According to an Aboriginal Dreamtime legend, Meehni, Wimplah, and Gennedoo once lived in the Jamison Valley of the Blue Mountains. These three sisters had fallen in love with brothers from another tribe, and tribal laws forbade them to marry. The brothers abducted the sisters, triggering a terrible war. In an attempt to protect the sisters, a witch doctor turned them to stone. Tragically, he was killed before he could restore them, and The Three Sisters remain today, magnificent pillars of stone, in Katoomba, a drive about two hours west of Sydney.
Searching, finding and finally booking international flights to Sydney through websites such as Sydney Flights Accommodation, Flight Centre or Skyscanner, will no doubt play a key role in your travel plans to this one-of-a-kind world class city, where you can explore The Three Sisters, Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and so much more. You’ll be flying into Sydney Airport, either on a domestic or international flight, and you will be able to take advantage of a variety of convenient transportation options to your accommodations, including taxis and limousine services, light rail, or buses.
Bondi is one of the best known beaches of Sydney and even the world, but Palm Beach and Whale Beach, though less well known, are not to be missed. Palm Beach is located about an hour from the Opera House. One of the cleanest beaches in the area, Palm Beach has a relaxed atmosphere and is ideal for surfers. Whale Beach is one of Sydney’s hidden gems, perfectly suited for family picnics or swimming in the 25-metre ocean pool.
Finally, the Bondi to Coogee Beach Cliff Walk is a must-do for people of all fitness levels. A city like Sydney with gorgeous weather year-round is perfect for outdoor activities like walks. The Bondi to Coogee Cliff Walk passes along Sydney’s eastern beaches, and you can choose to walk the entire six kilometres, stopping for a swim or lunch at one of Sydney’s beaches or restaurants along the way, or you can take it in shorter spurts, if you prefer. Spectacular coastal views and occasional Aboriginal rock art will delight you every step of the way.
About 300 miles north of Darwin lies a part of Australia exceptionally rich in wildlife, with picturesque rock walls and spectacular waterfalls where rivulets gouged their way through rock creating what is now known as Katherine Gorge. Katherine Gorge located in the Nitmiluk National Park is a world-renowned system of 13 gorges in total.
Visitors can explore Katherine Gorge by boat, canoe, or even helicopter. Swimming or walking can bring an even closer look, giving guests of Katherine Gorge a thrilling peek at the fresh water crocodiles and, during the wet season, their larger saltwater cousins, and unusual birds and the other creatures that call this amazing place home.
The dry season in Katherine Gorge runs from April to October, bringing with it quiet waters ideal for idyllic canoe rides or easy swimming. Several boat cruises of varying length can get you from here to there with ease. The wet season brings more active waters, and though your options for exploring the waters of the gorge may be more limited, the stunning rapids more than make up for it.
Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park are owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginals and offer the opportunity to study Aboriginal culture and history along with rock art. More than 100 kilometres of walking trails wind through the rainforests, sandstone plateau, swamps, woodland, and rivers of the gorge. Some trails take just a few hours, while others can take a full five days to traverse.
If a visit to Katherine Gorge is on your agenda, it is important to keep in mind that swimming and canoeing are limited during the wet season between December and April, but walking, boating, and flights are still available. Entry to Katherine Gorge is free.
Nitmiluk National Park may be off the beaten path for many visitors to Australia, but exploring Katherine Gorge provides its own rewards. Whether you enjoy a three-and-a-half hour boat cruise during the wet season or spend a week walking and canoeing the gorges during the dry season, Katherine Gorge will provide you with the adventure of a lifetime in what is undoubtedly one of the loveliest spots in the country.