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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains February 27th 2015

Today was our big trip to the blue mountains. An early 6am rising to catch the coach. It poured down. When we reached the mointains we could see nothing. The first cable car across a 1000 foot valley was unexciting as visibility was zero. We then went down into the valley and this was clear as if the trees formed a roof. The journey down into the valley was by the steepest railway in the world and back up by Australia's largest cable car. By lunchtime the fog had been burnt off and the area could be truly appreciated. The eucalyptus really do give off a blue haze which gives the mountains their name. Next came a 30 minute aboriginal pageant, educational but not as good as the Moari one we went to in Christchurch. Then ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains February 21st 2015

Hi everyone, yesterday got up really early and caught the train to The Blue Mountains, took 2 hours to get there, we got off at Katoomba. Realised it was very different weather after leaving the city where it was hot, coming into the mountains it was raining and foggy. We were'nt really dressed for this, but hoped that it would clear up. Of course it didn't, the whole day was a wash out. We did the hop on hop off bus, which was really good, the two drivers John and Jimmy had very funny stories to tell and were very helpful giving us the best way to do the circuit. However it was like going up The Shard, the very first time which was in a snow cloud !! This was exactly the same, except it ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains February 21st 2015

Hi, forgot to say, we weren't scared hanging off these cable rides because we couldn't see a thing, so didn't have a clue how high up we were !... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains November 2nd 2014

"Les montagnes Bleues en Australie, à environ 100 kilomètres à l'ouest de Sydney, sont une chaîne de montagnes de grès qui atteignent 1 111 mètres d'altitude à leur point culminant, One Tree Hill, et forment une partie de la Cordillère australienne qui longe approximativement l'est et le sud-est de la côte australienne sur environ 3 000 kilomètres. Le nom de « montagnes Bleues » se réfère également à la Ville de Blue Mountains (ou Conseil communal de Blue Mountains), un gouvernement local dans la chaîne ; ou encore au parc national des Blue Mountains. Les montagnes Bleues sont creusées de profondes gorges, jusque 1 000 mètres. Elles occupent une superficie de 1 436 km2." (wikipedia)... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 19th 2014

Dear followers, I'm back with an update about my trip to the Blue Mountains. I got up very early and went with a friend from the same hostel, to the pick-up point. At 7AM we were already on our way for a big adventure ! We almost had 2 accidents due to stupidity of other drivers, luckily the bus driver kept his head cool and avoided them. The day started with a visit to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, we were able to pet the kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, koala's, emus, ... all the typical Australian animals you can think off ! We got 1 hour to walk through the Park on our own and do whatever we want. It was an absolute unique experience to get this close to the animals in a save environment, therefore I'm ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 5th 2014

3 avril ( A Sydney ) Mon cadran sonne. Il est 6h10AM dans le petit dortoir complet du Blue Parrot. Je me leve en silence et me rend dans la toute petite cuisine communautaire au premier etage. Accroche a son MacBook, un indien arrivant de Dubai encore sur le jet lag y est deja. Les autres habitants de l'auberge, eux, dorment encore, assommes par leurs lendemains de veille en serie. Je m'enfile un bol de cereales rapidement et je traverse la rue deja mouvementee de joggers devant l'hostel. C'est la que m'embarquera un bus touristique pour une journee organisee aux Blue Mountains dans les environs de Sydney. Ouaip. Il est souvent moins complique de se faire organiser un tour que de tout configurer par soi-meme. Il suffira donc aujourd'hui d'ecouter le chauffeur, d'acquiescer et de suivre ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 3rd 2014

Hello. This is our last full day in Sydney and we scheduled a full-day tour of an area called the Blue Mountains. It turned out to be a very interesting, but very tiring, so we did not get the description written until the next day (Thursday). Here is what we did on Wednesday. We started pretty early again with a complimentary pickup at 7:00. David went across to a nearby Starbucks for a couple of pastries at 6:30, which we were able to eat in the hotel whilst we waited for the bus. We were the first pickup and we rode around town for about an hour before arriving at the central location. We got on our correct bus (with driver/guide named Peter) and we were set for the day at 8:00. We had about a ... read more
Cable Car ride at Scenic World
Janet on the Scenic Trail through Woods
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains March 16th 2014

The plan was to do two long tracks in only one day: 1. Prince Henry Cliff Walk (11km) 2. Governs Leap (13km)Unfortunately I started my tramping day too late and ended up doing the Govetts Leap when the sun set. There were still 6 km to conquer to reach the carpark. I had to rely on my intuition and all my senses of orientation to make my way through the dark bush. I was lucky to have my light with me and to look for possible tracks. The bad thing about Australia's tracks is the missing sign. You have to decide which direction it is going to be. It was very confusing and scaring to spend so much time and energy on finding your right route. I climbed slippery, steep cliffs and crossed rivers at night ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains February 12th 2014

Wednesday 12th February, 2014. Furber Steps Walk, Katoomba Scenic Railway & Wentworth Falls. Blue Mountains After breakfast we packed up our things and then chucked our stuff in a locker before making our way towards Katoomba Falls. We found a path to follow via a small creek which would allow us to see the falls from lower down. It was extremely misty and we couldn't see very much at all. We took a photo of the cable car from a lookout as it appeared out of the mist. At the bottom of the track the falls were signposted 100 metres to our left. It was very boggy and slippery after the rain last night. We reached the lookout and the sun (what there was of it!) was in exactly the wrong place for photos - we ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains January 29th 2014

After ten days of complete silence, and over 100 hours of meditation, I can now say I have successfully completed the vipassana meditation course in black health, blue mountains. I can honestly say I have never experienced something so moving and deep within myself. By far the most challenging thing I have ever taken part in. One would think that basically doing nothing all day would be quite easy. By being limited to doing nothing but meditate, eat and sleep without having any contact with others what so ever, it pushed me to explore my own thoughts and mind. What a shocking realization of how ignorant I have been for most of my life. Most of you are probably unaware of what the idea behind vipassana is, and I'm still wrapping my head around the idea ... read more
The meditation hall
Quite beautiful scenery
My wonderful friend Urmila




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