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Nov 14, 2017 - Katoomba in the Blue Mountains

Stayed a couple of nights (12 &13 Nov) at Katoomba Falls Campsite - great place for walks around the Blue Mountains. On Monday, our first point of call was the Katoomba Cascades - which were less inspiring than we had hoped so we decided to walk to the see the Three Sisters. Some brilliant scenery. We did the Giant Stairway which was basically an almost vertical decent! Our legs were like jelly when we got to the bottom! As we couldn't face climbing up them again we decided to go for a stroll through the woods back to Katoomba Falls and...

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Nov 27, 2015 - Blue Mountains continued

Day two of exploring this vast National Park’s trails and scenic views. Our focus for the morning was the Prince Harry Cliff Walk. Once again we had grey clouds but we avoided rain and flies as we walked up and down the trail along the edge (great paths for the most part NO railings or support to keep one from falling over the edge-so pay attention!). Scenic World is a tourist spot with cable cars, trams and the worlds steepest passenger train (which we had planned to ride UP, but a twisting of an ankle on the way to breakfast prevented the...

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Apr 15, 2015 - Max'n'Me Day 16 - Blue Mountains 4/4

What is the best thing to do the day after you went rock climbing? A survey with the average population of this wonderful blue planet would most probably give you answers like 'Relaxing', 'Wellness', 'Recover', etcetera etcetera... But not in the world of Max'n'Me! There you will find brave and restless people, filled up, no, BURSTING with energy to the last corner of their muscular, enduring and trained athlete bodies ( please enter sarcams here). The pure body language of these two will shout into your face their answer to that question:...

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Apr 14, 2015 - Max'n'Me Day 15 - Blue Mountains 3/4

Dear reader... have you ever wanted to find your way to God? I know one that works very quickly and effective: Go rock climbing! Max has already been climbing quite often in the last half year in the gym and now he wanted to test his skills out in the wild nature. And as naive as I was/am, I thought 'Ah that sounds like heaps of fun! Let's do this!' … Did I mention that I haven't got any real climbing experience or skills? … Be that as it is, together with Victoria, Max'n'Me booked a day of rock climbing at 'High'n'Wild', a company located...

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Apr 13, 2015 - Max'n'Me Day 14 - Blue Mountains 2/4

This day consisted of two very awakening moments: The first as you, our loyal and appreciating readers will have guessed, was coffee. But not just any coffee. The strongest possible coffee the combination of a 3-cup stove top coffee machine, fresh mountain water and strong espresso roast Panama coffee can produce. Black as the soul of the devil himself and with a kick that would match Lucifer's hoof it was strong enough to almost literally knock us out of our socks... if we were wearing any, that is. For the second event you will have to...

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Apr 12, 2015 - Max'n'Me Day 13 - Blue Mountains 1/4

For breakfast, Alicia wanted to go to a 'Max Brenner' cafe, to have a hot chocolate. Max stayed at the hostel to work again for ETH while the rest of the group, me, Eirik, Victoria joined Alicia for this gourmet experience. The cafe was found quickly and soon everyone of us had a 'hug mug' (very cool invention:...

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Jan 1, 2015 - Phantom Falls in the Blue Mountains

The picture shows what phantom falls are. The early explores looked across the ridges of the hills and described beautiful full and long waterfalls. What they were was an optical illusion. The mist can be pronounced at times and when the mist or a low lying cloud sits right at the top of a ridge it appears like waterfalls. Several of these were logged in explore journals but didn't really exist. We are headed back to Syidney now and we will catch the ship tomorrow, Jan 2 to Fiji and various islands . I may not have internet access during...

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Jan 1, 2015 - New Year's Eve from Australia and New Zealand

Big displays of fireworks filled the night in all the state capitols of Australia (except Perth) and the capital of New Zealand (plus Wellington). New Zealand hit New Year's Day two hours ahead of Austraila. 25% of the world has New Years Eve the same time as Australia (according to the tv commentators). Here are so tidbits: For Sydney - anticipated costs of the evening 7.2 million dollars. &750,000 for fireworks which included 11,000 shells and 25,000 shooting comets. People gathered early to safe their spots with 1.6 million scattered out...

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Dec 31, 2014 - Cliff Walking in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Site /National Park

This is the last day of the year here in Australia. We spent half of our time in Katoomba doing bush walks in the Blue Mountain National Park/World Heritage Site. It was a lovely day and we were able to get three different walks/hikes in today. We are staying at a hotel five miles away Leura. It was a lovely high 70's today and we had a great time climbing up and down various trails. As I'm typing this I'm watching the first round of TV coverage of the Sydney fireworks. They have three different times that they are shooting them off. I'll...

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Sep 24, 2013 - Katoomba and Blue Mountains

Tuesday, 9/24/13 Brian took us up to the Blue Mountains and the town of Katoomba today. It is about 70 miles west of Sydney and is known for the spectacular views of The Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Jamison Valley, the Katoomba Falls and the scenic railway, Tram and Skyway. On the way there, we passed the Australian Lighthorse Sculpture Parade at the intersection of the M5 and M7 highways. It is a simple monument of posts planted between the roads, each post representing one of the lighthorse cavalry horses that had to be left behind during...

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Jan 3, 2013 - Blue Mountains

Blue mountains - January 4 Internet access is terrible even though Grammar bought time.  We had to sit on the cement front porch of the campsite office because that is the only place we could get online. We are in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area - about two hours west of Sydney. We are camping here for three nights; tonight is the last one. Peggy and and Hughie's friends left us this morning. The area is lovely. Grammar spent a day here with Uncle Mike seven years ago when she first went to the Australian National University for...

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Nov 10, 2012 - Aussie; Day Two

I woke up super early (6-630 am) to get ready for the day! I decided that I was going to visit the Blue Mountains! A guy I had met at my resort in Fiji recommended it.. so I figured.. why not? I walked to the train station.. which was literally right across the road.. bought my incredibly cheap train ticket ($11 round trip).. grabbed a muffin for breakfast.. and off I went! The train ride was about 2 hours long.. but I got to see a lot of the country side! Not to mention, I saw a bunch of wild kangaroos in the field from afar! AHHHHH! So...

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