When I visited Sydney, Australia, I was lucky enough to have a couple of awesome local friends to take me out on some really fun day trips. One of the days took us to the Hunter Valley Wine Region for a day of visiting wineries, wine tasting, cheese tasting, eating, and generally having a jolly good time.
The other day trip they took us on was to the Blue Mountains, which are just West of Sydney.The day started out with a lovely breakfast in Sydney, and then we were off to enjoy a day of exploration. First stop in the Blue Mountains was to see the famous “Three Sisters”, which is a pretty incredible rock formation with a beautiful mountain backdrop behind it. We first stopped at a lookout point near Katoomba where you can look out on the Three Sisters, and then ventured into a tourist park called Scenic World, which is a sort of cheeky name for what turned out to be a really fun place to hang out.
One fun thing we did while in Scenic World was to ride the Scenic Cableway, which is a thrilling ride on an aerial cable car across the Jamison Valley with great views of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, and the surrounding landscape. I say thrilling because I’m just a little afraid of heights. Here is a photo of it:
This photo of my husband Norwood and myself has the awesome Three Sisters in the background.
Oh, did I mention the Scenic Cableway had a SEE THROUGH FLOOR?!?!?!?! Imagine my sheer terror. Seriously, imagine it.
After the heart-stopping journey over the valley in the Scenic Cableway, we did a little hiking around Scenic World. It’s a truly beautiful area full of gorgeous tree-lined paths and hiking trails. Oh, and there was an incredibly beautiful waterfall for us to play in as well.
One more notable experience that I should mention is the Scenic Railway, which is the world’s steepest passenger railway, at a 52 degree incline. The ride is short, but it feels more like the beginning of a roller coaster ride than something meant to transport passengers. Many laughs ensued, and I made many nervous comments along with a really awkward laugh. In fact, there are a lot of strange noises happening in this video. Ignore that, or don’t, if it amuses you. I suppose my high level of awkwardness was going to surface itself in this blog eventually, so no time like the present, I suppose. Back to the video…there was a screen in front of us but here is a video of the experience. You get the picture.
These are our incredibly awesome Australian friends who spent the weekend showing around a couple of American kids. Not only were they great fun to hang out with, but they were also really sweet and generous with their time. I’m so grateful for their generosity as it made for some truly great memories from our time in Australia. Thanks, guys!
After Scenic World, everybody was pretty hungry so we headed into the town of Katoomba, which I must say is a really cute little town. If you have the chance to visit Katoomba, I highly recommend that you do so. And while we’re on the subject of Katoomba, let me just take a moment to appreciate this beautiful (and delicious) meal I had while I was there. The restaurant was called Fresh Cafe and this was an incredible meal.
All in all, it was a really fun day and I saw some beautiful places, did some fun activities, and ate some amazing food. Definitely check out the Blue Mountains if you find yourself in the Sydney area.