A post to this blog on August 11th was about the concept of the “sublime”. It occurred to me that there’s some scenery which I would class as pretty close to sublime, and within a couple of hour’s drive from Sydney in the Blue Mountains.
The Blue Mountains provide a plethora of wonderful views, not least from popular spots like Echo Point and Govett’s Leap. However, to my mind the sublime is best experienced in relative isolation, away from the trappings of tourism and commerce.
On the Bell’s Line of Road, between the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens and the turnoff to Mt Wilson, you will find a signposted turn off on the left (if you’re heading away from Sydney) to Pierce’s Pass. A dirt track lets you drive about half a kilometre down to a parking area. A walking track from there continues in roughly the same direction as the track you drove down. Follow this for about 20 minutes, keeping high where possible, until you come to the edge of the escarpment overlooking the Grose Valley. (There is also a track which takes you down to the Grose River, but that’s a much longer and more demanding walk.)
The view is even more dramatic if you can contrive to be there in late afternoon sun, with the cliffs opposite at their orange-brown best. (Photo by Emi Kabori)
Any other nominations for places that provide the accessible sublime?