Good morning! I woke up at 0715 and decided to go ahead and make the day trip out to the Blue Mountains. The journey is 2.55 hours by train but it is a good way to enjoy the Sydney suburbs and nice scenery along the way. Plus, traveling by train is my favorite method of transportation. Or at least pretty close to flying.
I had been going back and forth between deciding whether or not I should get a bus pass once I got to Katoomba Station. I checked the distance on Google Maps and opted to walk the 1 mile down the main road to Echo Point. This ended up being a great idea because after having a bite to eat, the bus stop was crowded with multiple large tour groups waiting to get to the lookout point. And the best part was it’s free!
Once I got to Echo Point, the viewing area was packed with people trying to get a selfie with the Three Sisters. I snapped my photos and then started the walk towards Katoomba Falls. Unfortunately, the path to Katoomba Falls was closed for construction but I was able to stop at Katoomba Cascade for a bit.
On the way back to the station, I stopped by one of the cafes on the street and ordered a nice hot latte. Oftentimes, when I am walking longer distances during the trip, I tell myself that I am earning the amount of money I would’ve spent on transportation rather than saving it. For example, the cheapest tour I could’ve booked would have cost me $38. So at the end of the walk, I told myself I made $38 today and it feels more like an accomplishment rather than a hassle.