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Day 2: Blue Mountains

Bus Tour

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What do blue mountains, three sisters, the 2000 Olympics, & Russel Crowe have in common? Probably nothing....just kidding. Hopefully, I've rilled you in and wet your appetite...read on mates.

On day 2 (Sunday) we got our cabbie to take us to the Gray Line bus terminal in Sydney which began a day long excursion. IMG_4563.jpgIMG_4561.jpgIMG_4567.jpg
Not long after hitting the road the unexpected happened--"I fell asleep". None to worry mates, I woke with a burst of energy ready to experiance the day. Below are a few pics that were snapped as we exited the city. Are y'all noticing the gradual change in my...english. I wouldn't normally say "snap a photo mate". I'm slowly becoming Australionized.
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The first stop was Featherdale Wildlife Park where we encountered Australia's finest.
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Next, on our tour we headed to the mountains, The Blue Mountains that is (no not the Blue Ridge Mountains).
This was near the town of Katoomba, actually Katoomba is the most visitied town in the Blue Mountains. IMG_4710.jpg
We stopped at Echoe Point which is a lookout point where you can see the Three Sisters rock formation that towers over the Jamison Valley. This is another popular attraction and we were looking forward to seeing it but our bubble was burst when fog blocked our view, thick fog.
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Here is an Aborigiean or Indigenous person playing his instrument, he really sounded good. He was playing a very hip and upbeat sound. Jennifer is actually running to check out the scene. You should've saw her, she was about to bust a move, luckily I stopped her before she embaressed us all.
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Check out the boomarang bench
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Next, we boarded the Katoomba Skywalk which carried us clear across the mountain.
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Katoomba Falls
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I know this looks like a framed picture but it is actually the floor of the cable car, a glass floor which allows you to view the mountain below. How could you not appreciate the beauty, not to mention all the thought and labor that went into creating this. IMG_4787.jpg
Ladies and Gentlmen, the moment that we've been waiting for...the fog has lifted and the famous Three Sisters are revealed. YES! finally a clear shot.
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We had lunch at a mountain top restaurant where the floor rotated 360 degrees. Regretfully, I did not take more photos of this, so let me try to explain in to you. The restaurant had a rounded glass wall on one side of the dining area which had such an awesome view of the moutain's and valley below. Since the floor rotated slowly around it didn't matter where your table was at--eventually, everyone got to pass by the glass wall and you could enjoy the view from you table while eating your meal. The food was buffet style but nothing like Ryan's. It was much fancier. This was just the neatest thing, again I admire the people that can envision such things and then make them happen.

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The Legend of the Three Sisters
The Aboriginal dream-time legend has it that three sisters, 'Meehni', 'Wimlah' and Gunnedoo' lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe.

These beautiful young ladies had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, yet tribal law forbade them to marry.

The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters causing a major tribal battle.

As the lives of the three sisters were seriously in danger, a witchdoctor from the Katoomba tribe took it upon himself to turn the three sisters into stone to protect them from any harm. While he had intended to reverse the spell when the battle was over, the witchdoctor himself was killed. As only he could reverse the spell to return the ladies to their former beauty, the sisters remain in their magnificent rock formation as a reminder of this battle for generations to come.

After crossing the mountain on the Skywalk, then eating lunch at the restaurant withthe rotating floor we boarded the world's steepest scenic railway which carried us into the bush. We walked through the rainforest and saw remnants of old coal mines and the plush growth of an array of plant life. It was georgeous. Here are a few of the pics we took.
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This roller coaster looking thing is called the "Scenic Railway" and as I mentioned earlier is the steepest incline railway in the world. I figured I deserved some bragging rights. It carried us through a cliff side tunnel into the rainforest.

Our next stop was in a small mountain town called Leura. We window shopped and saw the main part of athe little mountain town. It was much like you would see around the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Olympic Park

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We were told that one of these boats belonged to Russell Crowe. I did some investigating and learned that the smaller of the two was his. Somehow, Jennifer knew that he owned the South Sydney Rabbitohs (an Australian football team) and that today was the first game of the season here at Olympic Stadium, the bus had just avoided traffic in that area. I did some further investigating and one of the guys that worked on the ferry told us where Russell lived. And, No, I did not try to go there. I do believe it was his boat since he had the team logo of the rabbit on there.

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We saw these guys putting body paint on and I assumed they must be hard core football fans since they were near the stadium. But, I wasn't sure. So, I asked them and they laughed. The two on the right are actually getting ready to get married and they are all making some kind of wedding video, recreating a scene from Avatar. It had something to do with Avatar. I started to offer to direct for them but we would've missed our ferry.

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The Harbor Bridge
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Sydney Tower

So, at the beginning of this post I asked a question: What do blue mountains, three sisters, the 2000 Olympics, & Russel Crowe have in common? Well, if you read this in it's entirety (which I am sure you all read every word) you'll know that these were just a few of the things we encountered in our day long excursion.

I can assure you that my other posts will not be this long. It just so happens that our bus tour was full of exciting things and I didn't want to leave anything out. "Cheers".

Posted by David.SC 15:07 Archived in Australia Tagged tourist_sites

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