With that being said, the King & I woke up early Wednesday morning so we could meet the bus in front of our hotel at 7:10AM. Since we had to get up early we didn't have time to sit down to have our hearty breakfast that morning. Instead we were able to arrange to get a boxed breakfast at the front desk at 6:30AM. I went downstairs after I got cleaned up & I brought them up for us. It turned out to be a great meal. It consisted of an apple, a banana, a juice box, a hard boiled egg & a croissant. As a result, we still we're able to eat well & we didn't have to overindulge.
After we ate, we went downstairs & we waited a few minutes then the bus showed up. It was an AAT Kings Bus which is a local tour company in Australia. We gave our names to David who was our driver & host for the driving portion of the tour. Since we decided to purchase the whole package they offered us we got to stay with David throughout the day. Like many native Australians we met along the way, David was a friendly mate. He narrated his escape from the rush hour traffic as he took the bus lane to pass numerous cars as we drove over the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge as we headed West towards the Blue Mountains & Katoomba which is the heart of the resort region of the area.
During the bus ride we got to see some videos to help us better understanding the different places we were going to see throughout the day. We also had access to WIFI on the bus which made it easy to reach out to family & friends too.
We made a number of different stops along the way as we got to attempt to see different attractions that Australia has to offer. Unfortunately mother nature didn't cooperate with us early on. As David said & I quote "hopefully as the day goes on the sun will come out so we can see the Blue Mountains." It was wishful thinking on his part.
Speaking of stops, we made our first one at Echo Point, Katoomba where we got to visit the Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza. In addition, we also got to see a show at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre. By doing so, we got to experience Aboriginal songs & dances which are part of their unique culture.
|Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza|
|Waradah Aboriginal Centre|
|Aboriginal playing an instrument|
|Aboriginal holding a boomerang|
|Aboriginal holding a tray of fire|
|Aboriginals doing a dance|
When we finished up we got back on the bus as David drove to the village of Leura, which is a suburb of the Blue Mountains where we had our lunch at a restaurant in the Leura Mall called Loaves and the Dishes Cafe & Takeaway. I wound up having spaghetti which came with a brownie & a bottle of water. It turned out to be a really good meal. As for the King, since he's so picky when it comes to eating, he decided to order the Asian chicken. He picked at it but he barely ate any of it. After we got done, we walked around the area as we checked out the shops that were there. When we finished, we went back to the bus.
|Featherdale Wildlife Park|
|Red Kangaroo with baby in pouch|
|Tasmanian Devil after eating|
|Sydney Olympic Park|
Stay tuned for a special post that will go into detail about what we did for dinner.
Thank you for reading & following along.