As part of my desire to see more of Australia, I had decided to actively begin focusing more of my travel locally.
Australia is a land of many wonders, but I had been clearly far too caught up in my own personal travel snobbery to fully appreciate what was there in front of me.
One place that I had not explored enough was the Blue Mountains. I had been there previously a few years ago, but an injured knee had meant that I had been confined to the house whilst the others had went for their walks.
On a cold weekend, a group of friends and I gathered in cars and fought through the evening traffic to our destination in the mountains. It was a surprisingly short drive and we were at our destination in under an a couple of hours. It was dark when we arrived so there was no point in exploring at that stage. We immediately began to enjoy ourselves and we woke with sore heads the next morning.
To clear our heads, we decided to go for a walk.
Only a short distance away, we found something incredible.
We explored and we continued walking. The scenery, all dense and green, was unexpected. I still often think of Australia as a barren place due to my upbringing in the midst of the Australian drought, so I am continually amazed by the life that can often be found only a short distance away from barren hills and empty plains.