The blue mountains are one of the biggest tourist spots in Sydney, literally its the BIGGEST its roughly: 11,400 km², so exploring this area can take some time, 5 hours in our case. Let’s start from the beginning!
Myself and 4 friends woke up at the lovely time of 7am, a time I’m not use to ever seeing, but lucky for me the train form central Sydney to the mountains takes just over 2 hours so I was able to have a pre hike nap! Going into this hike I had no idea what to expect and was very much out of shape for what was ahead. 3 of the friends I went with were like me: didn’t have much experience with hiking, not morning people and out of shape, however their was 1 that knew exactly what he was doing and was big on hiking, its always good to have a leader!
When we arrived it was around 9:30am as we stood at the ‘Edge Cinema’ you get a panoramic view of the mountains, at first glance we could see the ‘Three sisters’, the ‘Giant Stairway’, ‘Lennox bridge’ and of course mountains upon mountains upon mountains, in fact no matter how long we stared at this view we could never see the ending of these beautiful blue mountains, which actually are blue! Especially as it gets cooler in the evening a blue haze covers the tops of the mountains. We headed to the ‘Giant Stairway’ made up of 900 steps, as we head down the steps we could feel ourselves getting deeper and deeper into this forrest of greenery, caves and natural waterfalls, matched perfectly with the heat coming through the tree’s. Passing many people heavy breathing as they ventured up the 900 steps, it was in that moment I knew I was NOT coming out of these mountains without achy bones and a red face. When we got to about halfway down the stairs we were faced with a wooden bridge heading to the ‘Three Sisters’ which is made up of an unusual rock formation, legend has it their were two tribes many years ago that lived in the village outside of the mountains, one tribe had three sisters that fell in love with three men of the other tribe, the men wanted to marry the sisters, but tribal law stated that it was forbidden, so the tribe leader turned the sisters to stone to stop them marrying the men, unfortunately the tribe leader died in war and therefore couldn’t turn the sisters back to human. I like to think of this as the Australian version of Romeo and Juliet.
Once we reached the bottom of the stairs we were able to walk many different paths and do a bit of off road exploring! We passed many beautiful waterfalls, one’s that you possibly can’t see anywhere else in the world, the rocks had a marble effect on them, as the sun reflected off of the water that was running down, making them the best location for an impromptu photoshoot. We continued diving deeper into the mountains, and found ourselves seeing less and less people, and hearing more sounds of insects and running water, making for a peaceful and relaxing environment, and even though we could hear insects we didn’t spot any, however it is known that far into the mountains lives many kangaroo’s, snakes and a variety of lizards. As we reached the main soil of the mountains we all sat at a picnic table and began to munch on all kinds of fruits and nuts, and remember that 1 friend I said was a true hiker? He shocked me by opening a can of baked beans and began eating them COLD! Am I the only one who thinks this is strange? After eating and rehydrating ourselves we spotted so many tree’s that were perfect for climbing, so we all become 7 year olds again and spent way to long climbing these tree’s, and seeing the incredible views from what I can only imagine a Koala bear would see.
Now we started trekking back out of the mountains, but we decided to take the more scenic route, so we gradually started making our way up. Passing many more waterfalls, we also saw many naturally formed caves, with what looked like tribal signs inside, it was crazy to see something straight from the history of the mountains. The view was forever changing as we got closer to the top, sometimes when your so focused on were your stepping you forget to look up and see whats around, so it was important to us to stop now and then and appreciate the amazing scenery, one that no words or pictures will ever do justice. As we stopped at one of the waterfalls we noticed what looked like a white parrot with a yellow mane, which after a quick google search we learnt was indeed called ‘Yellow-created cockatoo’ their was about 5 of these just chilling up in the tree’s and drinking from the waterfall, they were very friendly and absolutely loved the camera!
Gradually we got to the top YAY!! It was pretty incredible to look down at the mountains knowing what beauty it holds, and how intentionally lost you can get. Three thoughts came into my head at this moment:
If you’ve ever visited the blue mountains leave a comment what your favourite part was! Or if not would you be down to visit? Thank you for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it! I defiantly enjoyed creating it. And to find out more and myself and my travels you can follow me on twitter @IzzyDriscoll and on Instagram @moretoexplore.co were I post lots of my photography from all over were I’ve been. I also have another segment on my blog ‘Magic Eight’ were I interview very cool people with even cooler stories that more people need to hear, its something a bit different and only 8 questions so its a quick read! Thank you again for reading and remember to never stop exploring!