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Wentworth Falls

Nothing is more beautiful than the Blue Mountains on a clear day. That’s what we got on Saturday, although the wind did threaten to blow us off the cliff tops at times!

Eastern Wall Overview

We avoided the traffic jam of Katoomba by heading straight to Wentworth Falls. Apart from less people, it also has some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the mountains. Here, the cliff rises 200 metres from the valley floor, creating some spectacular waterfalls.

Wentworth Falls Overview 1 Wentworth Falls Overview 2 Wentworth Falls Overview 3

View from the Top

For the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to work on the 28th floor on the western edge of the city. That means an unobstructed view west, all the way to the Blue Mountains on a clear day.

View from the top

On the weekend I saw the view in reverse from the Blue Mountains foothills at Bellbird Hill, high above the Richmond plains. Whereas from the city only the suburbs are visible, from Bellbird Hill the view is surprisingly rural.

View of the city

Fruits of the Season

A couple of weeks ago I talked to a friend of mine who went apple-picking in the Blue Mountains. Having never picked an apple off a tree before, I wanted to give it a try, and fortunately got the opportunity on the weekend.

Orchard Lane 1

We headed up to the little village of Bilpin and Pine Crest Orchard nice and early with our trusty Coles bags. There were a few Granny Smiths and Golden Delicious, but the prize picks were the Pink Lady apples. There were rows and rows of trees, all laden with big, bright red fruit.

Granny Smiths Wild Colour 2 Abundance

We were beside ourselves. I immediately ‘sampled’ three apples on-site – they were crispier than a, er, crisp – and then picked enough to last at least the rest of the month. Add to that a cool, sunny day, and I was in heaven. Now, I’m busy compiling a list of apple recipes. I’ve already made a simple apple tart with my Pink Ladies, and it was wonderful. Any other suggestions?

Pink Lady

In the Mist (No Gorillas)

“What did you do on the weekend?” asked a colleague this morning.

“Well, I went bushwalking on Saturday…”

Yes, I knew it was going to be wet, but for some reason I’m a sucker for walking in the rain. After all, I did a whole week of it in Tassie and after that experience I thought I could handle a few hours in wet shoes.

Saturday morning, I was up bright and early to meet up with members of the Bankstown Bushwalking Club, a nice bunch of folks they are, to tackle the clifftops of the Grose Valley, deep in the Blue Mountains. No blue haze on that day, but there was plenty of mist.

The weather actually wasn’t that bad – I had more trouble with the miles and miles of stairs (well, it is the Blue Mountains after all). 3 hours later I was thoroughly soaked, but surprisingly contented, because despite the inclement weather, the valley was still beautiful.

Horseshoe Falls