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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Haaaaaaaaa I couldnt 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…………………..
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 Building – QVB) sitting above Town Hall Railway Station.
Here’s the very beautiful St Andrew’s Catheral right here in the heart of Sydney :
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 :
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 :
Right outside the Entrance to the basement Gifts Souvenirs shop is an Australian Aborigine Replica :)
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.
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 :
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!!!!
Here below’s my Australia Wombat Post Card which I got from Hervey Bay :
Hey an Australia GIANT Kangaroo (with her Baby inside Pouch!!) in the Souvenirs Gifts Shop here at Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza :
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 :
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
It’s now time for………………….
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
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 :
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
Such an awesome location here to enjoy lovely views of The Blue Mountains National Park attractions…………………….
See the Black Crow behind Dear :
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……………………
Hmmmmm hmmmmmmmmm the Seafood Basket is so deliciously prepared – very 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
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 :
Dear & I are giving the above Exhibition a miss Me now having some fun with my naughty Australian Host…………………….
Posing at Echo Point (Katoomba) Lookout located next to Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza :
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!!
Below’s the Route Map of the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus :
The Pretty Three Sisters with pretty Me :
Ummm now her’s Me back in 1997 with The Three Sisters – they never change at all still looking so gorgeous!!
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.
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……………………
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!!
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
More shopping at the……………
Now see my Australian Souvenirs :
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
Back at the Echo Point Car Park next to the Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza :
Now, before I pen off, let me share with you some Travelling Tips to 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 :