The Blue Mountains

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Oct 02, 2005

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Friday, January 7, 2005

On the 6th we set off on our trip to the blue mountains. We booked a lush place to stay called eagle view ( which is a hideaway for couples only. We picked up the hire car, an Astra convertible (Martine fancied the posing factor would be good). We did have to pick it up from the airport though as the office in Sydney made a cock up. At least they paid for us all to go and get it by taxi, and knocked a bit off the bill. So with a slight delay we were on our way. We first of all stopped off at a place called Featherdale Nature reserve. Here we saw Koala's, Kangaroo's (randy ones at that), Crocs, Spiders, Birds, the works. After an hour or so there (allowing martine to buy more tat)we made our way up the highway and onto the Blue Mountains. We first of all stopped off at a place called Wentworth falls. The views were great. The reason the mountains are called blue is due to the eucalyptus trees. The oli evaporates into the atmosphere, and when the sunlight hits it, it gives off a blue hue.

As it was getting on a bit, we stopped off at Blackheath to pick up to some BBQ supplies of steaks, sausages, bacon, alcohol, and Underberg (a herbal spirit to calm Dom's dodgy guts with, and it works), and we headed off to Eagle View. We had to drive along some narrow windy roads to get to this place as it was in the middle of nowhere. Once we arrived though we weren't dissapointed. We had a beautiful dining are and BBQ with views f the valley all around and even an outdoor hot-tub. Our cabins were overlooking a lake, and had in them a sunken bath at the foot of the bed. Very lush. Sarah thought she spotted a wild group of Kangaroo's but we were sure they were just long eared rabbits. We made our way back up to the balcony and cooked dinner, along with our two friend, the dogs of the owners who stayed with us most of the evening. From the balcony though, we did spot Kangaroo's roaming around the cabins. Pretty cool. Maybe they weren't rabbits that Sarah saw after all. That night we saw the stars come out, as the sky was clear, and even saw a thunderstorm in the distance over Sydney. We could see that far. We then took a trip back down the road we came along, with torches in hands spotting wombats, and we found one. It was cowering away from us in a ditch but pretty impressive to see in the dark. We went off to bed about 11am ready for the visit to Katoomba tomorrow. We were going to have a bottle of champagne whilst having a romatic bath but we opted for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

7th January 2005

After a late breakfast of bacon butties on the BBQ, we headed off to the 3 sisters at echo point in Katoomba, a rock formation of 3 columns reaching out into a large valley. We looked out on the view, which was truly spectacular, and then headed off to Scenic world, where we went down the worlds steepest railway, walked around the forest, then came back up in the cable car. We took a trip across the valley on the Skytrain which gave uninterrupted views of teh area. It also had a floor that was made of glass, so you could see down below. It was a little high up....It was then back to wentworth falls to see the actual waterfall, but it turned out to be a trickle as there hadnt been much rain recently. We then headed back home, but not before taking the convertible across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Magnificent!
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