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Exploring the Blue Mountains

A trip up the mountain

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Today we explored the Blue Mountains - something I got to do 25 years ago as an exchange student. I hiked 4 days, biked 5 and canoed 2 days all self sufficient. Pack in, pack out. It was pretty intense. This trip was a different way to see the mountains and it was just as beautiful. The 9 of us hopped on the bus to the train station and then rode the train for 2hours up the mountain to Katoomba. On the way, we heard a loud thud on the top of the train and realized that those falling rock signs are there for a reason.

Once we made it to Katoomba and got our tickets to ride the hop on, hop off bus we found a delicious restaurant and fueled up. We then headed over to the main location and road the sky rail, cable car, and world’s steepest railway! We even took a short hike to see the lookout for the 3 Sisters.

the train station to go up the mountain

The view from the train, I think you can see the city skyline way out in the distance.

The bustling city of Katoomba. A bit chilly and cloudy but still intriguing and sweet.

The hotel/restaurant that we had lunch at before exploring. Harper found this need little lamp with beads that had a lot of characater.

The steepest railway in the world! The attendant joined in our selfie while we waited! :) Will post the video of the ride (slow but steep) on Facebook later.

Several photos from the bottom of the railroad stop. From here we walked on a boardwalk to the cable car that took us back up the gift shop/cafe/toilets.

Views from along the path to the cable car.

They had a cool green screen where they took our photos and then put backgrounds on them. I’ll post more in a later blog with miscellaneous photos that I didn’t have at the time of the blog writing.

Back up in the shop they sold placenta cream which is a bit strange don’t you think?

Here are the views from the cafe area.

From here we took the skyway car across the gorge to a place to hike out to the lookout.
This is a picture of Katoomba Falls which is the 2nd largest waterfall in Australia and 4x taller than Niagra Falls

We had our own personal tour guide named Harper to lead us along the path and point out things along the way. She’s designing her website now ;)

Once we got to Echo Point lookout and saw more amazing views! You just couldn’t take a bad picture up here.
After catching the last bus back to town, we grabbed another bite to eat and then got on the bus back to Sydney.

My wonderful husband even got me a sprig of lavender <3

Next blog entry will be about our last ful day in Sydney

Posted by spbjohnson 14:28 Archived in Australia Tagged trains nature hiking waterfall katoomba railway adventures cable_car blue_mountains three_sisters echo_point

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