Bushwalking the National Pass

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The view from the start of the National Pass
Went for a bushwalk in the Blue Mountains yesterday.  It was our first time to the Blue Mountains, and it was about time too.  Still lots to do and see in the Sydney area so we figured we'd try to get in little side trips on the weekends.  Along with our friend, Lise, who was kind enough to give us a drive in exchange for some sandwiches, we thought a day trip out to the Blue Mountains would be a fun treat this Easter Weekend.

So did the rest of Sydney.  What the crap!  Traffic was crawling once we left the main motorway.  We thought we were safe from all the long weekend traffic since the long weekend started Friday and most people tend to vacate the city Friday morning or evening Thursday evening.
not Wentworth Falls
  Or so we thought.  Turns out that plenty of people thought it would be a grand idea to visit Wentworth Falls and check out the surrounding hiking trails. 

Unfortunately, we got to the park later in the day than we had planned so we decided to do the shorter National Pass trail instead of the longer Wentworth Pass that would have taken us down to the valley bottom and then back up again.  Hmm, well, maybe it was fortunate we did the easier trail after all!  We only climbed about halfway down to the valley below then followed the trail around the ridge, walked right past the spectacular Wentworth Falls, and then we only had to climb back up half the valley wall, as opposed to the entire thing.  The whole circuit took us about three and a half hours, including a lunch break and a snack break by the falls.
tall Rod trying to navigate the trail


Lise has been on several bushwalks in the Blue Mountains and she told us that the National Pass was one of the more beautiful walks.  Lucky us!  I hope this doesn't mean that the other trails will be future let downs!  The views were stunning and the trail itself was in excellent condition.  I liked how it was well maintained but it didn't have too much of a manufactured look to it.  Plus, it was hilarious to find a trail simply designed for short people!  Lise and I had no problem walking beneath some of the overhanging ledges, but poor Rod stoop down trying to clamour through openings only five and a half feet high... or lower!  Being six foot four finally has its disadvantages!

In any case, it was as great day trip and I'd recommend this trail.  Unless you're very tall.  In which case I'd just laugh at you :)
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The view from the start of the Nat…
The view from the start of the Na…
not Wentworth Falls
not Wentworth Falls
tall Rod trying to navigate the tr…
tall Rod trying to navigate the t…
a lorikeet
a lorikeet
the view looking up
the view looking up
another water fall
another water fall
Wentworth Falls
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains
photo by: Adrian_Liston