Blue Mountains

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Needing a break from everything and the busyness of the city (the mistake of living a busy road and constantly getting to listen to traffic at night) I had the opportunity and three day weekend to spend a couple nights in the Blue Mountains.

After an approximately 2.5 hour trip from Neutral Bay (2 hours on the train from downtown Sydney) Friday morning. I arrived in Katoomba about 12 PM.  Departing the train station, I walked down to my hotel (The Clarendon Guesthouse) to check in and drop my bag before heading out for the afternoon.  Friday afternoon consisted of a hike between Gordon Falls and Echo Point on the Prince Henry Cliff track, spending some time at Leura Cascades (Falls).  A ride on the Trolley Tour shuttle around Katoomba and Leura I returned to the hotel.

The evening consisted of Dinner and a Show at the Hotel (package with my room).  The concert was the Winter People with Gossling as the headliner.  Both were great live in the small theater and I would go see the Winter People again.

After the joy of sleeping without listening to traffic, the next morning I headed out to Scenic World and took the Skyway over to the Railway and headed down into the rain forest via the steepest incline railway in the world (or so it is said).  I lucked out and missed the crowds and got to sit in the front peering over the edge trying to see the track as it disappeared into the trees and rocks.  Once down I did a couple loops walking around the boardwalk checking out the information points and historic displays.  A return trip back up to the top via the Cableway rounded out the morning.  After jumping on the trolley I decided to get lunch and do some exploring around the town of Leura.  After some window shopping (think of wandering around Sisters), I decided to walk through town and out to Gordon Falls before catching the trolley back over to Echo Point.  From here I picked back up on the Prince Henry track and made my way around Katoomba Falls before ultimately arriving back at Scenic World.

Saturday evening, I took the advice of the receptionist at the hotel and tried a little Thia restaurant in Katoomba, the recommendation proved to be very good and I might have to stop on my next trip back (already planning for June, to break away again).  After dinner and a nice walk back to the Hotel, I kicked back and started a new book, The Hunted by Elmore Leonard, and read up until the power went out and half the town went dark (10:30 ish), with that I called it a night.

This morning (Sunday) wasn’t really eventful, breakfast at the hotel followed by the walk down to the train station and the return trip.  The train ride was peaceful and much less crowded than the one out to Katoomba and I did make it home with only about 20 pages left in the book which finished early this afternoon.