Coogee, Manly and the Blue Mountains

First things first: Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a great 2013 and wish you an awesome 2014! We celebrated NYE looking at Sydney’s firework, and surfed on January the 1st: what a perfect way to start the new year!

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We finished the Bondi-Coogee walk, by exploring Coogee Beach and around. It is actually smaller than Bondi, but the park around is much more “Australian oriented”: barbecues, picnic tables and day-drinking everywhere! It became our favorite beach when conditions are a little rough for surfing, since the shorebreak is perfect for some bodysurfing.

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We also moved to Manly Beach, north of Sydney but on the other side of the bridge. After half an hour of ferry, we discovered a pleasant city, full of surf shops, restaurants and souvenir shops. There is a real relaxed atmosphere in this place, very different from Bondi (too bad we discovered that at the end!).

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Stephane, Fanny and Emmanuelle joined us on NYE to celebrate and discover Sydney (and Bondi/Coogee beach). We then took a 2-days trip to the Blue Mountains, with tents and sandwiches: just 2 hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are simply stunning! The name “Blue Mountains” is derived from the blue tinge (or “reflect”, as Stephane would say) the range takes on when viewed from distance. This is mainly caused by the essence emitted by the abundant eucalyptus trees.

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We started our day at Wentworth Falls, admiring the biggest waterfall in the Blue Mountains and walking along the Overcliff Walk. We followed the road up to the Three Sisters, the most iconic scenery. The commonly told legend is that three sisters lived as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from another tribe but marriage was forbidden: a major battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back.

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Overcliff Walk

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Wentworth Falls

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Arthur and Fanny, enjoying the Three Sisters

We finished our day exploring the north of the park, and found (after several fails) a nice campsite for the night. For the second day, we took an abseiling and canyoning adventure trip: it was the fist time for most of us, but after a morning practicing, we could abseil almost everything! We moved to the canyons in the afternoon, for some swimming in the river and cliff-jumping: to end that beautiful journey, we abseiled a 30 meters waterfall! The view was breath-taking, and everyone managed to go down without dying (a huge win apparently 🙂 ).

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Everyone is excited, Arthur is ready for the adventure: time to abseil a waterfall!

After these intense moments, we headed back to Sydney for a beer on the rooftop before going out…

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