Today we set off at 9 AM deciding we wouldn't return to this campsite, although useful it's too far from where we need to be on the Blue Mountain track, so we moved on and drove for about an hour and a half meeting the great Western Highway.
We arrive at the Blue Mountains National Heritage Centre, which has a lovely cafe known as the conservation hut famed for fantastic views of the mountain range. Its' main attractions being the Kings Table Mountain and the Wentworth Waterfalls. We stop as Matt has a coffee and Jacq an afternoon tea - slightly different to the norm, instead of clotted cream it's done with whipped cream but was gorgeous nonetheless. Matt had a brief power nap, the driving does take its toll, Jacq finished her book not a bad read, and then we took a walk along a small part of the track to the viewing platforms.
Wentworth Falls is beautiful, great views of a long old drop, you could hear people at the bottom splashing around, it is obviously quite popular for a swim. As the walk itself looked very strenuous (so unfit!) we managed to brave a shorter route Listed as a 5 km path - which was probably more like three - the measurements are a bit off here at times.
It was stunning though and the view of the Kings Table Mountain was breath-taking, thankfully the weather improved and the skies are pretty clear, mist free and magical.
We want to fit in so much to our day and it's difficult so we had to move on to Echo point where the three sisters' mountains are stood, the most famous of the blue mountain rocks. it only took about 30 minutes to get there and it was so worth it. It basically looks like three large thumbs sticking out of the rock face - the views were just stunning and the valley below of trees beautiful - you can't help but stare down and wonder what amazing creatures live down there - its' like a kingdom in its' own right.
We wanted to try the cable cars but sadly we didn't get there in time and they were closing for the day, we might consider that tomorrow. And so, we continue to our free camp site stopping at various lookouts on the way and manage to see the Blackheath Mountain and Gorman Strap. We cannot describe this scene, or how lucky we feel that we took this detour. It was beyond special.
We finished up about 7 PM and made tracks back to our free campsite with lots of other hippie vans, but mostly younger groups, not that we're ancient! Matt built a little fire and had a glass of wine before we decided to rest for the night and figure out what the plan was tomorrow.
Oh, by the way - we got a little Brucie bonus today - the email Jacq sent last week about the parking ticket on the blog for Whitsunday Islands, was successfully withdrawn they emailed us to say to have a $225 saving and more importantly a lesson learnt - more vigilant travellers are we - what a result!