Thursday, June 17, 2010

Blue Mountains (Days 4-5)


Tony already posted some of these pictures, but the next two days of our trip were spent in the Blue Mountains. We left from Sydney on Wednesday morning, got a rental car, and made the drive to the mountains. This was Tony's first adventure in driving in Australia on the other side of the road. It took us about an hour and a half to get to our first hiking spot. The temperature here was in the 40s/50s, a little bit colder. Our first hike took us a couple of hours. We left from a "Conservation Hut" and hiked to Wentworth Falls. There were tons of different trails to choose from. The views were awesome. The path was kind of wet and muddy though so we had to be a little careful on the hike. It was nice to be somewhere quite and peaceful after spending a few days in busy Sydney.

Next we had a little bit more to drive to our hotel for the night in a town called Katoomba. We checked into the hotel called the 3 Sisters Motel. Definitely no frills, but had a free breakfast, hot water, and it did the job. The main part of the town is on one street with a few restaurants and shops. A friend of mine had just been to Australia and recommended a place called Fresh for lunch. so we went there and it was the BEST food we had on our trip! It was all fresh, organic, natural foods. We had sandwiches/wraps that came with a salad and fresh juices.

We went back to the hotel and walked to check out the Three Sisters, a famous landmark in the mountains of these three rock formations sticking out by themselves. It was only about a 5 minute walk from our hotel. There was a viewing area plus these really steep steps that you could take to walk out to the Three Sisters. So we slowly made our way down the steps. The view was scary because it was like straight down the steps and then off the side of the mountain.

We didn't do much after that, just went to the hotel, rested and went out to dinner. In the morning we were going to drive back to Sydney, but weren't sure when we would leave. We woke up in the morning to an intense fog which made our decision to go ahead and leave and drive back to Sydney.

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