Home to five million people, Sydney is Australia’s largest city. From iconic landmarks to beautiful beaches, it is a city that has something for everyone. If you love the mountains like I do, though, sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city and explore nature. Luckily, the Blue Mountains National Park is just over an hour drive from Sydney and it definitely doesn’t disappoint!
When you first enter the park, it’s hard to believe how breathtaking it is. We began our hike on the Charles Darwin Walk, a picturesque trail famous for hosting Charles Darwin himself in 1836. As I walked through the vivid green hills, over streams and surrounded by waterfalls, I felt like I was in a dream. It’s hard to believe that a place this natural is so close to a city as large as Sydney.
One of the best moments of the Charles Darwin Walk was when we walked around a corner and onto our first lookout point of the day. Even though I expected to go to lookout points and see the mountains, I couldn’t have expected just how beautiful they would be until I saw them in that moment. The mountains go on forever and with nothing but natural beauty in front of you, it’s hard not to feel at one with nature.
Whenever we finished the Charles Darwin Walk, we continued to our second hike of the day to see the famous Three Sisters.
You may be thinking, “Sure, they are three rock formations side by side, but why are they called The Three Sisters?” According to one the legends told by Australia’s Aboriginal people, long ago three sisters lived in the area with their father who was a witch doctor. Deep within a secluded valley lived a dangerous creature called a bunyip that everyone avoided. One day, one of the daughters threw a rock at a centipede, but the rock rolled over the hill and into the bunyip’s valley. The angry bunyip came after the daughters, but their father used his magic bone to turn them to stone so that they could be protected. The father then turned himself into a lyrebird to escape the bunyip’s wrath but lost his magic bone in the process. Ever since he has been searching for the bone, but the Three Sisters remain.
All in all, the Blue Mountains National Park is the perfect day trip for nature lovers studying in Australia! Grab your friends, get on the road, and prepare for an amazing hike – you won’t regret it!
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