Sunday, 20 February 2000

day fifteen: the blue mountains - jamieson valley bushwalk

Up early for a wilderness walk of about 3km, to the start of the Six Foot Track, and then through the bush. A good introduction to bushwalking.

Returned to YHA at 11.00am. Colin and I then walked down the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. This stretch of track, along the escarpment, took about an hour. It was challenging but comfortable.

We reached the Three Sisters rock formation and viewed our next leg, a drop of 170 metres by the Giant Staircase. The steps, 980 in all, were steep, but the views compensated for this, as did the reassurance we wouldn't be taking the same route up! The looks of pain on those struggling up in the opposite direction were priceless!

Once at the bottom, we joined the Federal Pass track, and a stiff walk through the Jamieson Valley to the Scenic Railway, our route out. In all, the walk took two and a half hours, but a walk over the cliffs to Echo Point, and on to the YHA took about four. Thankfully, the overcast weather suited us, a clear day, and we'd probably still be down there!

Crashed for a couple of hours, then went down the pub for a couple of beers.