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Lifestyle : Blue Mountains Special Report 2013
1HERSA1 S003 The 10 must-do attractions for visitors High society: Adventurous types can try abseiling down cliffs such as this, near Katoomba. Photo: Jon Reid/JHR It's one of the great tourism regions of Australia, but where do you start? Katrina Lobley lists 10 essential sights. Continued Page 4 Allure: Leafy Leura. Picture: Kristjan Porm 1 Enjoy an adrenalin rush with one of the adventure companies (try climbingadventures.com.au, highandwild.com.au, bmac.com.au) in Katoomba. Sign up for canyoning, rock-climbing, abseiling, mountain-biking, river- rafting or bushwalking and explore little-known spots such as the "dry" Tigersnake Canyon in Wollemi National Park. In the Megalong Valley, go horse-riding with Megalong Australian Heritage Centre (megalongcc.com.au). Werriberri Trail Rides is on the Jenolan Caves Road (australianbluehorserides.com.au). Those who prefer their action on a manicured golf course can try Blackheath, Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, Lawson and Springwood. 2 Hark back to the Victorian era at the elegant 1882 Carrington Hotel in Katoomba's main street. Once considered the only serious rival to Raffles throughout the British Empire, the hotel boasts an elaborate stained-glass fac ¸ade and Doric columns along the veranda. On warm days, the front lawn serves as a de facto town square where locals enjoy the sun. When it's cold, retreat inside where a grand high tea -- including scones with jam and cream and savoury pastries -- is served on Sundays from 2.30pm. The Carrington is also one of several mountain destinations that celebrate Christmas in July. Its Yulefest dinners run from Jun 29-August 3. 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba. thecarrington.com.au 3 The Blue Mountains are at their most alluring in autumn. Stroll the tree-lined streets of Leura and Blackheath and kick up fallen yellow, orange and red leaves then head to the nearest cafe ´foracupof something warm (Blue Mountains Chocolate Company near Echo Point does a mean hot chocolate -- using dark, milk or white chocolate pellets - complete with a candle- warmed cup). THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013 THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD3 BLUE MOUNTAINS & SURROUNDS Specialising in Antiques The Victory Theatre 17-19 Govetts Leap Road Blackheath 2785 t: (02) 4787 6126 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.blackheathjewellery.com Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Line Bracelet by Ti any & Co.
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