Blue Mountains for the History Buffs
Six of us set off for the Blue Mountains bright and early monday morning.
On the way up we stopped by to watch the indoor parachuting at I-Fly in Penrith and went into Panthers Leagues for some lunch. Two of our party are Panthers supporters so decided to join up as club members while they were there.
Onto our hotel and to settle in, have a look around at the beautiful gardens, meet the chooks and checkout other facilities like the outdoor games and spa before exploring Katoomba and picking a restaurant for dinner.
Tuesday was a big day. First it was off to scenic world to ride the cable cars and brave the world’s steepest railway. We got off down the bottom to explore the historic mining site and be amazed by their latest dinosaur displays, which you could see move, touch and definitely hear!
After Scenic World we ventured around Victoria Falls and the Three Sisters, and got in some great souvenir shopping.
The next day was exciting as we got to go and visit Jenolan Caves which has been closed for quite some time but recently reopened. A landslide means the only way in is a longer way around but it’s a fun scenic trek around beautiful rainforests and windy roads.
Inside the Grand Arch cave was spectacular, a river runs through the lower depths to the Blue Lake, and you get a guided tour of key features like the Temple of Baal and the Lucas Cave. Stalactites, stalagmites, shawls and many other cave features continue to grow and change shape in this amazing place.
On the way back we stopped at several lookouts for amazing views and stories of early explorers and first nations people who have called this land home.
Thursday was also something we haven’t done for a while, a visit to Megalong Valley farm. It was closed over covid and after floods is still getting back on its feet but the wonderful people who own the farm allowed us to come in and explore. They have a range of friendly animals to pat; horses, ponies, llamas, dogs, and showed us a few of the deadly snakes they caught though we didn’t want to pat those. They have an amazing collection of old cars, tractors and horse drawn carts they let us climb on and we were constantly coming across impressive mechanical pieces of history.
On our last and final day and we headed down to the Fire Museum in Penrith to see and touch more marvellous mechanical pieces of history, get some helpful fire awareness knowledge, and even get taken for a ride outside in an old fire truck with the lights and sirens turned on.
We visited Panthers again for our final lunch together before heading back to Wollongong and saying our goodbyes to a great bunch of guys. We can’t wait to get together with our new friends again!