New South Wales Stories and Tips

The Blue Mountains Getaway

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It was a long weekend and we were off to the Katoomba in The Blue Mountains.

The Blue Moutains are approximately 1 1/2 hours inland from Sydney and therefore 3 hours from the Central Coast. We'd booked our beds at the Katoomba Youth Hostel, so when we got there a bit later than we thought, it wasn't a hassel. The youth hostel ended up being a great place to stay and we met many interesting people.

The following day our first port of call was to Echo Point, where bus loads of tourists were milling around viewing the well known and popular tourist attraction "The Three Sisters". The Three Sisters is a rock formation that juts out from the landscape in the form of three pinnacles. The lookout is perched on the top of a tall cliff face, and if you're scared of heights,you won't be going anywhere near the edge.

At Echo Point there is a tourist information where you can pick up brouchers of all the attractions in the area.

We decided to venture further around to the spot where the Blue Mountains Skyway set off from. This ride is a cable car that goes across a very deep valley and stops half way across for the occupants of the car to take photos. Not for the faint hearted and we all decided against it, but we had to have a look.

we continued driving around the plateau until we reached the opposite side of the cable cars run and decided to take the Blu Mountains Scenic Railway down to the bottom of the valley floor. This is a very steep ride and it feels as though you a virtuely standing up when you're seated. Once at the valley floor you can get of the train a take a hike through the National Park, on several bush tracks. If you don't wish to do this you can remain on the train and go straight back. The train does the trip several times during the day.

After we sat in the plateau cafe at the top of the run and had a late lunch, early dinner before heading back into Katoomba.

The next day we ventured a little further and went to the Jenolan Caves. These underground caves we discovered in the 1800's and have been open for the public for many years. There are a number of caves where you can pay a admission fee and have a guided tour. There are a number of tours in a day and each caves tour is at a different time, so it is possible to view more than one cave in a day, if you wish. The area also has a eatery and a hotel for those who want to stay the night.

Although that was all we had time to see then area has many more things for people to see and do, such as:

a/ The ZigZag Railway, near Lithgow.

b/ There are many great old towns to wander around and great shops to stop at.

The region is easy to get to by car, bus or train. If you get there by train or bus and wish to venture around a bit then there are plenty of tour buses that depart for a variety of locations.

At the many towns, within the region, you can find a variety of places of accommodation depending on your budget, ranging from Youth Hostels to Petit Bed and Breakfasts.

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