I love the idea of day trips, being away from the city for a while, taking a train to somewhere unknown (alright, not that unknown), and coming back to the familiarity of your loved ones at the end of the day.
Had a few days in Sydney this May, wanted to get out of the city so a day trip to Blue Mountains it was.
I have a thing for train rides, and catching the Auzzie train out to Katoomba was one pleasant journey, although I was a tad tired from the Sydney-explorer-walkabout the day before, but the promising brilliant weather was so worth the trip!
Loved the train station 🙂
Strolled from the Katoomba town to a residential neighbourhood, bought myself a latte on this sunny winter day, and marched to the Blue Mountains National Park. (It takes about 20 – 30 minutes for a leisurely walk).
The town map
Quickly got myself on the mountain trekking trail, to get away from the group of tourists.
Met groups of school girls along the way, occasional groups of two or three friends, I guess I was one rare lone trekker.
The winds were stronger, and I got tired easily (silly joo thought it would be easy to hike in boots, but I was a little wrong, should have brought my adidas along).
Why Blue Mountains?
Under the hot sun, vast forests of eucalypts (commonly called gum trees) in this area discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue at a distance, hence the name.
I got the Sydney MyMulti-3 weekly pass (61 AUD) which gave me access to almost all public transport services (bus, train, light rail and ferry), inclusive of my train rides out to the Blue Mountain. Definitely a good pass to have if you have a week in Sydney.
I spent some time at the Scenic World, got myself a three-in-one pass which allowed me rides on the steepest railway, scenic cable car and skyway. Essentially, you get to zoom around in comfort, and check out the various famous rock formations (including the Three Sisters). Well, you can achieve the same results by trekking, so I would recommend some exercise instead of spending 35 AUD on this pass.
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Farewell Sydney Monorail