Thursday 18 April 2013

The Blue Mountains

Last week for Paul’s birthday we went away for the week.  Most of that time was spent in the Blue Mountains.  Although I had to be careful due to my ankle injury, I was keen to do some hiking.

We got up early one morning and the views from the Gordon Falls Lookout were impressive with the mist in the valley.  

We then took the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.  Below are some pictures of the trail.  Given the uneven ground and steep gradients, I was very pleased with how my ankle coped.  I did have some trouble with balance on the uneven stairs, some of which were very steep, and the rock hopping in places.  I was fine if there was a railing, but when there wasn’t Paul let me lean on him.  

What is very pleasing is that my balance has greatly improved this week, which I think was result of last week’s work out.

The views from the lookouts were spectacular.  This photo is from the Majestic Lookout.  

If you look closely, in this photo you can see the Bridal Veil View Lookout on the top right.  We were there earlier in the walk.

This is also from the same lookout looking down at the Bridal Veil Falls.  If you look closely there is also a lookout at the top of the falls with some ant sized people. We were also there earlier in the walk.

A bit further on was the Copelands Lookout.  I was getting a bit tired and grumpy by this stage, and didn’t really want to take the detour to this lookout.  But Paul insisted, and the view was worth it.  

We also passed a very interesting rock formation on the way to Copelands Lookout.

On Paul’s birthday I took him to Scenic World where we went on the Scenic Skyway.

Towards the bottom of this photo you can see where the Scenic Railway ends.

The Scenic railway is at a 52 degree incline making it the steepest passenger train in the world.  It was originally built to take coal to the cliff top, but now has been updated into a tourist attraction.  

And finally a picture of the iconic Three Sisters at Katoomba.  Paul walked the giant stairway to the bottom and then came back up again.  I chose not to accompany him as I don’t think my ankle would have handled that very well at all.

Many years ago Paul rock climbed with friends up the side of the Three Sisters, but it is not permitted now.


  1. I have always wanted to travel on the scenic railway....looks like you had a wonderful break away

  2. looks like a gorgeous place for a hike - so glad your ankle is getting stronger

  3. Beautiful photos - glad you had a great time. Sometimes the best exercise is when you can have fun at the same time. It sure takes your mind off of the exercise bit. So glad it is improving.

  4. The scenic railway looks more like a roller coaster to me!! Love the pictures and all the rock formations. It's amazing how time and water can transform rocks into beautiful sculptures.

  5. Just look at you go now...well done you and look at that views....Happy Birthday to Paul too!