We finally took the baby out, on a day trip to Blue Mountains. Yayy!! Believe me, it felt like an accomplishment. He turned 5 months a week ago. In addition, it’s Spring – the most beautiful time of the year when you can see some fascinating Australian shrubs in full bloom.
We started for the mountains just before mid-day, after having brunch at our favorite restaurant. Since I am still nursing the baby, I made sure he was well-fed, else it would be impossible to calm him once we are on the motorway. I was scared that he would cry in the baby seat, but looks like he actually enjoys being out.
Check out these yellow Spring blooms along the road. I must applaud the idea of planting these between road dividers, they make such a pretty sight.
The drive to Katoomba is about an hour from my home. We luckily found a parking spot at Echo Point Lookout, one of the popular tourist places in the Blue Mountains. Although crowded, it’s a great spot to view the magnificent national park spread in front of you. Unlike many vantage points, this spot is wheelchair and stroller friendly.
You can view the valley from two levels. We rolled the stroller to a lower level as the top one was crowded and the lower level has nice shaded spots to sit and enjoy the view.
I felt rejuvenated as the mountain breeze brushed my face, after almost a year. And I think my baby loved the experience too, after being cooped up at home and only going out for doctor’s appointments. So glad that winter is over!
The temperature soared in the afternoon. We walked into a cafe nearby and devoured some ice cream, seated by the lookout that presented a different angle of the mountains.
Spring brings in the floral attack. Cherry Blossoms along the roadside, a wide range of Camellias, beautiful Waratahs and stunning Magnolia trees laden with pink blooms. Many homes in this region have Magnolia growing in their garden and it did leave me envious. How wonderful it would be to have this gorgeous tree blooming in your frontyard, if only for a few weeks in Spring.
From Katoomba, we drove to Wentworth Falls lake, which falls on the way back to Sydney. On a sunny day like this, the water looks incredibly blue, perfectly reflecting the blue skies. This is a quiet picnic spot with bbq facilities. You can even go for Kayaking with your kids. The pavement along the lakeside is well maintained so you can easily take the stroller out and enjoy the view.
The journey back home was uneventful, although I did enjoy the view of the horizon bursting into orange flames at sunset.