So all the people that I knew who had come to Oz said the Blue Mountains are a must - and they were not wrong! About a two hour drive from Manley, myself and Bentley got up early to start the drive. On route the clouds ascended and heavy fog took over the roads. Not what you want when your abou the go on a day trip completely orientated around exceptional views. But I was soon to learn that the climate out here changes incredibly quickly, and as we got out of the car the sun came out and revealed probably the most breath taking view I have ever seen, something which, having stayed it the Alps, I find very hard to admit.
The viewing spot is of the famous "three sisters" and is surrounded by half of China with their Tripods out. I felt slightly out of place with nothing but my little I phone on which to take pictures. But it truly is incredible. So why is it called the Blue Mountains? Well:
The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapor, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in color. The Greater Blue Mountains was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000 and was one of 15 World Heritage places included in the National Heritage List on 21 May 2007.
OK, so I admit I googled that last paragraph! So after taking a silly amount of photos of this view me and Bentley started on the trek around them. Starting with about an hour walk along the top with more amazing views we picked a nice spot and had our packed lunch. I have never eaten a ham and cheese sandwich in such an incredible location! After that we got the cable car over to the other side. The cable car was great as they have a staff member on there with loads of useful facts. And the cable car has a glass bottom floor which made your knees knock!
We then decided to head downwards into the forest. The best way down was by getting the steepest train in the world down. A theme park like ride in a very un-theme park like setting. But an experience non the less. The staff have most certainly been on some kind of enthusiasm course.
We then trekked for a further two hours seeing great wildlife and waterfalls. Then it was time to go back to the top. Most tourists turn back and get the train back up but we decided to take the 900 steps back to the top. I was feeling confident until we bumped into more Chinese tourists stretching and lunging in preparation for the climb. We did not stretch before we went up. It was tiring, but a great feeling when you reach the top.