Blue Mountains (CONTAINS VIDEO)
Trip Start Oct 21, 2006
115Trip End Mar 21, 2008
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Although Sydney no doubt has a lot more to offer, we feel like we should get out of the city and try something different, so we decide to head out to the Blue Mountains.
The train from Central Station to Katoomba takes a couple of hours, most of which is just getting out of Sydney. While we are passing through one of the outer suburbs, Jane sees a kangaroo standing on the grass, watching the train. As soon as we get out of Sydney, we start to rise up into the mountain range that proved difficult for the early European settlers to pass but, once conquered, opened up all the rest of Australia for development.
Jane and I, along with all the other foreigners, pile off at Katoomba, the gateway town for the major touristy parts of the Blue Mountains such as the Three Sisters and Echo Point. While the term 'Blue Mountains' refers to the entire, huge region of mountains,
The Three Sisters are the large rock formations that jut out of the mountains like three fingers. If you've seen the poster for the movie 'Saw 3', imagine that but in rock.
Finally we reach the bottom and discover that there is actually a nice bush walk that takes us across the side of the mountain, thus delaying the inevitable climb back up. It takes us about two hours, through cool rainforest tracks lined by eucalyptus and fern trees, shrieking cockatoos and huge moss-covered rocks that have tumbled off the brittle cliffs in centuries gone by.