Australia | Blue Mountains


scenic world, blue mountains, sydney, australia, jamison valleyJamison Valley.Our last full day in Sydney, Vicky took us to the Blue Mountains to visit Scenic World, a sort of amusement park tourist attraction, minus the roller coasters. The Blue Mountains begin about 30 miles or so west of Sydney proper, although they’re still considered part of the greater Sydney region.While it didn’t feel at all like “winter” in Sydney, It was noticeably colder in the mountains. We arrived to Scenic World around lunchtime, and after a quick lunch in the restaurant, headed out to explore the park grounds.jamison valley, scenic world, blue mountains, sydney, australia, scenic railwayThe steepest passenger train in the world.There are four “rides” at Scenic World: (1) Scenic Railway, the steepest passenger train in the world, at a 52 degree incline; (2) Scenic Skyway, a cable car suspended 270 meters above the ground; (3) Scenic Cableway, a cable car that descends (and ascends) 545 meters into the Jamison Valley; and (4) Scenic Walkway (not really a ride I guess), a network of paths with routes as short as 10 minutes or as long as an hour.scenic world, blue mountains, sydney, australia, gum treeGum tree.We started our afternoon at Scenic World with a descent into the valley on the Scenic Cableway. We then enjoyed a peaceful, 30-minute walk through the forest on the Scenic Walkway. We ascended back up to the main platform/restaurant area on the Scenic Railway — in the front car, which gave a us a frightening-but-plexiglass-protected view of the steep tracks below.jamison valley, scenic world, blue mountains, sydney, australia, katoomba fallsKatoomba Falls.Lastly, we took the Scenic Skyway across the valley to Echo Point lookout, where we enjoyed sweeping (and windy!) views of Katoomba Falls, the Jamison Valley and the famous Three Sisters rock formation, so named after an aboriginal legend.jamison valley, scenic world, blue mountains, sydney, australia, three sistersThree Sisters.There are various versions, but here’s what’s on the Scenic World website:

Three beautiful sisters named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo once lived with the Gundungurra people in the Jamison Valley. The maidens were in love with three brothers from the neighbouring nation of the Dharruk people, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law.The brothers were warriors and decided to take the maidens by force. Tribal war forced the Kuradjuri (clever man) of the Gundungurra people to turn the sisters into stone. He intended to restore them after the danger had passed and the war had ended.Unfortunately, the Kuradjuri (clever man) was killed in the battle and to this day nobody has been able to break the spell and turn the Three Sisters back to their natural form.

jamison valley, scenic world, blue mountains, sydney, australia, three sistersVisiting the Blue Mountains was a nice way to end our short trip to Sydney. Our visit to Sydney kind of reminded me of El Salvador in that you have the beach, city and mountains all within an hour’s drive. You can start your morning at the beach, spend the afternoon in the mountains and head into the city for dinner and drinks at night.Are you a city, beach or mountain kind of person?See more photos from Sydney.

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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