Our drive to Wentworth Falls was an impromptu decision. It was a sunny Sunday morning and we both were itching to go on a bushwalk or hike. We initially thought of driving to Blue Mountains and hike somewhere near Echo Point, but while on the road, the Wentworth Falls sign board made us realize that we have never hiked in those parts.
A quick turn and a light Thai brunch later, we drove towards Wentworth Falls Picnic Spot. The place was buzzing with activity. The parking inside the picnic area was already full, and so were the roads leading to it. We finally managed to find a vacant spot after driving for about ten minutes around the streets. There are different hiking tracks from the lookout point, of various grades. We picked a Grade 3 Undercliff-Overcliff route (3 hours return).
The Undercliff route was fairly easy as it was mostly downhill. The air got cooler, a nice breeze kept us cool in spite of the blazing sun. We walked under overhead rocks, through narrow paths, swampy and muddy spots where we had to jump over rocks and bricks. All the way, we walked along the cliffs, flanked by a gorgeous view of the deep valley and the Blue Mountains.
It feels refreshing to be in nature, listening to cicadas and accidently spotting a bird we have never seen before or big lizards skittering into the bush. My heart does skip a beat if I hear slithering noises behind me.
The Overcliff route was fairly tough and I could feel the heat of the Sydney Summer. Our plan was to reach the Conservation Hut, relax and order few snacks and then return back to the car park. The conservation hut was about 30-45 minutes from the point where Overcliff Route started. It is an uphill rocky trek, with lookouts at various points.
A steep staircase starts 10 minutes before the Conservation hut restaurant, and those 10 minutes were the toughest climb I had in a long time (After the 1400 steps climb at Jog Waterfall) Made me realize how old I am. And it was not just me. Everyone had slowed down their pace, breathing deeply, probably praying for this ordeal to end. Atleast I was. The sight of the hut was the most beautiful sight at that time and yet the stairs hadn't stopped.
As soon as we found a table, I gulped down a bottle of cold water. We ordered Pesto pasta, ice creams, iced coffee and a Creaming Soda – yes we deserved it.
After spending about an hour in the restaurant, we traced our steps back to the carpark. This time it wasn’t too bad.
|Iced Coffee with Cream|
|The view from our table.|
One of your goals this year is to do as many bushwalks and hikes as possible. We were pretty lazy in 2016, that’s not something we would like to repeat.
Tell me about your favorite hikes in comment section.