Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our First Family Road Trip: Blue Mountains

This was the longest day trip of this holiday. 12 hours to be exact and it included the 4 hour round trip from Sydney to the Blue mountains and back.

The Blue Mountains is a rugged region west of Sydney. Known for dramatic scenery, it encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens. Katoomba, a major town in the area, borders Blue Mountains National Park and its bushwalking trails.


Our first stop was to visit the iconic Three Sisters and Charlotte asked where the three brothers were - fair point, child. We have no idea and cannot give you an answer for that!





























It was an incredibly cold and windy day up there. We had our ski jackets on for good reason. After that, we drove to Scenic World to purchase our unlimited rides on the railway, skyway, cable car and walkway.
























From here, we took the first skyway (cable car) to Katoomba Falls.



Thank goodness we had the foresight to wear shoes for walking on different terrains and conditions. 

We navigated through bushes, muddy grounds, wet rocks, holding onto each other and tree branches to get this spot.

It was a mini accomplishment with these two young travellers. They amazed us each day with their sense of adventure, curiosity and zest for life.

It is such a honor watching the surroundings and experiences through their young eyes.




It was such a thrill to ride a 52 degree incline riding the steepest railway in the world! Carrying 84 passengers, the train departs every ten minutes. Disembark at the bottom station to access the Scenic Walkway and stroll through 2.4 kilometers of Jurassic rain forest.

There are a few walking treks to choose from. We chose the 50 minute walk which was just beautiful. The air was cool and the serenity around us was very calming. Be warned - you need to be at least moderately fit to undertake this because there are steep part of the walk which requires the full stretch of your leg muscles.



























As we drove away from Katoomba, we noticed signs for Wentworth Falls and decided to check it out not knowing how long it would take. By this stage, we were all rather exhausted from all the walking so we went to the look out for the falls and were greeted by this magnificence.


Although we did not make it down those stairs and trekked to the falls, we were satisfied and happy knowing that we had such an amazing full day surrounded by nature.

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