Blue Mountains

I love the Blue Mountains. It’s the first place I ever saw kangaroos in the wild. And no matter how many Aussies might consider these marsupials a pest, I think they’re absolutely beautiful and one of the features that make Australia special.

Glenbrook Nat'l Park, Blue Mountains

Just a short distance from busy metropolitan Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a great place for bushwalking. It’s a huge national park with dramatic landscapes, steep cliffs, deep valleys, rainforest, rivers, lakes and water falls. There are numerous tracks for hiking (or just ambling along), a scenic railway and plenty of captivating Australian wildlife; more than 400 kinds of animals live in the area.

Are you curious about the name? I was. The area is called Blue Mountains because of the distinctive blue haze, caused by the combination of oil released from the many eucalyptus trees, and sunlight.

Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Once you get off the train, walk up to the lookout at Echo Point for a close encounter with the Three Sisters and a fabulous panorama. We’ve only ever done day trips in the Blue Mountains, but next time I want to spend at least one night and wander down into the ancient and mysterious valley below.

Bushwalking at Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains practicals

  • To get to Blue Mountains National Park, you can drive or take the train to Katoomba (about 1.5 – 2 hours from Sydney).
  • The lookout Echo Point is about 2,5 km from Katoomba railway station
  • Accommodations in the national park are plentiful. You can camp – or there’s a YHA hostel reputed to be excellent, several small guest houses, holiday cottages, motels, boutique hotels, …you name it.
  • Pop over to Blue Mountains official site for more info.

 

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Greater Blue Mountains Area is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.

 

14 Responses to “Blue Mountains”

  1. Andrea 12 September 2013 0010 #

    Awww – I love Roos too! Always wanted to go to the Blue Mountains but we haven’t made it there yet
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 September 2013 0949 #

      You’ll be back, I’m sure :)

  2. Dan @ A Cruising Couple 12 September 2013 0426 #

    Beautiful! I’m sad I missed this spot when I was there. I was too busy exploring the beaches. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 September 2013 0950 #

      It’s a nice change of pace to Sydney’s beaches (though they’re gorgeous too)

  3. Donna Janke 12 September 2013 0652 #

    I loved the smell of the Blue Mountains – a mix of pine, eucalyptus, and freshness.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 September 2013 0950 #

      Oh yes, the smell – for a moment I had forgotten that. Thanks :)

  4. Mary {The World Is A Book} 13 September 2013 0620 #

    i love the kangaroo picture! Kangaroos and koalas are must sees in Oz. We did a day trip to the Blue Mountains when we were in Sydney many years ago. Seeing the Three Sisters and the views were some of our favorite experiences. I never thought of coming back and seeing it at night but what a great idea.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 September 2013 1332 #

      Aren’t they just gorgeous, both koalas and roos…

  5. Salika Jay 13 September 2013 1035 #

    It’s always nice to see animals in their natural habitat. We can see kangaroos in their natural habitat only in OZ so it’s a nice thing for visitors, although it maybe a pest to locals. Blue Mountains photo is beautiful.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 September 2013 1333 #

      Thanks, Salika :)

  6. Mary @ Green Global Travel 15 September 2013 1737 #

    I keep hearing about the Blue Mountains and would love to explore the area in person! I loved your images and so appreciated the explanation as to the title! The idea of exploring beautiful terrain in hopes of seeing kangaroos and exploring eucalyptus in person sounds absolutely wonderful!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 September 2013 1333 #

      Totally agree.:)

  7. James @ Senegal Trip 22 September 2013 1427 #

    wow, amazing shots! Such beautiful colors & details…very nice!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 September 2013 1334 #

      Thank you.

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