Jamison Valley and the Blue Mountains

Jamison Valley and the Blue Mountains

It’s hard to believe that Katoomba, and the Blue Mountains can change so much from one season to another. Just recently, we took my family up to Katoomba, Leura, and the surrounding area on their visit to Australia. It was our first summer visit to the area, and what a change from our previous visit, during the fall.

The weather allowed for great bush walking around the rim of the Jamison Valley, where it seemed every 20 meters there was a new and spectacular view to be found. Of course, I brought my camera along – why wouldn’t I? I may have kept the family waiting from time to time but frankly, I think it was worth it.

Katoomba, Leura, and the Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters

Unlike the Northern Hemisphere, there’s no major holiday to break up the monotony of winter. While the cold weather in Australia isn’t all that cold (at least in Sydney), winter is still long enough and cold enough to make you wish it was summer again. This weekend, after living in Australia for almost three years, I ventured up into the Blue Mountains and to the towns of Leura and Katoomba and spent the day on a short bushwalk, followed by a fantastic brownie and coffee in a small, cozy cafe on the main street of Leura – an artsy little mountain town with wonderfully overpriced souvenirs and homewares (stuff I’d actually buy, but could find cheaper elsewhere).

The day never reached 10c, and the rain was on and off throughout the day, but it kind of made for a cozy day – especially whilst sipping on a flat white and eating a VERY decadent brownie at Cafe Josophan’s, a fine chocolatier.

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