Travel Tales: Empress Falls #atozchallenge

Location: Empress Falls, Suburb - Wentworth Falls (Sydney)





On my first visit, I was surprised to find this beautiful waterfall while hiking in the Blue Mountains. 3 hours had gone by since I started the hike. I was sweaty and my legs were slowly starting to feel the strain. The sound of rushing water, overhead vegetation and a cool mini water pool provided the much needed rest I was longing for. Nestled in the lush green mountains, Empress falls tumbles down a series of cliffs, into a sandy pool. Absolutely peaceful and pretty, with a view of the mountains looming high - all I needed was a book to read, while I rested my back on the rocks. This is a hot spot for abseiling and I could spot a couple, carefully climbing down the waterfall, with go-pro mounted on their helmets.






Since then I have been here twice, but taking a shorter route (1 hr return) from Conservation Hut. The trek is graded as hard, that involves climbing steep staircases, walking in narrow paths and under over head rocks. 




I wanted to go further down the track, but my husband and his friend spotted a tiny little green 'snake' or so they thought hiding in one of the stairs which I had just climbed. After that they refused to budge from their place with a scaredy look on their face and I had to climb down, careful not to step on the stair with the snake. We retraced our way back to Conservation Hut. I suspect it must have been a stem or a bark and not a snake that scared them off. {Rolling Eyes}



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18 comments:

  1. Wow, is it Thursday already where you live? I was confused to see the letter E!

    We were in the Blue Mountains region on our Australia Honeymoon. It was the only place we encountered kangaroos (outside zoos and parks). Unforgettable!

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  2. I don't know if I will ever be able to visit Sydney, but your post gives me a virtual tour into a piece of its beauty. :-) A poetic prose.

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  3. This place looks surreal! I can imagine how truly awesome it must have been! Bliss!
    Mayuri

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  4. So so beautiful!! Your blog, for me, is like a mix of travel and photography blog :)

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  5. Haha! I hope it wasn't a snake, Raj. Maybe, next time when you go, you can climb up. Stunning pics.
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  6. We are back to Australia? I thought it will be just Indian posts this time. No worries..loved reading about t too :)

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  7. Don't blame them it was quite a hike......beautifully breathtaking

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  8. Lovely post, wandering with you from one place to another.
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  9. There's something so pretty about a waterfall. Beautiful pictures.

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  10. So beautiful...I've loved these falls. It's been over a year though since I went on hikes there...need to go back.

    Etheree - Dreary

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  11. Really hope it wasn't a snake!
    Beautiful pics, Raj!

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  12. Lovely pics. And well, if it's a tiny bright green snake, they tend to be harmless actually. They are the type which can kind of 'stand up' even if you hold just their tail. The region you described does sound like one in which they would be found.

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  13. I loved the virtual tour around these falls. Don't know if and when I will visit Sydney - but I love that I can get a virtual tour through your beautiful photos + words.

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  14. This looks so beautiful! The wonderful sights that you get to see during the trek makes all the hardwork to get there worth it!

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  15. Gorgeous pics Raj - unbelievable how nature stuns us with its beauty. I can't trek and find your verve for it impressive

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