Having suddenly dawned on us that I may be working most Saturdays in the future, we hastily embarked on a road trip on a wet weekend. It was also a bit of a recky; investigating for when we have visitors (which is not long now!)
We had stayed near a charming town in the Blue Mountains when we first visited Australia, eight years ago. After a little bit of searching online we found the town: Leura. Nicknamed the "garden village" as it is home to many great gardens, some of which are open to the public, it lies just over 100km west of Sydney.
Being a cooler day in Sydney, logic told us it may be even fresher in the Blue Mountains, so I put on trousers for the first time in many months. T didn't believe it would be quite that cold, and wore shorts, chucking some trousers into the car at the last minute. Good job he did, as when we arrived it was a 'cold' ten degrees! I think it is safe to say we have clearly acclimatized to the Australian climate!
We wandered up and down Leura Mall, peering in the - warm - shops, had some lunch at one of the charming cafes, and then drove onto Wentworth Falls.
Even on such a miserable day, with the low cloud hanging around the view was pretty amazing - I have no doubt on a fine day it would be spectacular!
There was a great choice of walking trails from the carpark, ranging in time and difficulty. We would usually have opted for the longer, 3-hour hike, but since I had just aggravated my knee (again!!) the last thing I felt like doing was walking for a long period of time up and down slippery steps. We found a shorter loop which took in some falls: both small...
Despite being the shorter option, it was just our type of walk: not only breathtaking views, but also steps and narrow paths winding around the edge of cliffs:
There was no guessing as to where the Undercliff Track got its name from:
As it is only 90 minutes from home, we have firmly bookmarked it as a place to return for a day of hiking - when my leg isn't sore, and the weather is a little less wet!