Blue Mountains

Had a full day trip to the Blue Mountains with a small group of 11 (one child, age 5).  It was too much driving, but our guide was very knowledgeable and taught us lots of facts about Australia and the ecology and economy of the region.  We were impressed by the panoramic view of the Jameson valley, a vast eucalyptus forest with sandstone mountains and rock formations and a great diversity of plants and birds.  Saw the lyre bird, the colorful Jemby-Rinjah and funny trees like the short, black trunk grass tree. There is coal mining in the region, and cute towns like Leura where some residents commute two hours to Sydney via train.  We saw an area that suffered a massive forest fire, ignited by lightening in 2006, now in the natural process of regenerating.  There were sandstone caves eroded in honeycomb fashion.  Our guide Frank taught us lots of Aussie info, such as  how to survive a snake bite, in case you encounter one of the 20 of the 25 deadliest snakes in the world found in Australia. Now we know.

5-image panorama of Jameson Valley


Jemby Rinjah

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