Blue Mountains

After full two days in Sydney, we got a rental car the next morning and drove about 2 hours west to the Blue Mountains National Park.

Our first stop was an overlook area, where we had a picnic lunch.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of this area.

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We then drove further on to Katoomba, a larger town in the Blue Mountains.  We had booked a night at The Carrington hotel.  This elegant, historic hotel was first opened in 1883.  After many years of being a popular overnight destination in the Blue Mountains, it closed in 1985.  A new owner purchased the hotel and it was then restored and reopened in 1998.

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The room we stayed in.  I loved the bathroom, with all the beautiful, marble tiling.

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After checking into our hotel, we drove a short distance to the Blue Mountains Visitor’s Center at Echo Point.  We saw the famous Three Sisters rock formation and did a short walk along one of the trails from the visitor’s center.

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The following day, we drove to Blackheath, where we planned on a longer hike for the day.  I believe the hike started on Govett’s Leap and then we made a loop by following the Cliff Walk back to the starting point.  Overall, it was maybe 10-15km.  We finished in enough time to drive back towards Sydney to catch our evening flight back to Perth.

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Goodbye, New South Wales…we need to visit again, it was too short!

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