Blue Mountains

Picked up the car on the Thursday from the local Avis rental place, wasn't too bad getting it back to the apartment building, but I did mess up and take the wrong turning, no dramas though :)

So Friday we packed up, left the car park and started heading west out of the city, that is until I realised I had left my camera in the apartment and so we had to turn around and go back. We'd just got through the busy city streets and onto the great western highway too, so we ended up navigating them 3 times just to get back and out again.

Once out of the city the drive was pretty easy, found Katoomba and Echo Point (where we were staying) really easily. So we were in the Blue Mountains, staying within easy walking distance of the 3 Sisters, there was a BBQ in the garden... we needed beer and meat, oh, and shrimps, at least 4 of, so that we could each "chuck another shrimp on the bbq". Here's the evidence:

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Saturday was a day of walking and climbing steps (Drill Sgt Sadler would have been proud!), we went down to Echo Point lookout and had a look at the 3 Sisters, then walked down the path to the Giants Stairway and walked/climbed some of that, just to get to the first of the 3 sisters, that was enough of the stairs for me :P

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After my recovery from that little jaunt, we walked along one of the walking routes to Katoomba Falls where the skyway across to Scenic World is. The sun was hitting the falls just right so that from where we were standing you could see a rainbow in the spray.

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We took the skyway across to Scenic World, the skyway car has a glass bottom so you can see straight down into the valley:

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Next we took the steepest railway in Australia down to the boardwalk, in the bottom of the valley. There's a lot of stuff about coal mining here, abandoned mines, abandoned equipment etc.

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Finally back up on the steepest cable car in Australia, and across the skyway again, and walked back to Echo Point where we picked up the car. We headed out to Evans Lookout which looks out onto a different valley.

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Then we drove up the M4 when went down into the valley at Mt Victoria, through Hartley in the valley and back up the other side to Lithgow, then turned around and headed back again.

Sunday saw us heading back into Sydney, but we stopped off at Featherdale Wildlife Park on the way. Plenty of native Australian animals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats etc. Many of them were free to roam around and seemed to like eating icecream cones.

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Click on the picture for more of the other animals there.

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