This is a day trip no one visiting Sydney should miss! The Blue Mountains! Even stay several days if you have the chance. So wish I had had the time 🙁 Getting sad just thinking about it. My starting point was the sleepy, little village Katoomba. I reckon if you take away the hoards of tourist coming to explore the mountain range, there’s not many left. After getting some info at the tourist office at the train station, I decided to walk through town, and down to Scenic World. It’s one long walk, and not much to see. If there’s ever a next time, I’ll do the trolley (trolleytours.com.au), which goes in circles with plenty of stops – even though I thought it was a bit on the expensive side. I took it back, from Echo Point lookout into town. I was not about to walk all the way back. At Scenic World there are lots to do. An eatery with a stunning view. A cable car and a train taking you down into the Jamison Valley, where you can continue on a walkway through the rainforest. I however decided to stay further above ground, and went with the cable car that takes you across the canyon, from where you can go on on a path/ledge all the way over to Echo Point lookout, next to the Three Sisters. It is also possible to go down the Giant Stairway to one of the sisters. One steep staircase. Really cool! From there you can continue down the 800-plus steps to the bottom of the valley. I so wanted to, but didn’t have time. Instead I had to turn back towards the visitor centre, and start on my way home. Such a pity! I visited in the Aussie winter time, and the mountains get cold, so bring warm clothes!
I did the train from Sydney. I didn’t want to do a group tour. Nice ride! But my most memorable moment was when we stopped in Blaxland. My childhood pen-pal, who I met for the first time later on my trip, grew up here. So surreal to be there!