Friday was spent with nature & wildlife. The day started early by catching the train to Katoomba station. It was almost 2hours away and we had plenty of time to catch up on lost sleep on the train. The sky was luminous blue when we arrived at Katoomba.
The Blue Mountains can be called Sydney’s Cameron Highlands as it is more laid back than the city centre. We signed up for a Blue Mountains Tour with Blue Mountains Explorer for $57 student price (ahem ahem) and the package comprises Hop-On-Hop-Off bus, cable way and railway rides. The bus driver was happy to pick us up. He greeted us with Selamat Pagi and said “Selamat Bersenang-senang” when we got off the bus. Which is a bit odd because I dont think we ever say that in Malaysia hehe. He knew other languages as well like Lebanese and Mandarin.
After alighting the bus, we headed towards the skyway. The cable car can fit up to 78 people and it was quite crowded on that day. It had a see through floor but the floor was a bit dirty so you cannot see much. The view was spectacular as you can see The Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and mountains which appear to be blue in colour.
After a short boardwalk, we reached the Scenic Railway which is known as the steepest railway in the world reclining at 52 degrees. It was under a minor renovation so we had to walk around construction.
Then we came to a longer boardwalk among the trees and we stopped for sandwiches. We took another cable way to get to the bus stop.
These are the views from Mary’s Lookout.
The bus took us to a charming row of houses and shops in Leura. We stopped by for coffee and hot chocolates in a cosy cafe before boarding the train in Leura station.
One train ride and bus ride later, we reached The Featherdale Wildlife Park. Entrance was $21, again for students. We were excited to finally meet the koalas, kangaroos, wombats, wallabies and other wildlife. The kangaroos were free to roam around the park and you can pick them up if you dont mind looking at their long and sharp claws.
A day away from the city is a breath of fresh air, literally. However, being a city girl, I still couldnt get enough of the buzzing atmosphere of the city. Look out for Day 3 updates!