Blue Mountains

Lorikeet on Lisa and Mark's balcony

Lorikeet on Lisa and Mark’s balcony

Since yesterday was a Monday Lisa and Mark had to work and so we ventured out on our own. Our first task was to sign up for local cell phone service in order to have internet access on our phones. Our next errand was going to be renting a car for a month,with the same car company that we used in New Zealand. They were cheaper than any other company by hundreds of dollars. Unfortunately, that fell through due to internet connection problems at the car rental company. Given this snafu, we took another look at traveling by train. We could get a one month rail pass to travel almost all of New South Wales for $275 each. That seemed like a pretty cheap way to see a lot of NSW and it would also take us as far south as Melbourne and north to Brisbane!

Street smart urban Ibis in Sydney

Street smart urban Ibis in Sydney

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the modern art museum and walking along the wharf near the Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. After another ferry ride across the scenic harbor we had a tasty dinner with Lisa (Mark was working late). We then used their internet connection to do a little blogging and planning for the next few days of travel.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Today we said goodbye to Lisa and Mark and we made our way to the downtown train station to catch a train to the Blue Mountains. These mountains are a couple hours west of Sydney and they are a popular vacation spot for Sydney residents. We’ll be spending the next few nights at a hostel in the town of Katoomba (gotta love these Australian town names). Tomorrow we’ll venture out and see what scenic sights can be found around here.

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