Well wanderers, Downunder I learnt that the blue haze comes from something called ‘Rayleigh Scattering’ a phenomenon investigated by Lord Rayleigh that causes rays of light that impinge on small particles to scatter in various directions. As the atmosphere is laden with dust and water particles, the eyes receive a blue, scattered reflection of the distant object (mountains in this case), and therefore! Are the mountains blue 😀.
While you are digesting that one, let me take you through our epic Blue Mountains trip lead by Barefoot Downunder. Blue Mountains and so much more!
Barefoot Downunder had me at hello, the tour itself lived up to its name and truly showcased the magic that was to be discovered in NSW’s lush backdrop.
The day was lead by tour guide Paul, Aussie tour guiding LEGEND! He kept us entertained the entire day through, including the hour and a half drive there and back. Intriguing and entertaining the man has been everywhere in Aus that you can imagine and will tell you all about it, whilst finding breath to tell you about everything you are seeing in the present too! One of my favourite guides to date, Paul, well done!
The day was set with great weather, great group (around 20pax) and the vibes were grooving. Good music, wanderers sharing stories, laughs and food! – Food sharing is the best. One person started by sharing around their chips and then everyone was sending around some sorts of treats for others. Sharing and caring – epic.
Wentworth Falls was the first destination. Down windy steps with glorious waterfall spray cooling the face as we decended. The falls were well worth the hour return trip. I recommend you bring swimmers and prepare to get wet because you are going to want to have a shower under these falls. Super enchanting.
Well deserved lunch break in the town of Leura was after the falls. As lunch is not included do take with you some spare money and I encounrage you get a group of wanderers together and sit in nearby parks. Kangaroo pies are also on the menu if you feel so inclined!
Echo point as the next stop saw the tour getting cultured. Aboriginal dance show and didgerdoo lessons were on the activities list and for those craving more nature, the three sisters were right outside for the walking. Here, the Blue Mountains grasp their name with the amazing lookout. Paul had already told of the legend with the 3 sisters, seeing them with this background information made their majesty more.
The last two destinations were my favourite, and I can’t even tell you where they were! It’s a secret, shhh 😉. I can tell you this though, TLC’s advice was not followed. So yes, we went chasing for waterfalls, and we found a gem! Splashing, mermaid swimming, tree climbing, cliff jumping and all the funs when it comes to waterfall wandering.
To wrap up, we went to a secluded lookout where we bared all to the Blue Mountains! Barefoot, bare chest, what better way to salut the day! Rediscover your sense of wander country, definitely.
The days end was back in Sydney Central with a FREE DRINK at Side Bar, plus complimentary chips and wedges from Paul, nice one.
Highlights: – Wentworth Falls Walk – Three Sisters – Indigenous Culture – Bus Ride to and from – Pauls entertaining stories – Secret Waterfall – Final Lookout
Tips and Tricks: – Take some food to share! – Bring Swimmers – Comfortable clothes and walking shoes – Confront your fears! Scared of heights? – This tour is perfect for you. Nimbily find your footing and stand on the cliffs edge, breath in the new air and find yourself changed at the end of it all.
Discovering the Blue Mountains? Do it Barefoot Downunder style. The true, bare essence of Australia’s green backdrop done real Aussie style, real well.