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The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of the beliefs and practices of pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He is the facilitator of the Australian Aborigines History and Culture Research Project. 

Dreamtime Origins

“The Aborigines learned about the origins of the tribe through their Dreamtime creation myths, that told of the significant actions of the creators. The myths were the basis of Aboriginal society and were responsible for providing certainty about existence. They contributed to their survival and it is beyond dispute that they survived for thousands of years. The Australian aborigines believed that the land they occupied was once vacuous – empty. This belief was a source of great mystery to them. It was also a great truth that was known with absolute certainty, because the ancestors had said this was the way things once were. Then, during what has become known as the Dreamtime, the land, the sky above and all they contained were formed by the actions of supernatural and mysterious beings.

“The concept of the Dreamtime was first researched by Spencer and Gillen in their study of the Arunta (Arrernte) tribe of Central Australia. They came to understand the words Alchera and Aldjeringa, as identifying a ‘creative period’. Other tribes had words in their language for the same concept. As communication between the Arunta people and the non-Aboriginal scientists improved, it became apparent to them, that the aborigines understood the Dreamtime as a beginning. Here it is pointed out that there is a significant difference between Aboriginal thinking and that of others. In particular the belief that the Dreamtime is a period on a continuum of past, present and future.

“Aboriginal people understood the Dreamtime as a beginning that never ended. In one sense it was the past, the sacred past. But as Spencer and Gillen found, the word Tjurjunga was also associated with the Dreamtime. Tjurjunga identified a category of belief and action. A concept that will become more obvious as we proceed through this book. For the moment, it is sufficient to say that Tjurjunga identified the belief that the Dreamtime never ended.

“The Dreamtime itself has been explained in a number of ways. Various explanations refer to creators who were mysterious and supernatural beings. They include references to men and women ‘just like us’ who had the ability to shape-change into animals and other fauna; creators such as the Rainbow Serpent and also All-father and All-mother figures. There have also been references to the creators as heroes and heroines. The essential point is that each tribe had a collection of Dreamtime creation stories. In other words there were desert, mountain, alluvial plains and seacoast Dreamtime stories.

“Land itself was an icon because of the spiritual basis on which it was created and the fact that some of the creators continued to live in the land, or in the sky above watching over them. Broadly speaking they told of creative actions that resulted in the formation of the earth, the sky above and all they contain. Every hill, water hole and tree, every animals, bird and marine life along with every other living creature and natural phenomenon was believed to have come into existence in the Dreamtime.

“It was during the Dreamtime that the creators made men and women, decreed the laws which all must obey – their behavior to one another, the customs of food distribution, the rules of marriage, the rituals of initiation and the ceremonies of death which must be performed so that the spirit of the dead would travel peacefully to his or her spirit-place.

“Although the Aborigines believed that the Dreamtime was a beginning that never ended, some of their stories told them that the mythical creators disappeared. Here it is tempting to say that they believed that at an inexplicable point of time the Dreamtime ended, but this is not what they aborigines believed. They believed that the creators disappeared from the sight of mere mortals, but continued to live in secret places. Some lived in the tribe’s territory in rock crevices, trees and water holes. Others went up into the sky above as heavenly bodies. Others changed into (or perhaps became) natural forces such as wind, rain, thunder and lightning.”

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What is The Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of […]

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lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and […]

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Scenic World

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So what’s in a name? The town of Leura in the Blue Mountains

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and […]

Blue Mountains Tours is in our Blood

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such […]

lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and jerked the cable car forward then stopped. There was silence and a ” whoops” as the cable car rocked back and forth. I gripped so tightly to the metal pole I think I bent it. She pressed the button and we jerked violently forward again. My palms were gushing sweat. We got to where the cable car is in the picture and this is when I realised I had really stuffed up. She kept her hand on the button and we raced towards the middle of the canyon. The sun had already set, and the view was apparently beautiful. I couldn’t see it because I was blinded by extreme fear. We powered further then she let go of the button and we once again came to a screeching halt, but the cable car rocked forward and backwards, forward and backwards until it came to a stand still. I mustered the courage to open my eyes. She was laughing her head off while I was losing my head. We stayed out there for about 60 seconds, which felt like 60 years. I said, “please let’s go back.” and she kindly agreed. Still laughing. The cable moved backwards towards the shop. Once again jolting and swaying to get started. I could hardly hold the pole because of the sweat on my palms. We glided back into the starting position and she casually opened the gate and said, ” we’ll have to do that again.” This was 20 years ago and I’m still seeing a psychiatrist.

What is The Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of […]

Fortune Favours The Bold – A Funny Blue Mountains Memory.

lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and […]

New Giant Cat Sighting in the Blue Mountains – by Damien Madigan

Walking around her previous neighbourhood of Newtown in inner city Sydney, the scariest thing Sara Joyce might see was a hipster with a mean neck tattoo and a bushranger beard. But the 40-year-old had a close encounter with something far more disturbing last Wednesday, just one month after moving to the Blue Mountains. She said she was stalked […]

Seasons in the Blue Mountains

Spectacular views, popular attractions, historic townships, fine wines and terrific food are just a few of the things that brings visitors back to the Blue Mountains year in and year out. However, the question has arisen, as to when is the best time of the year to visit the Blue Mountains. Anyone who’s been there […]

An Accidental Blue Mountains Family Adventure

A lazy, quiet Sunday at home on the lounge, turned into a massive Sunday afternoon Blue Mountains adventure. We live in Hawkesbury Heights, in the lower Blue Mountains, near the little town of Winmalee. The relatively  isolated residential area is completely surrounded by wilderness and bushland. It’s close to the outskirts of Sydney, however, when […]

Scenic World

Scenic World is a massive draw card in the Blue Mountains. On the day of our Blue Mountains tour, our Guides give all guests the option to purchase tickets in order to experience the 3 breath taking rides Scenic World has to offer. Guests can decide on the day whether they would like to experience […]

“Blue Mountains”A Poem by Henry Lawson.

Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”. During the 1880’s, he worked with his father in the Blue Mountains and during that time he wrote a beautiful […]

Breathe in the Blue Mountains, Breathe Out Stress

On an Oz Trails Blue Mountains day tour, when you first step foot outside of your vehicle and into the Blue Mountains environment, you’ll first notice the difference in air quality. The air is fresh and clean. Quite a stark difference to the air quality in the city. One great reason to take a Blue […]

So what’s in a name? The town of Leura in the Blue Mountains

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and […]

Blue Mountains Tours is in our Blood

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such […]

Walking around her previous neighbourhood of Newtown in inner city Sydney, the scariest thing Sara Joyce might see was a hipster with a mean neck tattoo and a bushranger beard.

But the 40-year-old had a close encounter with something far more disturbing last Wednesday, just one month after moving to the Blue Mountains.

She said she was stalked by a giant cat while bushwalking near Martin’s Lookout in Springwood on April 26.

“About 2 o’clock I saw a huge black body with a huge black tail jumping over into the bush towards me.

“I started seeing it in the bush – the body of it, I never saw its face – and I thought ‘this thing is stalking me’… It was jumping ahead of me on either side, about 10 metres away, until I didn’t see it anymore.”

Ms Joyce said the animal was too large to have been an ordinary feral cat. “It was very much bigger,” she said.

Her mobile phone’s battery had died earlier on the three-hour walk so she couldn’t take any photos of the incident, she said.

She is unconcerned skeptics may doubt her tale.

“I’m just concerned someone might get hurt. I don’t give a toss if people believe me or not.”

Mike Williams, co-author of Australian Big Cats: An Unnatural History of Panthers, said the latest sighting joined hundreds logged in and around the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury districts.

“While we were writing our book we collected contemporary and historical sightings from across the Blue Mountains, including around the Glenbrook, Springwood, Hazelbrook, Katoomba, Blackheath and Lithgow areas,” Mr Williams said.

“One compelling case occurred in the Glenbrook area in 1972 where former rangers John Gallard and John Buhr discovered enormous paw prints and were ‘staggered at the potential of the animal that made them… The tracks were in slightly moist silty sand and heading in the direction of the Ironbarks’.

“And in 1995 a group of ex-special forces soldiers were conducting a survival training course in Glenbrook and told Hawkesbury researcher Chris Coffey they ‘awoke to a horrendous scream of some animal’ and upon exiting their tent they witnessed what at first appeared to be a black dog that ‘moved with cat-like agility’.

“They tracked it until they spotted a six inch paw print and decided better of continuing their search,” Mr Williams said.

“The wilderness of the Blue Mountains stretches over 1 million hectares… It’s not unreasonable to suggest that something flesh and blood, and as equally enigmatic as the Wollemi Pine, might be lurking within that rugged landscape.”

What is The Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of […]

Fortune Favours The Bold – A Funny Blue Mountains Memory.

lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and […]

New Giant Cat Sighting in the Blue Mountains – by Damien Madigan

Walking around her previous neighbourhood of Newtown in inner city Sydney, the scariest thing Sara Joyce might see was a hipster with a mean neck tattoo and a bushranger beard. But the 40-year-old had a close encounter with something far more disturbing last Wednesday, just one month after moving to the Blue Mountains. She said she was stalked […]

Seasons in the Blue Mountains

Spectacular views, popular attractions, historic townships, fine wines and terrific food are just a few of the things that brings visitors back to the Blue Mountains year in and year out. However, the question has arisen, as to when is the best time of the year to visit the Blue Mountains. Anyone who’s been there […]

An Accidental Blue Mountains Family Adventure

A lazy, quiet Sunday at home on the lounge, turned into a massive Sunday afternoon Blue Mountains adventure. We live in Hawkesbury Heights, in the lower Blue Mountains, near the little town of Winmalee. The relatively  isolated residential area is completely surrounded by wilderness and bushland. It’s close to the outskirts of Sydney, however, when […]

Scenic World

Scenic World is a massive draw card in the Blue Mountains. On the day of our Blue Mountains tour, our Guides give all guests the option to purchase tickets in order to experience the 3 breath taking rides Scenic World has to offer. Guests can decide on the day whether they would like to experience […]

“Blue Mountains”A Poem by Henry Lawson.

Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”. During the 1880’s, he worked with his father in the Blue Mountains and during that time he wrote a beautiful […]

Breathe in the Blue Mountains, Breathe Out Stress

On an Oz Trails Blue Mountains day tour, when you first step foot outside of your vehicle and into the Blue Mountains environment, you’ll first notice the difference in air quality. The air is fresh and clean. Quite a stark difference to the air quality in the city. One great reason to take a Blue […]

So what’s in a name? The town of Leura in the Blue Mountains

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and […]

Blue Mountains Tours is in our Blood

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such […]

Spectacular views, popular attractions, historic townships, fine wines and terrific food are just a few of the things that brings visitors back to the Blue Mountains year in and year out. However, the question has arisen, as to when is the best time of the year to visit the Blue Mountains. Anyone who’s been there before knows that’s not an easy question to answer. Why, because simply put …

  • The Blue Mountains are aglow with color in the autumn season.
  • The Blue Mountains are crisp and cool and often snow covered in the winter season.
  • The Blue Mountains are a riot of color in the spring season.
  • The Blue Mountains are astonishingly refreshing in the summer season.

So if the Blue Mountains are so awesome through all four seasons, when should one schedule a trip? I must repeat that that’s not an easy question to answer because the answer is subjective. It will vary based on one’s likes and biases. Perhaps the question should be phrased, what’s your favorite season? That way an analytical mind could examine each season and come up with an impartial answer based on his or her personal preference.

664036-warm-summer-1Summer (December to February): is the season when you should indulge in outdoor activities. The evenings are cool and up in the Blue Mountains the days are not necessarily cool, but the temperatures are bearable. Therefore summer is the perfect time to take advantage of any of the outdoor attractions the Blue Mountains has to offer. Think about camping, hiking climbing and bushwalking.

Autumn (March to May): Some say that the autumn season is when Mother Nature and the Blue Mountains are both at their finest, as that’s when the foliage is turning from green to red to orange to gold before falling to the ground as winter encroaches. Outdoor activities in the Blue Mountains are still recommended, but with the caveat that you should never stray too far from a cozy bed and breakfast or a cheery pub where you can retreat should the weather suddenly turn cold.

nature-spring-in-australia-wallpapers-1024x768-1Winter (June to August): is the preferred time of the year to take in the Blue Mountains if you like a festive holiday atmosphere. It seems that everywhere you go in the Blue Mountain Range during the winter season is under the spell of the holiday season. Plus there’s always the very real possibility of snow, which will only enhance the area’s overall jolly ambiance.

Spring (September to November): is very much like autumn in respect to the appearance of Mother Nature and the Blue Mountains. With wildflowers and fauna of all descriptions in full bloom, the rainforests in the valleys, the woodlands on the slopes and even the Leura Garden are all a must see.

What is The Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of […]

Fortune Favours The Bold – A Funny Blue Mountains Memory.

lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and […]

New Giant Cat Sighting in the Blue Mountains – by Damien Madigan

Walking around her previous neighbourhood of Newtown in inner city Sydney, the scariest thing Sara Joyce might see was a hipster with a mean neck tattoo and a bushranger beard. But the 40-year-old had a close encounter with something far more disturbing last Wednesday, just one month after moving to the Blue Mountains. She said she was stalked […]

Seasons in the Blue Mountains

Spectacular views, popular attractions, historic townships, fine wines and terrific food are just a few of the things that brings visitors back to the Blue Mountains year in and year out. However, the question has arisen, as to when is the best time of the year to visit the Blue Mountains. Anyone who’s been there […]

An Accidental Blue Mountains Family Adventure

A lazy, quiet Sunday at home on the lounge, turned into a massive Sunday afternoon Blue Mountains adventure. We live in Hawkesbury Heights, in the lower Blue Mountains, near the little town of Winmalee. The relatively  isolated residential area is completely surrounded by wilderness and bushland. It’s close to the outskirts of Sydney, however, when […]

Scenic World

Scenic World is a massive draw card in the Blue Mountains. On the day of our Blue Mountains tour, our Guides give all guests the option to purchase tickets in order to experience the 3 breath taking rides Scenic World has to offer. Guests can decide on the day whether they would like to experience […]

“Blue Mountains”A Poem by Henry Lawson.

Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”. During the 1880’s, he worked with his father in the Blue Mountains and during that time he wrote a beautiful […]

Breathe in the Blue Mountains, Breathe Out Stress

On an Oz Trails Blue Mountains day tour, when you first step foot outside of your vehicle and into the Blue Mountains environment, you’ll first notice the difference in air quality. The air is fresh and clean. Quite a stark difference to the air quality in the city. One great reason to take a Blue […]

So what’s in a name? The town of Leura in the Blue Mountains

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and […]

Blue Mountains Tours is in our Blood

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such […]

A lazy, quiet Sunday at home on the lounge, turned into a massive Sunday afternoon Blue Mountains adventure.

We live in Hawkesbury Heights, in the lower Blue Mountains, near the little town of Winmalee. The relatively  isolated residential area is completely surrounded by wilderness and bushland. It’s close to the outskirts of Sydney, however, when you’re in the thick of the bush, it feels as though you’re a million miles from anywhere.

My wife casually asked me if I’d like to go for a walk around the block with the dog, because “the dog was looking bored.” Even though I was slowly sinking and becoming part of our lounge after an hour of relaxing, I agreed to join her on the short walk. The dog would be happy, my wife would be happy and once I woke up a bit, I’d be happy.

Our fourteen year old son upped the ante by suggesting we walk into the bushland at the end of the street because, “Dad, I’ve heard a waterfall in the distance, we should go and check it out.” I was someone taken aback by my son’s suggestion of a bushwalk because he too was morphing into a couch potato. Any longer and we could’ve served him up with peas and gravy at dinner time. His suggestion of a distant waterfall had triggered my curiosity. After a quick discussion with my wife, we agreed that it would be fun and a good bit of exercise for us and the kids. Our other two children caught wind of the idea and were equally excited about the looming adventure.

We grabbed bags, cameras, water, snacks and slipped our boots on and set foot to the end of our street, only 100 metres away. Upon crossing the road, we left civilisation and charged into the unknown.  The bush was filled with leaf litter, bark and branches. Logs were scattered along the uneven ground. Small ferns and shrubs were dwarfed by the towering Eucalyptus trees looking down on us. The tree canopy shimmered slowly, hinting at a slight breeze sneaking its way throughout the bush.

After 5 minutes of meandering aimlessly though the bush, we stumbled upon a hermits make-shift bush house. It looked as though it had been abruptly abandoned quite some time ago. The hermit had obviously gone to great lengths to make himself feel right at home. He had carried and dragged a number of items to create a feeling of normality in the thick bushland. Along with other items, he had built a rendered pizza style oven, connected solar power, dragged a wooden office desk into the bush and an Engel fridge. The bushland outlined the remnants of a major bushfire. A sporadic number of trees still held onto the reminder of devastation via the black bark that cloaked the high tree trunks. A good reason as to why the hermit probably left the area in a hurry. After scouring the area and pulling back the lurking thought that we might discover human remains, we moved further south and deeper into the bush. As we trod carefully, we found ourselves starting to descend down into the gorge. We were accompanied by orchids and sandstone caves, hiding in the rock-face. We stepped slowly and briefed the children of the pending danger. “One slip and you’re dead,”was basically the catch-phrase. The kids saw for themselves the seriousness of one wrong move. We had a family discussion to decipher whether or not we should continue down. All the kids in unison yelled out “Yes, lets keep going.” The sound of the distant waterfall was growing and so too was our intrigue. We painstakingly kept moving forward and downward.

We heard a thump and crashing noise coming down through the bush and I screamed, “lookout.” We had dislodged a large rock and it had worked its way loose. The boulder went flying passed my wife’s head at a great speed and then shot passed my son. I shudder at the thought of what would’ve happened if the rock had connected with one of us. We stopped, froze and looked at each other, breathed out and counted our lucky stars simultaneously. After refocusing on the job at hand, we headed further and further down into the gorge. Once we had reached about seventy five percent of the way down, we came to a stand still. A rock ledge looked too steep to scale. We scoped the ledge to east and the west and luckily found a dubious line to take to venture down. My older son was first to arrive to the very bottom of the gorge, followed by my daughter, my youngest son, then my wife and I. It was a welcomed relief to have made it down safely.

We perched ourselves onto a large moss covered rock to rest for a while and gather our thoughts. My daughter brought out some savoury biscuits and my sons munched on pop corn in between sips of water.

The rock we rested upon was surrounded by low lying ferns and small coach wood trees. A steady fresh stream of fresh water raced down and jumped over the small rocks and fell into a large pond. The sound of flowing water headed into the unknown in an easterly direction. We had found the little distant waterfall.

Once we were well rest and hydrated, we discuss the idea of walking back up to the top of the gorge. A chorus of sighs could be heard. Shoulders dropped like a well choreographed dance and a look of dread filled our faces. We hatched a plan to continue east to the foothills of the Blue Mountains. My son and I had ridden mountain bikes down in that area before, so we had a loose idea of which direction to head. Sunlight was quickly fading and we had to get moving. Fast. The thought of a freezing cold night stuck down the bottom of a gorge in the Blue Mountains was unnerving. This prompted us to get up and go. Due to a constant lack of the sunlight at the bottom of the gorge, the area was transformed into temperate rainforest. The coachwood trees created a thick canopy and the bracken was choking. One we started to make our way, every step was arduous and tentative. The uneven ground made each step a constant guessing game. Was the grown even or did it drop down one metre? I led the way and pushed back the bracken as best as I could to identify the terrain. It was hard going. Hidden vines tripped me up occasionally and brought me crashing down. Lying on my back underneath the bracken, I quickly dusted myself off and kept pushing on. With every step I constantly thought there must be a better way. Once the wife and kids caught up we had another family discussion and came to the conclusion that it might be better to work our way up the sourthern side of the gorge, where the rainforest becomes bushland and make our way along side the ridge and stay out of the vines and bracken. We looked up. There was a towering sandstone ridge to scale. The afternoon sun lit up the top side of the gorge, yet we knew that the sunlight wouldn’t prevail for much longer. Daylight was closing to an end, we had to keep moving upwards and and then head east. I took a line up the ridge and headed east. My wife and children climbed further up the ridge to a higher point and then continued east. We had unintentionally chosen another path and stuck to it. I was making good ground. I had scaled the steep ridge and was moving steadily though the bush. the valley was steep, but the terrain was rockier and clear.  The silence of the canyon was sometimes broken with each step through the bush and from when I screamed out a “coo-ee”in order to be heard by my trailing family, somewhere in the bush. I could hear a very faint “coo-ee”in the far distance, so I could breathe easy knowing the family weren’t too far away. I started to make my way down the ridge line and I could see the power lines at the foot hills of the mountain. I stopped and smiled to myself. I knew we were safe. I had been to the power lines before via a mountain bike track. I mustered up a deafening “coo-eeeeee”and my son returned the familiar sound. They were fifteen minutes behind me and had finally made their way down the ridge to the power lines as well. We greeted each other like a family that had been departed for years. We hugged and laughed and continued to exit point about two kilometres away.

Our hands were blackened from grabbing onto burnt trees as we made our way though the bushland and our legs were covered in surface scratches from the bracken and vines. Physically and mental tiredness started to kick in as we made our way back to the road. But the smile remained on our faces. We phoned our neighbour and asked them for a lift back home and they kindly obliged.

Upon returning home, we all let out a sigh of relief. We kicked our shoes off at the door and headed straight back to the lounge. When I sunk back into the lounge where I had found myself five hours earlier, I asked myself if I should’ve stayed on the lounge in the first place. Basking in the light radiating from the heater and tv. My youngest son came running down the stairs and jumped on me and gave me a big hug and thanked me for the big adventure. There was my answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is The Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of […]

Fortune Favours The Bold – A Funny Blue Mountains Memory.

lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and […]

New Giant Cat Sighting in the Blue Mountains – by Damien Madigan

Walking around her previous neighbourhood of Newtown in inner city Sydney, the scariest thing Sara Joyce might see was a hipster with a mean neck tattoo and a bushranger beard. But the 40-year-old had a close encounter with something far more disturbing last Wednesday, just one month after moving to the Blue Mountains. She said she was stalked […]

Seasons in the Blue Mountains

Spectacular views, popular attractions, historic townships, fine wines and terrific food are just a few of the things that brings visitors back to the Blue Mountains year in and year out. However, the question has arisen, as to when is the best time of the year to visit the Blue Mountains. Anyone who’s been there […]

An Accidental Blue Mountains Family Adventure

A lazy, quiet Sunday at home on the lounge, turned into a massive Sunday afternoon Blue Mountains adventure. We live in Hawkesbury Heights, in the lower Blue Mountains, near the little town of Winmalee. The relatively  isolated residential area is completely surrounded by wilderness and bushland. It’s close to the outskirts of Sydney, however, when […]

Scenic World

Scenic World is a massive draw card in the Blue Mountains. On the day of our Blue Mountains tour, our Guides give all guests the option to purchase tickets in order to experience the 3 breath taking rides Scenic World has to offer. Guests can decide on the day whether they would like to experience […]

“Blue Mountains”A Poem by Henry Lawson.

Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”. During the 1880’s, he worked with his father in the Blue Mountains and during that time he wrote a beautiful […]

Breathe in the Blue Mountains, Breathe Out Stress

On an Oz Trails Blue Mountains day tour, when you first step foot outside of your vehicle and into the Blue Mountains environment, you’ll first notice the difference in air quality. The air is fresh and clean. Quite a stark difference to the air quality in the city. One great reason to take a Blue […]

So what’s in a name? The town of Leura in the Blue Mountains

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and […]

Blue Mountains Tours is in our Blood

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such […]

Scenic World is a massive draw card in the Blue Mountains. On the day of our Blue Mountains tour, our Guides give all guests the option to purchase tickets in order to experience the 3 breath taking rides Scenic World has to offer. Guests can decide on the day whether they would like to experience the rides or not. The choice is yours.

Scenic World is steeped in history. The complex is a throwback to the early days of shale mining in the Blue Mountains area, dating back to the 1800’s.  The Scenic Railway was once a simple coal carriage, designed to haul coal out of the canyon and back up to the top of the cliff. Miner’s used to sit on the coal carriage to catch a lift back up to the top of the ridge, instead of enduring the arduous task of climbing nearly 1000 steps back up to the top.

The Hammond’s, a local family, purchased the lease from the mining company in 1945 and it has remained in the family until this day. After pouring millions of dollars into Scenic World, the complex is now truly a world class tourist attraction.

Scenic Skyway

Glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway!

Suspended 270 metres above ancient ravines, the Skyway provides a unique thrill as breathtaking views are revealed beneath your feet through the electro-glass cabin floor. For the less adventurous, seating and solid flooring is also available!

With 360° views, the 720 metre journey provides the best views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Jamison Valley stretching to the horizon.

Scenic Cableway.

The 510 metre journey gently descends into the Jamison Valley and also returns visitors to the top of the escarpment. The Cableway’s fully enclosed cabin provides a unique vantage point for viewing the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls.

Scenic Railway

Discover the thrill of a 52 degree incline riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway.

Following an award-winning redevelopment in 2013, this unforgettable experience offers glass-roofed carriages with expansive views of the rainforest setting and spectacular Jamison Valley.

Custom designed carriages allow passengers to adjust their seated position up to 20 degrees! Choose an adventurous ‘Cliffhanger’ ride at a steep 64 degree incline, or for those seeking a relaxed journey select the ‘Laid Back’ option. Of course, loyal fans can still ride the ‘Original’ at 52 degrees.

The Railway experience descends 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel, emerging into ancient rainforest at the Jamison Valley floor. Operating since 1945, the Scenic Railway has thrilled 25 million passengers – this is the fifth generation train to ride the tracks since the Hammon family opened the attraction.

 

Go to www.scenicworld.com.au for more information

 

 

What is The Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of […]

Fortune Favours The Bold – A Funny Blue Mountains Memory.

lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and […]

New Giant Cat Sighting in the Blue Mountains – by Damien Madigan

Walking around her previous neighbourhood of Newtown in inner city Sydney, the scariest thing Sara Joyce might see was a hipster with a mean neck tattoo and a bushranger beard. But the 40-year-old had a close encounter with something far more disturbing last Wednesday, just one month after moving to the Blue Mountains. She said she was stalked […]

Seasons in the Blue Mountains

Spectacular views, popular attractions, historic townships, fine wines and terrific food are just a few of the things that brings visitors back to the Blue Mountains year in and year out. However, the question has arisen, as to when is the best time of the year to visit the Blue Mountains. Anyone who’s been there […]

An Accidental Blue Mountains Family Adventure

A lazy, quiet Sunday at home on the lounge, turned into a massive Sunday afternoon Blue Mountains adventure. We live in Hawkesbury Heights, in the lower Blue Mountains, near the little town of Winmalee. The relatively  isolated residential area is completely surrounded by wilderness and bushland. It’s close to the outskirts of Sydney, however, when […]

Scenic World

Scenic World is a massive draw card in the Blue Mountains. On the day of our Blue Mountains tour, our Guides give all guests the option to purchase tickets in order to experience the 3 breath taking rides Scenic World has to offer. Guests can decide on the day whether they would like to experience […]

“Blue Mountains”A Poem by Henry Lawson.

Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”. During the 1880’s, he worked with his father in the Blue Mountains and during that time he wrote a beautiful […]

Breathe in the Blue Mountains, Breathe Out Stress

On an Oz Trails Blue Mountains day tour, when you first step foot outside of your vehicle and into the Blue Mountains environment, you’ll first notice the difference in air quality. The air is fresh and clean. Quite a stark difference to the air quality in the city. One great reason to take a Blue […]

So what’s in a name? The town of Leura in the Blue Mountains

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and […]

Blue Mountains Tours is in our Blood

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such […]

Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”. During the 1880’s, he worked with his father in the Blue Mountains and during that time he wrote a beautiful poem outlining the mystique and haunting beauty of the environment.

As you read his poem, The Blue Mountains, one can nearly picture Henry sitting half way down from the edge of Katoomba Falls, taking notes to capture his feelings as he watches the steady stream of water flowing over the giant sandstone cliff face.

Henry Lawson’s story is fascinating and sad at the same time. He endured many hardships during his lifetime and an array of mixed experiences can be felt all throughout his poems.

I would highly recommend researching Henry Lawson to find a treasure-trove of his timeless Australian poems and ballads. He really was a national treasure.

Visit Katoomba Falls on your next Oz Trail’s Blue Mountains tour to capture the essence of Henry’s poem outlined below:

The Blue Mountains by Henry Lawson

Above the ashes straight and tall,

Through ferns with moisture dripping,
I climb beneath the sandstone wall,
My feet on mosses slipping.

Like ramparts round the valley’s edge
The tinted cliffs are standing,
With many a broken wall and ledge,
And many a rocky landing.

And round about their rugged feet
Deep ferny dells are hidden
In shadowed depths, whence dust and heat
Are banished and forbidden.

The stream that, crooning to itself,
Comes down a tireless rover,
Flows calmly to the rocky shelf,
And there leaps bravely over.

Now pouring down, now lost in spray
When mountain breezes sally,
The water strikes the rock midway,
And leaps into the valley.

Now in the west the colours change,
The blue with crimson blending;
Behind the far Dividing Range,
The sun is fast descending.

And mellowed day comes o’er the place,
And softens ragged edges;
The rising moon’s great placid face
Looks gravely o’er the ledges.

 

What is The Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of […]

Fortune Favours The Bold – A Funny Blue Mountains Memory.

lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and […]

New Giant Cat Sighting in the Blue Mountains – by Damien Madigan

Walking around her previous neighbourhood of Newtown in inner city Sydney, the scariest thing Sara Joyce might see was a hipster with a mean neck tattoo and a bushranger beard. But the 40-year-old had a close encounter with something far more disturbing last Wednesday, just one month after moving to the Blue Mountains. She said she was stalked […]

Seasons in the Blue Mountains

Spectacular views, popular attractions, historic townships, fine wines and terrific food are just a few of the things that brings visitors back to the Blue Mountains year in and year out. However, the question has arisen, as to when is the best time of the year to visit the Blue Mountains. Anyone who’s been there […]

An Accidental Blue Mountains Family Adventure

A lazy, quiet Sunday at home on the lounge, turned into a massive Sunday afternoon Blue Mountains adventure. We live in Hawkesbury Heights, in the lower Blue Mountains, near the little town of Winmalee. The relatively  isolated residential area is completely surrounded by wilderness and bushland. It’s close to the outskirts of Sydney, however, when […]

Scenic World

Scenic World is a massive draw card in the Blue Mountains. On the day of our Blue Mountains tour, our Guides give all guests the option to purchase tickets in order to experience the 3 breath taking rides Scenic World has to offer. Guests can decide on the day whether they would like to experience […]

“Blue Mountains”A Poem by Henry Lawson.

Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”. During the 1880’s, he worked with his father in the Blue Mountains and during that time he wrote a beautiful […]

Breathe in the Blue Mountains, Breathe Out Stress

On an Oz Trails Blue Mountains day tour, when you first step foot outside of your vehicle and into the Blue Mountains environment, you’ll first notice the difference in air quality. The air is fresh and clean. Quite a stark difference to the air quality in the city. One great reason to take a Blue […]

So what’s in a name? The town of Leura in the Blue Mountains

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and […]

Blue Mountains Tours is in our Blood

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such […]

On an Oz Trails Blue Mountains day tour, when you first step foot outside of your vehicle and into the Blue Mountains environment, you’ll first notice the difference in air quality. The air is fresh and clean. Quite a stark difference to the air quality in the city. One great reason to take a Blue Mountains tour is purely to breathe in and fill your lungs with pristine Blue Mountains air.

The air is crisp and notably different. Katoomba ( the main town in the Blue Mountains ), is approximately 1017 metres above sea level and 125km west from the coast. A world away from the industrial areas of Sydney. The town sits in the Greater Blue Mountains, world heritage listed area. Over one million hectares of Eucalyptus trees, bushland, temperate rainforst, valleys and escarpments fill the area. Bursts of clean mountain air rush up the valleys and over the ridges to meet you and to allow you to feel its presence.

Standing atop of a 300 metre cliff and overlooking the vastness of the Blue Mountains, whilst the cleanest mountains air encapsulates your entire body and soul is unbelievably invigorating. It’s enough to want to drop everything you’re doing to join us on one of Oz Trail’s next Blue Mountains Tours to blow some cobwebs away and to remove any traces of the city.

If you’re heading to Sydney or you’re already here, swap the city with the Blue Mountains and experience Sydney’s breathing apparatus for a day, your lungs will thank you for it.

Contact us to find out more about our Blue Mountains Tours. Leaves the city daily.

 

What is The Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of […]

Fortune Favours The Bold – A Funny Blue Mountains Memory.

lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and […]

New Giant Cat Sighting in the Blue Mountains – by Damien Madigan

Walking around her previous neighbourhood of Newtown in inner city Sydney, the scariest thing Sara Joyce might see was a hipster with a mean neck tattoo and a bushranger beard. But the 40-year-old had a close encounter with something far more disturbing last Wednesday, just one month after moving to the Blue Mountains. She said she was stalked […]

Seasons in the Blue Mountains

Spectacular views, popular attractions, historic townships, fine wines and terrific food are just a few of the things that brings visitors back to the Blue Mountains year in and year out. However, the question has arisen, as to when is the best time of the year to visit the Blue Mountains. Anyone who’s been there […]

An Accidental Blue Mountains Family Adventure

A lazy, quiet Sunday at home on the lounge, turned into a massive Sunday afternoon Blue Mountains adventure. We live in Hawkesbury Heights, in the lower Blue Mountains, near the little town of Winmalee. The relatively  isolated residential area is completely surrounded by wilderness and bushland. It’s close to the outskirts of Sydney, however, when […]

Scenic World

Scenic World is a massive draw card in the Blue Mountains. On the day of our Blue Mountains tour, our Guides give all guests the option to purchase tickets in order to experience the 3 breath taking rides Scenic World has to offer. Guests can decide on the day whether they would like to experience […]

“Blue Mountains”A Poem by Henry Lawson.

Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”. During the 1880’s, he worked with his father in the Blue Mountains and during that time he wrote a beautiful […]

Breathe in the Blue Mountains, Breathe Out Stress

On an Oz Trails Blue Mountains day tour, when you first step foot outside of your vehicle and into the Blue Mountains environment, you’ll first notice the difference in air quality. The air is fresh and clean. Quite a stark difference to the air quality in the city. One great reason to take a Blue […]

So what’s in a name? The town of Leura in the Blue Mountains

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and […]

Blue Mountains Tours is in our Blood

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such […]

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and the main street is divided by a median strip, lined with cherry blossoms. No one really knows the origin of the name, “Leura,”some say it was derived from an old aboriginal work meaning “lava,” yet volcanoes have been extinct in Australia for at least ten million years? The mystery only adds to the mystique and beauty of the town.

It only takes a few minutes to walk from one end of Leura Mall to the to the other, however, the town centre offers a lot. A day trip to the Mountains wouldn’t be complete without spending some time to enjoy a nice, leisurely walk through the town. The residential areas surrounding Leura Mall is home to English-style gardens, a throwback to the early English settlers that moved into the area in the 1800’s.

Experience Leura on your next Blue Mountains day tour with Oz Trails. You’ll have up to an hour of free time to break away from the group and explore the town and enjoy lunch, from one of the many lunch options available.

For further information regarding our Blue Mountains tour, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is The Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of […]

Fortune Favours The Bold – A Funny Blue Mountains Memory.

lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and […]

New Giant Cat Sighting in the Blue Mountains – by Damien Madigan

Walking around her previous neighbourhood of Newtown in inner city Sydney, the scariest thing Sara Joyce might see was a hipster with a mean neck tattoo and a bushranger beard. But the 40-year-old had a close encounter with something far more disturbing last Wednesday, just one month after moving to the Blue Mountains. She said she was stalked […]

Seasons in the Blue Mountains

Spectacular views, popular attractions, historic townships, fine wines and terrific food are just a few of the things that brings visitors back to the Blue Mountains year in and year out. However, the question has arisen, as to when is the best time of the year to visit the Blue Mountains. Anyone who’s been there […]

An Accidental Blue Mountains Family Adventure

A lazy, quiet Sunday at home on the lounge, turned into a massive Sunday afternoon Blue Mountains adventure. We live in Hawkesbury Heights, in the lower Blue Mountains, near the little town of Winmalee. The relatively  isolated residential area is completely surrounded by wilderness and bushland. It’s close to the outskirts of Sydney, however, when […]

Scenic World

Scenic World is a massive draw card in the Blue Mountains. On the day of our Blue Mountains tour, our Guides give all guests the option to purchase tickets in order to experience the 3 breath taking rides Scenic World has to offer. Guests can decide on the day whether they would like to experience […]

“Blue Mountains”A Poem by Henry Lawson.

Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”. During the 1880’s, he worked with his father in the Blue Mountains and during that time he wrote a beautiful […]

Breathe in the Blue Mountains, Breathe Out Stress

On an Oz Trails Blue Mountains day tour, when you first step foot outside of your vehicle and into the Blue Mountains environment, you’ll first notice the difference in air quality. The air is fresh and clean. Quite a stark difference to the air quality in the city. One great reason to take a Blue […]

So what’s in a name? The town of Leura in the Blue Mountains

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and […]

Blue Mountains Tours is in our Blood

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such […]

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such a place to me.

The feeling of excitement overcoming me as my Dad drove towards Wentworth Falls to enjoy a bush walk around the cliffs and canyons with my family and grandparents.

The low afternoon sun in winter time would light up the sandstone cliffs a brilliant,bright orange and yellow colour.  The cliffs cut a formidable figure against the skyline. The winter air was crisp and sharp around my cheeks and it made them rosier by the minute. Loose sandstone crunched and slid under my feet as we made away down from Princes Rock look out point to the top of Wentworth Falls. My wonderment grew as I took each step. I’d stop to dip my hands into the fresh mountain stream at the top of the water fall to scoop up some fresh water to drink, before making my way to the cliff face. My Dad would pick me up and place me on his shoulders, I’d hold onto his forehead tightly as we meandered through the bush. A few steps more and we’d arrive at out destination.

These feeling stay with you for life. I feel blessed that I live in the Blue Mountains and can now take my children on the same walks I’ve always enjoyed.

Oz Trails visits the exact same walks I’ve been doing since I was carried on my Dad’s shoulders, in the Blue Mountains all those years ago. Our Blue Mountains tour offers more than just sight seeing from inside the bus. We get out and explore. Our Guides will take you on amazing bushwalks to the edge of the canyons. You will get a taste of the best of the Blue Mountains and maybe, just maybe, the child in you will love it just as much as me.

 

What is The Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. Following is an extract from an book by Geoff Moore. “Myth, Mystery and Meaning of the Dreamtime”. It explores the Dreamtime through elements of philosophy; psychology; spirituality, lore and secrecy that were the basis of […]

Fortune Favours The Bold – A Funny Blue Mountains Memory.

lady in the shop took me for a spin on it at closing time. It was just me and her. Before OH&S laws became too stifling. She had zero idea how to control it. I have a bad fear of heights, but she talked me into it. We walked on, she grabbed the controls and […]

New Giant Cat Sighting in the Blue Mountains – by Damien Madigan

Walking around her previous neighbourhood of Newtown in inner city Sydney, the scariest thing Sara Joyce might see was a hipster with a mean neck tattoo and a bushranger beard. But the 40-year-old had a close encounter with something far more disturbing last Wednesday, just one month after moving to the Blue Mountains. She said she was stalked […]

Seasons in the Blue Mountains

Spectacular views, popular attractions, historic townships, fine wines and terrific food are just a few of the things that brings visitors back to the Blue Mountains year in and year out. However, the question has arisen, as to when is the best time of the year to visit the Blue Mountains. Anyone who’s been there […]

An Accidental Blue Mountains Family Adventure

A lazy, quiet Sunday at home on the lounge, turned into a massive Sunday afternoon Blue Mountains adventure. We live in Hawkesbury Heights, in the lower Blue Mountains, near the little town of Winmalee. The relatively  isolated residential area is completely surrounded by wilderness and bushland. It’s close to the outskirts of Sydney, however, when […]

Scenic World

Scenic World is a massive draw card in the Blue Mountains. On the day of our Blue Mountains tour, our Guides give all guests the option to purchase tickets in order to experience the 3 breath taking rides Scenic World has to offer. Guests can decide on the day whether they would like to experience […]

“Blue Mountains”A Poem by Henry Lawson.

Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”. During the 1880’s, he worked with his father in the Blue Mountains and during that time he wrote a beautiful […]

Breathe in the Blue Mountains, Breathe Out Stress

On an Oz Trails Blue Mountains day tour, when you first step foot outside of your vehicle and into the Blue Mountains environment, you’ll first notice the difference in air quality. The air is fresh and clean. Quite a stark difference to the air quality in the city. One great reason to take a Blue […]

So what’s in a name? The town of Leura in the Blue Mountains

The town of Leura approximately 100 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and is situated in the upper Blue Mountains region. It sits next to the main town of Katoomba and the town is 985 metres above sea level. Leura Mall ( town centre ) is filled with cafe’s restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and […]

Blue Mountains Tours is in our Blood

Think back to a time when you were a small child. Take yourself back to a place that you often reminisce about. Remember the sights and sounds? The scent in the air during the different seasons? We long to go back to the places we’ve held dear since we were children.The Blue Mountains is such […]


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