Some Sights on Blue Mountains Day Tour

Glow Worms

The Glow worms in the Tomah/Berambing region are a lesser known attraction in the Blue Mountains. This is largely due to the inaccessibility of the site.

 

Thousands of spectacular glow worms have creates a colony in the Tomah/Berambing region. They are fascinating creatures in their own right, but even without any understanding of their lifecycle or the chemical processes that produce the light the sight of a colony of glow worms are quite poetic. Some have compared the sight of glow worms to illuminated undersea coral, others to the night sky. Really, all natural phenomena are unique.

 

Abseiling

Not for everybody, but those who do like this find they like it a lot. Katoomba is the home of Australian School of Mountaineering. As abseiling and mountaineering require considerable skill and substantial equipment the use of an instructor is mandatory.

 

Museums

Today’s world is the result of a long and ongoing historical process. Capture some of that history in one of many museums.

  • Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
  • Norman Lindsay gallery and Museum
  • Valley Heights Locomotive Depot
  • Waradah Aboriginal Centre.
  • Leuralla Toy and railway Museum
  • Hawksbury regional Museum
  • Kurrajong Radio Museum
  • Ferry Artists Gallery

And many others.

 

No Blue Mountains Day Tour can cover all the points of interest in such a large area. The Mountains are worth a few visits. There’s always more to see.

What Customs Officals Look For in Korea Tours and Japan Tours

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Custom officials on Japanese Tours

There should be two or three forms you fill out on the plane before landing. One is the declaration form, and there may also be a Quarantine form. As well as name, birthdate and flight details you must also give the address you intend to stay at.

Forbidden items include:

  • Virtually any drug. Do not even try to take drugs into the country.
  • Any guns or firearms
  • Any explosives
  • The materials to make chemical weapons. With many flights even the liquids are restricted lest they be combined into an explosive.
  • Any counterfeit monetary items, including counterfeit credit cards.
  • Any obscene materials, including pornography or literature though to be immoral. Laws about child pornography are particularly harsh.
  • Anything that infringes upon intellectual property rights.
  • Any endangered or protected animals.
  • Any products derived from endangered or protected animals. e.g.: ivory.

Restricted items:

  • Live animals. These may not be approved.
  • Food including meat or vegetable matter.
  • Animal products that might carry any risk of parasites or inflection.

Forbidden items entail a severe legal penalty. Restricted items are usually just confiscated.

BLUE MOUNTAINS DAY TOURS- COMMON QUESTIONS

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What should I wear on a Blue Mountains Day Tour?

The weather varies from summer to winter; and it will tend to get colder after dark. It tends to be slightly lower in temperature than the coast. Summer is moderately warm and sunny; wear a hat and use sunscreen; a jacket might be advisable at night. Winter can literally get icy; appropriate cold condition clothing is essential.

Consult the weather report the night before your tour:

http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/katoomba.shtml

The only consistent requirement is comfortable walking shoes.

 

Can’t I just take a train to the Blue Mountains?

You can take a train to the general area, but getting around will require a car or bus connections. There are some good bus routes, but PJ tours remains popular because we look after all the travel details and include the best sites.

 

What is the historical background?

The first white settlement was in Sydney 1788. There were several known attempts to cross the Blue Mountains in the following years. An 1813 attempt by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth was successful, hence the sites names after them. A road was built in 1814, and the first buildings in 1816. Train-lines were slowly constructed during the 1860s.

There may have been Europeans who crossed the mountains early on, but this was kept secret as authorities at the time did not want the convicts to see this as a possible means of escape. Of course, the indigenous Aborigines had already occupied and cross the mountains for centuries.

Why the name and Colour?

There were some other names for the region back in the 1780s. It was briefly called Carmerthen and Lansdowne Hills, but the name Blue Mountains soon came to be preferred. The colour of the region, when seen at a distance, is thought to be caused by light scattering off oil particles in the atmosphere. These particles are from the large number of eucalyptus trees in the mountains.

On a Blue Mountains day tour will I see Kangaroos and wildlife?

In the wild, quite possibly. At a zoo, quite definitely.  Featherdale Zoo will even let you take photographs with some animals.

 

 

Seoul City Tours

BUSSES

One of the may transport option in Seoul, busses allow you to get around quite cheaply. These depart from various blue sign poles around the city, and cost about $10.oo (10 000 won). The guide will give some information on the various parts of the city as you pass through them, and this is get for those wanting a brief introductory overview. Find the places that interest you and spend some more time there later

Busses depart 9am to 7pm all days except Monday. A late nigh run between 8 and 10 pm also operates.

RESTAURANT FOOD

There are the places designed for tourists and there are the places the locals eat at, though we do a disservice if we imply these are completely separate. Traditional restaurants are popular with locals, but tend to be a ‘special occasion’ venue. At the same time many small eateries serve traditional food, and are very cheap by western standards. Many Koreans eat out on a regular basis as it is quite economical to do so; sit down meals can be as little as $5.oo. Strangely, you can pay as almost much for a cup of coffee as for the main dish.

STREET FOOD

Street food is something to try in Korea. Very different from the fast food we have in western culture (though they do have Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin Donuts) it seems closer to a small size buffet. Street foods are part of the Seoul city Tour experience.

Fish cakes are popular and won’t seem too odd to western tastes. They are usually boiled and eaten with some soy sauce. They are occasionally fried.

Fish cakes should not be confused with Fish bread, which is merely shaped like a fish. These are a little like a fried donut with sticky red bean paste inside.

Walnut cakes are something like a muffin but with azuki beans and walnuts inside; good for a sweet tooth.

Many street foods on the Seoul City Tour are spicy items on a stick. But if you find this a little extreme you can find corn dogs or popcorn chicken, all made a little differently because of the local influence. While the traditional foods continue a lot of mixed dishes arise because of the cross cultural influence. Try various local ice creams or Koran waffles.

All Seoul tours

All Seoul Tours is a specialist tour guide company based in Seoul. They cover a variety of attractions including Travellers Number 1 choice DMZ Tour, Seoul City Tour and also a Korea Ski Tour. The Demilitarized Zone in Korea is the last separating barrier between North and South Korea. The Seoul City Tour covers a variety of attractions in Seoul including the Jogye Temple, The National Folk Museum, Changdeok Palace, Insadong Alley, Jinseng Centre and Gyeongbokgung Palace. Lastly the Ski Tour (based in Incheon) is a fantastic opportunity to travel down the terrain and meet new people on the tour.

Cosmojin

Ever visited a country, leave it and regret that you could have experienced it better with better planning? Tour guides are important (usually on the first couple of days) when arriving at a foreign place. It is important to gather your bearings and have first-hand knowledge about where you are, what you plan to do and the environment that you will be interacting with whilst you are there. In Korea, Cosmojin has over 15 years of experience managing their Seoul City Tour. Tour highlights include the Gangnam District, Myeongdong, Changdeokgung, Bukchon traditional house village, COEX Aquarium, Garosu-gil, Kpop and tourism centre and the Gingeng exhibition centre.

Dolphins

The name ‘dolphin’ come from Greek, means ‘womb’ and refers to the fact that this sea creature gave birth to live young and not eggs. The young are termed ‘calves’; there is usually only one born at a time.

There are about forty species of dolphin ranging in size from a little over one metre to nine meters. Breeding between species is rare but does occur both in captivity and in the wild.

The eyesight and hearing of most dolphins is excellent, though individual types such as the Indus dolphin have poor eyesight. The excellent hearing of dolphins is used for echolocation, which is of great benefit to all the different species and essential for the poor sighted Indus. Dolphins do not appear to have a sense of smell in the ordinary sense, but their sense of taste may function in a similar way to smell when the creatures are underwater.

Part of the popularity of dolphin sighting is their social behaviour. It would be hard for tour groups to find isolated animals; the fact that dolphins stay in groups, and that the groups can be friendly towards humans, is what makes dolphin tours possible. The social inclination of dolphins includes learned behaviour as well as instinctual interactions; dolphin parents have been known to teach younger calves to use tools and modify mating displays.

The learned behaviour of dolphins means that 99% of dolphin watch cruises at Port Stephens successfully encounter dolphins in the first hour of so. The approximately 140 bottlenose dolphins that live in there have learnt that the tourist on the boats are friendly, and actively seek out their company.

All Seoul Tour DMZ

After the Berlin wall that (thankfully) went down in the late 1980’s, Korea’s DMZ, the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South, is the most famous military site of its era. It is not only the most heavily guarded area in the world but also (inadvertently) the site of a unique nature reserve.

The western part of the wall is a popular tourist site for visitors to South Korea, and only about an hour journey north from Seoul. As there is no public transport a guided tour is the best option for visitors. A guided tour takes care of the many details of the trip, including the DMZ entrance fee and checking the passport requirements before departure. All visitors must have a current passport with them at all times.

Amongst the many historically significant sites in the DMZ are the North Korean tunnels. Four have been discovered, with one, the tunnel of aggression, being open for public inspection. This particular tunnel was uncovered in 1978 after a tip from a defector. With a length of about 1600 metres, and internal dimensions of about 2 m width and height, it is the largest tunnel known. Though well-guarded visitors may enter and inspect one of the internal barricades that mark the North/south boarder. Photography is not allowed in the tunnel.

Both sides of the demilitarized zone have peaceful villages in sight of the military facilities. The Daeseong-dong village on the south side houses South Korean citizens who are exempt for military service and taxes. The Kiljong-dong village on the North side cannot be visited by tourists from the south. This village appears as a luxurious group of brightly painted multi-story buildings with modern conveniences, but is suspected to consist of unoccupied, empty buildings put up merely for propaganda purposes.

The nature reserve around the DMZ is an unintentional product of the imposed political boarder. As people were kept out of the area the local wildlife was free to live without threat. This, along with the diverse geography of the area, resulted in some unique animal species. The extremely rare Siberian tigers, Amur leopards and Asiatic black bear are thought to survive here, with several types of rare crane that are often depicted in Asian art. Along with 2900 plant species there are 70 mammals and 320 known birds that survive, perhaps exclusively, in this nature reserve.

The DMZ tour provided both an important look at the historical sights of the Korean military situation, and some extremely rare Asian flora and fauna.

Easy Go Shuttle – Airport Shuttle Services

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Easy Go Shuttle – Sydney Airport Shuttle Services


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I would greatly recommend your shuttle service to anybody who is visiting Sydney at any time in the future.

Anytime Shuttle – Sydney Airport Shuttle Bus Sydney

Book at the right time: this is twofold. First is finding a time for your vacation that is not in the most popular season of the year. Weekends are more popular than weekdays, and hence more expensive. The same goes for school holidays and the Christmas season. If your destination is not dependant on the time of year you will find it cheaper to book in a less popular season. Else, even in popular seasons the weekdays are less expensive than the weekends. And remember that when it comes to airfares some flights are booked for business travel, not by tourists. If you can find a cheaper time to fly you might still find the tourists venues are not that crowded.

In addition to when you actually go on the vacation, booking in advance often helps. There are websites that let you compare deals, and let you estimate the optimum time to book in advance. The disadvantage being that is may not be possible to change your mind.

For accommodation, try look for something other than traditional hotels. Hostels are cheaper. And for longer term accommodation there are rental homes and apartments. Some owners of time share apartments will rent out their one week once-per-year allotment for a reasonable fee. Many are happy to just get something for the apartment when they can’t use it. Also, accommodation not next to major tourist sites tends to be more economical, though transport costs can be an issue.

Live like the locals do. There’s no excuse for not using the internet and researching your destination. The venues designed to attract tourist tend to take advantage of the situation and overcharge. Find the attractions that the locals use, and lesser known beaches, the non-tourist eateries …etc. You may have a better trip for it.

Avoid restaurants and use other options. Cooking you own food is no more expensive than it is back home; treat meals like a picnic Else, delicatessens are more economical. If you do eat out, you may find lunch menus are cheaper than evening meals. It can help to stock up on discount coupons.

For some trips, especially cruises, it pays to use a travel agent. The money saved on making connections, discounted services, members only events and upgraded facilities can more than compensate for the travel agent fees.

Avoid transport hassles by booking a shuttle bus to and from your flight or cruise. Public transport is time consuming, and quickly eats into your holiday time; and it tends to be most expensive when you are traveling to the Airport. Nothing is neater or cleaner that being picked up and dropped off at your own home; and it’s still quite cheap if you have a small to medium group sized group.