The ExPat Diary: Day Trip to the Blue Mountains

Well folks, we have spent a lot of time in the city over the past several months. And while it’s certainly been fun showing you Sydney’s highlights, lately I’ve been itching to get out and see what lies beyond the city limits.

A view of the Anzac Bridge on the way out of town.

Since we live right in the city, Alex and I never bothered to get a car. Much like Boston, Sydney is a tough (and expensive) city to have a car in, plus, between the train and our legs, we’re able to get most anywhere we need to go. But every so often we splurge and rent a car to go exploring, which recently lead us to the Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a beautiful region of New South Wales that lies just outside of Sydney’s metro area. Alex and I drove for about an hour and a half before coming upon the little town of Katoomba, a picturesque place with a pretty famous view.

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters, in the Jamison Valley, is one of the Blue Mountains best loved sites. Three sisters gets its name from an old Aboriginal legend:

The commonly told legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters (Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and Gunnedoo’) lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe). They fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe (the Nepean tribe), but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters. A major tribal battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back.

A close-up of one of the Three Sisters

The valley below the Three Sisters

After our sightseeing, Alex and I wandered around Katoomba a bit before heading over to the neighboring town of Leura.

Greetings from Leura!

The town center consists of a main street full of antiques, interesting shops and small eateries.

The Leura Mall

A Cockatoo rests in Leura


After so much time Sydneyside, it was really great to get away even if it was only for a day. We have a lot more of Australia to explore, and as winter approaches, we are looking to head to the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru. Of course, I’ve still got Melbourne and Perth on my list, so theres more city adventuring in the cards as well…yeah, there’s a lot left to see. 🙂

For more pictures of the stunning Blue Mountains and our adventures in Katoomba and Leura, please visit Flickr!


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