During our time in Australia, we have decided to make an effort to see something new every weekend. It has been a good policy so far and prevents the weekends from being consumed by the minutiae of every day life.
Sydneysiders are very lucky to be surrounded by such natural beauty. The Blue Mountains are less than two hours outside of Sydney. The eponymous blue that bathes the mountains in a bluish haze is supposedly the result of the oil from the eucalyptus trees binding with dust particles in the air. I’m not sure if it’s true, but we were told that 13% of the world’s eucalyptus trees reside in the Blue Mountains.
Spring has reached Sydney, with temperatures rising and plants beginning to bloom. However, it was still quite chilly in the Blue Mountains. The high temperature the day we visited was only around 50 degrees F. (As a sidenote, the reversed seasons in the Southern hemisphere still surprise me. It seems so bizarre for Halloween to be in Spring and Christmas in Summer. For the first time ever, my boys’ birthdays in October and November will be in the Spring, and my daughter’s April birthday will be in the Autumn.)
After some bush walking (i.e. anywhere not in the city or outback), we visited the lovely town of Leura for lunch then went to Scenic World. The aptly-named Scenic World, provides multiple methods for enjoying the scenery–cableway, skyway, railway, and walkways. All the “ways.” For the record, my favorite was the walkway. Boardwalks through an incredibly dense Jurassic rain forest feel very quiet and remote, at least until you run into the hoards of international tourists who arrive by coach at Scenic World. At one point, we came across a bridal party being photographed in the forest.
The mural above is in Leura.
I had some difficulty taking pictures without boys photo bombing.