Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Chronicling The Blue Mountains

After spending virtually everyday amongst the hectic scene of Sydney’s CBD this past week, we decided a break was necessary. Somehow our “break” turned into a road trip out of Sydney to the beautiful Blue Mountains, with our shift from traffic to trees being a necessary and refreshing change. 

Our first stop was the meticulous village of Leura whose preserved historic streetscape was a vast adjustment to our concrete city. After wandering amongst the small boutiques of the quaint Leura Mall, we ended up at lunch in an authentic village café, overlooking the magnificent Blue Mountains. Although we had a beautiful and relaxing lunch in Leura, there was a somber tone throughout the town as locals are still searching for Gary Tweddle, who went missing there on the 16th July 2013. Every shop window was plastered with his image and description and we can only hope that the search ends soon. The Facebook page dedicated to finding him is linked below, where anyone that has any information should contact them as soon as possible.

Our next stop on the mountainous journey, was Echo Point to visit the iconic landmark, the Three Sisters. The Three Sisters represented a myriad of Aboriginal legends about their formation and are a picturesque example of Australia’s magnificence. We were lucky enough to go on a weekday and avoid too many busloads of tourists, so there was ample opportunity for us to gain the best view.

Not too far away from Echo Point was our final stop, the secluded area unknown to us called, Wentworth Falls Lake. WFL is a small body of water with surrounding mountains, picnic areas and sandstone sculptures, making it the perfect place for us to unwind and reflect before we trecked it back to Sydney. Our drive home was relaxing and a great break from the stresses that awaited us back home in Sydney as our first week of university approached. 


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