My friend Kim was going to Katoomba in the blue mountains about 60 miles west of Sydney for the weekend. I hitched a ride without knowing much more than that there was good hiking here. I spent most of yesterday hiking in the canyon area below Wentworth Falls. I met several talkative locals and got some good, but conflicting intel on the most important places to go over the next few weeks... I also hiked some of the trail with a father and son who were training for a 96km trek in Papua New Guinea. They were on their second trip up the canyon wall for the day, but I'm still glad I could keep their pace.
|Walking along the Darwin trail.|
|Looking out through a hole in the creek bed.|
|Australian for "easy trail". I might have been beyond the point the sign was referred.|
|Wentworth Falls from where I had lunch.|
|You can almost see the whole falls here. It's a couple hundred meters tall.|
|Smaller but still nice water fall.|
|Vick and Matt. I hiked most the way back up and had a cup of coffee at the top with them.|
|A different perspective of the falls on my way out. For reference the off colored dots on the fall wall are hikers and this only shows the top half the falls.|
|There were a lot of places where the trail was under the cliff like this.|
|A nice sunset to end the day,|
One thing that keeps coming up here. Every time I meet an Australian and they find out I am an engineer they want to put me to work out in the mines... The stories on pay keep going up with each person I talk to, most are talking from two to three hundred thousand a year for engineers. I just keep telling them I'm retired and traveling for the time being. If people are making that kind of money, I guess that does explain the 16 dollar price of this breakfast...