Bush Walks, Urban Camping, and Car Trouble
Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
15Trip End Dec 01, 2010
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we finally stopped and cooked breakfast and i took a nature trail to the bathroom that ended up being a full on rain forest hike and arrived back a half hour later! "Where did you go?"...."I have no idea..." We continued along to Jervis bay and after finding no waves we went to the local Five Islands brewery to sample their fare. we had a nice pizza and tasted the Halloween beer. First time in my life i haven't gotten to celebrate Halloween :( made contact with our friend Tristan that we met in Bali who lives in Woy Woy on the Central coast north of Sydney. We decided to head straight up there to meet him and just do a brief drive through the Royal national park since there were no waves. We stopped off at a surfboard sale, but the ones i liked were sold already. We chatted with the local guy in front of his prime real estate and he told us how the old guys go out on their long boards with mugs of beer and cell phones in baggies and make business calls and all the kids are like "what are you doing out there old man?!" then the set waves come in and they ride them all the way to shore
We made it to Tristan's moms house just after dark, The next morning we headed down to the beach for Tristan's grommet bodyboarding comp. the beach was warm and i lay out to read while Ryan went out to surf in the best waves we've seen in AUS thus far for a couple hours. It was such a nice beach morning. After that we got packed for a camping trip to Blue Mountains which is a national park with tons of bush-walking east of Sydney. We picked up this Columbian guy Alejandro at a train station. hahah! that sounds funny...No, we knew him from Bali (he surfed with Ryan at desert point, then recognized us in the water at medewi)...he lives in Manly beach by Sydney, so it worked out smoothly as we got there only 10 min apart, and the four of us headed up to the mountians. Due to delays from trying to herd these cats together and get everyone packed and situated we arrived to the Jenolan Caves just after dark...Which ended up being awesome cause we came around this clearing to find ourselves at the mouth of a GIANT lighted cave! we all just tripped out...It was like entering the Bat Cave and there was nothing else around for miles so we just drove in, and climbed around for a minute in the impressive cave, then discovered there was a cottage inn past the cave. So we drove through this crazy tunnel and learned that the campgrounds were shut down, but the only person we could find anywhere told us we could sleep at the top of the hill
After a hilarious evening around the fire we prepared to Bush walk...we found out it cost $30 to go in the caves, so while Alejandro took the tour, we found a hike around the area with some pretty cool free caves you could check out. We then set further into the park to find a new camp site and check out Klamath Walls. We arrived just before dark to find a most stunning view of a giant valley and these impressive cliff walls. We stood on this ledge and were just awe struck by the blue mountains. (weird they look green in the pictures) there was no one else around, and we really felt far from civilization! Then...it started to pour down rain...
We ended up having dinner, four of us crammed into he back of the van...Bessie has never been so dirty. fortunately it let up a bit later and the guys were able to set up the tent and sleep dry
And now, for some exciting news!! yesterday in Noosa, I got my SIM card fixed for a great price! I got all my pictures back, and am super excited. I included the ones from our first week in Australia..They are kind of out of order now, but It's just easier this way...Enjoy!! (for some reason they are not all showing, so lemme know if theres an issue...) Cheers mates!