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Lifestyle : Blue Mountains 2012
1HERSA1 S006 Kubba Roonga Kubba Roonga Guesthouse See www.kubbaroonga.com for our latest offers! Midweek Getaway Special Enjoy a true Blue Mountains Escape! Stay 2 or more nights Midweek for the Special Price of $150 per couple per night with a full cooked breakfast daily and also receive a free upgrade to a queen spa room! 9 Brentwood Ave, Blackheath NSW | Tel: (02) 4787 5224 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.kubbaroonga.com AAA Arjuna Indian Restaurant 16 Valley Rd, Katoomba Bookings: 4782-4662 Tantalise your tastebuds to a delicious Indian feast created by our Taj trained chef while you enjoy panoramic views of picturesque sunsets. Your Hosts Milind and Razina Kher welcoming you Holiday Retreat in the upper Blue Mountains since the 1870’s Two cottages available. Single cottage for 4-5 guests or together for a group of family or friends, up to 10 guests. email@example.com www.larsenscottages.com.au ph: 0416 132 163 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 Blue Mountains New South Wales Autumn Midweek Getaway $149 Bed & Breakfast* • Licenced Restaurant • Lounge Bar with Fire Place • Heated Swimming Pool • Sauna • Tennis Court • Games Room • • Blackheath Golf Course across the road • Boarding Blue Mtns National Park, ideal for bushwalking • Under 2 hours from Sydney • Cnr Evans Lookout & Valley View Rd, Blackheath, NSW 2785 T: 4787 8108 • E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.redleafresort.com.au Call 1800 817 011 to book your Autumn Midweek Getaway Redleaf Resort *Based on 2 adults sharing a resort room. Sunday to Thursday night until 31/7/12. Delicious menus based on regional food Dine in the gallery with magnificent views to Sydney 83 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Village www.sassafrascreek.com.au ph.4573 0988 AG4990984AA-300312 6 Friday, March 30, 2012 smh.com.au SPECIAL REPORT Upsides of the outside Immerse yourself in the world-beating beauty with a range of activities, writes Ben Stubbs. Giddy-up . . . experienced and first-time riders can take on the trails of the Megalong Valley and Coxs River. Peek-a -view . . . stroll through the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. T he Greater Blue Mountains region covers an area twice the size of Brunei. It is an outdoor wonderland of amazing vistas, waterfalls, gorges and bushland, containing some of Australia’s most diverse flora and fauna. This is one area of NSW that is best enjoyed outdoors. Whether you like getting an adrenaline kick or prefer a leisurely garden walk, the Blue Mountains has something for everyone. HORSE RIDING Blue Mountains Horse Riding offers a variety of guided trail rides along Coxs River and the picturesque Megalong Valley. With billy tea, damper and maybe even a beer or two at the end of the ride, the company’s stockman rides offer overnight options so you can live the real ‘‘in the saddle’’ experience and stay in the Ranch Lodge. See megalong.cc/horseriding. BIKING With many trails situated higher than 1000 metres, the only way is down, and the valleys, gullies and hills of the Blue Mountains lend themselves to mountain-bike exploration. Be prepared to get down and dirty with trails that range from two-hour explorations of the terrain around Hanging Rock through to a fully catered two-day overnight trip towards Jenolan Caves. See lifesanadventure.com.au /mountain-biking-tours. CANYONING For an exciting adventure that’s a little bit different, the gorges and ravines of the Blue Mountains are ideal for experiencing some of the best canyoning in Australia. With ropes, a helmet and a sturdy wetsuit, you can climb, slide and jump your way to the bottom of a canyon selected by local experts. See high-n- wild.com.au . SURVIVAL If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Bear Grylls, or you would just like to know which plants you can nibble on, the High n Wild survival course is a great way to appreciate the Blue Mountains from an unusual perspective. You’ll learn navigation techniques, how to light a fire without matches and water- purification techniques. They run half-day, full-day and weekend courses from April to October. See high-n-wild.com.au. ROCK CLIMBING It is the fastest-growing of all the outdoor adventure activities in the Blue Mountains, according to the Australian School of Mountaineering. Rock climbing isn’t all about strength and aggression, it’s a ‘‘vertical ballet’’ that involves mental aptitude and grace. The Australian School of Mountaineering has a variety of courses – from knots to rope- handling for beginners through to multi-day intensives focusing on advanced climbing techniques on some of the mountains’ most challenging verticals. See climbingadventures.com.au. MOUNT TOMAH BOTANIC GARDEN For a change of pace, visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at the summit of Mount Tomah. This 252-hectare garden is great for a Sunday stroll or a family picnic. There are numerous themed gardens (including the Eurasian woodland, bog garden, brunet meadow and the heath and heather garden) and Aboriginal interpretation boards throughout the property to enrich the sense of history in this place. There is also a guided Lady Fairfax walk and a restaurant with outlooks across the Wollemi National Park. See mounttomahbotanic garden.com.au . DISCOVERY TOURS Try a Discovery Tour with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife rangers through the Wollemi National Park within the Blue Mountains. These interactive and family-friendly guided walks will help you learn about the old railway formation near the famous Zig Zag Railway and take you through the incredible glow-worm tunnel, with views of the Wolgan Valley along the way. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service runs numerous tours throughout the Blue Mountains. Bookings essential, phone 4787 8877.
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