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Drive Up to The Blue Mountains National Park – Shopping in Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza & Lunch in Panorama Brasserie Restaurant Open Terrace at Echo Point Lookout – Katoomba in Sydney, Australia

Filed Under (Australia, Blue Mountains, Cuisines, Hervey Bay, Katoomba, New South Wales, Queensland, Shopping, Sydney, Travelling, World Souvenirs) by Janet on 02-09-2010

:( GOOD Morning Sydney…………………..HELPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CHANGE ROOM PLEASE!!!!!!!! Screaming for help upon waking up half-asleep from Pacific Internation Hotel in Sydney cos it was SO NOISY throughout the entire night since the Room faces ongoing Traffic on the Roads

Haaaaaaaaacouldnt really sleep throughout the entire last night as our Hotel Room’s facing ongoing non-stop Road traffic :( THANK God we were just told that we could change to a much quieter Room from the Hotel Receptionist :)

…………….now Me half-asleep trying to have my Breakfast at Pacific International Hotel…………………..

Sleepy Beauty Janetong Me having Breakfast at Pacific International Hotel in George Street - Sydney AustraliaBreakfast at Pacific International Hotel at George Street in Sydney Australia

Anyway, shortly after the pretty yummy Breakfast, Dear & I took off in a Sydney public Bus travelling to pick up our Rental Car in Thrifty Car Rental…………………..

Now just gotten off at the Central Sydney Bus Stop infront of St Andrew’s Catheral alongside Sydney Town Hall – a lovely 19th Century Landmark Sandstone Building (located opposite Queen Victoria BuildingQVB) sitting above Town Hall Railway Station.

James Lee Dear at Sydney Town Hall (opposite Queen Victoria Building - QVB) at Central Sydney Bus Stop alongside St Andrew's Catheral Sydney, Australia St Andrew's Catheral located in Sydney Square next to Town Hall - Sydney Australia

Here’s the very beautiful St Andrew’s Catheral right here in the heart of Sydney :

St Andrew's Catheral located in Sydney Square next to Town Hall - Sydney AustraliaQueen Victoria Building (QVB) opposite Town Hall in Sydney AustraliaTown Hall Woolworths Supermarket where I shopped in Sydney AustraliaJames Lee Dear standing infront of Thrifty Car Rental at 75 William Street in Sydney AustraliaJames Lee Dear & Janetong Me driving up West to Blue Mountains National Park (Katoomba) via Great Western Highway in Sydney AustraliaJames Lee Dear & Janetong Me driving up West to Blue Mountains National Park (Katoomba) via Great Western Highway in Sydney Australia

2 hours later we happily arrived at The Blue Mountains National Park at Kamtoomba in the Blue Mountains Region of the Great Dividing Range 18km West of Sydney – Dear standing at the Echo Point Car Park :  

James Lee Dear at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Australia

Inscribed as a World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 2000, The Blue Mountains National Park covers 267, 954 hectres consisting mainly of a Sanstone plateau, which is an area of Highland usually of relatively flat terrain. The area is desserted by Gorges up to 760m deep – the Highest point being 1190m above sea levels.

And Katoomba is the Chief Town of the City of Blue Mountains – the biggest & most visited Town here at The Blue Mountains National Park. “Ka-toom-ba” is an Australian Aboriginal term meaning “Shinning Falling Water” taking its name from a Waterfall that drops into the Jamison Valley.

Now we’re inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza :

James Lee Dear inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Australia

Right outside the Entrance to the basement Gifts Souvenirs shop is an Australian Aborigine Replica :) 

Janetong Me beside Replica Aborigine inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Australia

Janetong Me beside Replica Aborigine inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Australia

Me hugging my 2 favourite Australian Koala & Wombat :)

Like Koala, Wombat is also an Australian Marsupial which is a short-legged mascular quadruped with a very short tail - its name coming from the Eora Aboriginal community who were the original inhabitants of Sydney.

Janetong Me Shopping inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza Gifts Souvenirs Shop at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Australia

Why I like Wombats?? Mainly cos I find them so chubbly cute!! Besides they’re so warm you know – that was how I felt when I carried my 1st Australian Wombat at Hervey Bay’s Nature World in Queensland, Australia :

Janetong carrying Australia Baby Wombat with James Lee Dear in Hervey Bay's Nature World in Queensland, Australia in November 1997

Ahahaa I just only noticed that this above Wombat which I’m carrying on my laps is a Grey-colored one - I always thought it was Brown (when their fur color can range from Sandy color to Brown, or from Grey to Black!!). Anyway, did you notice someone else from my above pic?? 

Heheheheeee that’s my Dear Dear - well, we were all visiting Hervey Bay from Brisbane with a few other uni mates, including a Japanese Tourist whom we went Fraser Island!! Haaaa talking about Fraser Island, I must showcase my FI Trip’s pics one of these fine days huh :)  

Now SEE my sososooooo CUTE FAT CHUBBY Brown Wombat which I named “Wombie” – gift from Dear purchased in Brisbane (Capital of Queensland!) where he was staying during his uni days in Australia. Just to let you know, by nature Wombats’ Fur is coarse & thick & bristle-like, & my WOMBIE’s fur is similar except is much smoother to my touch :) I love it!!!!

Janetong's Huge Australian Wombat from Brisbane (Queensland Australia) - Gift from James Lee Dear

Here below’s my Australia Wombat Post Card which I got from Hervey Bay :

Janetong's Australia Wombat Post Card purchased in year 1997

Hey an Australia GIANT Kangaroo (with her Baby inside Pouch!!) in the Souvenirs Gifts Shop here at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza :

Australian Giant Kangaroo inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza Gifts Souvenirs Shop at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Australia

Heheee another of my all-time favourite Australia animals – I still remember I was so delighted when I first hugged my very 1st Kangaroo Soft Toy - a very precious gift from my Big Sister Daisy who went to Perth for Holidays. Upon receiving this Kangaroo back when I was in my pre-colleage days, she seemed so HUGE & I loved her on the spot – so beautiful!!!

My 1st HUGE Kangaroo Pet :

Janetong's Huge Australian Kangaroo with Baby in Pouch from Big Sister purchased from Perth Australia

But sadly in actual fact, I’ve bathed my Kangaroo once putting her inside the Washing Machine & the end-result was her Once-Used-to-be-so-Fine-so-Smooth-Fur has actually lost its shine & softness making me so sad :(

Well, seeing the above GIANT Kangaroo here at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza reminded me of the GIANT Koala with which I took a pic when I was in Cold Coast Australia during my uni Summer Vacation – VERY nice huh :)

Janetong with Australian Giant Koala in Gold Coast - Queensland Australia during Summer Vacation

It’s now time for………………….

Lunch at Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Lunch at Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia

So lovely - I’ve known that this Panorama Brasserie (or Blue View) Restaurant  (on top level of Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza) has got an Open Terrace with beautiful views of The Blue Mountains National Park - Let’s check it :)

Lunch at Open Terrace (overlooking Jamison Valley) of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia

What a most cool romantic place out here at the back Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Restaurant overlooking the densely forested Sandstone cliffed Jamison Valley :

James Lee Dear Enjoying Lunch at Open Terrace (overlooking Jamison Valley) of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Open Terrace (overlooking Jamison Valley) of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia

Doesn’t the below look like the Jamison Valley?!?! YES it is & that’s Me in Blue Jeans outfit with my uni buddy Guat Tzin visiting The Blue Mountains National Park during our uni Summer Vacation in year 1997 – still remembering we would have just gone for our Bush Walking Trip here if not for the area being closed off due to the foggy weather :(

Janetong Me & Deakin University Buddy Lee Guat Tzin visited Jamison Valley at Echo Point in Mountains National Park in Katoomba, Sydney Australia - year 1997Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant with Back Open Terrace (overlooking Jamison Valley) at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Janetong Me Enjoying Lunch at Open Terrace (overlooking Jamison Valley) of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant (overlooking Jamison Valley) inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Jantong seated at Open Terrace (of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant) overlooking Jamison Valley in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Such an awesome location here to enjoy lovely views of The Blue Mountains National Park attractions…………………….

Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant (overlooking Scenic World) inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant (overlooking Scenic Flyway) inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia

See the Black Crow behind Dear :

Australian Crows Attack Food in Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant (overlooking Jamison Valley) at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Australian Crows Attack Food in Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant (overlooking Jamison Valley) at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia

YES they do!! - even the Restaurant waitress has to be out on the Terrace to shuu the birds away especially when she was serving the guests dining/just enjoying the amazing views out here!!

There’s even a beautiful large Sulpur-crested Cockatoo (that looks just like my Pet Parrot in childhood!!) that flew by the tree beside our Table a few times, & I was about to snap a pic of it if not for the waitress who came out serving us……………………

Janetong Me Enjoying YUMMY Seafood Basket Served with Chips & Salad Lunch in Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant (overlooking Jamison Valley) at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Enjoying YUMMY Seafood Basket Served with Chips & Salad, & Denise's Gourmet (Beef) Pie Lunch, with Australian Coca Cola, in Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant (overlooking Jamison Valley) at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Enjoying YUMMY Seafood Basket Served with Chips & Salad Lunch in Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant (overlooking Jamison Valley) at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia

Hmmmmm hmmmmmmmmm the Seafood Basket is so deliciously preparedvery fresh & tasty & not oily at all though they’re fried – & its Salads so nice & crunchy!! AND yes the CHIPS are just great!! Never sick of the Australian Chips :)

James Lee Dear Enjoying YUMMY Denise's Gourmet (Beef) Pie Lunch, with Australian Coca Cola, in Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant (overlooking Jamison Valley) at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Enjoying YUMMY Denise's Gourmet (Beef) Pie Lunch in Open Terrace of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant (overlooking Jamison Valley) at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia

So yummy too is the above Denise’s Gourmet Pie - simply superb the BEST Beef Pie we’ve had so far :)   

Now outside the Panorama Brasserie Restaurant is the following :

James Lee Dear outside Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia

Dear & I are giving the above Exhibition a miss Me now having some fun with my naughty Australian Host…………………….

Mr Australian Ostrich Kissing Janetong Me inside Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant with Back Open Terrace (overlooking Jamison Valley) at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Lovely Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza Terrace at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Janetong Me infront of Panorama Brasserie Blue View Restaurant with Back Open Terrace (overlooking Jamison Valley) at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia Janetong Me at Lovely Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza Terrace at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba Sydney Australia

Posing at Echo Point (Katoomba) Lookout located next to Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza :

Janetong Me at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Hey there’s the RED London Bus – The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus that provides Hop On & Hop Off Tours of all major attractions (along Katoomba & Leura starting from here at Echo Point) in The Blue Mountains National Park here in Sydney Australia!!

James Lee Dear Visiting Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba, Sydney Australia Blue Mountains Explorer Bus at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Below’s the Route Map of the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus :

Map of Red London Bus - Blue Mountains Explorer Bus with Hop On Hop Off Tours along Katoomba & Leura in Blue Mountains National Park - Sydney, Australia

The Pretty Three Sisters with pretty Me :

Janetong Me Visiting The Three Sisters in Blue Mountains National Park at Echo Point in Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Ummm now her’s Me back in 1997 with The Three Sisters – they never change at all still looking so gorgeous!!

Janetong Me Visited The Three Sisters at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba, Sydney Australia - year 1997

Now let me share with you the Aboriginal Three Sisters Legend : 3 beautiful Sisters named “Meehni“, “Wimlah” & “Gunnedoo“ were members of the Katoomba Tribe who lived here at the Jamison Valley.

Visiting The Three Sisters in Blue Mountains National Park at Echo Point in Katoomba, Sydney Australia

They fell in love with 3 Brothers from the Nepean Tribe, but Tribal Law forbade them to marry :( The Brothers decided to use force to capture the 3 Sisters causing a major Tribal Battle……………………

Visiting The Three Sisters in Blue Mountains National Park at Echo Point in Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Now in order to protect the 3 Sisters from being harmed in the Battles, a Witchdoctor from the Katoomba Tribe decided to turn the 3 Sisters into Stone – intending to reverse the Spell on the 3 Sisters after the Battle was over………………but the Witchdoctor was killed & no one could do the reversal, thus leaving the 3 Sisters to remain in their current magnificent Rock formation!!

James Lee Dear Visiting The Three Sisters in Blue Mountains National Park at Echo Point in Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Let us now see my following Three Sisters Blue Mountains Post Cards which I bought during my very 1st Trip here to The Blue Mountains National Park back in 1997 :

In the Mood - The Three Sisters at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Australia Post Card - year 1997The Blue Mountains in Mist - The Three Sisters at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Australia Post Card - year 1997The Three Sisters at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Australia Post Card - year 1997

Hmmm this below’s a Post Card sent to my beloved Mom & Dad (back home in Singapore!!) after visiting The Blue Mountains National Park in 1997 – I always made it a point to write them whenever I travel during my uni days :)

The Three Sisters at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba, Sydney Australia Post Card - year 1997Janetong's "The Blue Mountains National Park - Australia" POst Card from Sydney Australia to Beloved Mom & Dad (in Singapore!!) on 3rd Dec 1997 at 9.50pm during her Uni Summer Vacation

More shopping at the……………

Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre at Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Now see my Australian Souvenirs :

Janetong's Kangaroo, Three Sisters, & Koala Souvenir Key Rings & Fridge Magnets bought from Blue Mountains National Park Visitor Information Centre at Echo Point in Katoomba, Sydney AustraliaJanetong's Mini Metalic Kangaroo, Three Sisters, & Koala Souvenir Fridge Magnets bought from Blue Mountains National Park Visitor Information Centre at Echo Point in Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Dear & I have spent quite some time here at Echo Point & the Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza, especially lazing around on the Panorama Brasserie Restaurant Open Terrace before & after Lunch now is about time we move on to our next destination here at The Blue Mountains National Park cos there’re actually so much more to be seen :)

Lunch & Shopping at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza at Echo Point in Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Back at the Echo Point Car Park next to the Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza :

Visiting Blue Mountains National Park at Echo Point in Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Now, before I pen off, let me share with you some Travelling Tips to Australia……………..

Free Australian Booklets, Brochures, Pamphlets & Maps from  Australian Organisations & Tourism sent to Singapore from Sydney Australia

Well, hope you find my information useful – Enjoy Australia as we do right here in Katoomba, Sydney :) I also hope you like my following Slideshow :

 

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