A Day At The Magnificent Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

There are two attractions in Australia I always wanted to visit; the Blue Mountains and the twelve apostles. I have yet visited the twelve apostles though been to Melbourne a number of times. I will make sure I get to visit it in my next trip to Melbourne. At least I managed to go Blue Mountains.

I went to the Blue Mountains with a colleague who have migrated to Melbourne. As she has been to the Blue Mountains so I need not do my homework this round. She shall be my guide. ūüôā

Blue Mountains National Park
Blue Mountains National Park

We took a train from Sydney and alight at Katoomba. It was a pretty long trip, it took almost three hours to get to the Blue Mountains. We knew that the ride is going to be long so we woke up at about six and we reached the Blue Mountains at ten plus.

The entire day was mainly on our feet. At the end of the day, it was very tiring. Our first stop at the Blue Mountains was at the cascade. It was beautiful. The surroundings looked very much like the rainforest.

As we walked further, we finally get a view of the Blue Mountains. It is indeed blue.  I was curious why the blue mountains blue so I looked up the website and understand that the blue mountains has a dense eucalypts and the dispersed droplets of Eucalypt oil when combined with water vapour and dust particles scattered refracted rays of blue lights. Among the Eycalyptus trees, I saw some unique straight green trees.

When we were around the Katoomba falls, we spotted some ducklings. A bigger duck was at the lead and smaller ducklings followed closely behind. It’s very like a mother duck leading the children with her.

The highlight of the blue mountains was the three sisters around the Echo Point. According to an Aboriginal tales, there were three sisters,¬†‘Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and Gunnedoo’, were turned into stones by a witchdoctor to protect them from the harm of three brothers who wanted to take the three sisters for themselves by force.¬†

We visited the Elysian Rock and the Gordon Fall before heading for Leura Village.

There was a number of shops, including a candy shop, some pastry and cakes shop, cafe, restaurants and many more. We didn’t have time to visit them all as we need to spend the next many hours¬†on train ride to get back to Sydney.

Leura Station
Leura Station

We walked towards Leura train station to board the train back to Sydney. It was a tiring but a worthwhile trip. My suggestion is that to spend a night at the Blue Mountains before heading to your next destination. This will be less tiring.

 

The Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains

How to get there?

By Car – Drive from Sydney via Parramatta and entered by Glenbrook/Lapstone.

By Train РBoard the train from Sydney and alight at station Glenbrook, Springwood, Hazelbrook, Wentworth Falls, Mount Victoria, Lithgow, Leura or Katoomba depending on which part of the Blue Mountains you want to visit. We alighted at Katoomba.

When to go?

Anytime of the year. If you doesn’t like the cold, then avoid July to September.

Link to check out before you go:

Blue Mountains Australia

Transport Sydney Trains

Sydney Markets

I enjoy walking in the markets. There are lots of unique merchandises in such markets. I visited a few of the popular markets in Sydney. The Rock Market, The Paddy Haymarket, Sydney Fish Market and The Paddington Market.

 

The Rocks Market

I like The Rocks Market best. There are a good variety of items on sales. From clothes to painting to snack¬†to dogs’ collar. I bought a dog collar from The Rocks Market for my sister’s dog.

The Rocks Market
George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9240 8717

Opening Hours

The Rocks Market: Saturday – Sunday 1000 to 1700 (Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place)

The Rocks Foodie Market: Friday 1000 to 1500 (Jack Mundey Place)

Getting There

By Train: Circular Quay station, walk towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge

By Bus:
– alight at George Street near Hickson Road – 311, 431, 433
– alight at Circular Quay Stand B: 422, 423, 426, 428,
– alight at Circular Quay Stand C: 436, 438, 439, 440, 443, 470, 500, 501, 504, 506, 507, 510, 515, 518, 520, 555, L38, L39, M52
Рalight at Circular Quay Stand D: 301, 302, 303, 309, 310, 323, 324, 325, 326, 373, 374, 376, 377, X73, X74, X77
Рalight at Circular Quay Stand E: 333, 380, 389, 392, 394, 396, 397, 399, 890, L94, X94

By Ferry: Alight at Circular Quay.

For more ways of getting to The Rocks Market, looked up at the Rocks Market webpage.

 

The Paddington Markets

The stores set up in the Paddington Markets is mainly by the local designers and artiste. There are a total of about 150 stores. It will open its door to customers on every Saturday from 10am, rain or shine.

The Paddington Markets
395 Oxford St, Paddington, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9331 2923

Opening Hours

Saturday (only) From 1000

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight¬†at the first stop after Paddington Town Hall –¬†380, 333, 378 (blue and white)or M40 (red bus)
Рalight at Paddington Shopping Centre on Oxford St РM40 from Chatswood
– alight¬†in front of Max Brenners or Mitre 10 Hardware in Paddington Shopping Centre –¬†333, M40 or 380 from Bondi to the city

For more ways of getting to Paddington Market, you can visit Paddington Markets website on Transport to Paddington Markets

Rating: 7.5/10

 

The Paddy’s Markets

The Paddy’s Markets¬†is a indoor market and it opens almost daily. It is make up of the Haymarket and the Sydney Market 2129. It has quite a number of souvenirs stores and lots of other stores selling different items from Korean accessories items to clothes.

The Paddy’s Markets
Cnr Hay St & Thomas St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 1300 361 589

Opening Hours

Haymarket: Wednesday – Sunday & Public Holidays 0900 to 1700; Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Sydney Market 2129: Friday 1030 to 1630; Saturday 0600 to 1400 (fresh food; Saturday 0600 to 1400 (Swap & Sell)

Getting There

Sydney Market 2129

By train: Alight at Flemington Rail Station, about 3 minute walk from the station

By Bus: 408 from Burwood to Flemington rail station, about 3 minute walk to the market

Haymarket

By train: Alight at either Town Hall or Central Stations, about 5 minutes walk

By Bus: Sydney Explorer stops right outside market

By Light Rail: Alight at Haymarket and the market is on the right

Rating: 8/10

 

Sydney’s Fish Market

For all who like Seafood, a visit to the Sydney’s Fish Market (SFM) is a must. Sydney’s Fish Market offers fresh seafood both cooked and raw for public to purchase. You can buy your food and eat at SFM or you can choose to take away.

Sydney Fish Market

Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9004 1100

Opening Hours

Daily 0700 to 1600 except on Christmas day. Check for the opening hours at SFM webpage for the exception.

Getting There

By Bus: Alight at Harris Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road Р443, 501

By Light Rail: Alight at Fish Market station

By Community Bus: Free bus offered by South East Sydney Community Transport (SESCT) on Thursdays and Fridays, stops at Sydney Fish Market.

For more information, visit the Sydney Fish Market on how to get to SFM here.

Rating: 7.5/10

Parramatta Catholic Church Mass Schedule

There are about ten catholic churches in Parramatta. The diocese of Parramatta extends all the way to the Blue Mountain area from Parramatta.

I attended mass at St Patrick Cathedral. The church is splendid. Continue reading Parramatta Catholic Church Mass Schedule