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Lifestyle : Blue Mountains Guide
1HERSA1 S003 A142886-250311 Penrith Valley Experience a trip to Just a short one hour commute from Sydney or two hour drive over the mountains, experience adventure, nature, hospitality and retail therapy! For ideas on what things to see-and-do when you get here pop into the Penrith Valley Visitor Information Centre. Penrith Valley Visitor Information Centre Open 7 days between 9am -- 4.30pm Panthers carpark, Mulgoa Road, Penrith Ph: 1 300 736 836 www.penrithvalley.com.au www.penrithvalley.blogspot.com Free Relaxation Massage Discover beautiful cottages with Massage and Facials on site -- pure heaven. "Just wanted to let you know that we all had a fabulous weekend at Lavender Manor, and the massages/facials were amazing! Thank you so much, and we just loved it. It was exactly what we all needed... the beds were so comfy and we all wanted to take the doonas home with us. Thanks again for the great weekend -- we really did enjoy it! Cheers, Bec" To celebrate the opening of our new property the Lavender Majestic, mention this ad and we will arrange a FREE full body massage during your stay OR book online at www.lavenderbluemountains.com and use the following code: SMH22311 Girls Getaways and Indulgent Escapes our Speciality. www.lavenderbluemountains.com Tel: 0412 884 061 OPEN 7 DAYS 6am - 4pm Ph 4757 3737 293 Great Western Hwy Wentworth Falls NSW • Award Winning Pies - Over 40 Varieties • Dine In or Take Away • Parking Behind the Building Master Bakers Alexander & Nicholas Schwarz are a father and son duo who have been established since 1986. Specialising in Traditional German delicacies, including their famous Krumfen & Bretzels. Supplying savouries & sweets to major hospitality establishments in the area. A must visit for all your Easter treats & speciality German delights including Easter marzipan and Easter hot cross buns. 30 Station St, Wentworth Falls | PH: 4757 3300 Lindsay s Caf The Norman Lindsay Gallery 12 Norman Lindsay Cres, Faulconbridge NSW 2776 Phone/Fax: (02) 4751 9611 Email: email@example.com www.lindsayscafe.com.au The Sydney Morning Herald Friday, March 25, 2011 3 Take your vows in a magical setting For a wedding steeped in history or surrounded by nature's beauty, it's hard to beat this area, writes Bruce Elder. Ceremony sites . . . Norman Lindsay Gallery (top) is ideal for artistic couples; the Carrington Hotel. Photo: Sahlan Hayes G one are the days when a couple, looking to celebrate their wedding, booked the local clergyman at the local church and worried about whether the reception should be in the local hall or the local pub. ''Exotic'' and ''original'' seem to be the defining contemporary considerations, with celebrants dressed like Elvis Presley and venues ranging from skydiving to underwater caves. But for something sensible, accessible, romantically beautiful, spectacular and deeply historic, it is hard to go past the Blue Mountains. The region is probably the oldest wedding destination in Australia, having been in the business for more than 130 years. Ever since the railway from Sydney reached Katoomba in 1876, the Blue Mountains have been noted for their gracious homes, dramatic vistas across the Jamison Valley and Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness and superb English-style gardens. Central to all this, and still one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the mountains, is the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. Built in 1882 and still rich in Victoriana, the Carrington has entertained royalty -- the Prince of Wales stayed in 1920 and the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927 -- and by the 1930s, it had become emblematic of the entire Blue Mountains, which had acquired a reputation as the honeymoon capital of Australia. Today, couples looking for something more modern can choose from the region's newer hotels. A good starting point is Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, which specialises in smaller weddings of up to 100 people. Ceremony sites here include the Pine Forest, with views over Jamison Valley, and the Oak Lawn, where guests walk through a rose garden. Another option is Echoes Luxury Boutique Hotel, the cliff-top garden of which is its most popular venue. And if your guests want a round of golf before the ceremony, it's hard to beat the Fairmont Resort, which sits beside the Leura course. Couples wanting a floral backdrop can opt for most of the great gardens in the mountains. One favourite is the Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, on Bells Line of Road, where the Wedding Tree Terrace, the Residence Garden, the Formal Garden, the Brunet Meadow, the Northern Pavilion and the area known as the Beach are all popular wedding sites. Equally impressive a venue, particularly for couples wanting a touch of the 1930s and a beautifully preserved art deco home as the backdrop, is the Everglades Historic House and Gardens at Leura, which is set in five hectares of European- style landscaped gardens with waterfalls, grottoes and spring floral displays on the lilac, cherry and agapanthus terraces. If you want to be overwhelmed by the spectacle of Blackheath's rhododendrons, a wedding among the blooms at the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in October or November is a smart choice for couples wanting a smaller ceremony. The intimate locations in the gardens are capable of holding as few as 12 (the Gazebo Top Garden area) and as many as 60 (the Garden Shelter and Valley area). For sheer quirkiness, and a wedding that you can talk about for decades to come, there is always the exotic option of being married in one of the Jenolan Caves. For a modest $660 (that's for a wedding before 5pm) you get two Jenolan guides, who will accompany you down into either the Cathedral Chamber of the Lucas Cave, the Orient Cave, the Temple of Baal Cave or the Devils Coach House, where there will be a signing table, complete with tablecloth, for the bride and groom to immortalise their happy day. Couples wanting to be above ground can always opt for a wedding beside the beautiful Blue Lake or at Carlotta's Arch. If you like the idea of a moveable wedding -- it probably helps to have a train enthusiast in the party -- there is always the Zig Zag Railway between Bell and Lithgow, where the Blue Train, comprising carriages dating from 1889, can be booked. And for artistic couples looking to surround themselves with images of naked women and satyrs in charming gardens, there is the option of the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Gardens at Faulconbridge. Of course, this can also be a place where you can celebrate childhood memories of The Magic Pudding.A wedding where the food never runs out! Now that's a thought. SPECIAL REPORT
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