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May
12

Bushwalking in the Blue Mountains: Perry’s Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest

We do a fair amount of bushwalking in the Blue Mountains. It’s great having natural beauty like that so close to Sydney.

While the big coachloads of tourists all flock to Katoomba and Wentworth Falls gets lots of hikers, we like going out from Blackheath, just a bit further up the road. While the scenery might be slightly less large on that side of the mountains it’s still very dramatic, less developed, much less crowded, and more pristine. It’s better for getting away from it all, which is one of the main points of doing this.

Yesterday we did a new walk from Perry’s Lookdown to the Blue Gum Forest. A lookdown is like a lookout, I guess, but with such a dramatic drop that your eye is drawn downwards. And it’s a steep walk down, a rocky scramble of 656 m. Once down it’s a short stroll to the serene Blue Gum Forest. And you need that before the steep ascent back.

It’s a great spot to clear one’s head, push one’s body, and breathe deeply of the crisp autumn air.

View from Perry’s Lookdown to the valley floor and Blue Gum Forest below

Blue Gum Forest

Returning to the top, very tired, we’re greeted by a rainbow

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