Walk First, Eat Later

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During our trip to Blue Mountains, we spent some time outdoors on one morning when the fog started to clear up. From Fairmont Resort to the lookout point at Echo Point, it was about 10 minutes of cab ride. We were glad that we decided to take the cab instead of walking the 6.6km that we initially planned to, for there was more walking that we needed to do when we reached! The sky was still a little foggy by the time we reached, so we couldn’t get a good view of the famed Three Sisters at first.

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The Three Sisters hidden in fog

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A glimpse of the Three Sisters

If you don’t already know about the story of the Three Sisters, their names are Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo (906 m).

The commonly told legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters (Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo) lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe (the Nepean tribe), but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters. A major tribal battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back. – Source: Wikipedia

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Information board

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Shadows of the clouds

Fortunately for us, the fog started to clear up soon, and we had a better view of the Three Sisters. From the lookout point, we walked towards the direction of the Three Sisters where the Giant Stairway path started. The signboard said “Very steep – strong walkers only”. We should have seen that before we started climbing down the stairs, really.

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Saucer at the mountains

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Three Sisters 

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Giant Stairway – Strong walkers only

The first few flight of stairs were made from stone and hence appeared less steep, so we kept going. But as we descended, we came across a few flights of stairs made from steel and they were incredibly steep! All the time we were climbing down, I was thinking “How are we going to make it back up?”. We went on and on, without realizing how many steps we had taken. Some parts of the stairway were quite scary because we could literally see through the gaps of the stairs into the deep valleys below. Those were the times that we had to keep reminding ourselves not to look down.

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Steep staircase

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View from the Giant Stairway

We must have walked at least 500 steps that morning, before we decided that that was it. There were a total of about 800+ steps to the bottom, but we knew that it would be quite a feat coming back up. The steps looked like they went on forever! And good thing we did turn back at the right time. For we found ourselves huffing and puffing on our way up the steep staircase. At some point, I couldn’t feel my legs!

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Halfway down the Giant Stairway

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Echo Point

Finally, we managed to reach the point where we started from, filled with relief. We made it! After the hard work, we went back to the hotel and took a good rest before heading down for dinner. To reward ourselves, we had a nice fine dining dinner consisting of 3 courses. The first course was King Prawn and Avocado Tian, Lime Creme Fraiche, Salmon Caviar and Crisp Lavosh. This dish was served cold, and I could taste a generous amount of fresh and succulent king prawn wrapped within.

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King Prawn and Avocado Tian, Lime Creme Fraiche, Salmon Caviar and Crisp Lavosh

Saucer chose the Marinated Lamb Cutlets on Creamed Garlic Polenta, drizzled with Basil Oil and Parmesan Shards. I had a bite of this and thought it was nicely flavored. It also came in quite a sizable portion considering it’s meant to be a starter.

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Marinated Lamb Cutlets on Creamed Garlic Polenta, drizzled with Basil Oil and Parmesan Shards

For the mains, both of us chose the 220g Eye Fillet on Sweet Potato and Spring Onion Fritter topped with Pesto Mushroom and Red Wine Jus. Of all the elements on the dish, my favorite was the pesto mushroom! It was executed perfectly with all the gorgeous pesto flavors blending well with the earthy and juicy mushroom. I wish we had more than one piece of this. The eye fillet was thick and nicely cooked to medium rare but I thought it lacked of flavors. It could do with more seasoning, or perhaps a better jus.

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220g Eye Fillet on Sweet Potato and Spring Onion Fritter topped with Pesto Mushroom and Red Wine Jus

Last but not least, for dessert, I had the Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake while Saucer had the Pear and Apple Strudel filled with Honey and Pecan. Both desserts were top notch! I loved mine and Saucer enjoyed his. The cheese cake was dense, smooth and came in a huge portion! For the first time, I had difficulty finishing the dessert, not because it wasn’t good but because I was overly full. One thing for sure though, we certainly didn’t feel guilty on pigging after doing so much hard work climbing the stairs! :)

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Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake

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Pear and Apple Strudel

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Comments

  1. says

    Yes, Blue Mountains and the Three Sisters…. I went there too.. er.. in the year… 1994.. I think you were still a young teen then.. hahaha.. I would love to go to Australia once again.. still under “planning” and “discussion.”
    About the food, what can I say?? I would surely ‘attack’ the dessert first.. hahaha..

  2. says

    interesting legend and intriguing view! i have a fear of heights though, so i probably wouldn’t have been able to do this. i’d just join you for a meal after that, heh :D

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