Blue Mountains walking

Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
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Trip End Sep 01, 2010


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, January 4, 2010

Traveling in NSW during the holiday period has been horribly expensive, the camp areas ridiculously crowded, but the trade off is the amazingly sublime scenery - and the Blue Mountains is a definite showstopper.

Coming into Katomba was a bit ho-hum, with rain and fog obscuring any possible views of the ranges. The next day however, the weather cleared and we were able to see what all the fuss was about. The Three Sisters and the Wentworth Falls were busier than Chadstone on 24 hour trading, but once we got onto some of the walking tracks we were immediately away from the crowds who don't seem to move more than 25m from their tour buses.

We did probably two of the best day walks we've ever done - the Grand Canyon and the National Pass. The Canyon walk is the only canyon accessible without having to "canyon" or lilo down the rivers. Brilliant forests, waterholes and creeks and steep traverses. The National Pass walk snakes around an escarpment wall, with a sheer drop off to the side and traverses up beside the Wentworth Falls. We also did the walk during a thunderstorm....sensible, probably not, amazing acoustics - definitely.

The tourist areas of the Blue Mountains is a "wilderness for dummies" experience, but the vast areas of the park is mostly completely inaccessible and remote. We were in the Park just a few days before a young boy died on a canyon trip, and while on the Grand Canyon walk, we came across a woman who had fainted and been unconscious for some time. Her travel companion had set off their EPIRB and they were waiting to be rescued......The search and rescue were about to to walk in when we got to the finish of the walk and we helped identify their location.....The woman was awake and sitting up when we came through, but was a bit of a wake up call on our first aid preparedness.

We did a couple of other short short walks in the area with more amazing vistas and even spotted a lyre bird....as it dashed across the road in front of the car bullbar!

We camped lakeside just out of the National Park and had a bash of golf in Lithgow and a beer at the Lithgow Workers Club. Roy and HG would have been proud.
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