Scenic World

Why are the Blue Mountains blue? Well, apparently it’s due to sunlight filtering through all the haze in the air.  The haze is partially due to all the eucalyptus trees in the area giving off fine droplets of eucalyptus oil. Whatever the cause, it makes for some nice vistas.

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters

Caroline boarding the steep incline railway

Caroline boarding the steep incline railway

To get a better look at the mountains we took a bus to nearby “Scenic World” which is a tourist attraction with a cable car, incline railway, sky car, and a boardwalk through the forest. While walking along the boardwalk we saw a couple interesting birds.

A termite mound

A termite mound

A Lyrebird foraging for food

A Lyrebird foraging for food

A later web search revealed they are lyre birds. We were lucky enough to see one of them performing a mating dance.  Here’s a video we took that shows the dancing bird.

Close up to part of Katoomba Falls

Close up to part of Katoomba Falls

Cool rock pattern

Cool rock pattern

Alan descending the Furber Steps

Alan descending the Furber Steps

Skyway car and Katoomba Falls

Skyway car and Katoomba Falls

Nearby were the Furber Steps which are narrow winding steps leading down the cliffs to the valley floor. Descending these steps we had great views of the valley and Katoomba Falls.

The views were amazing

The views were amazing

The next day we returned to the same area, but walked along the Prince Henry Walk which parallels the top of the cliffs overlooking the valley below. We got a closer look at the Three Sisters and even walked right up underneath them.

Blue Mountains View

Blue Mountains View

Blue Mountains View

Blue Mountains View

Along the way we saw some small lizards, I believe they were skinks. There were also lots of trees with large flower/seed clusters.  Caroline says they’re called banksia. In the valley below we could see cockatiel birds flying around.

Coppery lizard

Coppery lizard

Banksia

Banksia

Back at the hostel we used the internet to book our onward travel by train to the edge of the outback. It’s as far west as we’ll be able to go with our New South Wales rail pass.  Hopefully it will be worth the long trip.

Orange Flowers

Orange Flowers

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