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Day 5 | 6 Aug 1997:  The Blue Mountains @ New South Wales, Australia

Every exciting trip always begin with a long ride. The trip to the Blue Mountains was a two-hours train journey from Chatswood to Katoomba. 




Finally, I get to see the famous Blue Mountains, which is mainly a gigantic sandstone plateau, dissected by gorges up to 760 metres deep. The name Blue Mountains is derived from the blue tinge of the  range when viewed from a distance. It is widely believed that the colour of the mountains is created by lights reflecting off vapours from eucalypt leaves. But the scientifc explanation for the colour is the scattering of ultraviolet radiation, creating a blue-greyish colour to any distant objects, including mountains and clouds. 




The best way to see the Blue Mountains is to soar 350m above the gorges in the Skyway and Scenic Railway. 


Along the ride, you can clearly see the Three Sisters, a famous rock formation formed by erosion. And the legend behind the rock is that three sisters fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. A battle started and an elder turned the sisters into the stones to protect them. Unfortunately, he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn the sister back to human. But the sad truth is that the soft sandstone of the Blue Mountains is easily eroded over time by wind, rain and rivers. Formations like the Three Sisters may eroded away completely over a long time. 




The cable car ride also allowed you to be up and close personal viewing the spectacular Wentworth Falls


Tired with sore legs after a full day trekking. But, I am just so contented to be soaked into this beautiful work of nature by God. One thing I am certain – I will have a good night sleep tonight!  


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