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Feb. 16 - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

DAY 1 - PART 2

sunny 77 °F
View SERENITY 7 on Swenigale's travel map.

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Deep in the Blue Mountains we arrived at the steepest incline railway in the world. New rail cars now let you choose the angle of your seat (cliffhanger, anyone?) as we descend to the rain forest below.

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This is the former Katoomba Coal Mine, which was purchased by a savvy developer years ago.

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The steep incline brought us into an ancient rain forest.

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This towering sandstone formation is known as "The Three Sisters". Anyone following our blogs over the years will recognize these ladies from our visit here in 2007. They haven't aged much.

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We enjoyed a short walk through the World-Heritage forest and the nicely presented portrayal of the workings in the old coal mine.

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Before boarding a cable car back to the top - yet another visual treat towered above us.

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A brief bus ride away we arrived at a panoramic view point to soak in the beauty of the Jamison Valley and the Blue Mountains.

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The Queen Elizabeth Lookout

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The Blue Mountains are forests of Eucalyptus trees - the aroma is in the air! A blue haze lingers over the forest when rays of light strike dust, droplets of moisture and eucalyptus oil in the atmosphere.

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A lizard with a blue tongue! Our last natural wonder - so appropriate for the Blue Mountains - does he eat eucalyptus leaves?

Posted by Swenigale 00:25 Archived in Australia

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