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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.