The Land Down Under: The Other Side of the World

For me, a girl living in Belgium, Australia is really the other side of the world. So when a friend of mine suggested to go visit her in New Zealand and travel together to Australia, I was over the moon.

We rented a little camper and traveled from Brisbane up to Fraser Island and back down to Sydney. Just outside Sydney we saw a view we’ll never forget: the Blue Mountains.

Credits: lieze

The Blue Mountains was a must for us to see, and because it’s quite a walk, we decided we had to get an early start. Against all the rules and advice we had gotten, we stayed the night in the mountains near Katoomba. Sleeping in a car in the mountains isn’t a very safe option, a lot of people advice against it. But still we got an early start.

There are many choices of tracks you can walk in the Blue Mountain National Park. Katoomba Echo Point had some options and my friend and I chose to take the giant stairways were you can have a great view of the Three Sisters. The Three Sisters is a formation of rocks that resemble three women which according to the legend, were turned into stone.

Credits: lieze

From Echo Point, we took this giant stairs of 900 steps down the mountain. Every so many steps, there was a lookout with the most beautiful views. The view of the valley had this blue shine over it. It made me almost forget my fear of heights. I have to admit sometimes the stairs were a little scary, but it was all worth it.

When we got deeper in the valley, there was more vegetation. You could feel the moisture in the air. In this rainforest was a creek that came from the waterfall that began at the top. When we walked up to Cooks Crossing, we could see its origins, the Katoomba Falls, which provided a gorgeous view. We sat there for a while. It was a real serene place.

Credits: lieze

We walked back up to the mountains where we had the option to go back up with the Scenic Railway. It looked like a kind of roller coaster cart but when you got in you were supposed to lie down. It became clear to us why when the cart started to go straight up the mountain, again a test for my fear of heights. This ride brought us to the Scenic World, where you could have something to eat or drink. From there, we took the Scenic Skyway to our point of departure. It was this big cableway cart where even the floors were glass; it took you right beside the starting point of the Katoomba Falls.

Credits: lieze

It was a really nice experience, I loved every minute of it! Afterwards, we stopped at some lookouts over the mountains beside the road. Unfortunately my little BELOMO Agat 18K broke just before the start of our walk, so I had to take my Minolta 700x without taping the back. Thus some of the photos have these big light leaks.

Credits: lieze

written by lieze on 2013-01-07 in #world #locations #hike #the-land-down-under #escape-from-the-city #blue-mountains #australia #sydney #three-sisters-falls #walk #katoomba

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