World Heritage Area
24.11.2012 - 26.11.2012 28 °C
We travelled to Katoomba from Newcastle via Swansea, The Entrance and North Sydney. The detour through Sydney was stressful due to heavy traffic and narrow roads (9 months in the bush made us skittish of cities) but worthwhile since we visited the South African shop for some new stocks of biltong, drywors, rusks, koeksisters, braaipap and pinotage red wine.
We stayed in the Katoomba Falls Caravan Park, close to the iconic Three Sisters and Katoomba Falls. The Blue Mountains National Park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, listed for its remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values. The views from the park’s lookouts are magnificent, overlooking hazy blue forests, waterfalls and interesting rock formations. The slate-coloured haze that gives the mountains their name comes from a fine mist of oil exuded by eucalyptus trees. We also visited Blackheath for views of Govetts Leap, Bridal Veil Falls and Evans Lookout which has strange eroded rocks. The railway station at Mount Victoria was built in 1869 and is very well maintained through the years.
We were expecting a more remote and quiet retreat but the whole of the Blue Mountain area around the Great Western Highway is very busy on weekends with a lot of traffic, huge busses and large crowds of tourists. However, on weekdays and once you get into the off-road tracks in the park it becomes more what we expected.
Tomorrow we will travel south-east to Kangaroo Valley.