On my second to last day in Australia, I signed up for a very cheap day tour to the Blue Mountains, outside of Sydney. En route we passed by the 2000 Olympics stadiums, like the one seen here.
"Tosser" is synonomous with "wanker" - at any rate, this garbage can label illustrates Australia's relaxed attitude to vulgarity
I wasn't really feeling it this morning - I was having persistent vision problems, where my eyes couldn't properly focus. It eventually went away, but I took a self-portrait to remind myself of my state.
We had a rest break in this area, just outside the Blue Mountains region
Small world - these were two of my scuba diving buddies, taking a different Blue Mountains tour. Bear in mind that the Reef was at least a couple thousand miles away, making the odds of this encounter rather small. (We talked before I took this photo)
If my employer is reading this blog, please don't fire me. I couldn't resist documenting another example of cheeky Australian humor. For the record, it originally said "Cooktops may be hot."
We then went to "Kangaroo Street," a minor aboriginal site in a suburban area of the mountains
All it really had was a kangaroo outline carved in the stone, which only became visible with water poured on it... I was underwhelmed, and not just from being tired.
However, Flat Rock buoyed my spirits, just as my vision was restored
See why? (Quite a drop, by the way)
This is what I came to see
As it was with the other tourists
Flat Rock is somewhere on the left - this was taken from a different vantage point down the road called Jamison Lookout
We walked the Princes Rock Track to this waterfall
We stopped at a town for lunch; I chose a (terribly expensive) Thai restaurant. I laughed out loud during my visit to their loo = their bathroom actually had a bath in it!
This was a supplemental part of the tour = Scenic World, a 4-part journey that included vistas of the famous Three Sisters rock pinnacles
Part 1 = Skyway across a gorge
I forgot to mention - it was pretty cold today
The Three Sisters; there is an aboriginal legend about their creation, saying that three sisters were turned into stone by their father so they couldn't be pursued in love by amorous men. Why he didn't petrify the dudes is beyond me.
Apparently the anorexic sister is on the left (I kid, I kid)
The Sisters are just to the left of center
Part 2 = Cableway, going down
It's basically a gondola
Part 3 = a walkway, featuring noisy tropical birds
And finally, Part 4 = Railway going up
For many, this was the scariest part
Oh those kinky Koreans... these fellas had more than enough fun fondling the three statues representing the Three Sisters in their pre-petrified state
It was all the rage, I assure you. Some of the women posed with the anatomically correct statue of the father, too
Several people wanted to see wildlife, so we went in search of some. We came across this kangaroo (Wallaroo? Heck if I know)
I got pretty close to it, moving gingerly. Of course it spotted me.