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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
Sleeping Koala
Blue Mountains

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
Three Sisters rock formation

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

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
32. M at Caley Formatio
37. The Mountain Devil
53. Darwin's Walk

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

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains January 15th 2014

Mit der Fahrt zum Blue Mountains NP naht das Ende unserer Reise. Die letzten Tage im lieb gewonnenen Motorhome sind angebrochen und nebst Sydney ist dies der letzte wunderbare Flecken Erde, den wir in Australien besuchen. Wehmut macht sich breit, aber bevor wir uns ganz dem Frust hingeben, wollen wir die Blue Mountains nochmals richtig geniessen. In der Nähe des Caravan Parks ist das Tor zu dieser schönen Welt, der "Scenic World". In Katoomba wurde unter extremen Bedingungen Kohle abgebaut, bevor 1945 die Katoomba Falls und der Regenwald für den Personenverkehr eröffnet wurden. Seither erfreut sich dieses Gebiet grosser Beliebtheit und lohnt sich derart, dass gleich drei Schweizer Seilbahnen von Garaventa/Doppelmayr hingebaut wurden. Die Angestellten betonen jeweils stolz, dass sie wissen wo Thun und Olten ist, wenn man sich als Schweizer zu erkennen gibt. Das passt ... read more
Three Sisters
Mining Family
Made in Switzerland

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains December 29th 2013

Vi skulle tidligt op - alt for tidligt. Faktisk VIRKELIG tidligt.. Måske noget hen af kl 7. Vi skulle afsted i vores Toyota Camry hvor der stod 360.000 km på tælleren da vi hentede den, til Blue Mountains. For den opmærksomme læser, som ikke magter at søge på Google og dermed er kategoriseret som doven (lige som NP), har bjergene og området navnet efter farven blå - uh, surprise (men ikke den fra overskriften). Blue Mountains har mange eukalyptustræer. Disse træer afgiver en masse olier som gør at området, træerne, klipperne og det hele har et blåligt skær. Umiddelbart ligner det dis men det er faktisk den blå nuance som gør at det hele bliver lidt mat i farven. Her kørte vi rundt på mange små veje og til mange forskellelige lookouts og det var generelt ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains October 8th 2013

As it was a long weekend I wanted to go somewhere further than usual, to make the most of the extra day free. This is how I came up with the blue mountains. I've been before on a day trip but Alex had never been so we found a list of all the walks available and on Saturday decided on a 3 hour nature circuit at Wentworth falls. At the beginning of the walk the sound of cicadas was deafening. I'd never seen a cicada before, but I've seen plenty now! There were thousands of empty cicada shells covering numerous trees too, which was quite cool to see. About an hour into the walk we stopped for a picnic lunch at a lookout, giving us great views over a valley. After lunch we continued our walk ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 28th 2013

This is our first entry to start off the 18 week countdown to our big 2013 Alaska/Canadian Adventure starting on the 1st September, 2013.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains March 27th 2013

Spent a couple of days exploring Sydney while staying with hospitable relatives, its bustling, expensive, big-city feel contrasting sharply with laid-back Tasmania. Watched an enjoyable performance of La Boheme at the stunning Opera House for a high-brow interlude, the impressive singers and orchestra supported by perfect acoustics. Later caught a ferry out to Manly for a storm-interrupted swim in the wavy ocean and a walk across the headland with its second world-war gun emplacements and pretty water dragon lizards (legally protected after being stolen for pets !). Took first train-ride of the trip up into the Blue Mountains, staying in the little town of Katoomba. Saw striking "grand canyon-esque" views from Echo Point before a steep hike down and back from valley floor through dense forest, helping guide several confused tourists en route. Visited Wentworth Falls ... read more
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Woman and Panda

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