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Published: June 28th 2009
Nice autumn photo in the park near the cable ferry
We made a last minute decision to do the Blue Mountains first instead of heading straight to Sydney and it turned out to be amazing! We didn't realize we would have to take a cable ferry to get accross a river along the way and as we pulled up we were worried because we didn't have much cash on us. I was particularly pleased when we discovered it was free. We stopped for a picnic lunch just after the ferry and saw some maple trees. They really stood out because there aren't really many trees that change colour around here.
We didn't get into Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, until about 4:30 thanks to slow roads initially and then nasty traffic as we got close enough to Sydney to battle with commuters. We found the caravan park and set ourselves up for a freezing cold night. In the morning it was as close to frost as we've ever seen here in this land of surf and sun.
We walked to the lookout at Echo Point to look for hiking trails. The view from here was one of the most striking scenes we'd ever witnessed. The lookout was amazing and
The famous Three Sisters rock formation in the mist
the hiking trails hugged the ridge above steep cliffs overlooking preserved forest lands. There's a river at the bottom and what seemed like hundreds of suphur-crested cockatoos flying above the canopy far below. The view was mesmerizing and we were happy to get out and moving after the cold night in our van. We walked around the town of Katoomba in the afternoon. It's a nice mountain resort town almost like a small Banff.
The next day we were off for the big city. As you know we aren't really big city people, especially in Oz, but Sydney is one of those iconic places and we're pretty excited to check it out.
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