Part 2 of our trip.
After having had such an enjoyable stay in Canberra it was now time to repack the car once again and get away early for our journey onto “Katoomba” which was a day of driving many kilometres.
Whilst light was still on our side we ventured over to the “Furber Steps” that led us to the lookout point where the panorama of the mountains opened to us and surely lit our visual senses as we were in awe of its magnificence.
For as far as one could see,mountain ranges,waterfalls,”Mount Jamison” and in the distance the main attraction “The three sisters”could be enjoyed and that set us up emotionally for the experiences we were to have in the coming days.
From this location, the Scenic Skyway cable car could be seen crossing from one side of the escarpment across to the other.
Dusk had now appeared so back to our cabin to settle in for some dinner and a nice bottle of wine in preparation for a cold 2* night and the following day’s upcoming adventures.
Next morning,with backpacks on we, were off to “Echo Point”via the “Prince Henry’s Cliff” walk which was classified as moderate difficulty,had abundant views, birds abound, magnificent bushland and with the warm early morning sun shining it is but another of life’s experiences I will always treasure.
Eventually, Echo Point was reached where a completely different perspective of the ranges opened up to us and it is also a location where a never-ending procession of tourist buses stopped to allow the passengers to take close up photos of the three sisters.
As lunchtime had arrived we walked about 1/2 K to a restaurant located high on the precipice where we sat outside and enjoyed our lunch and soaked up the wonderful views, after that via another route through the back streets we ventured back to camp.
Later that afternoon after our legs had stopped quivering our next trek was not far to the “Eaglehawk Lookout” where another splendid walk along a meandering pathway through the bush to the lookout where what we had seen on the morning’s walk showed the massive sheer cliffs that had broken away millions of years ago could be viewed from another angle.
Next day back at Echo Point a pathway that led down three sets of exceptionally long/steep stairways (so steep that I’m sure the imprints of my hand’s are still on the railings).On reaching the bottom of these stairways a short wooden bridge allowed access to the first of the three sisters where even greater views of the valley could are enjoyed.
In addition to the bush walking we also went to “Scenic World”top station and purchased a daily ticket that enabled us to cross the valley to the eastern station via the Scenic Skyway cable car and back,we next took the scenic railway (that is the steepest scenic railway in the world (being 52* incline) to the floor of the Jamison Valley and walked the 2.5K elevated boardwalk in the temperate forest then returned by another cable car back to top station. (The boardwalk is the longest elevated one in the world.)
Well, folks, that’s about it for a brief overview of only some of the highlights of our Katoomba-Blue mountains getaway.
Next morning we fed the cockatoo’s on our balcony, repacked the car for a long journey down to Albury to stay overnight and return back to Bundoora the following morning and pick up the dog (Luckily he was still talking to me).
All in all a fantastic time away from touring the highways, exploring the countryside and in particular coming off the main highway several times to have morning tea/lunch or afternoon tea in very old country towns.