So we finally have a few days off together from work woooooo!! We picked up our little red Hyundai Getz and set off for the Blue Mountains in high spirits. Stu LOVED this little car as it was I quote "like driving a go cart", as you can imagine this filled me with hope of returning safely through the CBD of Sydney...Not! But anyways we made it safely out of the CBD and along Parramatta Rd, quite possibly the busiest roads in Sydney. The scenery was just breath taking once we got out of the city and the western suburbs, we only got stuck for a little bit of traffic just outside Katoomba but this wasn't at all bad as we got to have a nose out of the window.
We arrived in Katoomba a little early for check in (the B and B was still a surprise to me at this point) so we headed straight to Echo Point to see the famous 3 sisters. The view was amazing; it was a sunny, clear day......and guess what the mountains did actually look BLUE!!
We checked into our lovely English Style Manor B and B where Mr Stu surprised me with chocolates and bubbly.....very romantic!! The hotel made me feel like there was a little bit of England in Australia; there were even fireplaces with roaring fires. After a recommendation from a work friend we went to a restaurant called Solitary. Which as you can tell from the name was quite alone with a stunning view over the Blue Mountains. We had some yummy lunch and wine then headed outside to have some Devonshire tea just as the sun was starting to set. It was very romantic. After feeling rather full Stu as usual took me on a crazy walk which looked not so long on the map to Leura, the next little town. Leura was a lovely little town.
The next day we got up early, had a yummy breakfast at the B and B where I had the best pancakes I have had in Aussie. We drove to the Jenolan Caves which took about 1 1/2 hours through some scarily windy roads which close from 11am-1.30pm to one way traffic to minimise accidents. We ended up parking half way up the mountain-apparently the car park. We booked 2 cave tours, the first Lucas Cave which was a tad strenuous but the most visited cave in Australia and the second cave called the Orient which was beautiful with lots of crystals. It felt like I was in the mines of moria in LOTR, was awesome but a tad cold and wet. After trekking back up the mountain to the car park we headed back to Leura to visit the Tea pot shop/museum. We were too late for afternoon tea so we just had a nose. We found a commemorative tea pot from the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
After warming ourselves up by the fire back at the B and B we found a yummy little Thai restaurant. When we left the restaurant the temperature was 9°c it felt very English, so much so that we went back to the B and B and played scrabble with a glass of wine....awwwww romantic!
Our last day in Katoomba we had a touristy day. We did all the attractions at scenic world, we thought it would be super expensive but to our surprise it was only $28! We went on the skyway across the Jamison Valley, down on the Steepest Railway in the world at 52°. To be honest it was more like a roller coaster. We did a 50 min sky walk through the bush and grabbed the cable car back up to the scenic world to grab a cuppa before setting off for Sydney. We got back into our little red go cart stopping off at a viewing point called sublime point which provided such beautiful vast views of the Blue Mountains and the 3 Sisters, beautiful.
All in all a great long weekend x x