The Blue Mountains are situated 2.5 hours out of Sydney Central and as we were half way through our time in the big city we thought this was just what we needed – we had wined and dined too much this week therefore some exercise and mountain air was just what we needed (and to remind us that we’re travelling and not in the UK!!)
We arrived at Katoomba station (the main station to the Blue Mountains), got directions to Echo Point from a café and just walked down. It literally was a straight half hour walk to the mountains.
When you get there, you just know you’re in the right place. All of a sudden you go from a quaint suburbia to grand mountain landscapes and it’s simply breathtaking. Echo Point looks onto the three sister’s, which is the three famous mountain peaks.
Once you’re here, the general thing to do is do a walking tour. There are easy, medium and hard walks around the area so you just do what suits you. We went to the tourist information centre just to enquire/get a summary of all the walks just to make sure we got the most of out the afternoon. The guy who helped us was most helpful, he genuinely wanted to know what we were interested to see and advised from there. I must of stopped listening at some point because before we knew it we were on the grand stair case which is over 1200 steps down and across the three sisters for ‘experienced/strong walkers’. I’m a pro at putting one foot in front of the other but I wouldn’t say I’m at this level. But we took a risk and went for it and it was brilliant! Throughout the day we distracted ourselves on the trek with my brain library of ‘deep and meaningful life questions’ – let’s just say we cleansed our mind and body that day with thoughts and exercise. The trek was about 3 hours long but along the way the views were beautiful – Trees, forests, waterfalls and random bush turkeys. The trek is well sign posted but it does help to keep the free map from the information point, we knew we were heading to the next down of Leura on Federal Trail.
We eventually made it to Leura and 3.5 hours later on the train we were back in Miranda for some well deserved pizza!
I would recommend the blue mountains to everyone – the views are beautiful and it’s really tailored to tourism so unless you go off track you won’t lose your way.