As Sydney is familiar to us both, we side-stepped this lovely city to head west to the Blue Mountains – and October was a great time to visit as spring had well and truly sprung!
We made our base at the Katoomba Falls caravan park which also has cabins, camping sites etc. A great location as the hop on/hop off Trolley Tour (cunningly disguised as a bus?!) stops here regularly and is good value at $25 each for 3 days. We checked out all 29 sites to decide on our favourite spots for photos, food and fun (our Nomad171 motto after all!)
The magic BLUE of the Blue Mountains has inspired many painters and photographers and the way in which the light changes in the late afternoon is especially beautiful. We enjoyed walking several trails in this area to view the iconic 3 Sisters and the Jamison Valley.
Local artist John Wilson captures these amazing landscapes beautifully in his oil paintings – visiting his Fine Art Gallery is a must.
Just walking the streets of Katoomba and neighbouring Leura was fun to experience the mixture of historical shops, new home and living ideas, terrific art and great food.
Visiting the Everglades Historic Home and Gardens was a happy trip back through the Art Deco era as this beautiful home was built in the 1930s and is now a National Trust building.
Next on the list was Scenic World which gives you 4 impressive ways to experience the vertical scenery – four in fact!
1. The Scenic Skyway – great views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and the Jamison Valley
2. The Scenic Railway – the steepest passenger railway in the world with a 52 degree incline – a short but white knuckle experience!
3. The Scenic Walkway – a pretty 2.4km boardwalk
4. the Scenic Cableway down into the Jamison Valley and back up to the escarpment
Overall a great experience but make an early start to beat the crowds and get full value for your day trip. Then top it off with a drink at one of the 4 bars at the Carrington Hotel – originally opened in 1883 as a mountain retreat, and still going strong.
Just as an aside, we would like to thank the marvellous informants at the Information Centres around this country. We do our own research but it is always good to get a local perspective on the ‘top spots’, and the staff and volunteers always have interesting ideas on where to go next – and the map you need to get there!