Katoomba, Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters are such an icon­ic rock form­a­tion that almost every tour­ist vis­it­ing Sydney makes the trip into the Blue Mountains to view it. Indeed, D and I are pos­it­ive that we vis­ited as chil­dren with our fam­il­ies many years ago, but neither of us have the vaguest recol­lec­tion of it.

So, in the Blue Mountains area with a couple of hours to spare before the Christmas din­ner for D’s work­place, we freshen our memory with 21st cen­tury views of the rocks.

But not before a quick trip to the town centre for a quick look at the shops. The quiet­ness and open­ness of the town and the quaint alleys link­ing streets reminded us of the small towns we’d vis­ited in Japan, like Gujo Hachiman in Gifu Prefecture.

After a quick stop at Hominy Bakery, we’re drawn to the aroma of spices and herbs com­ing from this Food Co-op at the top of the alley.

And inside, we find nuts and grains of all kinds as well as an almond but­ter machine and a pea­nut but­ter machine. D and I were of half a mind to buy some so we could see the machines churn some butter.

After walk­ing around the town centre at Katoomba, we drive down to Echo Point Lookout to view the Three Sisters. There’s metered park­ing in the imme­di­ate vicin­ity but just a short 500 meters away there’s free two-hour park­ing on Cliff Road near Forster Rd.

It’s clear weath­er without too much mist or cloud cov­er obscur­ing the view. There were plenty of tour­ists, but not too many groups with lead­ers bran­dish­ing a flag.

The dis­tinct shape of the Three Sisters was formed by land erosion by wind, rain and rivers of the soft sand­stone in the Jamison Valley.

There are bush­walk­ing trails that bring you closer to the Three Sisters. We briefly tak­ing a walk into the bushes before we see the dis­tance involved and real­ise we’re happy with the view from the lower platform.

The views towards the hori­zon with clouds cast­ing dra­mat­ic shad­ows onto the Jamison Valley are spectacular.

With the Three Sisters fresh in our adoles­cent memor­ies, we head back towards the Tourist Information Centre.

We spot these cute albino koalas for $23.00. I’ve nev­er seen an albino koala in Real Life, though the only koalas I’ve seen have been in a zoo.

After vis­it­ing Katoomba, D and I make a quick drive through Leura and take a quick walk around Wentworth Falls Lake before head­ing back to Woodford to freshen up before din­ner. On the way to the lake is a road lined beau­ti­fully with lush green leafy trees to form an archway.

We weren’t quite sure what to expect from the lake, but I’m happy that its size exceeded my expectations!

The lake has amen­it­ies for barbe­quing and paths for walk­ing dogs, as well as sculp­tures here and there.

D and I weren’t sure if this doubled as a seat as the accom­pa­ny­ing plaque has been worn away.

By the end of the day, we’re quite ready to rest at home — our nat­ur­al hab­it­at — like these ducks. Sight-see­ing is tir­ing. I don’t know how we do it for 3 weeks in Japan — must be the street food stalls or shops every 100 meters or so.