Blue Mountains

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
Trip End Apr 22, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, March 28, 2013

The alarm on my phone rings at 7am and I jump out of bed. Got to get going - things to do ! Got to pick up the rental car and head off the the Blue Mountains. But everyone would rather stay in bed. Packing our bags turns out to be a slow affair and Rosa and I separately take a mental note that there is going to be a week ahead of doing this as we move from town to town up the East Coast for the next week . Maybe the novelty of the long journey will wear off soon.

After breakfast in the room -consisting of melon and papaya - we set of on a nice 20 minute walk through the Surry Hills to Avis for the car rental. The guy managed to persuade us to upgrade to a Ford XZ6. A good thing too- how would we have managed to get all those suitcases and bags in? It's a funny thing when travelling, the bags seem to spawn : we started of with four suitcases and 2 carry ons and now we seem to have at least 5 more with us ranging from food bags, day bags to dirty bags. A big boot was a wise choice.

Off we set and made out first stop off at the Broadway Mall to buy a Sat Nav ( cheaper than renting it) and ... ended up having brunch. Not enough calories in melon it seems.
The food court was large: it was a mega footlong Subway Sandwich for Marc ('fantastic , it's soooo soft') a Burrito for Alex , Indian lamb curry for Rosa and green curry and phad thai for me . Ho-Hum, that diet will have to wait.

The one and a half hour drive ( a pleasure that they drive on the same side of the road to us Brits ) almost took two and a half as a lot of Sydneysiders (what is the correct term??) seemed to be out on the streets heading off for the long Easter weekend.

Early afternoon we arrived at the hotel -the Novotel Blue Mountains Resort - with it's sprawling grounds. The first thing we noticed on arrival was a small toy train to take kids around the Estate. Shouts of excitement.

Marc's comments as we walked in: 'This place is so cool. Its huge. First they have a Segway , then a train now a billiard room.Things get better and better! '

So that was it, the door to our hotel room was hardly open and in a flash, we were downstairs playing on a full sized snooker table that completely dwarfed Alex.

It took a bit of persuading ('NOW!'), but we managed to get them them out and see the local sights.

So, off we drove , first to Sublime Point Lookout where we got out first view of the beautiful valley and lush rainforest and steep drops off the cliffs. The boys were particularly fascinated by the discovery of an animal skull ( btw when asked at dinner what was Alex's highlight of the trip so far , that was it...)

From here, we drove to Echo Point to view the boy's secret family 'The Three Sisters ' with more fantastic views. We got adventurous and walked down the steep stairway across a bridge to one of the Sisters ( see the photos below)

Finally, it was a 10 minute drive to the Leura Falls where we had a treck through a downpour (Marc : 'I was expecting it to be warm rain ') right up to the edge of the Falls. Once again my legs felt like jelly and I swear you could see deep imprints of my fingers in the metal rails.

From there, the iPhone was whipped out and we went in search for a Geocache near the Solitary Restaurant but drew a short straw. Do these Caches actually exist?

Dinner was in the cavernous hotel bar over a wonderful glass if Shiraz - a lovely finish to the day.
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