Down Under ’18: Blue Mountains and The Beaches

I should perhaps call this ‘Not Seeing The Blue Mountains’, as in fact, I didn’t really get to see much at all while I was there. Hang on, I’ll start at the beginning…

So we woke up bright and early on Wednesday morning to start our trips to the Blue Mountains; by 8am we were off on our way and heading towards our first stop of the day, a wildlife park in Blacktown, NSW. This was the highlight of the day, and it wasn’t even the main activity. We saw koalas, dingos, enormous crocodiles and even made friends with a few kangaroos and wallabies!

After we left the park, the weather took a drastic turn for the worse, and the fog became so thick we couldn’t see through it at all. We journeyed on for another hour up into the National Park, where our first stop was Wentworth Falls. As far as I’m aware they don’t actually exist, as when we walked down to the look out point, the below picture is all we saw.

Seriously, we saw nothing but fog and mist and clouds. It was raining heavily, I was only in shorts and a t-shirt and it was so cold I had goosebumps. For lunch we headed up to Katoomba, where we walked round the exhibition about the history of the aboriginal people living in the area.

This was when our trip got cut short.

Basically, the group decided that they didn’t want to stay up in the mountains if it was raining and foggy and cold, so the driver took us down to Sydney at about 2. So yep, great day. But the mountains aren’t going anywhere and I can always come back again on a much nicer day.

Thursday was a better day. We started off by going down to the Medicare centre to enrol. It was a bit of a wait, but once we were actually in there it took less than two minutes. After that we joined the hostel for a party/BBQ/walk on Bronte beach up to Bondi. There were lots of drinking games (none of which were my kinda thing), veggie sausages and laughs, and it was nice to meet some new people here even if we are leaving tomorrow. The weather however was pretty much the same as it has been all week: pretty cold (in Australian summer terms) and cloudy.

Bronte Beach

Tamarama Beach

Bondi Beach

So again, the past two days have been a bit up and down. I’m excited to move over to Bondi tomorrow and see what that side of Sydney has to offer.


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