Monday, January 26, 2015

The Blue Mountains - Our "Scenic World" Adventure

We left beautiful Sydney and headed west towards Katoomba and the Blue Mountains. "Scenic World" was our destination and it did not disappoint!

While riding the Skyway, our tour guide told us the aboriginal story about the 3 sisters (rock formations shown below) and how the father (a witch doctor) was worried about his 3 daughters being killed by a Bunyip - so he used his magical bone to turn them into these 3 rocks. He then turned himself into a Lyrebird to escape the Bunyip himself - but dropped the magic bone - and now you will find him scratching and digging at the ground in the Blue Mountains searching for his magic stick so he can change his daughters back to human form and free himself. An interesting story and it became even more so when we spotted (and video captured) a Lyrebird on our Rainforest walk down below in the trees digging at the ground:)

"The Three Sisters" 

"Orphan Rock"

Amazing cliff-side hiking trails

Stunning views

A long way down in steep stairs

Lots of exercise!

No one seems to be afraid of heights (that's good!)

Cardio workout!

Careful steps, boys!

Love those rock formations!


Bryce asked me to take his picture posing like this

One of the 3 different transportation methods we experienced (this is the Scenic Skyway)

Pretty waterfalls

World's steepest railway!

The Indiana Jones Theme Song played as the train began to descend. Liam loved that!

The smiles just before the screams!

A rare full family photo on the original train carts

To our amazement, this area used to be a coal mine. So the boys were very excited to have a look at all the old tools, buildings and mining-related exhibits.

We headed out on the Rainforest Walk (longest boardwalk in the Southern Hemisphere!)

The weather was perfect (especially for a Rainforest)

Lots of walking and hiking today!

Spectacular perspectives from the forest floor!

This tree was hollowed out by lightning

Checking out the old miner's cabin

Orphan rock seen through the Cableway windows on our ascent back up to the top

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