10 June, 2013

Newnes State Forest Glow Worms and Sunsets

This weekend, being a long weekend (Queens Birthday Weekend), means a lot of people get out of the city for the bush for a bit of camping. I use to do the same, and want to get back into some more camping! BUT, on the weekend, we did two things; one was to go to the HARS (Historical Aviation Restoration Society) on the Saturday, whilst on the Sunday, it was to head to the bush in the Newnes State Forest!

the task for the day, was to visit the Glow Worm tunnel, and to try and get a sunset photo against the sandstone walls behind the Katoomba/Blackheath area! So we drove up to to where the Zig Zag Railway 'TOP Station' was (recently closed operations) and waited for a mate to arrive, before heading into the tunnels! When we arrived, I was SHOCKED to see, SO many cars!! there would have to have been 40-50 cars (mostly 4WD's)! The walk through was, well, 'interesting, as there was a lot of kids, with torches, shining up onto the tunnel where the little glow worms are :(. However, we all saw some on the way through. Upon exiting the tunnel into the 'Valley of the Ferns', everyone seemed amazed at all of the tree ferns!

Valley of the Ferns
Valley of the Ferns
Valley of the Ferns
Tree Fern
Valley of the Ferns
Valley of the Ferns

After walking back through the tunnel, time was running short to where we wanted to get to for the sunset, and whilst driving, the sky didn't look as though we would get anything anyway. As we got closer to the carpark, we decided to head back to the top of a hill, and see what we get. A great decision, as we had all of 10-15 minutes, of which, I was very pleased we got...

Newnes State Forest Sunset Panorama
Newnes Sunset
Newnes State Forest Sunset
Catching the last rays of sunlight
Newnes State Forest Sunset
I am SO glad to have turned around…

Hoo roo for now...

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