The Blue Mountains

Katoomba Travel Blog

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The Three Sisters, Katoomba
We headed off in our little hire car for the town of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. It was a pleasant drive, and we stopped in the small town of Mount Victoria on the way, and sat at a picnic table (in the freezing wind) to eat our lunch. On arrival in Katoomba we looked around for a place to stay, and stumbled upon the lovely No. 14 Guesthouse, complete with warm fire and comfortable beds.

As soon as we had checked into the guesthouse we headed down to the end of town to look at the view over the Three Sisters, three pinnacles of rock perched on the edge of a huge valley. The view is truly spectacular.
Temple of Baal cave


Afterwards we did something which we hadn't done in months: we went to the supermarket and bought food, and then went back to the hostel and cooked! It was so much fun, as we hadn't cooked for eight months. I even enjoyed washing up afterwards!

Over the next couple of days we did a few small walks in the area, enjoying the spectacular scenery. However, the highlight of our time in the Blue Mountains was our visit to the Jenolan Caves, a set of limestone caves located not too far west of Katoomba. We saw our first wallabies on the drive over as well, which was an exciting experience for our first visit to Australia.

The Jenolan Caves is a series of around eight limestone caves which are easily accessible for exploration via scheduled guided tours. There is a fixed timetable of which tours go when, so as we'd just turned up without planning we weren't sure what we were going to end up seeing. We started off with a tour of the Imperial cave, which has regular tours. It's a long winding cave complete with an underground river, and the usual collection of stalactites and stalagmites that I'd seen in other limestone caverns in the past. The tour was enjoyable, nonetheless. The highlight came with the second cave we visited: the Temple of Baal. We weren't sure whether we wanted to go on another cave tour, but the man behind the booking desk gave us half-price tickets, so we decided to go for it, and the experience was fantastic. The limestone formations in this cave are very impressive indeed. (I have put up some photos, which don't really do it justice at all.)
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The Three Sisters, Katoomba
The Three Sisters, Katoomba
Temple of Baal cave
Temple of Baal cave
Cable car near Katoomba
Cable car near Katoomba
Blue Mountains scenery
Blue Mountains scenery
Small shop in Mount Victoria
Small shop in Mount Victoria
Jenolan Caves - entrance to the Im…
Jenolan Caves - entrance to the I…
River in the Imperial cave
River in the Imperial cave
Limestone formations in the Imperi…
Limestone formations in the Imper…
Zoe and I in the Imperial cave
Zoe and I in the Imperial cave
Road access to the Caves
Road access to the Caves
Temple of Baal cave
Temple of Baal cave
Zoe in the Temple of Baal cave
Zoe in the Temple of Baal cave
Katoomba
photo by: monkeymia79