Sunday, April 10, 2011

Travel and Review : From Melbourne to Sydney – A road trip via Sapphire Coast traversing the Eurobodalla.


Part 6 : Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

Upon reaching Sydney, I stayed at the Waldorf Apartment. The reception service is up to 5pm and there is secure parking provided. It is also in the centre of the city and very close to the rail station.

Australia 2010 507_968x648

Australia 2010 1024_684x912

Australia 2010 1025_684x912

Australia 2010 1026_912x684

Australia 2010 539_968x648

Above : Night view from the balcony of your Waldorf Apartment.

From Sydney, you can take the train to Blue Mountains. It is less than 2 hours journey but the view you get is simply amazing.

Australia 2010 1067_912x684

Upon reaching Katoomba train station (this is the Blue Moutain stop) , it is a good idea to get a pass from one of the shop oppositve the exit of the train station. One will allow you to travel on the Red Explorer bus while the other in a green tramlike bus. Either will do fine and the price is almost the same so you cannot go wrong with either.

I took the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.

Australia 2010 578_968x648

Australia 2010 1149_456x608

The Scenic World is a must go as it will take you across to the other side of the blue mountains via 3 types of transportation : the skyway, the railway and the cableway.

Australia 2010 587_968x648

This skyway will take you across to the other side of the mountain and allows you to see via a transparent glass flooring what is down below.

Australia 2010 1077_684x912

Australia 2010 1082_912x684

If you are having fear of heights then you may choose to look out the window instead and see the magnificent view!!!

Australia 2010 1084_912x512

Once you are done with the Skyway, you will then take the railway down into the deepest part of the rainforest.

Australia 2010 622_648x968

It is very steep but once you arrive in the deep jungle, you will realize that it is all worth it. Walk the trails (ranging from short to long – from 1 hour to 3 hours) and you will get to see many historical sites within this deep jungle of the blue mountains.

Australia 2010 623_968x648

Australia 2010 1116_912x684

As well as views that will amaze you …………….

Australia 2010 662_968x648

Then once you have travel the trails , it is time to get out of the jungle via the cableway. (Due to the crowded nature of the cableway and the rush I was in, I have forgotten to take a picture of it.)

Once you are out of the scenic world, use your pass to take the RED Explorer bus to another station called Echo Point where from here you shall witness why the THREE SISTERS of the Blue Mountains are just magnificent and why the blue mountains are indeed called the Blue Mountains.

Australia 2010 722_968x648

 Australia 2010 1189_912x684


Australia 2010 724_968x648

From here you can take the bus again but this time instead of ending your trip at Katoomba to go back to Sydney , you should stop at the second last stop instead. This is because here you will discover Leura , a small town that serves great scones and wonderful chocolates.

Australia 2010 1194_684x912

After a great day of sight seeing and shopping for chocolates and eating scones, you can just walk from this town to the Leura train station which will take you back to Sydney.

Australia 2010 538_968x648

In Sydney, there many good places to see, eat and just laze around. From Waldorf apartment it is mere walking distance to the Harbourside.

Australia 2010 522_968x648

Great places to shop, eat and take great pictures with the docked ferries and ship. Not to mention a great Naval Museum.

Australia 2010 1200_684x912

Have a go at the Australian Museum or take a picture with Capt Cook.

Australia 2010 1202_684x912

Australia 2010 1209_684x912

A visit to Market CIty (which houses the Sydney’s Paddy Markets) is a must visit. It is a great place to buy souvenirs and trinkets which you may enjoy keeping as mementos. The price is also unbelievably cheap.

I also managed to find my favourite hotel chains i.e HIlton Sydney. It is enough to say that I can’t help myself but to pose within its walls. (Or should I say within the walls of the doors of its entrance. )

Australia 2010 1217_684x912

Sydney definitely has its charms and I am sure you will find lots of information on great places to visit in Sydney from other travel site. As for me, I am still having withdrawal symptoms from visiting the small towns thus I don’t find Sydney particularly amazing.

You cannot end a visit to a great city such as Sydney without visiting its two iconic landmarks i.e the Bridge and Opera House.

Australia 2010 1233_912x684

Australia 2010 1251_912x684

Australia 2010 1245_912x684

Indeed to be able to see such landmarks LIVE, was truly a breath-taking experience. Thus, if you can find the time and great company, do consider a drive from Melbourne to Sydney and visit the beach towns along the way while soaking in the atmosphere.

This has indeed been a great holiday.

Till next time.


  1. You have written all the detail about travel that is very helpful for us. The information that you discuss in the article is really helpful for me.Visit here for more information.Car rental Chania Airport

  2. I felt very happy while reading this site. This was really very informative site for me. I really liked it. This was really a cordial post. Thanks a lot!Karachi to Neelum Valley Tour Packages 2022

  3. Great post, guys! I especially agree with your suggestion to find a good balance on how fast you travel. It can be easy it wants to see more, more, more, but traveling around so quickly makes it hard to work and just live life. You can’t go that pace for too long without burning out. Great advice — thanks for sharing!aruba hotels map