Sunday, 17 August 2014

Australian Adventure Post 4

The Blue Mountains

Tuesday 5th August

We made our way over to the Blue Mountains - stopping to have breakfast in Windsor.
Our first port of call was the Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens. Despite it being winter is was still worth spending time there and having a look at the wonderful gardens and views.

A word of warning about the Blue Mountains in winter - a lot of the restaurants and bars were not open - or they were empty and not appealing. We tend to favour pubs with dining areas and these were difficult to find in the Blue Mountains.

That evening we went into Katoomba for something to eat and decided to try the Harp and Fiddle - all I can say is that this pub is best avoided really. That said the barman did make us feel welcome.

We stayed at the Fairmont Resort in Leura and I can thoroughly recommend it, the rooms were very comfortable indeed. Breakfast was included and it was a fabulous buffet.

Wednesday 6th August

Our first stop of the day was a walk around and across Wentworth Falls. This is definitely a walk I would recommend.

Wentworth Falls

All around the trail you will find stunning lookout points and beautiful scenery. This walk was quite busy in the middle of winter, so I should imagine that summer gets very crowded.

Walking across Wentworth Falls (there is a barrier don't worry!)

Using the camera self-timer at Wentworth Falls.

Leura Cascades

From Wentworth Falls we headed to Leura Cascades, another stunning beauty spot and trail.

All that walking of course made us hungry and this time we ate at The Yellow Deli in Katoomba. This is a cosy cafe with lots of nooks and crannies and booths made out of big logs. The owner was very friendly and the meals are all made using wholesome and natural foods.

Also in Katoomba is a lovely yarn shop called The Granny Square, very friendly and helpful staff, I could have spent hours in there.

Thursday 7th August

Scenic World in Katoomba was our main place to visit for the day and it was well worth it.

Here there are four main attractions:

The Skyway - across a ravine to Echo Point for a good view of the Three Sisters. This cable car is the highest in Australia.

The Three Sisters from Echo Point lookout.

Skyway Scenic World
Then there is the railway.

This is awesome. It is the steepest railway in the world and you really have to hold on tight going up and down - for the best experience get the front seats. It was originally the train down to the mine.

The benefit of going in winter is that we didn't have to queue for these rides at all.

The railway takes you down to the valley floor and a boardwalk trail - it was very cold down there the day we went and I felt quite chilled. However it was worth it and the Mountain Ashes are stunning. All around the boardwalk are information plaques to help you identify the trees, the plaques also tell the story of the miners who worked there.

Finally the forth ride is Australia's largest cable car - so if you don't fancy the railway you can take the cable car instead up and down the mountain.

I would also say that the staff are very friendly and helpful at Scenic World - well worth a visit.

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