However, getting off the plane we didn’t head into the city centre but waited for our new French friend, Marion who flew in from Melbourne just to have some more fun with us, and the three of us plus another backpacker Pernille from Denmark started a roadtrip right from the airport to the Blue Mountains National Park, which is only an hour-long drive from Sydney.
As we have all been travelling for a while and we do not have much time for planning everything out, all 4 of us were pretty clueless what exactly we wanted to do in the Blue Mountains. But what are the information centres there for, right?
We had not even booked any hostel before leaving Sydney so we definitely needed some instant help. Luckily we met Ben – an employee at the info point in Glenbrook – who made a couple of phone calls for us and within 20 minutes we had a great accommodation at a much better price than we had ever expected. (In the middle of a long weekend!) It was not a hostel but a pub with rooms upstairs; an old Victorian building called Imperial Hotel just 15 minutes away from Katoomba which is the official capital of the Blue Mountains.
Ben also helped us selecting the best lookout points to watch the sunrise from (the best one was definitely a lookout outside the village Blackheath just after another infopoint) and he suggested that we should go to the Jenolan Caves where if we are lucky we can see platypuses at the Blue Lake at around 3-4 pm after the majority of tourists have left.
Unfortunately we were not so lucky, but the caves were definitely worth a visit as it is the world’s oldest cave, about 340 million years old. The coral fossils found there imply that it is even older, more about 430 years old.
The Blue lake where the platypuses are supposed to be is really blue – allegedly because of the high density of minerals.
Be careful with the Jenolan Caves Road though as the last 15 km heading to the caves is extremely narrow and windy! There is hardly enough space for two cars, not to mention tour buses…