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Blue Mountains

Our one week bush walking adventure

rain 18 °C

September 28, 2010~ October 8, 2010

Rain, Rain Go Away! Please come back another day. We spent a rainy week in the Blue Mountains area.
The area is absolutely beautiful and is well-known for its blue-ish haze.

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We’re officially camping out of our car now. We’ve spent a few days camping by a park in Katoomba. Our favourite spot is a camp site in Blackheath called Evan’s Lookout. There are toilets, fire pits, tables and benches, and it’s free! We also have our Shower Days at the Blue Mountains YHA for $2 per person.

The sun played hide and seek with us the whole week. In between the rainy days, we did a few bushwalks. Our first attempt was to the Red Hand Cave's, but we ended up finding a swimming hole and just hanging out there.

The second was the Under cliff Over cliff trek at Wentworth falls in Katoomba. It was stunning! We saw two waterfalls- Wentworth falls and Empress Falls- nestled in between the cliffs and trees. Throughout the trek, we could see the sun poking through the clouds and lighting up the green valley of eucalyptus trees.

Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls

Peek-a-Boo, can you spot Erica?

Peek-a-Boo, can you spot Erica?

Empress Falls

Empress Falls

The third walk we did was the Giant Stair’s, also in Katoomba, trying to see the Three Sisters rock formation. The Giant Stairs truly lives up to its name. A ranger back in the day carved a set of stairs winding down the side of the cliff Three Sister’s sit upon - about 100 meters down and over 900 steps. We walked down the stairs hoping to get a perfect picture moment of the three majestic sister rocks. Not thinking, we ended up walking down the stairs to realize we weren’t prepared with enough food and water to do the hike, AND that there was no view of the rocks at all! We hiked up the steep stairs- though it felt much much more than 100 meters up.

We also hiked the Grand Canyon of the Blue Mountains near Evan’s Look Out in Blackheath. It was insane! Probably the best hike we’ve been on so far. Winding and carving through the canyon, the chipped stone stairs, tree roots, and rock paved our passage. The walls of the Canyon enclosed around us. As we hiked deeper into the canyon, the thick moss and deep lush ferns and greenery closed around us, jungle-like. It was truly a Jurrasic Park moment!

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Peek-a-boo, where's chameleon James?

Peek-a-boo, where's chameleon James?


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Lastly, we drove to the Pulpitt Rock Lookout in Blackheath. It’s a long unpaved road to the carpark, but a short leisurely walk to the lookout. The view is stunning. It’s a 280 degree panoramic view of the canyon. From the lookout, we inhaled the fresh green air and looked out at Mother Nature’s masterpiece of a canyon! Millions of years worth of layered rocks were covered in rich greens, and within the dense forest, sheer waterfalls hid, trickling down the sides of the canyon like a lacy bride’s veil.

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Now, the time has come for us to move to our next stop- Dubbo. We got a job there starting on October 11th thinning peaches. It’s about time to stop traveling broke (we had to live off of $20 for a week) and start making some cash!

Posted by etthuang 01:14 Archived in Australia Tagged mountains hiking new blue three south falls sisters katoomba wentworth wales nsw bushwalking blackheath

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