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Lifestyle : Blue Mountains 2012
1HERSA1 S003 Robert & Linda Cluff P: 02 6355 7305 F: 02 6355 1550 M: 0419624514 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.blackgoldcabins.com.au 121 Main Street, Wallerawang Crib Room Restaurant Wallerawang NSW Also caters for Conferences & Private functions invest in tradition www.garrypettitt.com 0423912466 Garry Pettitt - fine art Shelton Lea Bed & Breakfast 159 Lurline Street, Katoomba Ph 02 4782 9883 Mb 0414 360 031 Web www.sheltonlea.com Email email@example.com Shelton-Lea B&B offers rejuvenation, relaxation & romance. 3 well equipped private suites with own entrance, cosy & romantic, large 2 person spa bathroom & gas log fire. Continental & cooked breakfasts served to your suite. 4.5 Star AAA rated, close to all tourist attractions, Echo Point, restaurants, bush walks & galleries. Come & stay at Shelton-Lea B&B in the heart of the beautiful World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park. TCP Garden Tours Guided walks through world class private gardens Meet the owners and creators Bring or buy a picnic to enjoy in the tranquil landscapes Tour price includes all entry fees Departs Katoomba on Saturdays TCP Day Tours | Ph: 02 4759 3040 | www.tcpdaytours.com.au E: firstname.lastname@example.org | Find us on Facebook 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 Book your Blue Mountains Accommodation here See where it takes you ... Scan this code with your smartphone andtapon... getintonight.com.au accommodation and tourism association rh.com.au/lithgow rh.com.au/lithgow rh.com.au/lithgow Raine Horne Lithgow 6351 2222 Raine Horne Lithgow 6351 2222 Raine Horne Lithgow 6351 2222 Land 4.06 hectares Price Expressions of Interest Agent Jaharn Torok 0416 227 339 Land 5 acres Price $699,000 Agent Jaharn Torok 0416 227 339 Land 200.3 hectares Price $1,850,000 Agent Jaharn Torok 0416 227 339 Always Dreamed of Acreage? The Entertainer Easy Work - Stylish Play 3 4 4 1 2 2.5 1 1 2 AG4920123AA-300312 The Sydney Morning Herald Friday, March 30, 2012 3 SPECIAL REPORT Uplifting encounters It’s time to revisit some of the classic sites or introduce them to your children, writes Melinda Ham. Favourites . . . take in the views on the Scenic Cableway (above); check out memorabilia at the Railway and Toy Museum, featuring characters such as Tintin (below), Barbie, Blinky Bill and Ginger Meggs. S ince the late 19th century, the Blue Mountains have been a holiday getaway, and many iconic tourist sites that you may not have seen since childhood are still worthy of a visit today. The natural beauty and early colonial and indigenous history of the area are intertwined in these places and it’s possible to cover many of the sites in one day. THE THREE SISTERS One of the state’s most spectacular landmarks, the three bare-rock pinnacles, with Dreamtime significance for the local Gundungurra people, tower over the Jamison Valley. The tallest of the sandstone outcrops is 922 metres. You can gaze at them from the Echo Point lookout or walk down to the Queen Elizabeth or Prince of Wales lookouts on the lower levels. The more energetic can get closer by hiking down the path from behind the Visitor Information Centre via Honeymoon Bridge, along the Giant Stairway that eventually takes you to the valley floor. Access to The Three Sisters is free. Phone 4787 8877, or see environment.nsw.gov.au . SCENIC WORLD For a taste of a roller-coaster, head to the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest cable-driven funicular railway, which, since 1928, has taken passengers on a thrilling 415-metre drop down the mountainside into the rainforest below. A $20 million refurbishment to the railway is due to open in December with the company promising ‘‘new surprises that our visitors will want to experience again and again’’. Other Scenic World experiences include the Scenic Walkway (a two- hour walk to The Three Sisters), the Scenic Cableway and the Scenic Skyway. Family passes start at $40 for a return trip on the Scenic Skyway. Phone 4780 0200, or see scenicworld.com.au . RAILWAY AND TOY MUSEUM Leuralla is a grand heritage house at the bottom of the Leura Mall, built at the turn of the past century and home to the Evatt family. Dr Herbert Evatt was a noted politician, High Court judge, attorney-general and president of the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. But as well as having about five hectares of lush gardens and fascinating period furnishings, six rooms house the extensive NSW Toy and Railway Museum, with items from the 1920s to 1970s. Tintin fanatics can enjoy the latest exhibition of memorabilia, while Barbie’s evolution through the decades and Australian classics, such as Blinky Bill and Ginger Meggs, are also on show. The garden has a Matterhorn railway that travels through the middle of the mountain and other railroad mementos. Adults $16; children $8. Phone 4784 1169, or see toyandrailway museum.com.au. JENOLAN CAVES An hour’s drive west of Katoomba, Jenolan Caves are the oldest open limestone caves in the world, with 40 kilometres of winding passageways. Massive pillars, glittering stalagmites and stalactites, sparkling shawls and minarets are on show in 11 caves open to the public. The Gundungurra people call the area Binoomea – ‘‘Dark Places’’ – and carried sick people to the healing underground springs for centuries before local farmers James, Charles and Alf Whalan claimed to have discovered the caves in 1838. Today you can go on two self-guided tours of Nettle Cave and Devil’s Coach House or take a tour with an experienced guide, who will show you the wonders of the Temple of Baal, Pool of Cerberus, the Orient, the Imperial and other caves. You walk on raised platforms with handrails and lighting. The really daring can go on an adventure cave tour to the Aladdin, Plughole, Mammoth and River caves, areas that are not open to the general public. To experience the caves’ astounding acoustics, every fortnight you can hear classical, gypsy or didgeridoo concerts in the massive 50-metre-high Cathedral Chamber of Lucas Cave. Tour prices start at $70 a family for a cave pass or $75 a person for an adventure cave tour. Phone 1300 763 311, or see jenolancaves.org.au .
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