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Lifestyle : Blue Mountains Special Report 2013
1HERSA1 S002 iG5899827AA-280313 For a free copy of the new Lithgow Visitor Information Centre Great Western Highway, (PO Box 19 Lithgow NSW 2790) T: 1300 760 276 or (02) 6350 3230, F: (02) 6350 3239 E: email@example.com iG5899562AA-280313 BOOK ONLINE @ YHA.COM.AU BLUE MOUNTAINS YHA HAWKESBURY HEIGHTS YHA S YHA f $100 twin ensuite/ double f twin/double $62 A glimpse inside my slice of the high life Inspired: James Willebrant. Picture: Stuart Spence From Page 1 Role model: Mathew Lynn's portrait of Tara Moss -- winner of this year's Archibald Packing Room prize. Picture: Danielle Smith Brown lives in Mount Victoria and is a former National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger and manager, who now splits his time between photography and environmental consultancy. Favourite places: "I love the lookouts at the times when the weather is changing. Being at one of those lookouts early in the morning or late in the evening or when the cloud is moving around and the rain is coming in, it is fantastic. "I particularly love the lookout at Govetts Leap and the walking tracks, especially lower down in the Jamison Valley area. It is interest- ing and diverse. ''I always try and encourage people to get out when the weather is changing and when it is getting misty and drizzly, it can be wonder- ful." Any secret spots? "I really enjoy the Gardens of Stone area, which is the rockier landscapes on the western edges of the Blue Mountains. The sandstone is characterised by lots of inter- esting rock formations -- pinnacles and towers and convoluted ironstone formations. Any- where in that country is just fantastic, and it is intricate and it changes every few metres." Colourful painter and former '70s rock- er James Willebrant moved to the Blue Mountains from Balmain 25 years ago. He lives in Leura with his partner Ida Halliday, a designer. "I love the atmosphere, the climate," says Willebrant, whose paintings have a pop art crossed with art deco feel. "We eat out a lot and there's lots of restaur- ants." Willebrant's work sells through galleries across Australia and locally at the Lost Bear Gallery in Katoomba and Leura. In the '70s, Willebrant sang in several Sydney bands including Clapham Junction, Toby Jug and Stafford Bridge. What inspires you? "I don't do your stand- ard landscape mountain scenes, like the Three Sisters and the Blue Mountains per se. The old kind of Californian bungalow-type buildings through the mountains really interest me and I've painted a few landmarks, like the big pink Grand View Hotel at Wentworth Falls, and The Clarendon in Katoomba, which is our big local music venue." Favourite restaurants: "We like The Rooster Restaurant in Katoomba, Hana Japanese in Leura, Pins on Lurline in Katoomba, and the new curry place in Leura -- the Tamarin. Silk's Brasserie in Leura is one of our favourites, and also Escarpment at Blackheath." M athew Lynn, the winner of the Packing Room Prize at year's Archibald portrait competition, lives in Blackheath. Lynn says he chose to paint Canadian-born author and model Tara Moss for his Archibald entry after watching her evolve into a public persona. "I think she's just very impressive with the way she is a real gentle woman but she does really know her facts and figures and can really speak within the context of what is going on," he says. Lynn lives near to Lynn Moss and he will often stop to talk to her young family when he's out walking his dog. "Blackheath is just a fan- tastic small community -- lots of creative peo- ple and not too big," says Lynn. "We all sort of know each other." Lynn lives with his wife Irene Traucki, a tutor at Mission Australia's Creative Youth Initiative in Surry Hills. Favourite mountain pastime: "I always have my camera or a little sketch book," says Lynn. "I love watching people and doing little figurative works and also atmosphere and light. Up here we get such incredible ranges of atmosphere -- even in one day you can get the cloud, the fog can come in and the sun will be there and then it will rain and then the sun will come out." Favourite haunts: "Great restaurants up here would be Ashcrofts in Blackheath, and also the Victory Cafe. "There are lots of wonderful secret spots up here, too. We do a lot of walking and swim- ming. Down in the Megalong Valley is wonder- ful, down the Megalong Creek. And just near us we have got the beautiful Grand Canyon Loop." BLUE MOUNTAINS & SURROUNDS Editorial feature produced for The Sydney Morning Herald by Clemson Text & Design Advertising Gautam Kapoor, 9282 1120, firstname.lastname@example.org Readerlink 9282 1569, email@example.com THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013 2
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