Waiting to board the ferry to Sydney from Manly Beach
View of the Opera House from the ferry on a misty day
We walked from the ferry to the train station and had lunch -- sausage rolls, meat pies, beer and lemonade
Took the two hour train ride from Sydney to Katoomba where we stayed at the historic Carrington Hotel. The hotel opened in 1883 and originally was named Western Star Hotel. Later the name was changed to "The Carrington" in honor of Lord Carrington, Governor of New South Wales, who visited the hotel in 1886.
Beautiful ground floor and stairway
Chuck and Rita's balcony room
View from the balcony
For supper we went to The Old City Bank Bar located at the end of the Carrington Hotel's driveway. Rita and Megan had the Guinness Pot Pie.
Chuck had the Chicken Schnitzel
Nick had a hamburger and chips
The next morning after breakfast, we got on the Blue Mountain Explorer Hop-on and Hop-off bus and our first stop was Scenic World. We rode the world's steepest railway at a 52 degree incline.
We then took the cable car across the mountains with views of waterfalls, tree tops and the valley
Stopped at Katoomba Cascades
View of Three Sisters
Sandstone formation on the walk to Three Sisters Aboriginal Place
View from the Three Sisters Aboriginal Place lookout
The Blue Mountains are given their name due to the filtering of sunlight by the fine mist of oil from the leaves of the eucalyptus trees.
Got off the bus at Lyrebird Dell to hike to the Pool of Siloam
Rustic overgrown path
Pretty little waterfall at the Pool of Siloam
Took the bus back to town and had pizza and beers at Station Bar and Woodfired Pizza -- good pizza!
While Nick and Megan stayed in Katoomba to check out the antique stores, Chuck and Rita got back on the bus and stopped at Everglades House and Gardens -- 13 acres of European-style gardens and native bushland, terraced lawns, winding paths, stone walls and a 1930s house.
Beautiful stairway in the house
We returned to the hotel and found a beautiful cockatoo looking into our room.
The next morning we returned to Sydney on the train and met Rachel, Henry and Evie for a special tour of the Opera House. Thanks so very much, Rachel!
Another view of the Opera House
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