Day 2 Blue Mountains

Today we rode up to the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains is a magical place any time of the year. Glowing in autumn, cool in winter, colourful in spring and refreshing in summer. The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapour, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour. The Greater Blue Mountains was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000 and was one of 15 World Heritage places included in the National Heritage List on 21 May 2007.

Our journey into the mountains began with a ride on a scenic railway through a cliffside tunnel and into an ancient rain forest. This ride was down at a 52 degree angle! Once the train stopped we walked on a board walk through this forest. This area was mined for coal and evidence of that was visible.

Our next ride was the scenic cableway. this cableway took us above the forest and the deep canyons, to a point where we could see the 3 Sisters. The Three Sisters is essentially an unusual rock formation representing three sisters who according to Aboriginal legend were turned to stone. 

The Aboriginal dream-time legend has it that three sisters, ‘Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and Gunnedoo’ lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. These beautiful young ladies had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, yet tribal law forbade them to marry. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters causing a major tribal battle. As the lives of the three sisters were seriously in danger, a witchdoctor from the Katoomba tribe took it upon himself to turn the three sisters into stone to protect them from any harm. While he had intended to reverse the spell when the battle was over, the witchdoctor himself was killed. As only he could reverse the spell to return the ladies to their former beauty, the sisters remain in their magnificent rock formation as a reminder of this battle for generations to come.

Later that evening we went to the Australia Museum for a reception welcome. I would call it a dinner, but it was wine, beer and hor d’oeuvres. Very good and it did fill us up. We were able to view the entire 3rd floor which gave us a good overview of Australian wildlife. Even some live crocs, that we watched catch crickets!

On back to the hotel! G’day mates early day again tomorrow!

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