One of the most scenic places around Sydney are the Blue Mountains. I imagine most Sydney dwellers have been there at least once in their lifetime and if you havent, then what are you waiting for? About two hours away from the city centre, it features the Three Sisters rock formation and bushwalks winding across a temperate forest valley. My boyfriend and I made the descent down the Grand Staircase (not for those terrified of heights or with weak knees) and across the valley towards Scenic World. As you’re going down the cliff face you leave the bulk of the tourists behind and step into a hushed, almost primeval world full of birds chirping, whispering winds and bubbling creeks. Sometimes it’s so good to get away from the city. Some kilometers down the track, we made our way back up via the Furber Steps, but if you’re tired and out of breath I’d recommend taking the Scenic Railway up.
The Blue Mountains area is also peppered with picturesque towns, including my favourite trio: Wentworth Falls, Leura and Katoomba. After our bushwalk we were famished, and walked all the way up Katoomba St to try and get a seat at the Paragon Cafe. Unfortunately the crowd there was huge, so we opted for a smaller cafe called the Pomegranate. It is a tiny, albeit popular cafe. I ordered the sweet potato/red onion/bacon frittata, and my boyfriend got a chorizo/tomato open sandwich. We sat outside, breathing in the crisp autumn mountain air. Our meals arrived after about a quater of an hour, and need I say “yum”? My frittata was absolutely delicious, and was the warm, nourishing food I was craving after a good walk. My boyfriend’s open sandwich was good, but I preferred my dish. All in all, a great day out!