Today was Blue Mountains day. It started a little late since I forgot to change my clock an hour forwards the other day so I woke up with 7 minutes to get ready for our 8.20am pick up!
We got on the bus to meet the livliest and most enthusiastic 80 odd year old bus driver ever, called Dave. Although we had booked this trip through STA Travel on George Street the other day, it wasn't a particularly backpackery group but we had fun with the oldies anyway.
After picking us up, Dave drove us through Sydney Olympic Park! It was still being cleared up as I think the final of the rugby had been played there last night, and the place was covered with One Direction posters as they had also been playing there last night. We drove past everywhere, also stopping at the poles where every single volunteers name was inscribed.
We the briefly drove on to a stop at a river bank where we had biscuits and juice as morning tea. I think it was somewhere called Penrith? Or near it.
The first official stop was at Flat Rock which was an AMAZING look out point! There was a steep drop down into the rainforest and a panoramic view of the Blue Mountains. Dave was cracking me up...he was joking around pretending to run off the edge of the cliff but really just jumping on to a ledge where it looked like he had fallen off. Honestly, he was about grandads age but was running round everywhere! He even beat us down the 200 odd stairs at the next stop which was at a Wentworth Falls look out point!
All over the Blue Mountains there is a constant loud ringing like a fire alarm which was a large bug (I can't remember the name) but which Dave grabbed off a tree and excitedly thrust in our faces at Wentworth Falls!
Next we drove on to lunch at Leura, a cute little village with heaps of places to eat and nice little boutiques. Me and Georgie went for a pie (typical) then had a quick wander around, via the chocolate shop, before getting back on board at 1.30pm. We then drove on to the Scenic World which was a look out point at the Three Sisters rocks, a ride on the steepest cable car in the southern hemisphere and a ride on a really steep old miners railway. We also had a quick walk at the bottom through the rainforest while Dave enthusiastically told stories about the trees and railway.
Having caught up with everyone at the end, we had finished the tour so drove back to the ferry docking at Sydney Olympic Park where we boarded a Captain Cook Ferry back to Darling Harbour. It was a really nice journey as we watched the beautiful, but hugely expensive, houses which backed on to the river, with a cuppa. The view coming in to Sydney was also amazing.
We walked back to the hostel at the other end, getting changed quickly and grabbing a taxi to Frankie Grieve's house on Paddington Street. It was so nice to see her and Cat Hay after 2 and a half years!!!
As usual, the sociable gals had some friends round and were cooking a barbie ready for our arrival. They are both doing really well out here and Frankie had just been given sponsorship by the sports management company she is working for!
After looking round her amazing house, eating the BBQ food, exchanging gossip on Lidl, Nash, Tien, Holly and the girls at my end, me and Georgie headed back to the hostel, booking our accomodation for our next stop in Melbourne.
Once all packed, we spent a bit of time on the computers downstairs, eating one more chocolate bar and vowing to start our diets tomorrow, then headed up to bed.