekend away in the Blue Mountains. We hired a car and booked a couple of nights in a pretty B&B just 90 minutes from Sydney. The blue mountains are known for the blue haze that rises from the forest of Eucalyptus trees. It's a bit like walking around in a forest of Vicks Vaporub. The weather forecast wasn't great but we reasoned it was better than hanging around in a wet and windy Sydney. The weather was changable but by and large it was nice and sunny althought I'm glad we didn't rent a convertable. We ended up with a monster of a car, a Holden Statesman, with a V6 3.6 litre engine. It was 17'5" feet long and a good 6'6" wide. ... read more
Maeve, I and the 3 Sisters
Australia's Oldest Post Office
Positively Chavtastic Darling

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba September 25th 2008

Spring Break 2008 begins! Friday September 19 was Conception Day at Macquarie Uni. Celebrates Uni Life and gives everyone an excuse to party and drink. Hot and Sunny outside. Had some good fun on the slide and blow up obstacle course. Then baked in the sun while sitting on the grass listening to the semi-aweful band. Saturday September 20 Day 1 of OZ Adventure Ziva and I left at 8:30am to catch the train. We arrived in Katoomba at 12:10pm. The Blue Mountains Australia. We lugged our bags to the YHA to check in and drop our gear. Was a 10 minute walk from the train station. After lightening our load we set off for a 15 minute walk to bushwalking trails and Scenic World where we road the worlds steepest railway and a Scenic Skyway. ... read more
Blue Mountains
Hostel 1
Spring Break  08 Australia 015


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba September 18th 2008

FINALLLY!!! i SO NEEDED THIS RUSH! I went abseiling for the first time ever today with a great group of people!! I abseiled down 18 storeys of overhaning rock in the Blue Mountains. The views were breathtaking or maybe me being a whee bit terrified also took my breath away but either way.. it ROCKED! I was basically hanging in mid-air attatched to rope hoping & swinging down along the edge. I decided to also pull my legs up above me and lean back so I could go upside down. ya know.. to get the views from a different angle ;-P I abseiled about 6-9x and each time i had to lean back was enough to make me scream a little!! haha. Like.. the begining is always the hardest. standing on the edge with the rope ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba September 12th 2008

Once again I apologise for not updating my blog more regularly. It always seems like there is something better to do especially now the weather is sunny. So this morning I made myself sit down for half an hour and write an entry updating you on how I spent my Birthday. I also want to thank you all for all the lovely Birthday cards that you sent to me. I took them to the Blue Mountains with me and it was great to have them to open on the day. As I was in denial about being 30 I decided to get out of the city for my birthday weekend and head for the hills well the mountains actually. The Blue Mountains are 200km and a 2 hour train ride west of Sydney. It felt strange ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba August 27th 2008

OZ Day 3-4 Left Sydney. Not a moment too soon for us. Too many people, too much traffic, to many narrow roads. Had a nice drive to Katoomba. Found a pretty good campground right next door to Scenic World. Scenic World is home to Katoomba falls, a ‘railway’, a tramway and a Skyway. We ventured onto the railway to go down into the valley and the tramway to get back up again. The railway is ‘interesting’ as it has a 52 degree grade. Great adrenalin rush. Lots of walking in the valley and a lot of history. Very, very enjoyable. Something visitors should take in. Apparently there was and still is some coal mining in the area. Also here are the Three Sisters. Rock formations that the story goes that the chief turned his 3 daughters ... read more
The 3 Sisters
Gary & Train Crew

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba July 5th 2008

I visited the Blue Mountains world heritage area in Katoomba on Saturday, July 5th. Having been told previously that Australia doesn't really have mountains, at least by Canadian standards, and that I wouldn't be much impressed with the area, they had been quite downplayed and I wasn't expecting much in terms of views. I think you get spoiled living in Vancouver, with the mountain views and proximity to ranges! So I thought it was going to be a fun hiking day, some cool shots, but nothing really spectacular. I was pleasantly wrong... Driving up to the area, there are no jutting peaks or views that capture your attention (apart from bad Sydney drivers, that is...), but once you get out and go to Echo Point, the magnitude of the area takes your breath away. Absolutely amazing... ... read more
View from Three Sisters
Under the Three Sisters

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba June 15th 2008

Our first weekend in Sydney, a group of us took the train out to Katoomba to visit the 'Grand Canyon' of Australia, the Blue Mountains. I wasn't sure what to expect, but when we got out to the first lookout on our hike, I could not believe how gorgeous my surroundings were. The hike was long, but well worth the surprises of an incredible waterfall and breathtaking valleys. There were some touristy things we heard about and stumbled upon them during our hike. We went on the Scenic Railway which is the steepest incline railway in the world which was built as an amusement ride in the late 19th century. We thought it was quite funny, but it turned out to be a little scary with how dark and rickety it was in the rainforest. We ... read more
The Three Sisters
The valley
The Scenic Skyway

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