Another world just 90
minutes outside of Sydney...
Blue Mountains 'top of the
At 7:30am Craig and I met
driver Rob for our all-day trip west to
Featherdale Park and the
I had been to Featherdale in 2001, but never to the Blue
Mountains. The day turned out to be the highlight of the trip
for both of us. We headed first to Featherdale for an early
entrance visit. Featherdale Park is less than an hour outside
of Sydney, focusing on local animals and interaction with the
visitors. As soon as we entered the park we were side by side
with kangaroos hopping along the paths.
quick stop to pet a wombat eating his breakfast (first picture below), we headed
for the koala area where they brought Freddie out to munch on some
eucalyptus while we got to know him (second and third pictures
below). His fur was incredibly soft and he seemed very tame.
From the koalas, we headed into the larger area where
most of the kangaroos were, armed with food for them in ice
cream cones and had a marvelous time feeding and meeting them
all (large picture right and fourth picture below). We spent
another hour seeing the rest of the park.
Feeding the 'Roos' at Featherdale
Featherdale, we drove west into the Blue Mountains, which
begins about 60 miles from Sydney. The Blue Mountains really are blue
when viewed from a distance. That's
from the eucalyptus oil evaporating into the air.
route was planned by Rob to avoid crowds and to see the
best of the Blue Mountains. After passing through Richmond, we
stopped at the craggy cliffs of Vail Lookout overlooking the
Grose River and Valley (first picture below). Continuing on Bell's Line of Road on the northern side of the
valley through Bilpin and Mount Tomah, we stopped at an
unnamed lookout (Lookout 2 on the map -
second picture below) for a short walk and view over Grose
Valley. Turning left to Mt Victoria, we stopped for lunch at
the circa 1878
Imperial Hotel pub. After lunch, we headed for
Blackheath's Anvil Rock (third and fourth pictures below).
distance from Anvil Rock is Govett's Leap (first picture below
showing Craig swatting the ubiquitous flies), and a steep 15
minute walk to Pulpit Rock (second picture below - that's me
way down at the railing) which has a stunning 360° view (third picture below).
Bridal Veil Falls (fourth picture below), named because of the
way the wind blows the water outward from underneath, was at Narrowneck
Lookout overlooking the Megalong and Jamison
Valleys. We found our first crowds of the day at our next stop at
World we took the cableway down and the railway back up from
the Jamison Valley floor. The views of the "Three Sisters"
(first picture below) were great. From the valley floor, we
got a sweeping view of the terrain (second and third pictures below). Leaving Katoomba,
we went to King's Tableland to see Wentworth Falls before stopping at one final deserted vista that our driver knew about. There he snapped two of
the best pictures of the trip (fourth picture below and large
picture top of page left). Truly an excellent day.
We returned to Sydney via the Olympic Park and Parramatta
ferry. We grabbed dinner at Camineto Italian restaurant in the
Rocks before retiring for the night.
We recommend our driver
for the trip highly. His contact information is: Robert Connell,
Sydney Great Escapes Pty Ltd., PO Box 332, KINGS LANGLEY NSW
2147, Phone: 02 9624 6217, Fax: 02 9624 6218, Mobile:
0403 895 254, email:
Mackey Group, Inc.
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