The Blue Mountains

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govetts leap lookout, blackheath

Once impassable, a railway line now snakes above the valleys of the wild mountains.

In this wilderness, it is still possible to walk in places that no man has ever walked before. People still die exploring its hidden caves; awash with dark and secret waterways. The Blue Mountains are certainly blue. We went for a little bushwalk to Den Fenella and there were lots of lizards (and a snake even!) scuttling across the walking tracks. The valleys are deeper than you can imagine and so steep in some places that they are just sheer rock faces. It's not difficult to understand why it took so any years to find a way through them.

The mountains were given to the people of New South Wales.

govetts leap lookout, blackheath
Bushwalkers who fell in love with the place gradually bought the land and eventually it was given back as a national park. Today, many parts of it are still wilderness areas, and it is still possible to walk for an age without meeting another soul. So dense is the bush that remnants of a pre-historic plant has been found in its far reaches. Wollemi Pines were around when dinosaurs walked the earth. Only a handful of adult Wollemi Pines survive in the wild today, in a secret location, and scientists are actually quite successfully producing smaller plants. Taronga Zoo has a few on display, and the Edge Cinema in Katoomba have some that are even for sale.

The Blue Mountains is famous for its wilderness, which is why we noted the one other car at our first campsite with a little bit of disappointment. We had guided our modest commodore over some rough, potholed dirt road, which was above all steep and narrow. Somehow we had expected to be rewarded at the end of the road with a bit of privacy!

It was a chore getting into the valley, but when we found ourselves surrounded by towering eucalpyts, hearing the unmistakable cackle of the kookaburras, we knew that the one other car, now out of sight anyway in another part of the camping ground, would do little to dent our satisfaction at finding our own little spot of Blue Mountain.

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govetts leap lookout, blackheath
govetts leap lookout, blackheath
govetts leap lookout, blackheath
govetts leap lookout, blackheath
govetts leap lookout, blackheath
govetts leap lookout, blackheath
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