That’s not a view…THAT’S a VIEW!

If Mick Dundee, from the movie ‘Crocodile Dundee’, was standing here I bet that’s what he would say.*

Hassans Wall Lookout, The Blue Mountains, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

Australian Sphinx?

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I’ve been to places that are higher but not many that have the spectacular sheer drop to the valley floor like Hassans Walls. The ‘Walls’ are pillars and buttresses of sandstone rising above the fertile Hartley Valley, in Australia’s Blue Mountains.

Even Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia, didn’t give me quite the same dizzy sense of height, since it’s already on the highest plateau of the Australian Alps and the other peaks and ranges aren’t far below.

‘Hassans Walls Lookout is the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains at approximately 1,100 metres above sea level.’ [Destination New South Wales website]

View from Hassans Walls, New South Wales, Australia

View to Coxs River Valley, I think

The Walls afford a mind-boggling view across the Hartley and Coxs River Valleys. Even on the drizzly, overcast day we were there we could see farms and dams, the smoke plumes from distant power stations, and to the right, the highway twisting away from the escarpment.

Hassans Walls view to Hartley Valley, New South Wales, Australia

View of Hartley Valley

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To me, Hassans Walls is just as magnificent as Echo Point at Katoomba, with far fewer tourists so you can get more up-close and personal with the splendour. Bench seats perch on the cliff edge. A fenced walkway leads across the rock platform to a pulpit-like column. And a small natural cave provides a unique bunker to view the panorama.

Hassans Walls towers and cave, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

Magnificent rock walls! See that cave at the top middle…

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Hassans Walls cave, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

…you can go inside!

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But the only thing about Hassans Walls is… who was Hassan?  

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Photos taken Easter 2009, with my old Canon PowerShot A550

Another of my photos of Hassan Walls Lookout here

* Mick Dundee: “That’s not a knife. [he pulls out a large bowie knife] … THAT’s a knife.”

[Quote from Crocodile Dundee (motion picture). Dir. Peter Faiman. Perf. Paul Hogan, Linda Linda KozlowskiJohn Meillon. Rimfire Films, 1986.]

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Hassans Walls Reserve tourist drive, Lithgow Tourism: http://www.lithgow-tourism.com/hassans.htmAnd it’s only 45 minutes to Jenolan Caves from here.

Hassans Walls Reserve in the Blue Mountains, near Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

145 km from Sydney CBD (2 hours 4 mins)

287 km from Canberra CBD (4 hours 1 min) [Google Maps]

The Great Australian Bite? (‘One Shot Wonders’)

Hassans Walls Lookout is one of those jaw-dropping, no-words-do-justice kind of place. A place that mesmerizes and leaves you quiet and still.

I couldn’t help but think of the countless feet – with shoes and without – that had walked over the rocks. 

It’s ancient land.

Hassans Walls Lookout, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

On this trip to the Blue Mountains, in 2009, we drove the back roads between Oberon, Jenolan Caves, Hartley Valley and Lithgow.

It was our first trip out after a long time. I needed a soul kind of place.

On the drizzly, overcast day, and on this side of the Blue Mountains, there were far less tourists than the more famous Three Sisters and Echo Point at Katoomba. We could stop and take it all in almost undisturbed.

And an added special moment was that we met a local volunteer guide who was just there, happy to show his local pride and have a chat. He had as companion a young female dingo, on a leash, who sat patiently, attentively, for her master.

Seemed right, in this place of all places.  ♦

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‘One Shot Wonders’ series

Photo taken Easter 2009, with my old Canon PowerShot A550

Another of my photos of Hassan Walls Lookout here and my full post on Hassans Walls here.

Hassans Walls Reserve in the Blue Mountains, near Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

Hassans Walls Reserve tourist drive, Lithgow Tourism: http://www.lithgow-tourism.com/hassans.htm

145 km from Sydney CBD (2 hours 4 mins)

287 km from Canberra CBD (4 hours 1 min) [Google Maps]

Puddle rock (‘One Shot Wonders’)

After a week and more of stifling, searing, can’t-do-anything heat we headed for the hills!

And it rained!!

My ‘rain dance’ worked!

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Sadly, another camera card failure and my photos of our day trip are lost?! (I took emergency photos on an old mobile phone, to be downloaded when I work out how.)

So instead, the photo is of a rock puddle we found while walking at Hassans Walls Lookout in the Blue Mountains, near Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, at Easter 2009.

So my phone photos might be a surprise lottery windfall for later. Fingers-crossed!*  ♦

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Water, ‘One Shot Wonders’ series

Photo taken Easter 2009, with my old Canon PowerShot A550

Another of my photos of Hassan Walls Lookout here and my full post on Hassans Walls here.

* ‘Fingers-crossed’ – hoping for good luck

There’s water in those hills (‘One Shot Wonders’ series)

With New Year resolutions and year-in-reviews ringing in the day, I thought back through my first 6 months of blogging. I realised that I have taken many more photos than these posts could fit.

So during these Summer holidays I will feature my passed-by photos to give them a bit of the spotlight after all.

This will be my ‘One Shot Wonders’ series, one photo posted daily during January.

The fuller weekly post will still be at the end of the week showcasing local happenings and destinations with more photos.

So here’s our first One Shot Wonder…

Good Hope Road, via Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Good Hope Road, leading to Lake Burrinjuck

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Good Hope is on the eastern arm of Lake Burrinjuck and only 16.6km from Yass town (about 15 minutes drive). How wonderful is that!

And this is the view from the road down!

The photo was taken in September after some long-awaited rain. Sadly all is very dry and browned off now in the summer heat.

Good Hope has become a regular cruising route for us, especially on sunset. We love to check out the rising and falling height of the lake waters (a water catchment reservoir).

Worth another look I’d say to see where it’s up to at the moment! I can feel another drive down there coming on.

‘One Shot Wonders’ series