Katoomba Falls

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from a ball hugging 270 metres above the ground in some crazy designers idea of a joke, a glass bottomed cable car 😉

Well it was not that bad i suppose, but whilst I would not call myself one afraid of heights, this kind of thing still gives me pause for thought:) oddly enough i do not have the same thought when cruising at a few thousand feet above a airport in a dinky little plane, bizarre, i am sure you could write volumes on the psychology of that..

So.. our friendly cable car / skyway guide says to us, "so anyone afraid of heights?", followed quickly by;
"well its too late.. here we go"
this was then backed up with" you are now 270 metres above the valley floor, twice the height of the Sydney Harbour bridge"
but this was the kicker comment
"it would only take the cable car 6 seconds to get to the bottom if it broke" (or something close to that)..

righto..thankyou for that mister optimistic 🙁

Nonetheless the view is nice, the falls are pleasant and the view out the bottom is.. well feels like your looking straight down 😉 We were fortunate enough to get a break in the weather as we went across so I thought i would get a shot of the falls from a different perspective, different in the sense that most of my waterfall images are from the base of waterfalls and involve some trekking and a tripod + filter.

This one is a single shot, not filters, no tripod and while hanging the camera half out the cable car as we trundled across on one of Austria's best products..the cable car. I guess if ya gonna trust your rear end in a cable car, then one built by those who build the ones in the french and Austrian alps, then this would be a good bet.

check out the person at the top of the falls for a bit of scale..

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/125s
ISO 400
out front – fresh air and 270 metres straight down.


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54 thoughts on “Katoomba Falls

  1. Stunning scene and cool perspective +Gerard Blacklock!! Your post description cracked me right up!! 🙂 I can soooo relate….re phobias of being inside anything dangling from a cable and well above a valley floor!! Btw, I found Wally! 😉

  2. cheers +Tom Testone , i have been on the railway down to the valley a couple of times over my life, however never been on this one, definitely worth it, even if it literally only goes for 2 minutes..
    It has really changed up there now, very modern and touristy.. which is good i suppose!

  3. +Elizabeth Testone
    🙂 yeah i think thats it, hanging from cables, steel cables, subjected to loads and stresses every day – metal fatigue comes to mind and I hope the engineers have got it right with the inspection intervals on the cables 😉

  4. lol great pic there +Gerard Blacklock​. I've forgotten the link but I used to use one of the CCTV cameras on the main building to check on the weather up there. You could get a couple of minutes control to pan around and see the conditions in real time.

  5. Yep that's the one +Gerard Blacklock and thanks for the other links. There are some amateur astronomers who broadcast their all sky cams (usually a ccd with a 180° circular fisheye mounted in a little perspex dome pointing straight up) which are handy for the meteor showers when you personally are clouded out. I'll see if I can find the links for you once I'm back at home. ​

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