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Almost every visitor to Australia will either arrive, or depart in Sydney. The country’s largest city, and one of the most vibrant.
It is not just Sydney’s size and plethora of things to do in the city itself that makes it special. But also the many activities easily accessible just outside the city limits.
One of these activities in the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains are part of a World Heritage Site, and are located about 50 kilometers west of Sydney. The region can be enjoyed through a variety of activities – scenic railway, visiting various lookouts, or going on one of the many walks available. This post will focus on one of the great walking opportunities available in the Blue Mountains.
We decided we needed a break from the city. After spending the majority of our Australia trip in small beach towns and driving through the great expanse of the outback, we had grown unaccustomed to city life.
We decided we needed some time in nature.
Just 50 kilometers from Sydney, the Blue Mountains make an excellent day trip option. Meaning you can breakfast in a trendy Sydney cafe, enjoy the mountain air and some hiking in the Blue Mountains, and be back by evening to relax in your Sydney accomodation.
We left the city in the morning, arriving in the town of Katoomba before lunch.
Unluckily for us, a thick fog had come down over the peaks of the Three Sisters. But we still posed for the obligatory tourist photo anyway.
Luckily, our local friend Ivan knew some great walks in the area which would only be made more atmospheric by the fog.
Katoomba Falls Walk
Our first stop was at Katoomba Falls. This walk is about 1.5 – 2 kilometers in duration, depending on how far down to the falls you decide to go, and takes you down to a spectacular view point. By this point, the fog was starting to clear and we could see the valley below us. On a clear day we would have been able to see the Three Sisters in the distance as well.
Another long and windy set of stairs took us down to a spot directly underneath where we had been standing before. But from this vantage point we could see the many little waterfalls cascading over the rock face.
Definitely worth all the stairs. And coming from me, that means a lot.
This walk takes about 2 hours to complete, but we recommend taking a packed lunch with you if it is a nice day, and enjoy an extended rest break at the bottom of the falls. The sheer amount of water cascading down the rock face is mesmerizing, and you will want to savour it.
This walk, however fairly short in distance, is fairly challenging due to the steep gradient and many steps involved. However, I did see people of all shapes and sizes, and fitness levels, completing the walk. If you are not at your most fit, just make sure to take your time, take plenty of breaks, and make sure to take water with you.
The weather was beginning to clear, and as we proceeded back up all the series of stairs, we saw that the fog was lifting.
The perfect opportunity to visit some look outs!
Even with limited visibility, and drizzling rain, the Blue Mountains were still breathtaking, and a nice respite from the massive urban center that is Sydney.
Have you been to the Blue Mountains? Tell us about it in the comments!