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Australia 2005

Blue Mountains |

Kiril and I hired a car and set off for a couple of nights in the Blue Mountains, via an impressively muddy ‘back route’. We spent the night in Bilpin – a tiny town, away from the crowded tourist haunts of the mountains – at Bluebill’s guest house. An evening walk near Mount Tomah to see the beautiful escarpment (plus a bonus wallaby) was followed the next morning with a visit to the Jenolan caves and their incredible limestone formations. We had a hairy ride back from the caves, convinced we were going to run out of petrol at any moment, only to find upon filling the tank that the warning light must have come on when it was still about ¼ full.

Our second night was spent in Blackheath at Harrow Cottages, the highlight of which was a spa bath for two. Having flooded the bathroom with bubbles, we tried and failed to find something to eat, resulting in a pledge never to stay in the Blue Mountains again on a Monday night. Literally the only food to be had was takeaway pizza, served by a most surly girl and eaten with a bottle of cheap red wine to the sound of heavy rain battering away at our skylight. So much for the great Australian climate – I was on the point of asking for my money back…

The final morning in the mountains saw a walk at Govett’s Leap down a very steep trail cut into the rock to a waterfall. I bottled out of leaping over streams and slippery rocks, destroying any remaining hopes Kiril harboured that I might turn out to be an ‘adventure chick’. After afternoon tea at the Hydro Majestic, where we played at turn-of-the-last-century socialites (shame about the muddy trousers…), we made the obligatory stop at the Three Sisters, and congratulated ourselves on avoiding the hordes until then.

Locations Visited: Blackheath

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