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.

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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.