Sunday, July 15, 2012

Three Sisters, Echo Point Katoomba, Jenolan Caves

A week ago my sister asked whether we want to go out somewhere for some activities with the family because her husband was not on call for work. A few things outdoorsy popped up in my mind, cycling, picnic and bush walking. While trying to decide on a location and activity Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains seemed to satisfy few of the reqirements, somewhere not too close and not too far, outdoor with some activities. We haven't been to the Blue Mountains for quite some time. It's an excellent choice for a cool Winter visit. Checking the weather forecast revealed a beautiful day with comparatively warmer temperatures of around 10 Celcius. But this could hardly occupy the whole day since my family isn't big on bush walking, there are magnificant walking trails around the Blue Mountains, anyone visiting should plan ahead of time and prepare, anyway so I had to look for other activities within the area.
We stayed there for a little under an hour and took some photos before heading out the Jenolan Caves for a prebooked River Cave tour. Jenolan Caves is just over an hour from Echo Point away from Sydney. A wonderful guided tour of the caves for about two hours, lots of knowledge and history of the caverns, it is the first limestone cave discovered in history. It is one of the biggest in the world, listening to the tour guide telling us about the discovery of the cave by three explorers. It was mind boggling, standing there within the caverns, now it's lit by electricity, back then there was nothing but candles. Slippery rock surfaces, sharp deep decents, underground river system. I couldn't even start to imagine the hellish conditions the first explorers endured through these caverns. Something to appreciate and certainly worth the $40 price tag.
Coming back to Sydney by around 7pm, we decided to eat out and my sister picked out a packed little Korean restaurant in Strathfield for some kimchi lovin'.

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