After almost 2 weeks in the Blue Mountains we decided it was time to head east. The first two weeks of traveling were quiet memorable. The autumn colors were starting to decorate the trees (red and orange colors). The color change in April was so different for me — as in April back in Michigan I am anxiously awaiting the blooming trees and flowers (and the warmer weather). The weather was cooler (50-60’s day/40’s night) but not too cold. We met some wonderful travelers while in mountains. Shumi and Lili (from Germany) and Damien and Lauriane (from France). Its very neat to met people who are doing exactly what you are doing and are able to offer advice or answer questions etc. We shared food, stories and warms fires at night.
Before leaving the mountains we visited a few beautiful areas. Govett’s Leap is a lookout area with spectacular views of the Grose Valley and a beautiful waterfall. Jeremy went for a 1 hour hike to the bottom of the waterfall. I did not have the proper footwear nor did I want to get wet from the falls. I wish the camera could capture how magnificent The Blue Mountains appear to me, but its impossible to put all that beauty in a photo.
Another area that we visited is Evan’s Lookout. This area also overlooks the Blue Mountains. It is not as busy with tourists or buses. We were on a little walk when heard a strange bird song. I quick grabbed my camera and followed the sound. It turns out that it was the Lyrebird. This Australian bird reminds me of the look of a peacock. However, they are very different. This bird has an extraordinary mimicking ability. It wasn’t making any specific song, just very different. Check out this video of the lyrebird on youtube. I had watched this video many years ago and thought, “I hope that I get to see that bird someday”. Who knew?
On our way out of the mountains we decided to make a stop at the Wollemi National Park. An area just north of the Blue Mountains. The Wollemi area was renamed just a few years ago after finding wild species of the Wollemi Pine, a species that was thought to have become extinct nearly 30 million years ago but was discovered there in 1994. We camped at a very quiet campground that blessed us with wallabies bouncing by our van in the morning, a wombat wandering around and parrots singing at dawn. It was awesome! Then to top the day off we went on a 8 km hike (roundtrip) up the mountain that took us to a special tunnel that had bio-luminescent glo-worms. There are few places in the world that you can see such creatures. We brought our headlamps because the tunnel was about 1/2 mile long and very dark. The sign out in front of the tunnel said to keep lights low and be quiet as the glo-worms will “turn off” their illumination and it will be difficult to see them if we are noisy or bright. So we whispered and stumbled through this magical tunnel of sparkly glo-worms.
At the moment we are staying in a city named Richmond. On Friday morning we will head east toward New Castle, a beachy little town. Loving every day. Missing all my friends and family. xoxoxoxoxoxo
PS: We renamed the Van — as we learn more Australian lingo we really liked how this one sounds. Dinky Donga — Dinky = Tiny & Donga = Transportable building or rooms. Hence the new name….we like it anyways
As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life. —Buddha