Mar 142010

Canyon's Edge Veranda at Lilianfels

My buddy Jerry and I drove a couple of hours west from Sydney up to Lilianfels at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.  A bit toasty after an intense Mardi Gras weekend in the city, we wandered out to a veranda overlooking a lawn beside the dramatic Jamison Valley.  The Valley is in fact one of the Coxs River canyons, draped by a heavy eucalypt forest.  Just a few meters from where we sat the lawn fell hundreds of meters over the edge of a vertigo-inducing sandstone cliff.

A waiter brought wine and cheese.  The ambiance couldn’t have been more Victorian nor more Australian.  Yet Lilianfels is peopled with cosmopolitan international travelers.  It’s all very 2010.

As we sorted ourselves after our journey, conversation slowed and we became quiet.  Immediately the sound off thousands of tinkling bells echoed up from the canyon at our feet.  The waiter, observing our mystified amazement, filled us in with a big, friendly grin, “It’s bellbirds, mates.”  Birds?!  Belteshazzar105 has recorded them for us.  Have a  listen.  You’ll be enchanted too:  Bellbirds in the Jamison Valley below Lilianfels

Lilianfels' Swimming Pool

Lilianfels at Cliff's Edge

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