The Blue Mountains are just an hour and a half outside of Sydney – and definitely somewhere you need to visit if you’re into nature. I went here for the weekend (drove up Saturday morning and drove back Sunday evening), and it was an amazing little getaway. Check out my full post on the Blue Mountains.
GRAND CANYON HIKE & EVANS LOOKOUT
I spent Saturday hiking the Grand Canyon trail to Evans Point. You can park at Evans Point if you’d rather skip the hike. It’s a steep one, but there are beautiful views along the trail. Parking is free – just don’t forget some snacks and lots of water!
Try to get to Evans Lookout around sunset – the lighting on the canyon is beautiful! If you do this, make sure you are parked at the lot by the lookout (walking back in the dark is not recommended!). I hiked back from the lookout and then drove back to the lookout just in time for sunset. The lookout is right next to the parking lot, and just down the street is street parking (where we parked).
The Three Sisters
We made a quick stop at the Three Sisters on Sunday morning. The Three Sisters has an epic tale behind it – there is an aboriginal legend stating that the three sisters lived in Jamison Valley as part of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three brothers from another tribe, but were forbidden to marry the brothers.
The brothers approached the Katoomba tribe to capture and marry the sisters, starting a massive war. A witch doctor then turned the sisters to stone to protect them during the war, but then the witch doctor was killed in battle, and never able to return the sisters to their human state. I was entranced by this story – I’m a sucker for a good love story. However, on this cold and windy Sydney day, I decided to snap some pics and move on.
I spent the rest of Sunday at Wentworth Falls. We ended up on an impromptu 3 hour hike, trying to find the waterfall. After hiking down steep steps, over cliffs and through the canyon, we came to the first stop along the falls.
After continuing on the track from Wentworth Falls, determined to find the bottom of the falls, we instead stumbled upon a completely different fall – the Empress Falls. This beautiful, multi-tiered fall did not disappoint. I even filled up my water bottle, had a little meditation, and sufficiently recharged from the long hike. Water has such a calming effect on me.
- Accommodation: I stayed in this airbnb. Use my link to get $25 off your first Airbnb trip!
- Food: We stopped at IGA to pick up lunch and snack supplies for hiking, but we did get a chance to have dinner out at Thai Kitchen in Springwood, which I can definitely recommend! I had the yellow curry – it was one of the best I’ve ever had.
- Coffee: We had really good coffees at Dan’s Coffee Haus (which is right on the freeway, and there’s an IGA next door!).