Neil and Laura's 2005 Adventure travel blog

Our eco cabin in the forest

Not one but two balconies to watch the wildlife from

Looking across the Jamison Valley from Echo Point

The Three Sisters rock formation near Echo Point

Cascades above Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls tumbles a thousand feet into the valley

Bridal Veil Falls at Govett's Leap

Autumn colours at Everglades Gardens at Leura

Looking down the Grose Valley from Evans Lookout

The Blue Mountains are a range of mountains and deep valleys two hours west of Sydney. They are covered in eucalypt forest and the gum trees emit a blue haze which give the mountains their name. The high escarpments drop vertically into the valleys and there are numerous waterfalls with drops of up to a thousand feet.

We stayed in an "eco-lodge" set deep in the forest near the town of Blackheath. Our lodge was pretty luxurious but was designed to have minimum impact on the surrounding bush so it has such non-standard features as a composting toilet, solar driven battery power and log burning stoves. None of them a problem - but it takes a bit of getting used to.

The weather is often bad in the Blue Mountains - four years ago we spent two days there in total fog and never saw a thing - but this time we got dry and sunny weather which was a relief.

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