Hiking In the Blue Mountains: Valley Of The Waters Track

Monday, 1 May 2017

The Blue Mountains is just a 2 hour drive west of Sydney, but it's one of those places we rarely go to because it's so close. From memory, I think I've only been about once or twice in my life—and that was around 10 years ago when I was in primary school. However, now that I enjoy hiking, I've come to realise that the Blue Mountains makes a really good one-day trip destination. There are just so many walking/hiking trails and landmarks that will keep you coming back. #touristinyourbackyard

The Blue Mountains is a World Heritage-listed mountain range and national park with over 140km of walking tracks. We decided to go to Valley of the Waters Track in Wentworth Falls, which is a 3km medium grade circuit with 303m of climbing and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. Shirley and I left the house at around 7:45am, picked up Sharon and bought lunch along the way, and eventually reached Wentworth Falls by 9:40am. It was also Anzac Day when we went, so there wasn't a lot of traffic. In fact, the roads were quite clear that morning.

Starting the trek at Conservation Hut by taking a photo of a not-so-helpful map, we eventually made our way through most of the main points of the walk: Conservation Hut → Queen Victoria Lookout → Empress Lookout → Empress Falls → Lodore Falls → Wentworth Pass Tracks.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to complete the hike because Shirley needed to go to the bathroom, and we figured that it was faster going all the way back up those stairs than to continue through to the Wentworth Pass Tracks. I'm not sure whether we made it to Lodore Falls, but we definitely reached the base of Empress Falls before turning back.

So after an intense leg workout back up to Conservation Hut, we then drove over to a nearby picnic area near the The Three Sisters in Jamison Valley for lunch. (Kimbap (김밥) is seriously one of the best foods for a picnic!)

We didn't spend too long at the The Three Sisters—there were too many tourists and it was starting to rain as well so we just took a few photos and left... to buy donuts (haha): 6 for $6! We headed back to Sydney at around 1:30pm.

I don't think the actual track itself would've been that difficult had we actually completed the circuit the proper way. However, it wasn't all that unfamiliar given the similar climbing conditions to what we experienced on Qixing Mountain in Taipei. We would've stayed a bit longer as well if it wasn't for the weather, but it was a really fun experience nonetheless and we shall be back again soon to do another track :)

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