Blue Mountains: A Photo Diary

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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!

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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). Blue Mountains Evans Lookout SunsetBlue Mountains Evans Lookout SunsetBlue Mountains Sydney Grand Canyon Hike PhotoBlue Mountains Grand Canyon Hike

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.Three Sisters Blue Mountains

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.

The Blue Mountains Three Sisters

Wentworth Falls

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. Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls Sydney Weekend TripWentworth Falls Blue Mountains SydneyBlue Mountains Wentworth Falls TrailBlue Mountains Wentworth Falls Meditation

Empress 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.
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Recommendations
  • 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!).

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Weekend Trip From Sydney: The Blue Mountains

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The Blue Mountains are just about two hours west of Sydney – it’s the perfect weekend getaway. If you’re tired of the city life and craving some fresh air, chill breezes, and solid hiking trails, read on for the perfect weekend away.

Blue Mountains: The Perfect Weekend Trip From Sydney

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I took Friday night to pack, eat some Lord Of The Fries, and plan out my weekend. I’d rented an airbnb (ps use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb trip!) just outside of the Blue Mountains, in Leonay.

We headed up to the Blue Mountains on Saturday morning, leaving Sydney around 9 am. Fueled up on a breakfast of porridge, we just stopped for a coffee and some lunch supplies on the way, and arrived at our first destination at 12:30.

Saturday: Grand Canyon Hike

The trip started off with a long hike in the Grand Canyon of the Blue Mountains National Park. The Grand Canyon loop is about a two to three hour loop. We went there and back the long way, which added up to 4 hours.

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After completely exhausting ourselves, we stopped at the Thai Kitchen in Springwood for some curries (I love a good yellow curry!). Next, we headed to the airbnb, where we took showers, had a glass of wine, and promptly fell asleep with sore legs and tired feet.

Sunday: Three Sisters and Wentworth Falls

On Sunday, we set off at 9 AM for coffee and food supplies. We found a cute little strip mall with a new coffee shop and a Supa IGA. My new favorite thing is having coffee “for here” – it’s such a better experience than takeaway! Dan's Coffee Hause Blue Mountains

Next, we headed toward the Three Sisters, a rock formation with an incredible tale behind it. It was cold and windy, so we didn’t stay for long.

Three Sisters Blue Mountains After getting the best views of the Three Sisters, we headed east to go home, planning a quick stop at Wentworth Falls (ps check out Wentworth on Netflix – it’s a great show! It’s the aussie version of Orange Is The New Black, maybe even better than OITNB).

Our “quick stop” at Wentworth Falls somehow turned in to a 3 hour hike. I was not going home without seeing the waterfall! In the end, I saw three waterfalls. It was worth the three hour hike, but I think I learned a valuable lesson here: be prepared for anything. I ended up filling up my water bottle under a waterfall because we ran out of water. That water was pretty good though!

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After a long weekend of hiking, it felt so good to come home. I got home around 7 on Sunday night, took a long hot shower, and slept sooo well.

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