Jan 3, 2005
Today we went up to the Blue Mountains! It's great up there. We did it cheap style and just jumped on the train instead of paying for a posh tour. The upshot of that is that we did it for about half price - which was nice. The mountains are 'blue', science fans, because of the reflection of the sun's light against the Euculyptus oil in the air. Oh yes.
We got to the 'Blue Mountain town' of Katoomba after a two hour train ride and got breakfast at a very camp restaurant on the way to the mountains - great food but a bit expensive!
We then headed down to the edge of the plateau, where you can see the Blue Mountains for miles around. Although they're called mountains, really they are just a long series of valleys. These guys need to spend some time in the alps.
Although it's a naturally beautiful area, mankind has decided to spoil it somewhat with huge multi storey carparks and huge buildings / cablecars over looking the area. It was very good though. We realised that (even though we gave it a go) you didn't have to go on all the cable cars / tourist gumpf to enjoy the area. The most rewarding part of the day was the trekking in the rainforest, which was superb.
Mind you, there is a great 'train' that takes you nearly vertically down the cliff. It's the steepest incline in the world and the look on people's faces as it flew down the canyon was hilarious!
We walked miles today!
From there we walked around to Echo Point, which gives a great view of 'The Three Sisters', a striking sandstone rock formation that jutts out of the plateau. The views from that point of the surrounding area were huge, showing views of at least 40 miles away.
A great day out!
We will return again to this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Lots of love and banter, Gareth and Helen x x x