Mount Solitary in Autumn, Katoomba Blue Mountains

I nearly piked on this hike... because I thought I'd stay warm and read a book or paint at home instead, but on the trek to Mt Solitary, I soon felt that elation I always do and remembered why I do this at all. Why, also, it would have been crazy for me to have [...]

Exploring Kanangra-Boyd and Blue Mountains National Parks on Good Friday

I spent all of Good Friday in nature (and the car!), with my first trip to Kanangra-Boyd National Park (Kanangra Walls and Kalang Falls via Jenolan Caves) to see my man off on a hike. After dropping him off I drove back to the Blue Mountains to explore Hargraves Lookout, Perry's Lookdown and the Wind-Eroded Cave [...]

A Story of Fear: Perry’s Lookdown to Du Faur Head Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Do you have an Achilles Heel or kryptonite? Something that still makes your tummy turn no matter how many times you're exposed to it? Mine is Perry's Lookdown in the Blue Mountains. Any seasoned hiker in Australia knows Perry's is not for the faint of heart. Perry's Lookdown to the Blue Gum Forest return is [...]