Day 56 - Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Forecast for today was "Mostly Sunny" so off we went to explore the Blue Mountains via the Skyway, a cable car with a glass floor that spans across the valley 300m below, the railway which they say is the steepest cable one in the world and the Cable Car back up after the rainforest walkways - huh, all I can say as the cloud came down along with the rain was their meteorologists are as crap at forecasting the weather as ours are! We had taken wet weather gear with us fortunately but it didn't compensate much for the lack of the view as we came back up. Just as well we had been to Echo Point yesterday evening when we arrived and got some decent pictures. What we hadn't realised when we took the train down was that it had been developed from the original track that was used by the miners to bring the coal up from the 100 km of underground tunnels from 40 mines that operated during it's hey day but closed in 1945. We were trying desperately to listen to a film and commentary outside one of the shafts but every time we tried a group of, how can I put this politely, tourists from a group of islands that make most of our electrical goods came by and "yin tong tiddle i poh" in our ears making it impossible to hear anything. I really wonder if there can be anyone left in their native country there are so many visiting here. Took a another walk to check out a restaurant for tonight and of course the sun came out - great we can have a swim when we get back but predictably when we got changed and down there the clouds are back so we had to settle for the indoor pool; still we were the only ones in there so that was nice. I think the weather gods have deserted us now as the forecast for Sydney tomorrow is fine and sunny with above average temperatures for the week and for Melbourne where we are headed where apparently it has been 30deg and sunny whilst we have been in Sydney is now forecasted to be rain and 23deg. If we don't get some continued sun soon this tan is going to fade; no cheering now just because the UK is still gripped in the middle of winter.
Lovely dinner at the Rooster restaurant overlooking the valley, well until it got dark anyway.Sat at a table by the fire - that shows you that it's not that warm up here, bit like an autumn evening back home.
Early start again tomorrow, drive back to Sydney which could take at least a couple of hours and then a short to flight to Melbourne and another leg of the journey.