Going to the Blue Mountains is one thing that is a definite must when visiting Sydney. Of course there are different options of going, whether it is on a fully guided trip with a company like Colourful Trips or going by yourself.
As my first trip to The Blue Mountains, to Wentworth Falls was done all by myself and was a huge success I decided that my second trip should be by myself again. This time I went to Katoomba.
Katoomba is the Chief town of the Blue Mountains. The town is well known for spectacular mountains views and extensive bush and nature walks in the surroundings of the town. The rock formation known as the Three Sisters, viewable from Echo Point about 2 kilometres south of the town, is the most famous feature of Katoomba.
The Three Sisters names are Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo. The commonly told legend is that the sisters lived in the valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe, but marriage was strictly forbidden by tribal law. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the sisters. A major tribal battle stated, the sisters were turned into stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fight and no one else could tern them back. That kinda sucks!
The sisters can be reached by a 10-15 minute walk from the train station or for the lazy person several tourist buses run as well. But because it is very easy to walk I decided to do so. The three sisters are STUNNING and they took my breath away... Besides the sisters, the view is breathtaking as well!
After that I did the 1.5 hour walk on the Federal Pass Trail. This trail starts at the Three Sisters and leads to the base of Katoomba Falls and the Scenic Railway. The walk is pretty easy and can be done by anyone! It is, in my opinion, not even possible to get lost on the trail (HUGE plus for me)
During the trail it is impossible not to stop every 5 minutes and take a picture of the stunning view! At the end of the walk I ended up at the falls. This is the perfect way to end the trip! I took off my shoes and ended up with the nice cold water running over my feet.
At the end of the walk you have two options... To walk the same way back or take a short cut to the town. I (of course) took the shortcut and was back in Katoomba within 10 minutes!
The train ride takes about 2 hours and costs less than $20 (return). Central station is a 5-10 minute walk from Nomads Sydney in central Sydney.
So when a guided tour is not for you, but you still want to see the Blue Mountains and the Three stunning Sisters, take the train. It is easy. It is fun. And it is cheap!