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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba November 17th 2007

The Blue Mountains of New South Wales are beautiful in both landscape and wildlife. They're the remnants of millions of years of erosion by a small stream that runs throughout them. What's been left are huge canyons that fall off straight cliffs and leave walking tracks for the world to enjoy, we took off with the family to take full advantage of them. Only an hour and half car ride out of Sydney, we drove up to Katoomba, a small town on the shore of the Blue Mountains. There we stayed at the YHA Youth Hostel and enjoyed some fine backpacker company along with a taste of what we'll be getting used to in a few months. We dropped off our food in the hostel fridges and headed for the conservation centre; the outpost for a ... read more
Silas, Jesse & Rebeccah looking over the blue mountains
Chris walking around the lookout
Evan out at the lookout

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba November 16th 2007

Hello Again!! Since my last entry, the weather has finally started to pick up which has been awesome! I got my first sunburn today, I'm amazed I made it this long. This week has been pretty crazy, Sarah and I left early Monday morning, and took the train up to Katoomba, which is a city in the heart of the Blue Mountains, about 2 hours north of Sydney. We checked into our hostel and headed down to the heart of the national park, which is called Echo point. It's this amazing spot that looks out over endless mountains, and is right next to the Three Sisters, which is a really famous rock formation..I don't know how else to describe it, but its pretty cool, look at the pics. From there we went on a crazy 4 ... read more
The Three Sisters

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba November 2nd 2007

They're world class taggers in the Blue Mountains. Driving up from Sydney it seems there isn't a fence, lamp post, house or wall that hasn't had someone take a spray can to it. Bit disappionting to tell the truth and not the sort of thing you expect to see in a national park. The views from the lookouts soon make up for it though. Our B&B was just over the road from the most popular, Echo Point in Katoomba, the best place to see the Three Sisters. The legend they spin you is it that three lads from one tribe fell in love with three sisters from another, but were barred from marrying them due to tribal law. They decided to take them by force, so the girl's witch doctor turned them to stone to protect ... read more
Echo Point.
Three Sisters and The Jamison Valley
Windradyne B&B.

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba October 20th 2007

Early start yesterday as we were picked up at 7am. Stopped off to see wild kangaroos on route which was fab! Took loads of photos but need time to sit and upload them all! Then we drove to Wentworth Falls - amazing! The view was spectacular - the mountains appear blue due to a haze from the Eucalyptus. Waterfalls...beautiful. Had to walk down a rocky cliff path full of stairs (which was tolerable - just) but then back up again...thought I was going to die! Can't believe I made it! Lastly we went to Katoomba where we did another walk down the mountain and got the worlds steepest railway train back up - 52 it out - scary!!! Our tour guides, Jimmy and Squirtles painted our faces with "facepaint" that the aboriginals used - from ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba October 13th 2007

Hi Everyone! So recently I had a week off of school, and just before my Mom and Sue got here for their visit, some friends and I went to Katoomba for a day. Katoomba is just outside of Sydney and the gateway to the Blue Mountains- a very beautiful and scenic area. So, off we went- Erin, Amy (who you might recognize from my Wellington and Melbourne Adventures), Amy's sister Jessa, Jessa's friend Hong and Amy/Jessa's cousin Allie all hopped on the train... We got to Katoomba (almost 4 hours of traveling) and checked into our hostel. The hostel was amazing,and was nice to have a 6 person room with 6 people! (Although I was getting used to sleeping with strangers.) After checking in, we headed out for lunch, and then for our 4 hour hike ... read more
Me and some scenery
I've fallen and I can't get up
The steepest incline in the world

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba August 7th 2007

Gooday Mates! I know its been yonks (to use a good Aussie word for 'ages') since I've posted an update but as some of you may have noticed there was a problem with the TravelBlog server and all of my past blog entries (as well as the one I was currently working on) were lost....or so I thought. Thanks to the person who helped to restore them, as we say in Australia that's "heaps good!" and "Ta" (Aussie slang for 'thanks' I recall one of you did request more fun Aussie words so I'm doing my best) My other excuse for not updating sooner is that the internet connections here actually have a limit for the number of megs you can transfer during the month which I found out after downloading tonnes of itunes and then ... read more
Me & Kangaroos
3 Sisters

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba July 17th 2007

Om 6.30 u eruit want vandaag gaan we naar de “Blue Mountains”, een natuurpark van Sydney (het ligt maar op een treinrit van 2 uur !) en zou een oud regenwoud zijn. Het zou zijn naam te danken hebben aan de kleur die ontstaat als de kleine olie druppeltjes van het Eucalyptus woud zich vermengen met de mist. Gisteren is Kaat gaan informeren naar het weer bij het toeristische bureau en het zou er min 3 zijn met kans op sneeuw. Dus we zijn erop voorzien en trekken alles wat warm is aan. Met de bommeltrein van Sydney central station naar Katoumba. Van het moment dat we uitstappen blijkt inderdaad de temperatuur rond het vriespunt te zijn en staat er een ijskoude wind. Na 2 km stappen bereiken we “echo point” en blijkt de afdaling ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba June 23rd 2007

So after alot of anticipation we finally picked up our campervan yesterday. Nine days to get to Melbourne and thankfully its not as offencive as it could have been, slightly beacon-ish in colour but ok. It is some kind of aborigional lizard. First stop for us was the Blue Mountains and Katoomba. The journey was ok and was just over an hour and a half plus a minor detour so I could see the Sydney Olympic park. Wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be! We got to Katoomba just before sunset and headed straight for Echo Point which is a lookout over the Jamison Valley and you can also see a rock formation called the 'Three Sisters'. An incredible sight an you could see for miles across the valley which does live up to ... read more
Sexy Back
The Blue Mountains
Three Sisters

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba June 8th 2007

After the hustle and bustle of Sydney, Katoomba was a complete contrast - a small village atmosphere, low buildings and a feeling of wide open space (much needed after a few days in the big city). En route from Sydney we stopped off at Wentworth Falls and were blown away by the dramatic landscape. The sheer drop of the mountains and the flatness of the plains was breathtaking. It was almost as though the ground had just fallen away and left these sheer rock faces - in fact the opposite happened and the rock pushed its way up out of the grond - amazing! The photos don't give you any sense of the real thing - so if you ever find yourself in the Sydney area - you cannot possible leave without visiting the Blue ... read more
The Three Sisters
How does it stay put?

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba June 6th 2007

Next stop on the Pacific Highway was Coffs Harbour and the Big Banana. A random tourist attraction all about bananas. We chose not to take the tour of the plantation and learn the history, instead we discovered a toboggan run which looked much more fun. It wasn't quite the same as the rides at Dreamworld but it kept us amused for a while. There didn't seem to be much else to see or do in Coffs so the next morning we hit the highway again and drove further south to Port Macquaire, another coastal town just off the Pacific Highway. Again the town was pretty small with not much to do so a quick stroll around the town and one night in a random campsite was more than enough. Another day on the road and ... read more
Views from the summit of Tomaree Headland
Whale watching from the summit lookout
Ben and Sheila at Lennox Head Lookout

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