In January of 2017, we visited Blackheath, located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, between Katoomba and Mount Victoria in New South Wales. According to Wikipedia, "the region of what is now known as Blackheath was originally known as East Lithgow. Surrounding areas were thought to be a summer corroboree meeting place for several Indigenous peoples of the Darug, Gundungurra and Wiradjuri nations."
We embarked on several bush walks marvelling at the colourful flora along the paths.
The resilience of the trees who have survived bush fires is impressive. Here a picture of a living tree.
Grass Trees are the first ones showing green after a bush fire. When you buy one of these plants for your garden, the instructions indicate that they "benefit from burning off occasionally". A Grass Tree can be seen on the Australian $2 coin.
Gisela almost stepped on a 40 centimetre long Blotched Blue-tongue Lizard.
Evans Lookout is located at the top of the escarpment providing one of the best views.
The Cathedral of Ferns was one of the highlights of the trip.
We discovered the Victory Theatre Antique Centre which is the largest antique centre west of Sydney.
The Blue Mountain Botanic Garden Mount Tomah is a 252 hectare estate that sits on the summit of basalt capped peak. We enjoyed the plants and a lunch concluding our trip. The gardens are occupied by many lizards and we even observed a opossum in one of the shelters.
Here a small video of our travels through the Blue Mountains near Blackheath.
More pictures here.