This time of the year in Australia is really nice, its ofcourse spring and its getting warmer! The best time to go hiking!
Blue mountains is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New South Wales. With its name derived from the blue haze, its truly an spectacular view of three sisters from the echo point. Apart from the views, the amazing rural settings in the surrounding villages like Leura, Katoomba there are quite a lot of walks and hikes for the adventure lovers. A range of walks, starting from the very easy short walks to hard and only for experienced multi-day walks provide an adrenalin boost to the adventurers.
- Me and my hubby are adventure lovers but are still noobs, so we decided to choose an intermediate category of walk “The Wentworth Pass”. Starting from Sydney we drove to the Conservation Hut on Fletcher Street at Wentworth Falls and parked our car here. This our starting point. Oh before we move on with the walk, let me just quickly mention that the Rosemary baby potatoes are awesome at the Hut 🙂
Armed ourselves well with coffee, almonds, boiled eggs and we started walking down! The first one hour or so is an easy walk and then the little hurdles start appearing! The small stones in the stony creek path instead of the steps, small creeks to long jump on (kidding, you just need to take a big enough step), the tiny walk paths on the edges of the mountain in the rain forest, a few places where you need to crawl or creep along the edges of the rocks, and the thousand or so vertical stairs that felt like they were going on forever!
- The only major obstacle I would say, that we needed help from someone else, was a big boulder with a rope. We had to get on top of the boulder using the rope. I think this is the only step that you will need some help with if you are not used to rock climbing kinda activities.
But with all of the obstacles in place, the walk itself was totally worth it. We hiked right beside the falls, getting down into the valley of the waters, and up the mountain to the base of the wentworth falls and onto the other end of the walk. The views of the falls, valley and the forest were just breath-taking and the view of wild mushrooms on the side of the rocks was interesting!
- While the length of the walk is only 5kms, the actual ascent itself is 900m and it took half a day for us, about 6-7 hrs, with frequent stops! The vertical climb does demand a bit of energy, so not ideal for someone with joint/knee issues! We ourselves had sore muscles for the next couple of days and had to hit the gym to stretch the muscles!
Overall it was bit of a challenge but we totally loved it and will do it again 🙂 and might even decide to stretch it a bit more and do an overnight walk!