Week 3 - Sydney - The Blue Mountains
Trip Start Nov 30, 2005
31Trip End Dec 09, 2006
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Leaving Sydney on the first day tour we passed the olympic village and first stop was at a clearing on the edge of the mountains. It was here that we had our first encounters with wild Kangaroos. We expected to be peering through a bush, catching a glimpse of a hopping roo or two, but they just wandered around us!. One Roo decided his mate was looking at his girl in the wrong way and we witnessed 'Roo boxing' first hand, which is apparently quite rare. We also saw some young Joey's poking out of pouches, but despite a lot of looking, no Koalas. The guide had offered free beer to anyone who spotted one!
The Blue mountains are basically mountains (obviously) but with huge valleys of rainforest and bush amonst them
For the next two days we just went walking out on our own, which was absolutely brilliant.
The longest walk we did was down the 'Giants staircase' which talk us down to the rainforest at the bottom of the three sisters (The three columns of rock shown in the photo) and then walked along through the forest for a couple of hours, getting the cablecar back up to the top. We then took the skyride across the valley and walked along the cliffs back to Katoomba, and slept. That was until I was reminded that sleeping in a dorm meens people may snore! loudly.
We were told by our guide that the blue mountains are home to three of the ten most deadly snakes in the world and is the prefered habitat of the deadliest spider, the funnelweb
While writing this update, Pat just caught a 'whitetip' spider, which has a dangerous poison bite in the bathroom! May not sleep so well tonight.
HAPPY XMAS everybody