The Blue Mountains

Our friend Fergus took us to the Blue Mountains this weekend, which are a couple hours to the west of Sydney. Near his house was a fantastic little walk:

I love the warning
Great sign. Darwin was here in 1836.
Darwin Walk follows the creek all the way to Wentworth Falls
Darwin Walk follows the creek all the way to Wentworth Falls
Lots of boardwalks
Lots of boardwalks over the marshy wetlands
Eucalypt hill side with fern understory
Eucalypt hill side with fern understory
Small waterfalls. Darwin was here in 1836.
Small waterfalls.
Walking across the falls
Walking across the top of the big falls
Wentworth Falls, from the top...
Wentworth Falls, looking over the edge…
Another view of Wentworth Falls...
Another view of Wentworth Falls…
Paul and Fergus on the edge
Paul and Fergus on the cliff
Paul on the ledge
Paul on the ledge
Wentworth Falls
Wentworth Falls

 

After the hike, we visited Wentworth Village for lunch

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Christina wanted to try a new chocolate bar...
Christina tries a new chocolate bar…
Apparently  this is "cracknel."  Felt like I was eating Superman's fortress of solitude
Apparently “cracknel” is minty crystals.  Felt like I was eating Superman’s fortress of solitude

 

Then we drove to Katoomba to see the famous Three Sisters:

With tourists
With tourists
Without tourists
Without tourists

 

We spent the night in Blackheath with Fergus’ dad, Nick. Had a fantastic lamb roast and then learned a new card game called “500.” We managed to play for 4-5 hours straight…

In the morning we woke to kookaburra laughter!

This guy was about 10 feet away.  There were 4 more nearby.
This guy was hanging out in the backyard. There were 4 more nearby.

Then we headed out to a lookout called Govett’s Leap:

View from Govett's Leap
View from Govett’s Leap. These rocks are over 250 million years old.
We walked down to these falls
We walked down to these falls
This is the reverse shot looking back
This is the reverse shot looking back

 

Our last stop in the Blue Mountains was the world’s steepest railway! (52°)

It wouldn't be a tourist trap without some serious queueing...
It wouldn’t be a tourist trap without some serious queueing…
We managed to get spots at the very front of the train!
We managed to get spots at the very front of the train!

 

Coal. The railway was originally created to move coal miners up and down to work
Coal. The railway was originally created to move coal miners up and down to work

Once at the bottom, we walked around the the valley floor amongst ancient trees:

The scenic walkway
The scenic walkway
Paul and Fergus admiring the greenery
Paul and Fergus admiring the greenery
Christina communing with a tree fern (they can live over 250 years!)
Christina communing with a tree fern (they can live over 250 years!)

Then we had to say goodbye to the brisk mountain air and return to the city.

Only 3 more days in Sydney!

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