National Pass - Blue Mountains - Australia

Dry West Stretch

We're rested and refreshed and move into a section of the trail that could be anywhere in the Dry Centre of Australia. It's difficult to believe that we're walking only 90 minutes from the heart of Sydney and 300 vertical metres from our lodgings.

This is the Dry West Stretch of the National Pass. We pass sandstone walls that have been sculpted by nature for eons.

CockatooOur constant companions, the white cockatoos, land and play in the sandstone crevices and sharpen their beaks on the rough weathered rock.

Angophoras proliferate here. Their trunk colours of silvers and oranges are a striking feature of the Australian bush. Ancient grasstrees stand silently as sentinels to our journey - their 'spears' at the ready.

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