Blogs from Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains December 20th 2018

Tuesday 18th December. So sleeping on the train has been fine and, another first here, showering on the train was good too. I'm sharing the facilities but there are two showers between 10 people so it is fine. Plenty of room, hot water and lovely soft towels. What's not to like. This morning we were bussed into the centre of Adelaide for a brief walking tour and a light breakfast. Less than two hours in all so we did not see much (mainly war memorials if I being blunt and I've done enough of them over the past 2 months... ) We had a complete crew change in Adelaide but we are all used to the rhythms of the on train routine now so there was not be any disruption. The thiird and final dinner on ... read more
I meet a life size miner
The valley in the gloom
The view from the  cable car

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains November 27th 2018

Day 9: Glasshouse Mountains/Gold Coast (150kms) On the morning of Day 9, Shaun woke up early to meet Douwe and climb Mount Beerwah. It was a very challenging climb but they had lots of fun! After their hike, Shaun had a shower in our AirBnB and we left for the Gold Coast. We had planned to have dinner with Ria, a lovely retired woman, one of our first hosts in Australia, with whom we stayed for almost a month when we arrived! We stayed in a different AirBnB and Shaun was very annoyed at our host who was very racist and just kept making inappropriate comments. We left to have dinner with Ria and her daughter, Cassie, who was 8 months pregnant! We had a very nice time together. Day 10: Gold Coast/Coffs Harbour (320kms) On ... read more
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Walk on Rodriguez Pass, Blackheath
Sun setting on the Three Sisters

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains June 17th 2018

A day of mixed happenings! Tom and I put in a bid for business class and we were thrilled to get word that our offer had been accepted! Just for the leg from Perth to Johannesburg. That will be lovely. After another of those interminably long days we left home at about 3.30pm and headed to the Blu Emu car park. We found a great spot close to a bus stop and our bus came as we were closing the boot. No waiting! At the domestic terminal for our flight to Perth we noticed that they had a special counter for international checkins, so we headed over there to check in, skipping 45 mins or so of lineup. Then off to security where I had to have the special pat down by a lady, a legacy ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 13th 2018

The Blue Mountains I think I have found my favourite nature spot in Australia. In 1788 the mountains were named Carmarthen Hills or Landsdowne Hills by Governor Phillip. However because of all the eucalyptus trees, which give off a fine mist from the oil in the leaves in a hot sun, which makes a blue haze, the mountains were renamed The Blue Mountains. We spent three and a half days in the Blue Mountains and did a variety of activities and all of them were fantastic. We got to the mountains late the first night so after dinner we watched a film and was ready for the next morning. We went to a local information centre to ask a few questions and went to a view point close by. The view was breath taking. Trees ... read more
Laurent getting ready to jump
The Jenolan Caves
Our river walk

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains March 27th 2018

Blog 13 Sydney - March 24, 2018 – Weather forecast: partly cloudy, daytime temperature of 27°C; overnight temperature of 18°C Back to the routine of up early, breakfast, then on the bus by 9:00 for a 76km ride west of the city to the Blue Mountains. The mountains are obscured by a blue haze caused in part when light is scattered by the emissions from the eucalyptus trees. The Blue Mountains is recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Area. Traffic out of the city, even though it was Saturday, was very heavy and it took over an hour and a half to get to our first stop at Govetts Leap Lookout so we could view Bridal Veil Falls. Since it had rained recently there was actually water cascading over the edge, 210m above the valley floor. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains March 20th 2018

It has often been said, although I don’t know by whom other than a Facebook meme, that a good friend will come bail you out of jail while a great friend will poke you in the ribs, handcuffs clanking, and say “Dang, that was fun!” There may not have been handcuffs involved, but my time with Dancing Dave, Denise and Jo Trouble was only one cop car from being there. We were thick as thieves and connected as if we had all known each other for years. Yeah, it was that awesome. Our final day in Sydney was going to be spent visiting the Blue Mountains. The Indian Pacific Train had passed through these mountains on my last morning on the train, but in the early morning hours there was little to see but dreary grey ... read more
Blue Mountins
Hydro Majestic 1904
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains February 2nd 2017

The Blue Mountains is a beautiful area a short drive from Sydney. We spent 3 full days hiking various trails and stayed at a B&B in Katoomba, the largest town in the area. Most of the hiking trails were well organized and clearly marked. They were rigorous in places and certainly challenged our fitness level. Many panoramic views were bountiful as the trails descended down into the gorges that contained numerous waterfalls. Of course, a steep trail down always partners with, what seems to be, a steeper trail up. One of the most popular areas, Echo Point, is where the famous Three Sisters can be seen. These were very unique rock formations that change in colours as the sun's reflection moves. Aboriginal legend is that the Chief of the Katoomba tribe had 3 girls who fell ... read more
At Wentwprth Falls
Empress Falls
the three Sisters

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 14th 2016

Ed and I went down to the games room to finish off the colours on the snooker table. Then we all trooped up the hill to find a cafe called Pomengranite. Cas joined us after ten mins as she returned the headphones shed bought the day before and had broken before using (pay cheap, buy twice). We took the train towards Sydney and got off at Blacktown. A short bus ride and we were at Featherdale Wildlife Park. It showcased indigenous Australian wildlife: from the obvious ones such as Koalas, Kangeroos, Wallabies and Emus to less famous animals such as the Tasmanian Devil, Wombats (think minature pygmy hippo with fur), Echidna (porcupine hedgehogs), Dingoes, Flying Foxes and Saltwater Crocs. Also loads of very colourful cockatoos and parrots and some poisonous snakes. The highlight for Hat and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 14th 2016

From one old Penrith to another newer Penrith. On the way we've all become browner, fitter, a bit more worldly wise and closer together and had some brilliant laughs along the way.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains February 11th 2016

Day trip to Katoomba My parents were visiting the Blue Mountains for a couple of days, so I drove from Sydney up to Katoomba and met up with them for the day. It was a spectacular day (I got sunburnt on my shoulders in 30 mins) and then we watched a storm brew to the west. Katoomba When I first got to Katoomba, we did a lap of the main street. It's very steep. On the way back up we stopped for lunch at the Paragon Cafe, andI had one of their Chicken Burgers. The beetroot relish on it was delish! Our second stop was Echo Point, to see the 3 Sisters as it's been quite some time since I have been a tourist up in the Blue Mountains. It was very busy with all the ... read more
Panorama from Echo Point
Old Post Office - Leura
Panorama from Hargraves Lookout

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