The Blue Mountains

As our time in Sydney swiftly comes to an end, I thought what better way to finish off a fantastic eight months in this beautiful city than to pay a visit to the Blue Mountains. After all, you can’t come to New South Wales and not visit the iconic mountain range that boasts stunning views, epic waterfalls and breath-taking greenery.

Australia has been plunged into icy temperatures of late so, as you can imagine, I spent the days leading up to our trip frantically checking the weather forecast and praying the showers would stay at bay – at least for a few hours.

Thankfully the rain did stay away, but it was bitterly cold (I know, weird coming from a girl who has grown up in England her whole life) and the mountain range was covered by a thick blanket of fog for about five hours.

Our trip began at 8:30am when we were picked up by a mini bus and driven to the Blue Mountains. Once there, we whizzed across to Wentworth Falls. Unfortunately the fog made it almost impossible to see anything. But nevertheless, we did hear the water trickling down the rocks and see some beautiful Crimson Rosella birds.

We then decided to stop for lunch in a quaint town called Leura while we waited for the sun to burn through the unsightly fog. After an appetising vegetarian frittata and a handful of Joe’s chips, we headed over to Scenic World in a town called Katoomba to check out the famous three sisters and capture some spectacular views.

Scenic World is home to four main attractions – Skyway, Cableway, Walkway and Railway – and we were lucky enough to do all of them. It costs $35 per person and you get unlimited rides across all four attractions.

We took the Skyway across so we could see the three sisters in all their glory. However, we found there were too many people in the carriage and we didn’t get a single look-in over those enthusiastic Asians.

We then hopped on the Cableway down to the breath-taking Jamison Valley. Once down on the ground, we did a 35-minute hike around the valley which, may I add, was fricking freezing due to the lack of sun beaming down.

The rainforest was ever so peaceful and we even got sight of a beautiful Lyrebird – native to Australia – who was busy digging around for worms. We stood and watched him for a good 10 minutes as he scratched away at the dirt.

Along the way we explored the Valley’s coal mining history;  including the mine entrance, a replica miners’ hut and scale bronze sculpture of a miner and his pit pony.

We finished off by jumping on the Railway, which is the steepest incline railway in the world, as we were pulled up the track at a 52 degree angle while overlooking the mountains and three sisters.

Our trip to the Blue Mountains was organised by Sightseeing Tours Australia and I can’t recommend them enough. They picked us up on time, gave us a running commentary, made sure we were fed and watered and drove us back to the city once the day had wrapped up. The trip cost us $79 each plus the extra $35 for Scenic World but it was definitely worth it and I would encourage all of you to visit the Blue Mountains if you’re in the area at all.

 

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