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Lifestyle : Blue Mountains 2012
1HERSA1 S002 ENQUIRIES: Tel: (02) 4782 7999 or FREECALL 1800 801 577 76 MAIN ST KATOOMBA P . P . Cost effective from 1st April 2011 Concessions Available 29 Great Local Attractions JENOLAN CAVES TOURS ALSO AVAILABLE TOURS DEPART HOURLY FOR www.trolleytours.com.au Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest Q Theatre Company and studioQ Penrith Conservatorium of Music DYNAMIC CULTURAL ARTS AND EDUCATION FOR PENRITH AND THE BLUE MOUNTAINS jspac.com.au Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd Proudly supported by Penrith City Council www.blackheathholidays.com.au Tel 02 4787 8216 Blackheath Holidays • High Mountains Motor Inn has midweek specials • • Berkana is a 3 bedroom wheelchair accessible cottage • • Both In Blackheath. Blue Mountains. • Fine handmade jewellery and baltic amber Jewel Blue Mountains Gallery Visit the gallery 239 Great Western Highway Blackheath, Blue Mountains (02) 4787 6727 www.jewelgallery.com.au GLENBROOK PANTHERS BOWLING CLUB 1 HARE ST GLENBROOK. TEL: (02) 4739 1711 TURN RIGHT OFF THE HIGHWAY AT THE FIRST SET OF LIGHTS . COM/GLENBROOKPANTHERS Wine, dine & play. The jewel at the bottom of the mountain. Call 1800 115 186 www.staywellgroup.com/smh *Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Min 2 night stay, rate does not include daily ro om ser vicing. Bo oking is prepaid, no cancellations, block out dates apply. Valid 01/03/12 - 31/05/12. Quote Sydney Morning Herald when booking. 100 Leura Mall, Leura NSW Stay in a Studio or One Bedroom Apartment for 2 nights or more and SAVE 25%!* A brand of the A brand of the HOSPITALITY GROUP HOSPITALITY GROUP Blue Mountains Hot Deal! BLUE MOUNTAINS GRAMMAR SCHOOL Blue Mountains Grammar School Ltd Private Mail Bag 6, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782 For all enquiries phone: 02 4757 9000 www.bmgs.nsw.edu.au Growing Up with Us From Transition to Year 12, growing up with Blue Mountains Grammar School is fun and challenging but most importantly it is rewarding. Students are provided with a complete education and have every opportunity to achieve success in every area of endeavour. EST. 1933 515 Great Western Highway, Faulconbridge Phone: 4751 1804 Unit 4, 88 Batt St Penrith Phone: 4721 3948 www.uggboots.com.au Email: email@example.com “Keep Your Tootsies Warm This Winter” Australian Made Ugg Boots Sheepskin Cowskins Cowskin Mats Lindsay’s Café The Norman Lindsay Gallery 12 Norman Lindsay Cres, Faulconbridge NSW 2776 Phone/Fax: (02) 4751 9611 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lindsayscafe.com.au 15-17 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath, Blue Mountains 02 4787 6002 Victory Theatre Antiques Blackheath 50 fabulous stalls and Cafe ‘The Largest Antique Centre west of Sydney’ Open 10am - 5pm, 7 days AG4918338AA-300312 2 Friday, March 30, 2012 smh.com.au SPECIAL REPORT A Herald Special Report ■ Editor Bellinda Kontominas, email@example.com ■ Advertising Richard Emanuel, 9282 3303 , firstname.lastname@example.org ■ Readerlink 9282 1569 ■ Cover photo Getty Images Winning ways to weather the wet If things turn grey, cosy up and experience another side of the mountains, writes Keeli Cambourne. Indulge . . . Katoomba’s Yindi Day Spa is one of many in an area known for pampering. R ain, hail or shine, the Blue Mountains don’t disappoint. The panoramic views of the sandstone cliffs and the distinctive blue haze that covers them from the eucalypts can in fact be magnified with a spot of wet weather. But if walking in the rain is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other attractions and sights in the majestic mountain landscape. One of the most iconic is the Zig Zag Railway, which is open every day except Christmas Day. The steam trains and rail motors run from Clarence station on the Bells Line of Road and the track is considered one of the great engineering feats of its time. The Zig Zag crosses three sandstone viaducts during its 210-metre descent. The Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath is a prime example of why the Blue Mountains were the getaway of choice last century. Opened in 1904, the hotel was the place to go for Sydney’s social set but has been closed for several years and is expected to reopen later this year after an extensive refurbishment. Just behind the Hydro Majestic is one of the best-preserved gatekeeper’s cottages in the Blue Mountains and on the north side of the railway line is the Old Post Office at Medlow Bath, now an antiques shop and bookstore and a great place to stop for a coffee. Heading west, Bilpin offers not just great mountain scenery, with sandstone walls and canyons, but also orchards and vegie stalls. The historic village has a variety of local artisans displaying everything from metalwork to ceramics, art, opals, dried flowers and Russian antiques. Wet weather doesn’t dampen the spirit of an avid shopper and as well as a multitude of boutiques in the mountain villages, the Leura Mall will brighten even the most waterlogged day. The mall combines a modern shopping experience with cafes, restaurants and galleries. The Bygone Beautys tearooms, also in Leura, don’t just offer a great cuppa in traditional silver-service style, they include an antiques emporium featuring the world’s largest private collection of teapots, with more than 3000 on display. Art lovers can stop at Faulconbridge on the way to Leura to visit the National Trust’s Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum, which features works by the famous Australian artist responsible for the classic children’s book The Magic Pudding. Visitors can browse through the museum and buy reproductions of Lindsay’s work at the gift shop, then stay for lunch at Lindsay’s Cafe. Rainy days are great for curling up in front of the TV but if you want a bigger thrill on a bigger screen, try the Edge cinema in Katoomba. As well as showing blockbuster movies in its new cinematic complex, you can book into the VSJet flight simulator, which can take you on a journey over any city in the world, with you at the controls. At the end of your trip, take away a complimentary high-definition DVD of your experience. For a more sedate and intimate movie experience, try the Glenbrook cinema – a single-screen, independently owned and operated venue, where all tickets are just $10. Or the gorgeously quaint Mount Vic Flicks, which markets itself as ‘‘the way cinema used to be’’. The Blue Mountains area is known as one of Australia’s best pampering destinations and a spa treatment is a great way to relax during a downpour, or even a drizzle. There are a range of experiences, from the ultimate indulgence of the Spa Sublime and Yindi Day Spa in Katoomba or iKou in Leura to an exquisite Japanese garden and bathhouse experience at Sparadise at South Bowenfels, near Lithgow.
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