The Blue Mountains had been recommended to me ever since I first got to Sydney. Having just come back from the trip there I can totally see why.
It’s not the quickest journey from Sydney but thanks to the pretty good public transport here there isn’t much waiting around in between journeys. To get to the mountains from Bondi Beach it is a bus followed by two trains. Altogether the journey took around two and a half hours and if you travel on a Sunday the trip will only cost $2 which is an absolute bargain.
I got off the train at a place called Wentworth Falls. It is the cutest little place and we stopped for coffee and something to eat at a place called FED. Their gluten free options are AMAZING and I’d definitely recommend paying the place a visit if you are in the area.
We then began the trek that was Darwin’s Walk which starts in Wilson Park. This would lead us to Wentworth Falls and a view of the Blue Mountains.
I then began the trek that was Darwin’s Walk which starts in Wilson Park. This would lead us to Wentworth Falls and a view of the Blue Mountains.
The walk is named after the naturalist Charles Darwin because he walked the path often when he first arrived in Australia in 1836.
The walk is absolutely beautiful and it’s so crazy to think it’s just a couple of hours out of the centre of Sydney. You walk through beautiful dense shrubbery, see an array of fascinating creatures and plants as well as witness some incredible views along the way.
I loved this adorable little creek on the trail, it is so peaceful and tranquil.
The path follows along Jamison Creek which provides a perfect stop off to cool down. This walk is perfect for those who enjoy being out in nature and surrounded by wildlife. The trail also contains a range of environmentally important species of shrubs and plants which you can try and spot along the way.
The Blue Mountains
‘Following down a little valley & its tiny rill of water, suddenly & without any preparation, through the trees, which border the pathway, an immense gulf is seen at the depth of perhaps 1500 ft beneath ones feet. Walking a few yards farther, one stands on the brink of a great precipice. Below is the grand bay or gulf, for I know not what other name to give it, thickly covered with forest.’ (Nicholas, Charles Darwin in Australia, 15, 23,33-35)
The view of the Blue Mountains is an incredible thing to see. Also note those grey clouds and the rain in the distance. It didn’t take long before that reached us and we had the full force of a Sydney torrential thunder storm followed by some hail. All I can say it i’ve never been so drenched in all my life from the elements.
Some advice to those doing this trip would be to check the weather forecast before hand because walking the 2.5km back in the rain was not fun. I would also take plenty of water with you as there weren’t any places to fill your bottle up on the way and it’s a pretty steep walk.