Fri 28th, Sat 29th and Sun 30th June
What a weekend! We had two very contrasting – but equally awesome – weather days! We had arranged a trip up to the Blue Mountains for the weekend with my sister, Kat, and her boyfriend Darren (as part of our 5 days stay with them in Sydney). They had visited back in Feb and stayed at a lovely B&B – Magical Manderley they recommended to us.
This B&B had both an upstairs and a downstairs that were rented out separately so we each rented out one part – it was perfect! Me and John paid a little extra to stay on the top floor (Treetops) and it was a beautiful place. It was certainly pricey but lots of extras were provided (including breakfast provisions) and great toiletries etc. We also had a nice spa bath and the fire was very warm, and the linen was lovely. The place was beautifully decorated and a wonderful base for our time in the Blue Mountains.
We drove up all together on the Friday evening, and the rain set in that evening, so we enjoyed some food at our place all together in the warm. On the Saturday we awoke to yet more rain and also really low visibility. But we did not let this deter us! We decided to head out to Scenic World – where the ‘scenic’ was unfortunately missing on a day where you couldn’t see more than a metre in front of you, but we still loved our time there! We paid $29 each (a reduced fare because the cableway was currently shut), which gave us access to the large area. We took the world’s steepest railway (at a huge 52 degree angle) down to the bottom – which was great fun – it was like a ride! We also took a short walk to the bottom of Katoomba falls.
We then decided to walk the boardwalk – which is pretty long at 2.4km (one of the world’s longest apparently!) – which was also lovely despite the heavy rain! The day was complete when we took the ‘scenic’ skyway through all the mist and could see absolutely nothing! Well if we looked very closely we could just about see a waterfall through the fog and mist down below. We used our imagination though and know how stunning it would have looked on a clear day.
Whilst off the skyway and on the other side we took a walk to a ‘lookout’ where yet again we couldn’t see a thing! We decided to take the skyway straight back and then head back to our lovely places to relax late afternoon and warm up! We also enjoyed a lovely meal out that evening at an awesome place called The Garage – and finished the day by playing Settlers of Catan (Kat and Darren taught us the rules as it was our first time playing) – which we loved! Despite a crazy weather day we had a wonderful time.
On Sunday we had better weather – hooray! We checked out in the morning, and took a drive stopping at some lookouts along the way. As the weather was clearer we could see so much more which was great.
We also took a walk to Gordon Falls – which was incredibly beautiful! We took some snaps here – and think the waterfall was all the more powerful because of the rain the few days before.
We also stopped at Leura Cascades – where we looked at the upper cascades (you could take a longer walk to the lower cascades).
Next was a trip to Echo point to see the Three Sisters. When we arrived the fog/mist was still around, and kept coming across and covering the Three Sisters, but we moved to a good viewing point and waited and the mist lifted and we could see them perfectly! There was also a stunning rainbow that appeared right by them, so they looked even better and it was a great photo opportunity. The mist cleared even more, and soon it was clear blue sky and the Three Sisters were a wonderful sight.
In the afternoon we headed for Wentworth Falls, and took a few short walks down to some viewing platforms. Wentworth falls is a huge waterfall and looked pretty spectacular! The heavy rain over the last few days meant there was a lot of water gushing down so we were lucky.
After spending some time taking a few more photos with the Blue Mountains in the background we then took off for the drive back to Manly.
We were sad to leave but had a really memorable weekend in the magical Blue Mountains together.