Time  8 hours 53 minutes

Coordinates 2720

Uploaded November 17, 2019

Recorded October 2019

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3,477 ft
-75 ft
137.49 mi

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near Pyrmont, New South Wales (Australia)

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Blue Mountanins is a national park of New South Wales, located 81 kms west of Sydney, which was declared a World Heritage Site in the year 2000. The park protects a wide variety of vegetation, some plants are endemic and rare , the majority of great antiquity. They emphasize the eucalyptus, acacias and jurassic ferns, in a clearly subtropical climate. We also find animals isolated by the deep gorges that characterize this natural environment.

Among the most prominent trees is the Ribbon Gum (Eucaliptus Viminalis), which reaches heights of 50 meters, although it has been found 80 meters high, the Sassafras (Doryphora sassafras) of the Lauraceae family, which is known here as "the kissing tree" for its ability to join its trunks with a simple contact. We also found the Woltemi Pine, conifer of the very old Araucariaceae family, discovered in 1994. Among the most curious birds we cite the Lyrebird, able to clone any song in just a minute of listening.

Eucalyptus is the species that best adapted to the change from subtropical to arid climate in most of Australia, because its roots are thin and can penetrate stone layers in search of deep water, for this reason it is widespread throughout area. Eucalyptus wood is important for the pulp industry and the leaves are used to obtain antiseptic oil. That is why with the humidity of the environment and high temperatures, oil vapors are released that generate a bluish optical effect with the sun's rays, which is why this area is known as “Blue Mountains”.

The coal industry was very important, with the launch of Katoomba Coal Mine in 1878, but the industry ceased in 1900, although there are still mines in operation in the Blue Mountains plain.

Regarding the SCENIC WORLD of BLUE MOUNTAINS, we must recognize that it has an atmosphere similar to Jurassic Park, but it is assembled with pleasure and touring its facilities is very pleasant for easy-to-walk trails and good signage. From the Main Station a small panoramic train starts that takes a fall of more than 60º, crossing a natural crack and then a tunnel, leaves us at the beginning of a road that runs through the old coal mines and crosses a stretch of subtropical eucalyptus forest , acacias and ferns. At the end of the tour we find a platform where the Cableway that returns us to the Main Station leaves, where we take a gondola supported by the Cable Rail Skyway that passes next to the Katoomba Falls, with incredible views over Jamison Valley and Three Sisters, to get closer near the Mirador Echo Point.

We made the food at the Carrington Hotel, a beautiful Victorian building opened in 1883 as The Great Western, it soon became very popular among Sydney elites for their visits to the Blue Mountains. In 1886 it was renamed The Carrington, in honor of the Governor of New South Wales, Lord Carrington. It closed its doors in 1985, until in 1991 the decision was made to restore it, producing the reopening in 1998. As I say, it is a very nice hotel, with large poche and manicured gardens, but the kitchen was not up to par.

On the way back to Sydney we turn to see the Featherdale Wildlife Park, where we can observe all the local fauna: kangaroos, emu (flightless bird, second in size after the African ostrich), Souther Cassowary that reaches up to 1.8 meters , koalas that feed exclusively on eucalyptus leaves, the Tasmanian devil, crocodiles, tiny penguins that must live in artificially cooled water and the Perentie and Spencer's Monitor reptiles, among others.

It is curious the power of adaptation of the Tasmanian Devil, a carnivorous marsupial of high aggressiveness, which has been about to disappear, as a result of a cancer that affected his nose, which prevented him from eating and died from starvation. Surprisingly, in a few years it has varied in habits, avoiding fights between them, which reduces the spread and evolving genetically to better resist the disease.

Cruzando Nepean River


Entrada a la localidad de Katoomba


Estación principal Scenic World


Estación inferior tren panorámico


Estación este Góndola sobre Carril Skyway


Mirador Echo Point


Carrington Hotel


Featherdale Wild Life Park

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  • Photo of Carmen Abellán

    Carmen Abellán Nov 17, 2019

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    Tienes sensación de estar en Jurassic Park. Por primera vez en mi vida he quedado impresionada por bosques de eucaliptos, lo que confirma que cuando algo está en su hábitat natural es maravilloso, porque la selección natural pone a cada uno en su lugar.

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