All Wrapped up in Blue

The Blue Mountains, just and hour or two outside of Sydney, are on everyones must-do in Australia list. For some reason, maybe because I’m too cynical, I assumed I would find them underwhelming- that they benefited mostly from their proximity to Sydney.

Boy was I wrong:

The Blue Moutains were stunning.  They are one of the many places in Australia that’s much easier to see by car* as you wind around the mountain roads, stopping at a cute town here, a stunning vista there.  Without a car you will never get to visit Bell’s Line of Road, the back road to the Blue Mountains with some of the prettiest scenery:

The most famous piece of the Blue Mountains can be found in Katoomba as Echo Point. Even Oprah took time in her Australia adventure to come check out the Three Sisters:

Seeing the Three Sisters from afar is neat, but you can actually hike down to the base of one for  a dizzyingly spectacular perspective:

A short drive from Katoomba is Wentworth Falls, a truly impressive waterfall. As with the Three Sisters, the coolest views are from close up:

It’s fair to say that the Blue Mountains more than lived up to my expectations. They are more than just a weekend escape from Sydney, they are an attraction all of their own, and one worth taking the time to savor.

*I’m currently traveling around Australia in a Chubby Camper Van with the generous help ofTravellers Auto Barn.

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19 Responses to All Wrapped up in Blue

  1. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World December 19, 2010 at 9:13 AM #

    Oh, it looks pretty. Almost as if you can see forever…

  2. Michael December 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM #

    Damn, you had a WAY better view than I did because it rained when I went. Very awesome.

    • Steph December 25, 2010 at 3:23 AM #

      Really lucked out on the weather!

  3. Amanda December 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM #

    Looks like you’ve finally left the rain behind! It looks gorgeous! Just one of the many things to add to my list of things to do next time in OZ!

    • Steph December 25, 2010 at 3:28 AM #

      It’s so easy to get there from Sydney so totally worth checking out!

  4. Andi December 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM #

    One of the places I missed when I was in Oz and I’m still sad about that!

    • Steph December 25, 2010 at 3:31 AM #

      Next time!

  5. Kenan Lucas December 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM #

    Those pictures look stunning. I am from Australia and have not been to the Blue Mountains – so thanks for sharing. I will definitely have to go there if I get the chance before I pack up everything and leave overseas.

    • Steph December 25, 2010 at 3:35 AM #

      Yeah you gotta get out there- great natural resource there.

  6. mercedes December 19, 2010 at 6:51 PM #

    Absolutely stunning. I’m so glad you got some nice weather after all!

  7. Gray December 19, 2010 at 8:22 PM #

    You’re not wrong. That is a beautiful place. Glad you got a chance to see it!

  8. Marsha December 20, 2010 at 7:41 AM #

    I love all things mountainous and that’s some gorgeous scenery right there. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  9. Cailin December 20, 2010 at 11:04 AM #

    I hope you checked out the awesome Jenolan caves while you were there too! 🙂

  10. Cailin December 20, 2010 at 11:16 AM #

    I hope you had a chance to go to go to the Jenolan Caves too! 🙂

    • Steph December 25, 2010 at 3:37 AM #

      we missed them even though they look so cool! Next time.

  11. GutsyWriter December 20, 2010 at 11:22 PM #

    I have to visit Australia one day. I’ve lived in Africa, Europe, North and Central America, but not Australia. Love people who seek travel and adventure.

  12. Theodora December 27, 2010 at 5:56 AM #

    Whoa! Great shots. Thank you for sharing this easily accessed gem…

  13. Andrew C July 7, 2011 at 8:31 PM #

    Another great place that’s in close proximity to Sydney is the Central Coast. Some of the best beaches in the country and a heap of little communities to explore. Definitely another ‘must do’ in my opinion!

  14. Adam September 16, 2013 at 6:21 AM #

    I thought that Australia is the red continent. This place has beautiful green and blue colors. 🙂

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