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Published: October 23rd 2007
I was already huffing and puffing after 100 steps when there are 800 more steps to traverse in the Jenolan cave. Now that winter is over, it’s time to get fit and hit the gym. It’s embarrassing when my 3 year old toddler is fitter than I am. He is the youngest and also probably the fittest of at least half the people in our tour group. There are 10 magnificent cave tours. We went on the Lucas Cave Tour as it has the largest and highest chamber (The Cathedral) and home to the most photographed “Broken Column” at Jenolan. The cave is a maze of ancient limestone caverns full of amazing stalactites and stalagmites and sparkling mineral deposits. With a push of a button, our tourguide highlights the wonderful features with spectacular lighting and sounds. Some concerts are held in the Cathedral chamber because of its excellent acoustical properties.
The Jenolan cave is part of the Blue Mountains World Heritage site, formed over 430 millions ago. It is one of the must-see natural wonders up the Blue Mountains of New South Wales three hours drive from Sydney. The other wonderful sight must not to miss are The Three Sisters
of the Blue Mountains. The Aboriginal dreamtime legend has it that the 3 sisters from Katoomba tribe and the 3 brothers from Nepean tribe had fallen in love but their law forbids it. So the 3 brothers planned to take the 3 sisters by force. But before that happens, the witch-doctor of the Katoomba tribe turned them into rocks to protect them the battle then transform them back again when the war is over. Unfortunately, the witch-doctor got killed and the 3 sisters stayed as a reminder of the tragic side of war. The 3 monolithic rock formations are best seen at the Echo Point Lookout in Katoomba. The blue haze around the Blue Mountains is due to the mist mixed with the evaporated oil produced by Eucalyptus trees abundant in the area.
I heard tourists screaming....then I found out why when we rode "The Railway" ride down to Jamieson Valley. The Scenic World railway has the steepest slope in the world and one of the popular tourists attraction in Australia. The ride probably only went for less than 5 minutes but it was exhilirating nonetheless.
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