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Hannah Spriggs


Hannah Spriggs at the Blue Mountains
Hannah enjoys the mountains

Blue Mountains

By globe trotter Hannah Spriggs
Hannah leaves the dream world of Sydney behind her and discovers just how beautiful the Blue Mountains are...


Whilst contemplating how I could make Sydney my permanent home (and finding out that by far my best bet would be to become a hairdresser!), my departure date crept up on me.

Blue Mountains
What a view!

My next destination - the Blue Mountains. I was amazed at how quickly the view out of the train window changed from city buildings to nothing but trees, mountains and gorges.

It took two hours to get from Sydney Central Station to Katoomba, the most tourist-friendly town in the Blue Mountains.

Arriving at the hostel, I was immediately presented with a map of walking routes - 'no worries' I thought as I picked a five-hour walk graded 'Hard'. I'm young and fit and up for a challenge... hmmm if only I'd known what I was letting myself in for!

"The climb was broken up by the shock of finding a leech was firmly attached to my boyfriend's leg!"
Hannah Springs

The walk started out on a cliff top heading to the Leura Falls via a LOT of VERY steep and slippery steps! As we started out the fog was so thick it was surreal.

Luckily it cleared pretty quickly to reveal stunning views, and exactly how high up we were! The views stretched for miles and miles. The green Eucalypt trees give off a blue haze (hence the name Blue Mountains).

As we descended into the valley, the walk was sprinkled with waterfalls. Walking along the valley floor was easier, and we hardly say another person.

Waterfall
Hannah discovers water!

After four hours of walking my legs were starting to ache. Just in time to start the ascent all the way up the other side of the valley. The climb was broken up by the shock of finding a leech was firmly attached to my boyfriend's leg!

An hour away from civilization there was nothing for it but to tug it off (harder than it sounds, especially as they have a tendency of letting their heads come off inside the skin before letting go!).

It would have been infinitely easier to have taken the matches out of our bag and burn it so that it dropped off, but in the moment did either of us remember that we had any? Don't be silly, that would have been too easy!

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