I’ve never heard of the Blue Mountains prior to this, but while doing some research on Sydney, Fidelis read all the fantastic reviews about this tour on TripAdvisor and included this in our itinerary!
It was a lovely experience and the tour was superb value for money. It’s a small private tour owned by a couple, and they drive us around in a Mercedes-Benz!!! .…..van. Hahahah but it’s a Merc nonetheless right?
The tour is called Blue Mountains Tour and I have embedded the link for your reference. I highly recommend it if you happen to be in the Sydney area!
Our tour guide Alena picked us up from a street near our Bondi Beach Apartment and after making a few rounds around the city (I liked seeing the city in the morning) to pick up our other tour friends, it was about an hour’s drive up to the Blue Mountains.
Sydney’s traffic isn’t all that great.
On our way there, we stopped to have freshly baked giant pretzels, scones and English tea in a little family-run bakery!
Lusciously soft scone – much unlike the rock-hard ones I’ve had the displeasure of trying in SG.
I like how most restaurants and eateries are family-owned in Australia… The food is always fresh and good quality and it’s a different experience each time.
Too many franchised food outlets in Singapore. Boo to mass-produced fast food!
If I’m lucky enough, I may have something like this of my own one day. But instead of bread it will be filled with whimsical, pretty-to-death yummilicious cuppycakes!
I adore the smell of bakeries. The aroma of warm, freshly baked cake and pastries is enough to to put a smile on my face.
Our tour friends, Jenna and Andrew! They were on here on their honeymoon. Aren’t they adorable?!
Andrew is a real funny guy… his humor coupled with his thick English accent made me giggle to myself a lot of times throughout the day. Jenna on the other hand is major cute!
Fidel and me! The photo is dark beyond saving but I posted it anyway because no need for PS. Yay!!!
A brighter one, taken with her camera instead My DSLR doesn’t do too well in low-light and harsh background lighting conditions.
I’m wearing the same yellow sweater (again) because Sydney was SOOOOOOO COLD!!! Especially up in the darn Mountains! The winds were unforgiving. It was the thickest and warmest outerwear I packed. (I had grossly misjudged the climate) I was even wearing a long-sleeved underneath. The rest of my clothes were thin jumpers that wouldn’t be any good in 10 degrees weather.
We were still having breakfast when our tour guide swooped down over to our table and asked what we would like to have at lunch later on so she could pre-order it for us to minimize waiting time at the restaurant later on.
Talk about efficiency!
Back on the road again
When we finally arrived at the Blue Mountains, I hopped out of the van and my first thoughts were
“Wow, this is REALLY cold.”
“THE AIR IS SO FRESH HERE! :D”
HAHAHAHA please don’t judge my outfit.
I was going for maximum practicality and comfort. It was a longgg long day with a lot of different activities ok.
A day of adventure awaits us!!!
We got to explore the Blue Mountains 5 different ways – the Scenic Skyway, Scenic Cableway, (like a cablecar but slightly different. one only goes straight while the other goes uphill), by car, by foot and by an old Railway track!!!
I was sooo excited about the panoramic views that I was about to indulge in that I totally forgot:
I’m dead scared of heights.
I’m ok with roller-coaster or hotel room type of heights but definitely NOT okay with mountains-height, lol. On a whole new level. Despite wobbly knees I forced myself to go on the cableway and it was ahhhhh-mazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Clutching onto Fidelis for dear life lol. I didn’t let it show but I was actually secretly shitting my pants.
Enjoying the views of the Blue Mountains!!! GORGEOUS.
Check out the lodging place right on the mountain’s edge. Madness!!!
I was told houses here start from 1 million and can go up to several millions of dollars.
Vast openness. Just look at that.
If I was a bird, I would like to live and fly around here. Soak up the beauty every single day!
“The Blue Mountains are so named because, from Sydney, they look blue. They are clad in vast forests of eucalypts (commonly called gum trees), which in the hot sun discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue at a distance. That same oil makes the Australian bush as volatile as a pine forest in a bush (forest) fire. The vapour explodes, causing the fire to race through the canopy.”
And I thought that was pretty until I looked over to my RIGHT side (I was pre-occupied with the left side of cable tram)
A massive cascading waterfall!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
It had less water falling through than I’d like (I was hoping for a lottt of water for a more dramatic effect lol) but it was still beautiful to see.
An alternative view! I heart waterfalls. Something about water falling all pretty and the misty air and the smell of fresh water makes me want to frolic around in the bottom of the falls.
Me taking photos of the views.
It was quite challenging for me to NOT hold onto the hand rails while taking pictures (I needed both hands) I looked rightttt down and felt queasy for a second and my face went white…
Our tour people were all like “Are you ok??? :o” coz I looked like I was gonna die but I just reminded myself NOT to look down and everything was ok.
You can so tell when I’m faking a smile LOL. *sweaty palms*
Last picture I took before we reached the other end of the cable way.
It barely lasted 5 minutes – hardly enough time for me to just sit and admire the views!! Hmph. Nevermind.. I’ll get more opportunities later on.
After the Scenic Skyway, the Railway was next!!
The world’s STEEPEST railway track going down a 415m descent! It was pretty damn steep actually, like as steep as when a big roller coaster would go down a slope.
So… this is a picture of what the first ever built railway in the Blue Mountains looked like, but since then they have implemented extra safety features
Getting into the very oddly shaped railway tram. :3
Anddd we’re off!!!
It was really cool breezing past an ancient rain forest. It was like a roller coaster but Jurassic Park version LOL.
When you look up all you could see was a canopy of trees!
Speaking of roller coasters, the old owner of the Blue Mountains actually built a ROLLER COASTER TRACK (a real coaster, not some railway track) for his grand kids so that they could whisk around the mountains having fun….
But upon completion of the coaster tracks, they tested it out with sand bags and guess what? The sand bags never made it back lol. So they dropped the whole idea but till today the coaster tracks are still there!
HOW MIND BLOWING would a roller coaster around a gorgeous mountain like this be?!!!! I’d kill to go on it!
Getting off the railway track, we embarked on our journey into the rain forest.
Alena was narrating and telling us some pretty morbid stories…
She was elaborating on the history of Mining in the Blue Mountains and mentioned that wayyy back then when technology wasn’t so advanced, to avoid having their ventilation system run out of oxygen before realizing it was too late, they’d keep a certain species of blue-colored bird (forgot the name) trapped where the miners worked for the purpose of when the bird suffocated to death, it was a sign to let them know that oxygen levels were getting dangerously low for human level. o_O
LOL and that wasn’t all.
She also told us a story of how poor donkeys or ponies or whatever had to slave away ALL their lives in these wretched mines, and when the donkeys became paralyzed or too old to be useful anymore, the miners would just leave them to rot IN the mines, never actually bringing them back out. As you know there’s not a lot of food or oxygen in the mines…
……….Me and Andrew (the English guy) were listening to the stories then looked at each other like this o.o;;
History is always so horrifying to learn about wtf.
Freaky lookin’ mine artifacts
Where an exit / entrance used to be, but it caved in on itself.
Which I assumed killed a lot of miners. *shudders*
Oh hello, you ugly devillish black bird.
WHY IS MY POST SUDDENLY SO DARK EH????? On to happier stuff!!!!
Our tour guide left us to explore the rainforest by ourselves for about 30 minutes and we decided to go trekking.
Peekaboo, I see you!
I take good pictures don’t I?!
*retarded sideways pose with a peace sign*
Towering trees that have been around for hundreds of years.
It was a beautiful day.
Tryna take an artsy shot.
Rainforests are so cluttered, it’s hard to take a nice picture of anything!
Cute old-ish couple from Chicago. They were so nice to us. Everyone was incredibly friendly in our tour group!!!
I love it when golden rays peek through the canopy leaves and you get a little burst of it here and there.
At the start of the 30 mins rainforest trekking, I was all lyk
WEEEE this so fun
Gorgeous rainforest and views and fresh air and beautiful weather hnngggg woooweeee..
But after 20 mins of walking non-stop and bloody uphill slopes I’m all lyk
KILL ME NAO.
I actually started perspiring a bit despite the weather LOL. I hateeee rain forests for the fact that I enter it all happy and looking for adventure but when I leave I’m tired as shit and grumpy from all the uphill trekking.
Hate how everyone else makes it look so effortless!!!
Going further up the mountain (for more views) via the other cable car.
Hell yeah no more trekking n_n
Australians are always so warm and welcoming!
Hahaha a candid shot of that kind couple.
Who offered to take a pretty shot for us!!! Yay for pro-active travelers.
We’re now at the highest point of the Blue Mountains!!!
Super duper windy. I actually lost my pink scarf to the rough winds up there…. The gust of wind came so hard and fast, I didn’t even realize I’d lost it till hours later. *face palm*
I love, lovelovelovelove LOVE sightseeing. ♥
I don’t get to see anything back in home country. My dream is to travel the world… and blogging about it.
Everyone trying to get that perfect picture!
The famous Three Sisters limestone formation of the Blue Mountains!
“Their names are Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo (906 m).
The commonly told legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe (the Nepean tribe), but marriage was forbidden by tribal law.
The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters causing a major tribal battle. Battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back.”
Ah… it’s amusing, the stories / rumours / folk lore legends ancient tribal people come up with to explain what Science couldn’t back then.
It sucks how much less impressive the Blue Mountains look in pictures as compared to real life. But I guess that’s with everything that has true beauty. It can’t truly be captured on camera.
Looooooool the psycho hyper side of me that doesn’t quite shine through in my writing.
Cute koala bear plooshies we saw in their souvenir shop!
But we soon forgot about those because we found something MUCH CUTER:
Little wee baby wombat! (of course, real wombats are not like that at all as I have learned from disappointing first-hand experience years ago)
Not one, not two…
BUT TEN THOUSAND MILLION BILLION TRILLION GAZILLION BAJILLION BABY WOMABTS!!!!!!!!! ^_________^
I died of cute overload.
Pudding had merely passed away a few days prior to this trip soooo I was still pretty emotional and cut up about it.
I got myself one and named him Pudding. After Pudding. The Pudding breed hamster. #ihavenoimagination
Fidelis got herself one too and named it Nutella… or was it Peanut? I can’t really remmeber.. She named it after one of her guinea pigs who passed away too
So we were both clutching the baby wombat plooshies on our hand feeling sad over our deceased pets. Kinda funny thinking about it now.
Walked around the store a little more, and a lady offered “real honeycomb” for me to try.
For some reason I thought it’d be like the chocolate Maltesers’ center honeycomb bit… LOL boy was I wrong. Real honeycomb is MADDDD sweet and has that disgusting waxy after taste. But it’s supposedly good for you, like all other higher grades of honey. (my mother is obsessed with Manuka honey gross one point in time she made me take it almost everyday)
Am I the only person in this world who DOESN’T like honey? I hate honey lemon drinks, I hate honey in my tea or on my pan cakes etc.. I’d much rather maple syrup.
Sorry for the abrupt end guys, but Part 2 of Blue Mountains to be continued soon!!!
If I combined all the content into ONE post, it’d be one epic longgg post with almost 200 pictures in it so I think it’s best I stop here today.
In the next post, you can expect pretty pictures of a very quaint and beautiful little Australian town called Leura, and fluffy pictures of Australian animals because we visited a Wildlife Park!
Have a good Halloween weekend y’all.