Monday, January 31, 2011

The Blue Mountains and Katoomba Falls

Only a 2 hour train ride outside the city is the Blue Mountains in a town called Katoomba. You can pay 100 dollars for a guided trip and lunch but we just payed 10 bucks for the train ride and figured out the trails on our own! The views were spectacular, as with most things here pictures do not do it justice. The mountains have a blue-ish haze around them from the eucalyptus trees. There are mountain structures called the Three Sisters which are meant to have originated from aboriginal heritage and were originally Seven Sisters (not sure if it has anything to do with the constellation). Near the Three Sisters is the Giant Stairway. The name is exactly accurate, going down was fine but walking up them in the blistering sun was brutal! We walked along the trails all the way around to Katoomba Falls. There were some smaller falls along the way that I thought were beautiful but none of them even compared to Katoomba Falls. They fall over a cliff that goes right down into the mountains and the view is spectacular. We took our shoes off and walked in the falls which was so nice after all that hiking! As I'm sure all of you at home know, hiking is one of my favourite activities ;). I was very proud of myself for making it through the whole day and keeping up with Angela who is a regular hiker. Definitely one of my favourite things I've done here so far.

The Three Sisters

Katoomba Falls

View from Katoomba Falls

Witches Leap, a small waterfall along the trail

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