If you ever happen to be visiting Sydney I would definitely suggest a trips out to the Blue Mountains. Situated just 70 kilometres out of Sydney the Blue Mountains is the perfect place to visit for stunning views, a relaxing atmosphere and plenty of space for those with a it of adventure streak to explore.
Rosana and I travelled from the Central Station in Sydney by train out to the Blue Mountains. We were definitely surprised at the comfort of the train trip as their long distance trains were decked out with enough room for our suitcases and comfortable chairs for the almost 2 hour trip.
We stayed at the Blue Mountains YHA Hostel located in the Katoomba township, only a 20 minute walk away from the National Park, and I have to say we fell in love with the township right away. I even caught myself saying that I would love to come back and live there one day. There are so many lovely little coffee and antique shops to get lost in, a splendid waffle house (which also happens to make the best milkshakes) and of course to top it off, the Blue Mountains Range.
The Bluebe Mountains YHA was the nicest and most homely feeling Hostel we stayed in while on our trip and we easily decided on our first night to extend our 2 night trip to 3. The YHA was located right next to all the stores just on the edge of the township. There was Aldi shop next door which is the most amazing affordable shop ever where you can buy Paw Paw ointment for $2. Lets just say we managed to get a few delicious meal supplements and stock up on a few necessities there (including that $2 Paw Paw ointment). Our room in the YHA was located on the first floor of this magnificent old building and there was a spacious dining and living area downstairs where you could just chill out. Personally one of the things I loved most was that this YHA has a real family friendly atmosphere and I realised I had missed seeing kids around.
On our second day we went out to explore the National park and did a whopping 7 hour walk. Starting from our hostel we did the 20 minute walk to Echo Point which is the area to begin for all the main tracks. Instead of walking to the Three Sisters (a very popular tracks as it doesn’t take too long to walk) we challenged ourselves to a day of walking. Part of our walk included descending (and the return trip ascending) the Fuber Steps. Now we didn’t do our research on much of the walks and decided to just go where our feet led us. So inevitably we ended up climbing the total 900 steps twice as we had to go home back the way we came. This walk was very hard for me but a great challenge!! However I was totally not fit enough to do it without having to stop every 20 steps or so on the way back.
Why all the walking? That totally isn’t something I would normally do. Luckily my friend Rosana I really big on nature adventures and pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I have to say I am so glad she did!! I had such an amazing time, I mean, I don’t even regret climbing over 1800 steps. It was all completely worth the bonding time with her and getting to do something I have never done before. All in all I can without a doubt say that our time in the Blue Mountains was one of my favourite stays in our whole trip. Next time I’m in Sydney I plan to stay longer up in the Mountains and explore even more!
Have you ever visited the Blue Mountains? If not let me know of some other cool places you may have like this where you live.