When you take in the view at Blue Mountains, the further your eye goes, more blue the treeline looks like. There is this subtle blue haze and that is where the name comes from.
Blue Mountains is an easy train ride away from Sydney. Just hop on to the right train at Central station and few hours later you are at the destination. We spend around 16 dollars on both of our tickets there and back, which makes Blue Mountains really affordable destination.
We stayed at Katoomba right next to the Blue Mountains National Park. Katoomba itself is a very cute little town. It is a place where it feels that time has stopped, but in a good way. There is a lot of charm to Katoomba and its streets and cafes. We ran into many people who had lived there their whole lives, never wanting anything more.
We also had our first stay at a hostel. We chose Flying Fox hostel based on good reviews and were more than happy with our choice. Staff was amazing and there was a good, welcoming atmosphere. Veggie pasta for 3 bucks saved us trouble of finding a place to eat in the evening. We stayed at our own room, so the classic dorm room stay is still in the future for us.
From the hostel it was half an hour walk to the Three Sisters, which is the most popular attraction to visit. There is a huge lookout where tens of buses drive every day to drop off tourists for a quick photo.
After admiring the view we took on the task to hike around the sisters and visit the Katoomba Falls before returning to the hostel. Little did we know it included about 900 hundred steps just to get down to the rainforest. Then we also had to climb up taking the Furber Steps, which were a lot less steep. It made the climb easier. It took us about 2,5 hours to make that whole tour.
According to Matte, there were “too much green stuff” and he did not want to take it slow or stop too often, so that “we would not see any animals”. A man of the inner city, what can I say.
Legs were a bit shaky after the hike. It definitely took a toll on me more than Matte, since at the end he even half-ran the Furber stairs up to see if the shop would still be open to buy something to drink. Or maybe he only wanted to get out of the forest… Who knows.
The next day we had booked tickets to visit the Scenic World. Originally we had thought about visiting Jenolan Caves or climbing down a hill, but in order to save Matte’s hand we chose something less physical. Scenic World is probably the next stop those tourist buses do after visiting the Three Sisters. Whereas the day before we only saw a few people down in the hiking tracks, Scenic World was buzzing with people. Can’t imagine how it is during the high season.
But it has a few nice scenic rides to offer and it is pretty inexpensive with a 35 dollars ticket to do everything the place has to offer. The most fun part was the world steepest passenger railway, operating since 1945.
After walking around a walking track build in the rainforest, we headed back home.
Blue Mountains is definitely worth a visit, if someone would be spending a week or two on Sydney. It is cheap and easy to go to. For us it was a test run, since in our future there will be a few overnight trips in the nature…Can’t wait to see how Mister “Too much green stuff” will be able to cope with that.