Across New South Wales
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Got on the weekly "Outback Explorer" countrylink train today which goes to Sydney. We weren't going quite that far, just as far as Katoomba, just 12 hours away. There weren't many stops but that was probably because there weren't many towns. One stop at a place called Darnick really was in the middle of nowhere, there were no visible signs of life just a flight of stairs alongside the railway track in order to get onto the train. Much of the morning was spent passing through the red dry land with green shrubs here and there. At lunch time the train had to slow down because of the "extreme weather conditions", not leaves on the track, or snow, here it was because of the high temperatures - over 37 degrees and the trains travel at reduced speed.
Outside the train may have had extreme hot weather but inside the train was the total opposite - extreme cold. The air conditioning made the train very cold, for the first time in ages we had socks, jumpers, Emma had 2 pairs of trousers on, and we still shivered. The only relief came when the train stopped at a station and we could get off for 5 minutes.
Throughout the day the landscape got increasingly greener, there were more trees and more farmland and later on more signs of industries. Again we saw emus and kangaroos pottering about.
We arrived at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains at 8.00pm and there was an obvious contrast in the temperatures we had grown accustomed to inland. It felt like England.