Blue Mountains

Trip Start Sep 27, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, February 21, 2011

We left Cessnock and headed towards the Blue Mountains. By the time we got on the road after saying our goodbyes it was a bit late in the day to make it so we decided to spend the afternoon in Newcastle. Newcastle is only 40km from Cessnock on the coast but the locals from grape picking said it was worth a stop. The town itself is pretty small but has a few beaches, unfortunately the weather was really overcast but we had a walk down Nobby's Head beach and walked along the pier. It was a really nice beach and off the pier we saw a huge seal that followed us down the pier it was class.

We had a beer at the Brewery Pub along the seafront and then spent the night at a free rest stop nearby. The next morning we got up early and headed off to the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains is a World Heritage Area 100km inland from Sydney. They are part of the Great Dividing Range and stretch for over one million hectares. The region isn't actually mountains but is full of rainforest, waterfalls, gorges, valleys and canyons. Over 100 different species of eucalyptus trees grow here and the oil from the trees give off a blue haze which give the area its name.

There are a few villages in the Blue mountains and our first stop was Glenbrook. We stopped here for lunch and went for a walk down through the bush to Jellybean pool where we had a swim in the creek and cooled down. From there we went to Wentworth Falls and got our first glimpse of the Blue Mountains.

Wentworth Falls is a massive waterfall with a 300 metre drop in the middle of the most beautiful surroundings. The views over the valley where absolutely stunning. With huge cliffs either side of valley that is just covered in trees. We did a few different walks around the Valley of the water which took us to loads of different lookouts along the cliff edge, to the top of the falls and to a weeping rock, it was really beautiful around there.

After a couple of hours walking we were all exhausted so we drove to the next town called Katoomba which is the main town in the Blue Mountains. We checked into the local caravan park and after dinner went into the town for a couple of beers. The town was a pretty cool place with loads going on but it was freezing cold from what we were used to in Cessnock it was crazy how much the weather can change when you go up 1000 meteres.

Katoomba is basically right on the edge of the valley and has loads of walks that lead to different view points. So the next morning we got up early and went to Leura Cascades. Leura Cascades was a series of waterfalls and lookouts which were really nice. The path followed the river all the way down until the river plunged of the end of the cliff. We walked from the cascades into Leura village which was alot harder than we thought as the streets are built on some huge hills. We stopped off for a cake in a local tea room, the village was really quaint and old fashioned.

Our next stop was Sublime Point, a clifftop lookout. The view from here was absolutely amazing by far the best we saw. It was like a 360 degree view of the valley and was just stunning. We could see for miles it was just great. What made it even better was that we were the only ones there so we stayed for ages just admiring the view it was beautiful.

After Sublime Point we were convinced nothing could top that but a famous view called Echo Point was still to come so we headed there. Echo Point gives you a great view over the famous 'three sisters' rock formation. Legend says a sorcerer turned three sisters to stone to stop unwanted male attention but then the sorcerer died before he had reverse it. The view at Echo Point was really impressive too, the three sisters looked awesome but it still didn't beat Sublime Point for us.

We walked to the three sisters down a really steep staircase and got an up close glimpse of the rocks which was cool too. The views over the valley where just amazing though, really beautiful. We stopped and had a lunch at one of the picnic areas and then drove to the next village called Black Heath.

From Black Heath we went to Govett's Leap look out which was again amazing views over the valley, we could also see Bridal Falls which are the highest falls in the Blue Mountains and Pulpit Rock in the distance, you could really see the blueish haze from here so you could really understand why they are called the Blue mountains. The views were all absolutely brilliant and the region is just so beautiful we loved it.

After Black Heath we were all exhausted so decided to drive to a campsite. We went to a lake a bit off the circuit as we had read about a camp spot there which was really cheap. We drove there and the scenery completely changed, it was full of rolling hills and greenery. We saw the lake glistening in the distance and it looked beautiful. We rocked up not knowing what to expect but it ended up being the best camp spot we have stayed at in Australia.

The camp site was $15 per site and you could camp literally right on the lake side, it was all grassy around and you could camp anywhere you wanted, there was only us there and one other caravan it was just awesome. It was beautiful so we spent the last of the sun chilling out by the lake. That evening we made a huge campfire, drunk a box of goon and toasted some marshmallows it was great fun, the night sky was also amazing as we saw so many stars it was an awesome night.

The next day we just didn't want to leave so we decided to stay another night. We chilled out all day by the lake relaxing in the sun as it was a gorgeous day. We literally did nothing all day but relax it was great. The next morning we woke up to the most awesome sunset which looked surreal out the window of the campervan, it was brilliant!

We tore ourselves away from the lake and went from one extreme to the other and headed into Sydney for Chris birthday! The Blue Mountains were amazing though, we absolutely loved it and had a great few days!

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