Halfway Around the World travel blog

rhododendron walk

the grotto


Blue Mountains

Three Sisters from a distance

a close up view

Carrington Hotel

Three Sisters

view at the Blue Mountains-Echo Point


we did not buy this wine, but I liked the label

It was a great shiraz with dinner

John's Kangaroo dinner

we had to investigate what PIDE was (Turkish flat bread)

We took the metro to the central station, boarded the Blue Mountain train towards Katoomba, and settled in to see the western suburbs and the beginnings of the Blue Mountains National Heritage Site. It was an easy 2 hour train ride and a quick 2 minute walk to the historic Carrington Hotel. Built in the late 1800's, it was the most popular honeymoon spot until it was usurped by the Hydro Majestic as the later had ELECTRIC lights. The hotel was closed in 1985 and purchased in 1991 with the intention of renovating and reopening. It did open in 1998 and the restoration continues.Early this year a plan was approved to add a micro brewery slated to open in late 2016. After checking into our room with fabulous high ceilings, antique armoire (but alas no air conditioning )and renovated bath facilities (3 steps up) with a spa tub, we headed for our first spot of many to explore-The Everglades Gardens-part of the National Trust of Australia, this is a garden established by Henri Van De Velde and designed by Paul Sorensen in the 1930's. It is twelve acres of fabulous gardens overlooking the Jamison Valley. John and I both agreed it was a spectacular wedding venue. We then moved on to Echo Point where we could see if our voices echoed when hollering out the recommended "coo-ee" and view the Three Sisters. There are several versions of the Aboriginal tale but one has to admit, the site is impressive to see. We have more sights to see tomorrow, but we headed back to town for a brew at the Old City Bank Brasserie hoping to score a seat in the brew garden, but realizing with 25 mph wind it might not be the perfect local, so we settled for an inside table in this old world setting with a very laid back vibe. Proceeding to dinner we decide on Mountain Ridges as it offers no corkage fee for wine purchased at the bottle shop next door. When we get to ordering, John decided he must have the kangaroo! I stick with the beef stroganoff. Neither was spectacular but the wine was delicious.

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