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Published February 23rd 2020
A weekend in the Blue Mountains
We had planned a weekend in the Blue Mountains long before the fires had appeared and when Christmas came round, we were wondering if there would be anything left for us to see.
So last Saturday I headed up to Katoomba with a weekend forecast of rain. By the time I got to Leura, the mist had set in and the rain was enough to be a pain. I headed to Scenic World as planned and beat the crowd to the railline.
Down I headed into a not so misty rainforest. I strolled through the two opened boardwalks with fifty or so other tourists braving the weather. You could hardly tell it was misty down there, it was only when I was in the cable car and looked out into the mist that reality set in.
The weather was looking up the next day and finding some friends, we decided to check out Wentworth Falls, only to find the track was closed. Instead, we followed some trail runners down to Empress falls.
And it was flowing. The track was soggy from the recent rain and the creeks and waterfalls were flowing. It was a lovely hour and a half walk.
The day came to explore the fire-ravaged areas sooner then we wanted.
We drove through the start of Blackheath wondering when we would see the damage. It came soon then we expected. As we neared the turn out of Blackheath into Mount Wilson, there were patches of burnt areas.
But as we drove closer to Mount Wilson, it was just burnt areas. The amazing part of the whole area was the regrowth has already begun. Some areas were slow and others were a lot quicker. We were amazed.
Mount Wilson was hardly touched, however, you can see that the damage is done for the year. After a drive around Mount Wilson, we headed across to the amazing Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens.
The gardens were lovely with flowers in bloom everywhere. I had never been before but was extremely impressed. From the gardens, you could look out and see where the fires had effected and where they hadn't.
It is amazing how close the fires got to some building or even the gardens and it is a miracle they could survive. The best part was being able to see the regrowth begin in those areas.
I definitely recommend a drive and some spending in these areas.