06 March 2018

Exploring...in the rain

A couple weekends ago we took the girls on a little adventure. It was a miserable, rainy day, and were bored being inside so I suggested to Hubby to take the kids for a drive up the mountains and see if I can take some photos with my camera.

Of course, on the way we had to make a quick stop at a little patisserie in Wentworth Falls for a delicious pretzel, nearly the size of Cherub's head!

The cakes on display at Conditorei Patisserie Schwarz, Wentworth Falls - we have promised to return for cake another day!

Originally we had plans to stop at Echo Point and go for a walk to see the Three Sisters, but driving past the lookout all we could see was a blanket of mist, so we continued on our drive. After a drive through Katoomba, we headed further up the mountain to Blackheath, where we arrived at Govetts Leap lookout within the Blue Mountains National Park. Govetts Leap has a number of walking tracks and wonderful views of the valley when not covered in mist! 

We took a short stroll along the Govetts Walk track in the rain, but it was a little slippery and Hubby left his hiking shoes at home, so we stopped when it got steep. The walk was just long enough, that the girls were excited to have had a bushwalk and were happy to finish up, and find somewhere for lunch.

The lookout was just like Echo Point, or soupy as Hubby called it.

Entering the National Park

Loved the colours

Afterwards we made our way back down the mountain. We had a quick stop at The Hydro Majestic Hotel, an old beautiful vintage hotel that's decorated in Art Deco style. While we didn't go into the hotel, we popped into the Pavilion to see what they had on offer for lunch. We had a little look at the menu and hotel's memorabilia, then with hangry kids in tow went to a pie shop at Wentworth Falls for lunch.

The view from the Hydro Majestic carpark

Old menus, newspapers and postcards from years gone by

Old uniforms worn by hotel staff

Anyone need a seat? 

Stained glass doors from the old part of the hotel

Entrance into the Hydro Majestic Pavilion where you can enjoy a light lunch, cake, wine or just take in the views of the Megalong Valley

We had a great day exploring the mountains. The wet weather made for some great misty photos and made some of the views look mysterious and have an eerie feeling to them. I love how vibrant and fresh the ferns looked with the light rain that fell on them while we were walking around.

Do you like to venture out in the rain?

13 February 2018

Exploring...The Rock Lookout, Mulgoa

A couple weeks ago we took the girls and my Mum on a little outing. It was a beautiful morning for a bushwalk, so we headed to the historic village of Mulgoa to visit The Rock Lookout, which is a short drive from Penrith.

It was the first time the girls had been there. Mum and I couldn't remember the last time we had visited (Hubby assures me we had, but it was back when we were dating, so long ago!) 

We all enjoyed taking in the beauty of the Mulgoa valley, and the quiet bush setting. 

The Rock Lookout is located in the Blue Mountains National Park, but situated in Mulgoa, a 30 minute drive from the centre of Penrith. 

Cherub all set for a bushwalk

On arrival, you can see the remains from a recent bushfire that swept through this section of the national park. We found a fire extinguisher that had been left behind, hundreds of burnt trees, and unfortunately people's rubbish that had been dumped.

Although it was sad seeing where the fire had ravaged the forest, it was lovely to see new growth already popping up, and colours which were beautiful. 

After a short stroll, and climb up some rocky steps, you are lead up to The Rock. 

Once you are on the lookout there isn't any barriers, so you need to be extra cautious especially if you have small children or elderly parents with you (we should have realised before taking Mum!) 

The rock face has a very steep drop so we took in the views metres away from the edge.

The lookout overlooks the Blue Mountain's forestland, along with sweeping views of the Nepean River gorge. We could just make out where the bushfire started and jumped over the river.

The burnt trees on the left is where the fire had started

The girls enjoyed the view, but were keen to leave as they were a little scared. 

After a lovely visit, it was time for some morning tea at our favourite cafe in Luddenham...I'll tell you about that another time!

Does your kids enjoy bushwalking and visiting National Parks?