Kapoors Year 9B: Australia and New Zealand travel blog

We Joined A Day Tour Captained By A Great Fellow Who Was...

First Stop Was A Sanctuary To Get Up Close And Personal With...

This Female Was Fast Asleep - Or So We Thought Until She...

A Wallaby Looks So Much Like A Kangaroo To The Uninformed

The Kangaroos Are So Used To Visitors That It's Safe To Wander...

The Next Stop Had Us Attending A Performance Of Aboriginal Theatre -...

After Lunch We Headed To The Famous Viewpoint To See The Formation...

This Panorama Shot Gives You A Better Sense Of The Landscape Stretching...

Back In The Minibus To The National Park With Its Own Special...

We Had The Option Of Adding In A Ride On A Gondola...

On The Way Back We Witnessed The Destruction Caused By A Wildfire,...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Sydney & New South Wales has to say about the Blue Mountains:

“In 1813 the Blue Mountains were penetrated by explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, opening the way for the colony to expand onto the vast fertile slopes and plains of the west.

A region with more than its fair share of gorges, gum trees and gourmet restaurants, the spectacular Blue Mountains was an obvious contender when UNESCO called for Australian nominations to the World Heritage List, and its inclusion was ratified in 2000.

The slate-coloured haze that gives the mountains their name comes from a fine mist of oil exuded by the huge eucalyptus gums that form a dense canopy across the landscape of deep, often-inaccessible valleys and chiseled sandstone outcrops.

The foothills begin 65km inland from Sydney, rising to a 1,100m-high sandstone plateau riddled with valleys eroded into the stone over thousands of years. There are eight connected conservation areas in the region, including the Blue Mountains National Park, which has some truly fantastic scenery, excellent bushwalks, Aboriginal engravings and all the canyons and cliffs you could ask for. It’s the most popular and accessible of the three national parks in the area. Great lookouts include the Evan’s and Govett’s Leap lookouts near Blackheath, and Echo Point in Katoomba.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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