The Blue Mountains

This is the sequel to my last blog, about our first few days in Sydney. On the third day we went to the Blue Mountains, which is about a 2 and a half hour train ride inland from Sydney proper. I was super excited because I had never been a train before for more than 5 minutes. Retrospectively, I’ll give riding in a train 3 stars out of 5. Not as enthralling as the mini Joe Biden in my head said it was going to be, but not the worst mode of travel either. At least you can nap.

Anyways, I’ll liken the rim of the Blue Mountains, to the rim of the Grand Canyon, at least in terms of tourists. They are similar in the sheer quantity of visitors, and in that the farther you go down from the rim, the less of them there are.

Echo Point
Echo Point
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Echo Point from the Three Sisters

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The Giants Stairway

This last picture I think gives a good idea of how step the drop-off is. The “Giants Stairway” that leads down the cliff face and into the valley below is incredibly steep, and has a lot of people on, which can lead to some risky passing maneuvers. It felt similar to Angels Landing in Zion, expects slightly safer. Once we reached the valley floor, it was a totally different environment.

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Above Leura Falls
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One of the few pictures of me

We also took an afternoon to visit the famous Bondi Beach, which is just outside Sydney proper. Most likely, this was the most people that I have ever seen on a beach at one time. Bondi is known for having some of the best surfable waves in Australian, and its next to the largest city, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. It even has its own TV show here, called “Bondi Rescue”, which has been running for about 10 years.

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Bondi Beach from Mackenzies Point
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Looking towards Bronte Beach

I’ll be back again soon with more pictures from down under. Thanks folks!

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