We had spent the first week of our holiday driving down
and then touring in and around
rolled around and we were up and heading off to the Blue
before driving off to stay at Orange a small country town
to freedom, with many early settlers believing
on the other side. 25 years later Europeans crossed the
mountains and soon after a road was built to the other
side. Although there are various Aboriginal markings few
Aborigines were found in the
have been wiped out by disease.
The mountains were originally named by Arthur Phillip
in 1788 as the Carmarthen Hills for the northern section
the popular name. Although known by Indigenous
Australians for thousands of years, the
were thought to be impenetrable by the early white
and other explorers found their way across. The most
famous expedition was in 1813, by Blaxland, Wentworth
and Lawson. Rather than, like earlier explorers, following
the river valleys—only to discover usually that they were
terminated by vertical cliffs several hundred metres high
the trio followed the ridges to reach the plateau.
and wildlife. The mountains reach a height of 1100m,
and have been given their name due to the blue haze
that hovered above the mountains produced by the oil
from the plentiful Eucalyptus trees. The Blue Mountains
National Park offers great walking trails and is still
relatively untouched similar to the other national parks
in the Blue Mountains. Other activities such as abseiling,
rock climbing and canoeing are readily available.
.......Wazza..................................and Peter at Evans Lookout
The main natural disasters to afflict the area are
bushfires and severe storms. In recent years the
lower mountains has been subjected to a series of
bushfires which have caused great loss of property
but relatively little loss of life.
Prior to going to Echo Point in Katoomba where the
Three Sisters are we first took a detour to Evans
Lookout where this video was taken.
The Three Sisters are a famous rock formation
They are close to the town of
Wimlah, and Gunnedoo.
The modern day tourism industry has created a legend
that says that three sisters fell in love with three men
from a neighbouring tribe, but marriage was forbidden
by tribal law.
to stone by a witch doctor to protect them, but he was
killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back.
This legend is falsely claimed to be an Indigenous
Australian Dreamtime legend.
The Sisters were formed by erosion. The soft sandstone
rain and rivers, and the cliffs surrounding the
Three Sisters are created when water seeps into small
cracks in the rock, gradually enlarging them over time to
form large indentations. Eventually, the Sisters will be
eroded away completely.
Click on the photo to enlarge to see people entering on of the Three Sisters.
scenic and beautiful sites in
Three Sisters is well worth the effort.
and had a population of nearly 40,000.
In 1822 Captain Percy Simpson drove into the Wellington
District and established a convict settlement which was
called "Blackman's Swamp" after John Blackman. Percy
had employed John Blackman as a guide because he had
already accompanied an earlier explorer into that region.
Blackman's Swamp was decided upon and proclaimed a
village and renamed
1846 in honour of Prince William of
During our stay in
store called Grumblebums. Peter told me “as I was a
grumblebum” to stand in front of the building and he’d
take a photo. “Rats” I replied “you’re the grumblebum,
you stand in front of the building”. We both took a photo
of each other so naturally I’m using the photo I took of
Peter to use on this post.
Peter besides the bust of Banjo Paterson where he was born.
We decided to drive out to see where Banjo was born and
it was here this next video was created.
WARNING (for those who are sensitive to BAD LANGUAGE,
please do not play this video). I was the director and camera
operator and Peter who is a novice thought the camera was
not on him (gee he’s not camera shy is he…he’d be one of
those “actors” who complains that he’s not getting enough
camera time) and when he thought the camera wasn’t on him
he complained that it wasn’t. I could tell that the camera was
on him so that was enough for any director to “blow his top”.
We restarted on the next sequence and again my temperamental
“actor” this time walked “off the set”. It’s sure hard find a find
a well tempered “actor” these days. All in all we had a bloody
good laugh and whenever we watch this video, it cracks us up
Click on arrow to start video.
I will concluded the rest of the story of Orange on
my next post along with the photos I took at the
Botanical Gardens and then continue with the story
and photos taken at the Dubbo Zoo and the old Dubbo Gaol.