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Day tours from Sydney

Off to the Blue Mountains today! Beautiful day in Sydney, we couldn’t have planned it any better. It has been rainy and cloudy all week and we woke up to blue skies and just cool enough for a beautiful hike. Phoebe, Sam (2 of my 3 flat mates), and I went with a tour group called Barefoot Down Under, appropriate name right?

We first stopped at an army base with hundreds of wild kangaroo, a much better sight than to see them behind a glass or small enclosure. There are more kangaroos than people in Australia and the over population requires catching them in order to save the environment and species. Around 7million kangaroos are hunted each year so you can only imagine how many there are if this is considered a small amount! Unlike cows and sheep, kangaroos do not need to be farmed since they eat everything. Better yet, they only eat the plants above the ground, not tearing the roots and allow a quicker growth return. Another fun fact. Kangaroo meat is 98% protein, the leanest meat there is. It must be cooked at medium rare other wise if I may quote, “it will taste like a flip flop.”

On our way towards the Blue Mountains to hike to Wentworth Falls. From the high look out point, you can see beyond. The photos will never do it justice. Once upon a time, this was a solid rock cross the highest peak. Soon the water underground eroded chunks of the land and created what you now see today. We walked down and around Wentworth falls hugging the cliff side under overhangs, and up 260+ stairs steeply inclined. Our guide said the record time for climbing them was in 3 minutes and 46 seconds. Haha I was so tired after even the first few I was dragging myself up with my arms as they were pulling on the railing and side wall. I took maybe 10-15 minutes and about collapsed. My breath was taken away from both the stairs and the view.

We then moved on to visit the most iconic and touristy location, the Three Sisters. One of the many stories go:

3 beautiful princesses fell in love with 3 brothers, but by tribal law, it was forbidden. The Brothers weren’t happy and so they hashed a plan to kidnap the sisters. The sisters started to run away and from this disagreement, a big battle occurred with the brothers and tribe. The Witch doctor of the tribe found and stopped the sisters by turning them to stone. As the battle continued and came to a close the brothers saw found sisters as stone and went back to the village to hunt down the witch doctor to ask to change the sisters back. As it turned out, the witch doctor was killed from that battle, by the brothers.

Our guide told it much better and as confusing as that was; basically, all you need to know was that it was its own version of Romeo and Juliet in a way.

We hiked along the three sisters view point and across the honeymoon bridge which led us directly onto one of the three sisters’ stone.

Back in the car, we drove to Lincoln’s Rock getting just a glimpse of where we hiked from above. It was absolutely incredible sitting above it all.

The entire time I was hiking, I couldn’t help to think about a book that I am reading, The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz. I know the title sounds cheesy but I love self-improvement and self-motivational books. So coincidence or not, the part I read right before I left, he wrote:

“You are Life passing through your body, passing through your mind, passing through your soul…You find out that you are in every tree, you are in every animal, vegetable, and rock. You are that force that moves the wind and breathes through your body. The whole universe is a living being that is moved by that force, and that is what you are. You are Life.” 

I walked through the trails with such awe and appreciation, it is something to see if you find yourself in Sydney, Australia.

The perfect end of the day, we all stopped by a local pub for a complimentary drink and cheers’d to an incredible day. I plan to go again soon.

Written by Jen – Through the Hazel Eyes

Blog: https://throughthehazeleyes.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/blue-mountains/

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The Golden Backpack Awards are the original and most established awards dedicated to the independent travel sector! Barefoot Downunder is super pumped to be nominated for ‘Best Tour Activity in NSW’ in the Golden Backpacker Awards which will be held in the Gold Coast, this November 2016.

These events show off the best of the best in the adventure and backpacking sector. The Golden Backpack awards, ITE and ABiC are built on over 30 years of TNT being a leading voice of this industry sector and celebrates 20 years of being at the forefront of travel industry events.

2016 sees the 10th Golden Backpack Awards ceremony take place alongside the Independent Travel Exchange (ITE) and the Adventure Travel and Backpacker Industry Conference (ABiC) which, celebrates it’s 21st year.

After entering the awards through a simple nominating process, the awards are consumer voted following a national campaign in TNT Magazine, on www.tntdownunder.com and www.tntmagazine.com and their social media channels.

The voting process is closely monitored and supplemented by secret shopper assessments, and winners are announced on 10th November at the Q1 Resort in the Gold Coast.

Lets get voting now!

figure eight pools tourBarefoot Downunder’s brand new Figure 8 Pools Tour is about to kick off this SPRING!!!

Barefoot Downunder is excited to announce it’s BRAND NEW tour to the Figure Eight Pools in the Royal National Park, providing a fun and adventurous day out for all young backpackers and international travellers.

The Figure 8 Rock Pools is a series of sandstone rock shelfs and natural rock pools found just south of Burning Palms Beach in the Royal National Park. As the name suggests there is a natural pool in the shape of a figure 8, which is also considerer a very lucky number in some countries making the area more popular to visit.

The hike to the Figure Eight pools is very beautiful but also a harder walking track that can take around 3+ hours return involving steep and uneven trails and walking over rock/boulder formations along the coast. The Figure 8 Pools can be dangerous to visit without any prior knowledge in surf conditions and beach safety as the figure eight pools are located on the rock edge of the ocean.

We will be working to set the standards high by providing a fun and safe day tour to the Figure 8 Pools for young visitors and travellers alike.  This will be backed by educating guest on ocean and beach safety, applying our knowledge and experience in adventure guiding, beach and wilderness safety and running trips to the figure eight pools when the tides and swell are low in the day. After visiting the Figure 8 Rock Pools, our tour in Royal National Park will also include visiting areas around Wottamolla or Bundeena for a much needed swim and relax after the hike out. Lunch will also be included on our tour.

Our FIGURE 8 POOLS ADVENTURE TOUR in the Royal National Park is COMING SOON, please keep your eye out for updates on when we will be kicking off!