The trip ended up taking quite a bit longer because we started it just before rush hour. Every single bus that passed our stop was so full that we only got a wave from the driver as he sped past. After about ten buses and forty-five minutes, we finally flagged down a cab that took us to Bondi Junction, where we started the train journey. We got into town so late that the restaurant where we planned to have dinner was actually closing for the evening, so we ate instead at the local tavern.
Where I grew up, going to the "local tavern" would probably mean stopping at the pub down the street, a hole-in-the-wall next to a grocery store that changes name every few years. In Minchinbury, though, the Lone Pine Tavern was a huge building with multiple seating areas, a play area for kids, an attached bottle shop (with drive-through!), and an extensive menu. TJ tried his first burger with beetroot on it!
After a night of staying up late and catching up, we woke up in the morning and asked the GPS to take us to the Blue Mountains. We spent the morning at the Three Sisters, a beautiful rock formation that everyone in the area flocks to for picture taking.
Leaving the Three Sisters, the afternoon storms were starting to roll in. Our original hiking plans weren't looking quite as promising, so we headed to the best "indoor" place in the area - the Jenolan Caves!
Ania and Sam had packed a great picnic for lunch, so we grabbed a quick bite while we were waiting for our tour of the caves to start.
Then we packed up and headed into the ground for our tour of the Imperial Cave. Impressive doesn't even begin to describe it.
There was even a river at the bottom of the cavern. With all the rain lately, the river had flooded a few times and prevented the tours from going down that deep. For our tour, the river had receded just enough to let us walk through the mud to view it.