Australia – Day 13 – Blue Mountains (part 1)
As our trip was winding down to the final few days left, we kind of planned a rather ambitious day to head out to the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters and then to Jenolan Caves.
We started our day bright and early and drove for about an hour and half into the Blue Mountains to Echo Point Lookout and Three Sisters Giant Stairway first.
Echo Point Lookout
Echo Point Lookout is one of many places where you can get a good view of the Three Sisters rock formation. We arrived quite early (the visitors center was just about to open when we arrived) and the lookout area was empty. We hung out at the lookout snapping pictures.
We are “3 sisters” posing in front of the Three Sisters. hehe~
There isn’t much there except for the view and the visitors centers. I made sure to pick up a few post cards.
Three Sisters Giant Stairway
The Giant Stairway is composed of nearly 1000 steps and leads all the way to the bottom of the valley. We only walked through a tiny section of it from Echo Point to Three Sisters. This little hike actually leads you to one of the Three Sisters rock.
Their names are Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo (906 m).
The little hike is about 450m long from Echo Point Lookout
Along the way there are several smaller lookout points. And as we were heading back to the Echo Point, I realized that one of the smaller lookout points we took pictures really does hang off the cliff. Mom freaked out a little seeing that. Oh the lengths people will go to get some amazing views?
It started out to be a very easy hike with with a few steps here and there but it was mostly flat.
The hard part comes when you actually reach the Giant Stairway which leads you to the Three Sisters and Honeymoon Bridge. As you see from the sign above, it’s only 80m but it also includes some steep steps!
At first it looked kind of steep, but it wasn’t too bad once you were on it…
…and then we reached this spot here.
From this point you can see Honeymoon Bridge. I walked down these steps not thinking much. I was excited to see Three Sisters and getting a bit worried about Honeymoon Bridge (I am actually really scared of being on bridges).
I walked half way down and then freaked out…I realized that if I looked straight you see nothing but the deep valley in front of you. It was a feeling of fear making me feel as though if I was to fall or slip on these steps, I may tumble to the bottom of the valley, though that’s not really possible because once I looked down, I saw the railings that would catch me (I guess that’s how I made it down to that landing). My Mom (who is afraid of heights) stopped, sat down, and asked my Dad to take her back up. We ended up getting her down instead of taking her back up. She was so good and made it so far, we had to.
From our scary stairs, it was just a few more steps to Honeymoon Bridge. It’s the bridge that connects us to one of the Three Sisters and the little landing area. Dad got an awesome picture of the 3 of us on Honeymoon Bridge from the scary Giant Stairway.
There isn’t much one you reach the Three Sisters. There is a bench that’ll seat maybe 8 people. At least it’s a shaded area.
From their we headed back to Echo Point where Auntie was waiting for us to head to Scenic World.
And at Scenic World we were able to see Honeymoon Bridge quite clearly (zoomed in).