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.