"Blue Mountains is not a mountain," declared Tim Tranter, our veteran bush walking guide. "Because there are no peaks here, but a series of plateaus." If he had his way, he would rename this central green lung of Sydney the "Uplifted Blue Dissected Plateau". It is a mouthful, but that's really the most technically apt description to contain the majesty of this geographical charmer.
|... Tim Tranter of Tread Lightly Eco Tours. A
former fireman, Tim has been traversing the mountain trails for over 50
years and assisted in numerous mountain rescue missions. There are around 300
rescue missions annually to recover lost trekkers and those unfortunate
enough to meet with accidents. We sure feel safer with him leading the way.
His depth of knowledge about the mountains and passion in sharing the area's geography, ecology and features are both enriching and inspiring. We became quite the mini experts on Blue Mountains after an hour's bushwalk with him.
|There are around 80 buskwalking tracks in 13 zones around Blue Mountains. A track can span anything from 0.25km to a lookout point to a glutes busting 8km one-way trek through forests, waterfalls and cliffs. If you love long walks, this is mecca for those trekking shoes. Click here for a list of Blue Mountain walking trails.|
If you are unfamiliar with the trails and terrains, it is best to engage a licensed guide to show you the way so that you don't end up as a rescue mission. As we are pressed for time, we took the track from the town of Wentworth Falls that leads to the said waterfall. We didn't go all the way to the waterfall, which would take about 2 hours, and ended up at the Princes Rock Lookout point (20 minutes trek from this sign).
|No, that's not an orange toilet brush displaced on a tree. It is one of the plants we encountered plenty of during our walk and it's called Birthday Candles (Banksia Spinulosa). Is there a plant called Birthday Cake?|
|Feeling on top of the world at the edge of Down Under!|
|Stunning views all around at Princes Rock lookout point.|
|View of Wentworth Falls from Princes Rock Lookout point.|
|Our tea-break at Princes Rock Lookout was joined by an unexpected visitor... the Kookaburra!|
|Terrestial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea, the Kookaburra is amongst the world's largest kingfishers.|
|This fella really loves the camera and stood on the railing for a long time to satisfy clickaholics before perching on a branch to continue being adored by our cameras.|
|Kookaburras are known to be rather friendly towards humans so I was able to get rather close to take photos. This shot was taken with my mobile phone. This feathered critter is such a beaut!|
|Loving it at the Blue Mountains!|
Many of us overseas tourists usually come to Blue Mountains as a day trip, a touch-and-go destination to rush through in a list of attractions and experiences to cover in Sydney. Having been to Blue Mountains twice, once as a day trip in 2012 and this time with a 1-night stay over, I definitely preferred the longer stay to get better acquainted with the breathtaking landscape and its mysteries.
Even with two visits, I've barely touched the
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