Bush-walking in the Blue Mountains

Sublime Point

Climb ev’ry mountain search high and low
Follow ev’ry by-way every path you know

Climb ev’ry mountain ford ev’ry stream
Follow ev’ry rainbow till you find your dream

A dream that will need all the love you can give
Everyday of your life for as long as you live

                                – Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein,
                                                                            composers of the hit musical Sound of Music

 ~~~~~~~~o~~~~~~~~

On our recent trip to the Blue Mountains, we visited the beautiful Mount Tomah Botanic Garden and spent a couple of days in Leura.

From the heart of Sydney CBD, a leisurely one and a half hour drive west takes you to Leura, a beautiful little town with tree-lined streets, cafes, shops and restaurants.

We took on a couple of bushwalks in Leura where there were so many beautiful look-out points with panoramic views of the mountain ranges, valleys and canyons.

Some of these images reminded me of the last few scenes in the hit musical Sound of Music, where the von Trapp family scaled over the mountain ranges in Austria to escape a call of duty by the Nazi-ruled Germany.

The song Climb Ev’ry Mountain from the musical is particularly apt when Mother Abbess sings this song to Maria (played by Julie Andrews) to encourage her spiritual strength in finding her dreams.

Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Leura

Signage for Prince Henry Cliff Walk

Signage for Prince Henry Cliff Walk

The Prince Henry Cliff Walk starts opposite the Solitary restaurant located at 90 Cliff Drive road in Leura Falls.

It is a moderately easy walk where you can take as short or as long a route. Look out points will appear within the first ten minutes as you descend through various narrow pathways.

A good way to spend an afternoon

A good way to spend an afternoon

We came across a group of young boys perched at one of the lookout points discussing aloud their faith and belief in the Bible on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.

It is indeed a heartening sight as I imagine they would be finding inspiration and faith amidst such a beautiful and tranquil setting.

A steep descent

A steep descent

As we walked, we came across some of Mother Nature’s beauty.

Nature's beauty

Nature's beauty

We foraged, we discovered, we tasted

We foraged, we discovered, we tasted

A hollow tree

A hollow tree

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Waterfall, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Waterfall, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Waterfall, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Waterfall, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

A rest perhaps after a long walk

A rest perhaps after a long walk

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Sublime Point, Wentworth Falls

Signage for Sublime Point in Blue Mountains

Signage for Sublime Point in Blue Mountains

Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

Another short walk that we particularly enjoyed was reaching Sublime Point, located at the end of Sublime Point road in Wentworth Falls.

The views are spectacular once you reach the end which is a mere 175 metres from the start of the walk.

Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

So dear readers, have you been to the Blue Mountains and if so what is your favourite attraction at this place?

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21 Responses to Bush-walking in the Blue Mountains

  1. Oh how I love the Blue Mountains! On my very first visit to Australia AND my first meeting with my now husband we went to the Blue Mountains. He hadn’t mentioned that all the walking was either up or down but the views – every one of the views – were majestic.

    We did pass by a couple just off the footpath, lying on a flat rock by a slow running stream doing the naughty but we didn’t watch!

    Fantastic photos and thanks for the memories!

  2. Baby Sumo says:

    Am loving the nature shots, esp the one of the daisy!

  3. I just love the Blue Mountains. There’s something so beautiful, and so very Aussie, about that hazy air and the smell of all the gum trees. Lovely post.

  4. Ann says:

    What a beautiful and inspiring walk. I’ve never been, but it’s just lovely. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Barbara says:

    I am planning a trip to the Blue Mountains in August. Your post has been very useful. Thankyou.

  6. Chopinand, such a lovely post. I really like the shot of the waterfall! It’s been a long time since Peter and I went to the Blue Mountains. We had a very romantic weekend away when we were first dating, seven years ago. The cool weather made it extra special for staying indoors ; )

  7. Sissi says:

    Wild strawberries! I haven’t had real wild strawberries for years… I must say for me the biggest pleasure of walks in the woods is fruit and mushroom picking ;-)
    Fabulous photos! I would love to see the waterfall one day.

  8. I never get tired of the Blue Mountains! :D

  9. So beautiful and surprisingly you were able to capture it. Yet I know when standing in front of it, just takes your breath away.

    I’ve never been to the Blue Mountains or anywhere near them but we spend our summers in the mountains here in the U.S. and it’s heavenly.

    Thank you for sharing your trip.

  10. Now this will be my one of places to visit list when we go to Australia. I used to be a lot more nature person and really enjoyed studying geography/geology and all kinds of nature related topic. I think I still love it and get so excited to see these pictures. Beautiful photos and feel refreshed! I am inspired to take kids to local mountains for hiking this weekend now… =D

  11. Charles says:

    Damn, look at that scenery – just beautiful… thanks so much for sharing! I don’t think we have such rolling forest like that as far as the eye can see here… maybe more towards the south of middle of France but still not on such a huge scale I don’t think.

  12. Raymund says:

    Thats a nice walk! I love that falls photo

  13. Love your photos. I agree, Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens are a really special treasure.

  14. Gosh. Climb every mountain is def fitting for this post! I’ve done the Grampians here in VIC and been wanting to do the Blue Mountains for ages. This has inspired me

  15. Stunning photos – I have never been to the Blue Mountains but really must go

  16. sophia says:

    These are some freaking gorgeous pictures. But…AARRGH! You got that Sound of Music song stuck in my head now! Haha! I watched that movie about 905 times already.

  17. Juliana says:

    Beautiful pictures…what a lovely walk/climb…beautiful nature.
    Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a wonderful week :)

  18. Winston says:

    Oh coool… I actually went to the Blue Mountains (4yrs ago) but didn’t do the bush walk. Now I wish I did. Tranquil really is the word. Definitely something we need to experience from time to time. Glad you went and shared this with us

  19. Oh wow, that’s the most beautiful walking trail!!

  20. I LOVE a good bush walk :) Getting back to nature!
    Heidi xo

  21. msihua says:

    Oh wow! Blue mountains take my breath away everytime I visit.. I love it!

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