Blue Mountains — Our long anticipated cruise Down Under started from Sydney and onwards to New Zealand just before Christmas. Since it was early December, it was nearly summertime in Australia. We flew into Sydney a few days ahead of our cruise ship departure to spend time in the Blue Mountains and Sydney Harbour. Upon arrival after a loooong 12+ hour flight from Abu Dhabi, we took a taxi straight away to the Blue Mountains an hour or so west of Sydney in New South Wales where we had booked a hotel in Leura. We stayed in the beautiful Fairmont Resort with stunning views overlooking the Blue Mountains National Park.
Scenic World, Blue Mountains — On our second day we visited the popular Scenic World park in Katoomba, just minutes from our resort in Leura. It is a unique private-owned outdoor ‘theme park’ of sorts right in the Blue Mountains National Park, complete with sky rides, dining, and a large souvenir shop. We took the Skyway cable ride over to the west side of the park and hiked along the scenic bush trail to the Three Sisters overlook. It was incredible!! We made our way down to the valley floor and rode the inclined railway back to the top. That was a very cool ride!! See the video below. Scenic World is a ‘must see’ destination!!
Blue Mtn railway (<— click for video)
Sydney Harbour — After a couple of days in the Blue Mountains we took the train back to Sydney and spent a great day in and around the harbour. The Opera House and iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge (affectionately known as ‘The Coathanger’) were fantastic! We decided not to do the bridge walk and opted for a leisurely walk around the harbour and The Rocks area.
Facts & Figures
— Australia is the world’s largest island but smallest continent (including New Zealand and Oceania)
— Construction began on the Sydney Opera House in 1959 with an estimated cost and budget of $7M; it was completed in 1973 for a cost of $102M, ‘slightly’ over budget and behind schedule
— There are 1,056,006 glazed white granite tiles on the roofs of the Sydney Opera House; the roof has never needed to be cleaned due to material used and the angle of the roof
— Sydney Harbour Bridge was completed in 1932; it is also known affectionately as ‘The Coathanger’ due to its design and shape
— If in Sydney, you MUST visit the Blue Mountains, about an hour away
— Before going to Australia you must apply for a visitor visa online (e-visa) even for UK and USA passport holders
— Aussies speak their own unique version of the English language; we recommend the Handy Guide… book below
— Currency used in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD or AU$)
Matthew 5:7 – New Living Translation (NLT)
7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
If you are a world trekker like us and want to become more ‘worldly’, then you will want to try our books below. Thanks to the former British Empire and current Commonwealth, the English language is widely spoken across the world, however it is spoken quite differently depending on where you are traveling. We believe the books below are essential to worldly trekkers and think you will find them both fun and informative. The books include a dictionary of everyday words and phrases, traditional cuisine, some history and culture, and other handy information. Simply click on the book covers below to find out more:
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