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Contents 4

Welcome from Mountain Whispers

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About Mountain Whispers

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Mountain Whispers Accommodation

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Indulgences at Mountain Whispers

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Experience the Four Seasons of Mountain Whispers 12

Blue Mountains Summer Escape

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Blue Mountains Winter Wonderland

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Blue Mountains Spring Rejuvenation

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Experience the Autumn Colours

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Escape back to nature

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Mid-week travels

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Where to Dine

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Where to Shop


WELCOME FROM MOUNTAIN WHISPERS 1300 721 321

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Leura & Katoomba, NSW

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LIFE IN THE MOUNTAINS: ABOUT MOUNTAIN WHISPERS Life in the mountains is spectacular, and Mountain Whispers offers you the chance to discover the Blue Mountains area in luxury, whilst providing you with a taste of yesteryear. With four multi-award-winning luxury accommodation options, each ideally situated within the world heritage Blue Mountains villages of Leura and Katoomba, each property has been lovingly restored to the reflect the grandeur of days gone by.

channels, unlimited Wifi and multi-room music. A sophisticated back-to-base alarm system in each home gives you peace of mind while you are on holidays. When you stay in a Mountain Whispers property, you’ll go home feeling totally pampered and at ease – everything has been thought of, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy your Blue Mountains getaway…..away from it all.

Each historic home features antique period furnishing, romantic bedrooms, spa bathrooms and luxurious inclusions such as chocolates, fine wine, fresh flowers and mouth-watering breakfast supplies sourced from quality local suppliers. We invite you to step back in time, to indulge in the completely restored properties that reflect an elegant bygone era. All of the Mountain Whispers properties include modern luxuries to ensure your complete comfort while you relax in style. Central heating, air conditioning, heated bathroom floors, large flat screen televisions complete with premium cable

Lorraine

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MOUNTAIN WHISPERS ACCOMMODATION

Leura Rose

Leura Rose is a classic Blue Mountains weatherboard home fitted out with all the modern luxuries. Built in 1914 as a mountain retreat for a wealthy Sydney merchant, you can now enjoy its warm ambience, luxurious appointments and leafy gardens on your own mountains getaway.

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Strawberry Patch

A cosy, secluded and romantic cottage in Leura, Blue Mountains. This century-old cottage has been meticulously restored to offer you a luxurious and private retreat just around the corner from Leura village.

The Gatsby

A unique Blue Mountains getaway – relive the romance of the Art Deco era at The Gatsby. Perfectly located on the doorstep of the region’s most famous attractions, this is a luxury self-contained cottage, meticulously restored in unmistakable Art Deco style.

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Varenna

Relax and unwind in Leura’s finest self-contained luxury accommodation. In 1906 Varenna was owned by Miss Matilda Cowper, grand-daughter of Arch Deacon William Cowper, daughter or the Very Reverend William Macquarie Cowper (Dean of Sydney) and niece of Sir Charles Cowper, five time Premier of New South Wales. Varenna has been fully restored for you to enjoy.

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INDULGENCES AT MOUNTAIN WHISPERS One of the wonderful things about getting away from it all and going on holidays is the chance to indulge in ways you normally wouldn’t. Here at Mountain Whispers, we can offer you a range of indulgences to suit your requirements.

Private Chef & Private Waiter Spoil your loved one with a night in. Have your meal cooked by our professional chef, and be waited on by your private waiter.

In-house Pampering There is nothing like receiving a relaxing massage, facial or pampering session surrounded by the comfort of your Mountain Whispers accommodation. Our in-house therapists come to you – no need to leave the house.

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Spoil Your Loved One We have a range of indulgences to spoil your loved one while at Mountain Whispers. Book in for a facial or massage, or pre-arrange cakes, scented candles, your favourite bottle of red, chocolates or champagne on ice. Lorraine can help make sure your stay at a Mountain Whispers property truly subliminal and certainly exceed your expectations.

Vintage Experience Tour the Blue Mountains in style with our vintage tours. Hire a vintage car and driver and take a tour of the Mountains without worrying about directions or getting lost. Dress up in style, and have a day like no other. If a vintage style wedding is all you’ve ever dreamed of, Mountain Whispers is your wedding destination

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Experience the Four Seasons of MOUNTAIN WHISPERS

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BLUE MOUNTAINS SUMMER ESCAPE The Cableway is a great way to explore the Jamison Valley. This 510 metre journey gently descends into the Jamison Valley, returning you to the top of the escarpment. From the Cableway, you’ll have unique views of the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls. If you disembark at the bottom station, you can access the Scenic Walkway and meander through 2.4km of Jurassic rainforest. The Cableway is the steepest and largest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere and is a must do.

Scenic World There is a really lovely way to experience the Blue Mountains, and you don’t need to drive to five different places to do it.

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Suspended 270 metres above ancient ravines, with views of the rainforest canopy through the glass floor, the Skyway is a great way to discover the Blue Mountains. Throughout the 720 metre journey, you’ll get the best views of Katoomba Falls, the ThreeSisters and Jamison Valley. You can disembark at the east station to access lookouts as well as bush trails down to Echo Point.

If you’ve ever wanted to just sit back and glide through the rainforest than the Scenic Railway is for you. The Scenic Railway is the steepest passenger railway in the world, and features glass-roof carriages so you get great views from every angle. With adjustable seats, you can customise your journey, from laid back through to the cliff hanger. The railway will take you through a cliff-side tunnel bringing you out into ancient rainforest in the Jamison Valley. If you hop off at the bottom station, you can access the Scenic Walkway. The Scenic Walkway is a great way to finish off the day. It’s a 2.4km walk through ancient Jurassic Rainforest in the Jamison Valley. You can explore the coal mining history including an old mine entrance, replica miners hut and bronze statue. There are a number

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of walks from the walkway, and we recommend taking time to enjoy a peaceful minute or ten in the open-air Rainforest Room.

Jenolan Caves A trip to the Blue Mountains isn’t complete without a visit to the Jenolan Caves. These are the most visited limestone caves in the country, and as soon as you walk in, you’ll discover why. There are ten different tours which let you explore these ancient caves. The Chifley Cave is one of the shorter cave tours, making it perfect for the whole family. You’ll be surprised at every step of the way, with large limestone crystals draped chambers, and a great ‘spar’ crystal example. The Chifley was the first cave in the world to be lit with electric light, and was one of the earliest users of light bulbs in the world. You’ve probably seen photos of the ‘Broken Column’ and the Lucas Cave is its home. This is one of the most visited of the caves, and if you have time to visit only one, make it the Lucas – you’ll be taken away with glimpses of the pure underground river. If you’ve come to the Jenolan Caves to see crystals, then the Diamond Cave is for you. Incorporating the Imperial Cave and the Diamond Cave, the Imperial follows a mostly level path along an ancient river passage. In the Diamond branch you’ll find pure white crystal formations, and if you look closely, you’ll find

them tinted with shades of pink. The “Gem of the West” is an amazing formation of helictites, stalactites, stalagmites, shawls and wave crystals and is an absolute must see. This tour gives you the opportunity to visit the Jenolan Underground River through a 66 step spiral staircase. The River Cave is a favourite with visitors as it takes you underground to the ‘River Styx’ which appears as pools of blue water, as well as the ‘Pool of Reflections’. This is a deep illuminated underground lake which produces incredible reflections. As part of this tour, you’ll also see the huge ‘Queen Esther’s Chamber’, ‘Queen’s Canopy’ and the ‘Grand Column’. If you’re up for something more adventurous, try the adventure caving and night cave tours.

Self-drive tours When you’re ready to explore the Blue Mountains, take yourself along one of the many discovery trails in the region. The Greater Blue Mountains Drive website has a range of trails, including the types of roads you will be travelling along and how long each route should take you. Each trail has a start and end point, many of which are close to the Mountain Whispers properties.

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Discover Govetts Leap and Evans Lookout on the Blackheath – Megalong Valley trail, Echo Point and Sublime Point on the Blue Mountains Drive, Glenbrook Gorge and multiple waterholes on the Glenbrook drive, or the glow worm tunnel and Wollemi National Park on the Newnes Plateau drive. There are a range of drives differing in time and distance; whichever you choose to do, you’ll certainly discover some special places along the way.

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http://www.greaterbluemountainsdrive.com. au/the-drive-in-detail/discovery-trails/all-discovery-trails If you are coming in from Sydney, you can follow the Botanists Way route which takes you from the Hawkesbury Valley through to Lithgow. To get to the Mountain Whispers properties, turn off at Bell and travel through Mount Victoria and Blackheath. You’ll pass the Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, Mount Wilson, Mount Banks and Burralow Creek.

If you are driving to the Blue Mountains from the south, consider taking the Tablelands Way drive. This lovely drive will take you from Canberra, through Goulburn, Taralga, Oberon and Lithgow. Turn off at Lithgow toward Katoomba and Leura. Along this drive you’ll discover old European villages, spectacular scenery and unspoilt country side. http://www.greaterbluemountainsdrive.com.au/the-drive-indetail/themed-touring-routes/ tablelands-way

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Horse Trails

Food & Wine Tours

If you’re looking for an amazing way to spend a few hours here in the Blue Mountains, you can’t go past the TCP Horse Trails tour. Combine a horse riding tour with a wine tasting tour and you have a great day out.

If horses aren’t for you, TCP also run a lovely food and wine tour of the Blue Mountains which includes morning tea, lunch and wine tasting. This is one day not to indulge in breakfast! You’ll visit a coffee roaster, our famous pie shop, a secluded winery and a well-stocked deli and cellar.

You’ll be picked up at your Mountain Whispers accommodation, and whisked away to the Megalong Valley where you will meet your horse, and make your way across fields and along tracks. You’ll ride through the river and head off for your wine tasting.

You’ll be picked up from your Mountain Whispers property and whisked off to the Megalong Valley to start your morning with a delicious homemade Devonshire Tea including scones, cream and blackberry jam at a charming cottage. You’ll then go on to visit a boutique winery, tasting their award winning wines. For lunch, you’ll head to an ecofriendly restaurant, and then it’s off to a local coffee roaster where you’ll learn the art behind roasting coffee beans and brewing tea.

If you’ve never explored the Blue Mountains on horseback, this is a great place to start.

Afternoon tea will see you sampling four different cakes at our famous pie shop, and then you’ll finish up the day at the deli and cellar with a private wine and local produce tasting session.

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Adventure Sports There are so many ways to discover the Blue Mountains including via adventure tours. Life’s An Adventure run walking tours including a Valley of the Waterfalls tour which includes the spectacular Empress Falls; while the Ruined Castle walk takes you through the Jamison Valley climbing the Ruined Castle, as well as a ride on the Scenic Railway. The Blue Mountains Adventure Company is for the more adventurous with canyoning, hiking, abseiling and climbing with a range of tours available. You can abseil and canyon through the Empress Falls, Wollemi National Park or Fortress Creek Canyon amongst others. Learn how to rock climb, or combine an abseiling and rockclimbing tour, or undertake a two hour, half day or full day hiking tour through the Blue Mountains.

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BLUE MOUNTAINS WINTER WONDERLAND Winter Magic Festival

Held in June each year, the Winter Magic Festival is a free community event held to celebrate the winter solstice in Katoomba. The date of the Winter Magic Festival changes each year depending on when the winter solstice falls. It is one of the highest profile events, with many local residents and tourists alike looking forward to the town being overtaken by artists, musicians, dancers, choirs, stalls and community events. The entire town becomes a performance space. There are a number of other fringe events which happen around the same time as the Winter Magic Festival, that are well worth taking a look.

Yulefest Enjoy winter in the Blue Mountains with Yulefest. Held between June to August each year, many venues and businesses offer traditional Christmas style events. Take in the warm Blue Mountains hospitality, sit by the log fires, enjoy traditional Christmas fare and join in a few singalongs. Winter brings a sense of cosiness to the Blue Mountains, turning the green rolling hills into a winter wonderland. Each venue will have different events running throughout the winter.

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and past the Katoomba Falls. Stop for a quick coffee at the Katoomba Falls Kiosk before making your way back to the car.

Winter Walks & Drives

Keeping warm in winter doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the wonderful scenery in the Blue Mountains. Follow our motto of “keep it short, keep it brisk, keep rugged up” and you’ll find plenty of sights to visit during winter. Visit the Three Sisters and take in the view from Echo Point. There is also an easy 1km return walking track to Lady Game Lookout, or continue on the short path to Honeymoon Bridge. Take in Sublime Point Lookout in Leura by following an easy track and crossing an amazing ravine before getting to the lookout. Take the short walk along the Leura Creek down to Leura Cascades. Follow the path along to the Leura cliffline before heading back to the park. The Wentworth Falls Lookout is only a few minutes walk from the carpark at the picnic area and is one of the most stunning waterfalls in the Mountains. It it’s not too cold, stop for a quick lunch break before heading back on the road.

Indulgences & Pampering at Mountain Whispers When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than snuggling up in front of the fire or being pampered. Mountain Whispers offers a range of indulgences and pampering that you can spoil yourself or your loved one with including in-house facials and massages. Book in your private chef and waiter for a romantic dinner or for your proposal, and organise indulgences like champagne on ice, long-stemmed roses, scattered rose petals or delicious gourmet chocolates for your arrival. Talk to Lorraine when you make your booking about organising your indulgences and pampering.

Valley of the Waters provides access to the Queen Victoria Lookout, Empress Lookout and Lyrebird Lookout. You can explore the upper section of the track up to Wentworth Pass, and walk over several waterfalls.

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The Katoomba Falls Circuit is a short 1.5km circuit which winds down through the rainforest

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Vintage Experiences at Mountain Whispers

a vintage 1929 Cadillac and you have a wedding to remember for years to come. Our Mountain Whispers properties have been the accommodation and photo shoot location of choice for many brides and grooms to be over the years.

It’s time to don your feather boa, polish your pearls and pop on that fedora and be prepared to be swept away in your very own 1929 Cadillac. Experience the grandeur of days gone by and feel like a “lord and lady” for the next two hours. The Blue Mountains flourished in the Edwardian and Art Deco era, evidence of which can be found dotted all around the villages of Leura and Katoomba, and this vintage tour, complete with historical narration and adornments for you to wear, will transport you back to yesteryear. There’s something about the Blue Mountains that brings out the love of history and vintage style. Your Vintage Cadillac tour guide will provide you with historical commentary of the villages that isn’t well published as well as seeing historical places off the beaten track and away from the typical tourist areas. Once you’ve finished your tour, come back to Mountain Whispers and complete your day with a meal cooked by your own private chef and served up by your own waiter. If you’re looking for somewhere for your vintage (or modern) wedding photos, all four Mountain Whispers properties will suit your style. Team your photo shoot with

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BLUE MOUNTAINS SPRING REJUVENATION Like most places around the country, Spring is a time for renewal. In the Blue Mountains, Spring brings a bounty of plants and animals, making for some wonderful photo opportunities, as well as giving you plenty to look out for. Spring really is garden festival season, so if you love exploring the Spring blooms, September through to November is a great time to visit. September is traditionally the driest time of the year, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out and about. But it’s not just the gardens that need to be seen. The valleys, gullies and mountains are awash with colour. Spring is also the time for falling in love all over again, so treat your loved one to a special Spring holiday to Mountain Whispers.

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Garden Festivals The Blue Mountains comes alive with garden festivals in Spring. The Leura Gardens Festival is a yearly event, generally held around the October long weekend for a two week period. The gardens taking part in the festival are open from 9.30am – 4.30 each day of the festival and for a small fee, you’ll get access to all gardens in the festival, as well as the National Trust run Everglades Gardens. There have been a number of gardens that have participated over the years. In 2016 there are 13 gardens participating in the festival including Illion and Waitangi which feature some amazing deodar trees that are over 100 years old, an urban forest, lush garden beds, a pond, walled vegetable garden and a maple garden. Rob Roy is a piece of Mountains history. The property was once the home of noted local gardener Colin Slade through the 1970’s and 1980’s. Rob Roy is now home to an eclectic mix of gardens including an amazing array of daffodils, while scattered throughout you’ll spot pieces of

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decaying sandstone which were once part of Sydney’s Supreme Court, Central Station and Bondi Beach Public School. Tandella is set on an acre of land on St Andrews Road, and has been designed as a park-like “open plan” garden. Upon entering you’ll come across two standard weeping Japanese maples. Further in you’ll notice two wonderful Scottish Elms, and a mix of hellebores, fuchsia, azaleas and ice-capped hydrangeas. Blue Vista is a spectacular garden, and was established by well-known local identities Harry and Mary Hammon. Harry Hammon owned and operated Katoomba’s Scenic Railway (now Scenic World) for almost 55 years and was known as the father of tourism. Mary Hammon established the Blue Mountains Health Trust and established the gardens at Blue Vista. While the weeping linden tree hides the house from the street, around the back you will find ponds, wandering paths and an amazing view of the escarpment over to Mount Solitary and the Three Sisters. Blue Vista has been reopened for the 2016 festival and is a must see while it is open.

Open Gardens There are a large number of open gardens in the Mountains region, that are not only open in Spring but throughout the year. In Mount Wilson, both the Yengo Sculpture Gardens and the Nooroo Gardens are open during Spring and Autumn, while Breenhold Gardens is open on weekends in Spring and Autumn and weekdays throughout the year. Other gardens open year round include Windyridge, Merry Garth and Sefton Cottage. Other Spring garden openings include Glenhaven in Leura, the Annual Hazelbrook Woodford Garden Festival and Francesca Park in Springwood. Other gardens open throughout the year worth a visit include the Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens in Mt Tomah and Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in Blackheath (enjoy a Devonshire Tea in October).

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Nature comes to life in Spring While the flowers are blooming, our wildlife is slowly coming to life. The female Antechinuses with their young start appearing in October. The Antechinuses is a small mouse-like marsupial that is native to Australia. You’ll often see them in the rainforest, dry and wet Eucalypt forest and open woodlands. Because they are so small, you’ll need to keep a lookout for them.

The Sugar-Gliders, Ringtail Possums, Yellow-bellied Gliders and Pygmy Possums are all moving around as well, while you might hear the call of a Brushtail Possum as the spend Spring mating. If you’re really lucky, you may get to spot an Echidna. If you do see one, stand still and don’t make any quick movements. An Echidna can burrow quite quickly, which means you might only get a glimpse.

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Apart from the mammals, a number of reptiles and insects start to be seen (or heard). In Spring, a number of lizards start to come out of hibernation. Some of our lizards can be quite small, so watch where you step when you’re in the National Parks, and if you hear some shuffling around in the leaves, stop and wait – you might get a glimpse of a Blue Tongue. After equinox, the Perons Tree Frogs start their calling, and in a good year, the Whistling Tree Frogs will still be calling. A number of butterflies start to become active in October and November including the Nellies Glen Butterfly, the Common Brown Butterfly and the Caper White Butterfly. The Cicadas emerge in Spring, and we know Christmas is on the way when the Christmas Beetles emerge. Spring is another wonderful time for bird watchers and photographers to visit Mountain Whispers. In September the Rufous Whistlers and Sacred Kingfishers are on their way back to the Mountains, while the Satin Bowerbirds, Kookaburras, and

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Channel-billed Cuckoos are making themselves seen. In October, the Satin Flycatchers are on the return, while the Black-face Monarchs, Rufous Fantails and Koels arrive on their southern migration. November sees a lot of birds hatching, and you’ll often hear the hungry cry of young birds.

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EXPERIENCE THE AUTUMN COLOURS The Blue Mountains come alive with colour in Autumn, and with the weather starting to cool down, this is a great time to escape the last of the summer heat in the city. Mark the first day of Autumn with the equinox in March. Autumn is a special time in the Blue Mountains and it’s the perfect time to take in some sightseeing. The sunsets are particularly amazing; watch as the sunset lights up the sandstone walls showing off the gulley’s and gorges. Echo Point is one of the best viewing spots, but Cahills Lookout and Narrow Neck Lookout are amazing spots to relax and watch the sunset over the Jamison Valley.

The Fairmont Resort runs morning yoga classes taking in the spectacular views of the Jamison Valley on Saturday and Sunday mornings for an hour from 8am. You will need to give them a call to let them know you’re coming, but this is a fantastic way to start the morning before heading off to explore the region. If you prefer to spend an hour or two meditating first thing in the morning, or anytime during the day, you’ll find plenty of spaces to take some quiet time, from parks and lookouts through to gardens and national parks.

Clifftop Yoga We all know that yoga is one of the best ways to wind down, relax and let yourself escape from the daily grind.

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“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” – The Bhagavad Gita

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Mountain Biking through the Mountains Mountain biking is a great way to explore the Blue Mountains. Below, you’ll find four of the most popular and most favoured mountain biking tracks in the Mountains, suitable for both novice and experienced riders. Oaks Trail, Woodford Less than 20km from your Mountain Whispers accommodation, you’ll find the Oaks Trail which starts at Woodford and trails through to Glenbrook through the Blue Mountains National Park. This is a great full day ride exploring the mountains.

valley with a trail known as Blue Gum Swamp. Riders have recommended taking the track anti-clockwise the first time you ride it. The Blue Gum Swamp track is a 35 minute drive from your Mountain Whispers accommodation. Narrow Neck, Katoomba Narrow Neck is a challenging ride, but is still suitable for both novice and experience cyclists. The track winds along the elevated platform of Narrow Neck Peninsula. Along the way, you’ll capture some breathtaking views, wild flowers, and photo opportunities. You’ll get to experience everything on this ride, travelling through open forest, heath and swamplands. Narrow Neck is a 9.5km one way trip, and its suggested to give yourself at least two hours each way.

The Oaks Trails is a 27km (one way) trip and the full round trip should take you about seven hours. Faulconbridge Point Lookout This is another popular ride, following the mostly smooth and sandy Grose Road to an amazing lookout at Faulconbridge Point. There are some hills, but the track is fairly level and the surface is smooth so it’s a great option for a beginner. The Faulconbridge Point ride is 6km one way. Take some lunch and enjoy views over Grose Valley. Blue Gum Swamp, Winmalee This 10km loop takes in Shaw’s Ridge and Springwood Ridge, separated at the bottom of the

While Spring is traditionally the time plants are in bloom and animals are on the move, Autumn is also a great time to experience the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains

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Animals Greater Gliders are often welcomed into the world in April in the Blue Mountains. These are the largest of the glider species, and you’ll often find them in the Eucalyptus trees. You’ll need to keep your eyes out for these little guys – they are silent and rarely heard, living in the open woodlands and Eucalypt forests. The Whistling Tree Frog starts to call from March through to September, and you’ll find them inhabiting swamps and creeks in woodland, forest and cleared land. As their name indicates, this tree frog makes a whistling noise. Listen out for the Whistling Tree Frog when walking through some of our National Parks Autumn is the perfect time to visit Mountain Whispers if you love bird watching and photography. There are a number of birds out and about, so keep your eyes peeled wherever you’re visiting. In March, you’ll have good chances of spotting Silvereye (migrating north), Tree Martins, Satin Flycatchers (migrating north), Rose Robins, Thrushes, Brown Gerygones, Red-brown Finches, Gang Gangs (feeding on the Scribbly Gum and Peppermint Gum seeds), and Currawongs. In April you’ll spot the Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-napped Honeyeater and Spotted Pardelote on their migration north, and listen out for the Lyrebirds when walking through the parks. May sees the Honeyeater migration continuing, while the Tasmanian Silvereyes also pass through on their north migration. The Currawongs and Bowerbirds also flock into town. Keep your eye on anything blue – the Bowerbird is known for collecting blue trinkets for its nest.

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Plants There are a few plants that come alive in Autumn in the Blue Mountains, which often attract native animals and pollinators. Throughout Autumn, the Red Bloodwoods are in flower which attract the flying foxes. In March, you’ll find the Parson’s Bands

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Orchids, Eriochulus cucullatus, Banksia spinulosa and Acacia suaveolens are flowering. The Fungi are also abundant after the rain.

deco house, gift shop, tea rooms, art gallery and picnic spots. This is a lovely wedding spot. Open from 10am to 4pm daily. The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens are open at Blackheath daily from 9am to 4pm. Over the 18.3 hectares you’ll find exotic plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, maples as well as pristine native bushland. Windyridge Gardens is located 45 minutes from your Mountain Whispers property and is an open garden in the historical village of Mt Wilson. Windyridge features cool climate plants and water features. Open daily from 8am – 5pm. While in Mt Wilson, visit the heritage listed Breenhold Gardens, one of Australia’s most extensive privately owned gardens. Open 10am – 4pm on specific weekdays and weekends in April and May. Nooroo Garden is also located in Mt Wilson and is a cool climate garden where you’ll discover a variety of European and native plants. Nooroo Gardens are open from 10am to 4pm daily in April and May. It is also open to groups of 10 or more at any time by arrangement, so perfect for wedding photos. Bebeah Gardens is also located at Mt Wilson and is a formal country garden estate that’s a must visit. Open 9am to 5pm every day in Autumn.

Autumn Open Gardens The Blue Mountains is famous for its cool climate exotic gardens, which in Autumn explode with colour.

Mayfield Gardens, in Oberon, is one of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate garden. Inside, you’ll discover an amazing 80 metre cascade, walled kitchen garden, a water garden, aviary, chapel, rose garden and more. Open from 16 April – 1 May (except ANZAC day) from 9am – 4.30pm.

The Everglades Gardens in Leura features European romanticism with the purity of the Australian Bush. The Everglades is home for five hectares of valley views, woodland, flowering terraces, winding paths, pools, glades and fountains. You’ll also find an art

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ESCAPE BACK TO NATURE WALKS The Blue Mountains is famous for many of the walks through our national parks. Come and see what everyone is talking about on four of our amazing walks.

THREE SISTERS WALK The Three Sisters Walk, in Katoomba, provides you with some of the most iconic views in the region, getting you up close to the famous site. This is an easy 1km, or 30 minute, return walk. Once you pass the visitor centre, you’ll quickly find yourself surrounded by eucalypt forest, calls from the local birds and fresh mountain air. Lady Game Lookout will give you a close view of the Three Sisters, while a short but steep set of stairs to the top of the Giant Stairway will lead you to Honeymoon Bridge, connecting you with the first sister. On your way back, take the short detour to Spooners Lookout.

heart pumping. Throughout the walk you’ll get plenty of views including over Grose Valley, passing through dense heathland of she-oaks, banksias and stunted mallee scrub. This is a great place for bird watching. Stop at Barrow and look back towards Govetts Leap for amazing waterfall views. Take in lunch at Evans Lookout before heading back the same way.

GRAND CANYON With soaring sandstone walls, waterfalls and creeks at every turn and native plants in abundance, the Grand Canyon tacks is a great way to explore. This track has been walked since 1907, and is a historic 6.3km loop that takes you right to the heart of our World Heritage-listed landscape. There are lots of semi-ledges to watch out for, but these are all part of the challenging walk. National Pass

Cliff Top The Cliff Top walking track takes you between Govetts Leap and Evans Lookout, offering some of the most spectacular views in the Blue Mountains. This is a 6km or 3 – 3.5 hour return walk, that will get your

Starting at the Wentworth Falls picnic area, the National Pass walk passes some impressive waterfalls and amazing views, as well as taking you to the very edge of the cliff. After viewing the cascading water at Wentworth Falls, tackle the Grand Stairway which was built by hand

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in the early 1900’s. You will then enter the Valley of Waters and be welcomed by some pretty special waterfalls in the Empress, Silvia and Lodore Falls. Take a break at Conservation Hut and enjoy a warm coffee before heading back to the car. As with anywhere you travel in the Blue Mountains, make sure to take your camera to capture some amazing views.

PICNICS There are a large number of places to stop for lunch in the Blue Mountains. Picnic areas dot the scenery and you’ll always find somewhere to stop.

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around the scenic cliff top areas and to Lyrebird Dell. Take some time to breathe in the mountain air, and the lovely views. Also located in Leura is the Leura Cascades, where you can explore the cascades and short walks around the cliff top including some great views over the Jamison Valley. Our National Parks also have some relaxing places to take in lunch including at Wentworth Falls Reserve, Valley of the Waters and Govetts Leap. If you’re heading out on any of our walks, make sure to take some lunch and just stop and enjoy your surroundings.

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Wilson Park at Wentworth Falls via Falls Road, is set at the beginning of the Charles Darwin walk, a 4.8km return walk from the picnic area. It’s also only approximately 400 metres to Wentworth Falls via Weeping Rock, and a great place to spend some time exploring the many walks and lookouts. The Katoomba Falls Picnic Area is a great place to access walk to the top of the Katoomba Falls and cascade areas.

Apart from the famous Three Sisters, there are a number of other spectacular lookouts to take in the views and surrounds.

Gordon Falls Reserve is located in Leura, and is the start to many bushwalks

Perry’s Lookdown, near Blackheath, offers views over Grose Valley and

Tunnel View Lookout is located near Glenbrook and takes in the scenic views of heritage train tunnels as well as wildflowers. It offers views across to Glenbrook and down to Kurrajong, almost 50km away.

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Mount Banks where you can take in the Forest, home to the towering stand of Eucalypts. Gordon Falls Lookout is near Leura where you can take in the sweeping views, bushwalking and views of the waterfalls plunging 200 metres. There’s a number of walks you can take in, or just take the time to admire the views of Mount Solitary and Kings Tableland.

NATIONAL PARKS The Blue Mountains National Park is heritage listed and home to some famous sights that everyone flocks to see when they visit the Mountains. There are plenty of walks and views to take in, including Echo Point, Three Sisters Walk, Cliff Top Walk, Govetts Leap, Grand Canyon walk, the National Pass track, Leura Cascades, Pierces Pass walk, Princes Rock track, Red Hands Cave and the Blue Pool track. You certainly won’t run out of places to explore in our National Parks, and if you think you have, you’ll soon find another.

OPEN GARDENS The cool climate in the Blue Mountains allows exotic gardens to flourish. There are a number of open gardens in the region to explore, with gardens at Mount Wilson, Katoomba, Blackheath, Leura, Lawson and Hazelbrook amongst others waiting for you to arrive. Some are open weekdays only, while others are only open on weekends. The Blue Mountains website is a great resource for planning your open gardens tour. http://www.bluemts.com.au/info/thingstodo/blue-mountains-open-gardens/

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MID-WEEK TRAVELS

Holidaying in the Blue Mountains mid-week isn’t a bad idea if you need a break away from the office. There’s less traffic on the road, the sights are a lot quieter, and a mid-week break is good for the soul. There are two main ways you can get to the Blue Mountains, and Mountain Whispers properties from Sydney and driving up mid-week means you can take your time and enjoy the scenery as you climb into the mountains.

SCENIC ROUTE The scenic route takes you from the Sydney Airport via the M2 Hills Motorway, through Richmond, Kurrajong, Mount Tomah, Bell, Mount Victoria, Blackheath and then into Katoomba and onto Leura. Richmond is at the foot of the Blue Mountains so once you hit this far western Sydney suburb, you’ll know you’re on the right track. While you pass through Kurrajong, stop and take some time to view the works in the local galleries. Grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat to keep you going. Leaving Kurrajong you’ll start to go through the apple growing region of Bilpin. You may even find a roadside stall or two selling fresh fruit and veggies along the way. You are now travelling through national park with the Blue Mountains National Park on your left and Mount Irvine and Mount Wilson on your left.

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On your way, you’ll pass through Mount Tomah and it’s well worth stopping at Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens not only to stretch your legs but to take in the wonderful surroundings and peacefulness that the gardens bring.

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You’ll be turning off at Bell towards Mount Victoria where you’ll find many examples of early Australian settlement history, antique stores, second hand furniture stores, old churches and much more. From Mount Victoria it’s onto Blackheath, and then straight into Katoomba and Leura to your Mountain Whispers accommodation. Relax after your drive with some afternoon tea on the veranda or a warm drink by the fire. After you’ve relaxed, take a walk around your cottage to discover some of the finer details that make our Mountain Whispers properties special.

DIRECT ROUTE If you just can’t wait to get to your Mountain Whispers property, there is a more direct route you can take which takes you from the Sydney Airport via the Great Western Highway/A32 and through Glenbrook, Warrimoo, Springwood, Lawson, Wentworth Falls, into Leura and then onto Katoomba. This route is approximately 48km shorter than the more scenic route, but you’ll still get some lovely sights on the way. Once you’ve left Sydney, the road to the Blue Mountains is nice and easy. The small towns and villages along the way are great options if you love antiques, second hand goods and books. Springwood will be the first major town you come to and is the second largest town in the Blue Mountains region. If you need the opportunity to stretch your legs and soak in the fresh mountain air, there are lots of short walks accessible just off the main highway. Keep an eye out for the signs along the way. As you drive through Springwood heading towards villages like Hazelbrook and Lawson, you’ll be driving through the Blue Labyrinth and Kings Tableland which offer some pretty spectacular views. It won’t be long before you are passing through Wentworth Falls and then into Leura and Katoomba. Finding your Mountain Whispers cottage will be easy, and once you’ve arrived, sit back and relax, and let the mountain air wash over you.

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3 SELF-GUIDED ITINERARIES Tour 1: Wine & Sweets Tour Start: Katoomba with a lazy breakfast With breakfast provisions provided, there is no need to leave the comfort of our Mountain Whispers properties for breakfast. Sleep in, enjoy your time away and wake up to a lazy breakfast and a great cup of tea or coffee outside on the veranda, taking in the fresh mountain air.

If you haven’t been tempted by a cheese platter at Dryridge Estate (and we don’t blame you if you were), the Megalong Tea Rooms are a great place to sit back, relax and watch the world go by. If you’ve arrived too late for morning tea, there is also quite a good lunch menu, although a slice of pecan or apple pie goes down well any time of the day. Time Out: Drive up to the Three Sisters Along with the Jenolan Caves, another place you must see while in the Blue Mountains is the Three Sisters. Located at Echo Point, the Three Sisters is an unusual rock formation which represents three sisters who, according to Aboriginal legend, were turned to stone. The character of the Sisters changes throughout the day, as well as throughout the seasons with the sun bringing out amazing colours throughout the day. The Three Sisters are floodlit each night until 11pm giving even more amazing views of the formations against the night sky. The Three Sisters is a place you can visit many times over, and each time you’ll see the rocks in different light.

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Morning Tea: Megalong Tea Rooms

Open from 11am Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment during the week, visit the Cellar Door at Dryridge Estate. Located in the Megalong Valley they were the first commercial wine producers in the Valley. Dryridge Estate produce a number of lovely wines including Rieslings, Rose, Pinot Gris, Shiraz and Chadonnay. While visiting, you can take a walk along the Six Foot Track.

Echo Point is the starting point for a number of walking tracks, and we recommend checking some of them out if you have the time.

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Afternoon Tea: The Gingerbread House Set in a lovingly restored 100-year-old former church, The Gingerbread House is a great place for your afternoon sweet stop. Created by the owners of Josophan’s Chocolate Shop you know you’re in for a real treat the moment you step into The Gingerbread House. All cakes are made on site, so try a slice of carrot cake or cheesecake with some luscious Serendipity natural ice cream. Afternoon: Wine Tasting at Carrington Cellars After you’ve treated yourself at The Gingerbread House, head on over to the Carrington Cellars and Deli at the Carrington Hotel. Spend some time taking in the smell of the cheeses at the deli or tasting some lovely Meads, Muscats, Gluhwein and Tawnys. You’ll find a great selection of Central Western NSW wines, as well as imported deli items and foreign wines.

Dinner: In-house at Mountain Whispers by private chef Whether you are staying with us for one night, or for one week, we recommend booking in our chef and waiter to provide you with a meal to share with your significant other or travel group. This is a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day. You don’t need to drive anywhere, and it’s only a few steps to the fire for an after dinner drink. Our in-house chef can cater for your needs and produce delicious food for your special night in, or for your pre-wedding dinner. If you’re planning on proposing at Mountain Whispers, this is a great way to do it.

Afternoon: Tasting at Josophan’s Chocolate Shop Finish off the afternoon with a stop by Josophan’s Chocolate Shop in Leura. Stocking a range of fine chocolates, bars, slabs, hot chocolate and confectionary (all made on site) you will also find a range of baking and chocolate making supplies if you feel like turning your hand to chocolate making when you get back home. Josophan’s chocolates are a great gift to take home, and because they aren’t made with preservatives or artificial flavours, you’ll get to try some wonderfully flavoured chocolate like mango and chilli, strawberry and balsamic or honey and lavender. Head back to Mountain Whispers for a pre-dinner drink by the fire After a long day out discovering some of the wine and sweets on offer in the Blue Mountains, relaxing by the fire with a glass of your favourite wine in hand is a must. You won’t need to worry about cooking dinner because your private chef is taking care of it.

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Tour 2: Great Blue Mountains Drive – Jenolan & Kanangra Discovery Trail You can’t visit the Blue Mountains without a trip to the Jenolan Caves. In fact, when our guests ask us what is the one place they must visit, we tell them it’s the Caves. These spectacular limestone formations are a great place to explore and they make for some wonderful travel stories when you get back home. The Jenolan & Kanangra Discovery Trail starts at Oberon and winds its way down into the Jenolan Valley. The roads you’ll be travelling along are both sealed and unsealed with a very steep and winding road down into the valley. Your first stop will come around 30km into the Kanangra-Boyd National Park. The short and easy walk leads to the main lookout to Kanangra Deep and over the Kanangra Falls. Longer walks will take you down to Kalang Falls and out to the Kanangra Tops, providing even more spectacular views. Once you get down the Jenolan Valley, you’ll find guided and self-guided tours of the Caves, as well as various bush walks. If you’re feeling up to something different, try one of the adventure caving tours.

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We really recommend picking up a few picnic items before leaving for the trail. There are many places to stop for lunch, and you are sure to find some great views to go with your picnic.

Tour 3: Antiques & History Trail There’s a large number of antique stores between Katoomba and Warrimoo to explore. Start at: Katoomba In Katoomba, take a look at stores such as Explore Retro where you’ll find a number of retro items from the colours of the Art Deco period to the whimsical fifties and more. Also take a peek in Katoomba Collectables and Katoomba Vintage Emporium. It’s well worth stopping at the Paragon Café and exploring the art deco café. Established in 1916, the Paragon stayed within the same family until 2000. It started out as the Paragon Café and Oyster Palace, where late suppers were served up to those attending shows and dances in Katoomba, and offered home delivery of fresh lobsters and oysters anywhere in the mountains. In 1921, the café was advertised as a ‘Sundae and Candy Shop’, opening a private room that is still open today. Today, the Paragon Café still serves food, but many visit to take in the design and decorative features which tell its history.

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opened in late 2015 and are popular with locals and tourists. Once you’ve had a refreshing tea or coffee, it’s back on the road to Hazelbrook. Drive: Lawson – Hazelbrook (5 mins)

Drive: Katoomba – Leura (5 mins) Leura is home to Bygone Beautys, which is home to the Treasured Tea Pot Collection – the largest private teapot collection in the world. Browse through the jewellery, furniture, china and more. The Blue Mountains Antique Gallery should also be on your list while in Leura. Drive: Leura - Wentworth Falls (5 mins) Wentworth Falls has a small collection of antique stores. Visit Rotate Interiors for some great homewares and furniture. The Old Bank Bazaar has an extensive range of the curious and the collectable, including china, crystal, glass, silver and artwork. Drive: Wentworth Falls– Lawson (10 mins) Stop in Lawson for morning tea at either Rust and Timber Chocolate Bar or Native Kitchen and Bar. Both

In Hazelbrook visit Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques. In business since the mid 1980’s you’ll find a range of interesting and unique items that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. Drive: Hazelbrook– Woodford (5 mins) As you pass through Woodford, Mountain Shed Antiques is located just off the highway on Woodford Ave. With a range of antique furniture, you may find something new to take home with you Drive: Woodford– Springwood (10 mins) If you are searching for antique and second hand books, Springwood is a great stop. Brown’s Books has been operating from the same store for over 25 years, and sells a range of second hand books. JimmyD’s Bookshop sells a range of second hand books as well as puppets, cards, blank journals and book seats. Springwood is also home to Frou Frou, a lovely little store selling a range of antique goodies including clothing and homewares. Stop in Springwood for lunch either before heading down to Warrimoo or on your way back through. Drop into Butternut, Ori Café or Josh’s Bistro (inside the Springwood Golf Course) for a filling lunch and coffee.

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Drive: Springwood– Warrimoo (10 mins) The last stop on our journey is in Warrimoo where you will find Whimsical Notions selling a range of furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, art and collectibles. Robyn’s Nest sells some unique products that you may not find anywhere else. Whether you’re after something for someone hard to buy for, or you just want something unique and not mass produced, head here for a great way to finish off your shopping. There are of course many other places to visit for antiques in the Blue Mountains region. The link below will provide further information, as well as contact details for stores and traders. http://www.bluemountainscitytourism.com.au/show_image.php?id=63

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WHERE TO DINE

Have you booked your dinner with a private chef and waiter in your Mountain Whispers accommodation? If you haven’t experienced a dinner by private chef before this is the time to do so. Our chef can cater to a range of needs, and if you are planning on proposing to your loved one, or celebrating a wedding or other special event, this will top off the night. Talk to us about booking in your private dining experience. There are so many great cafes and restaurants in the Blue Mountains to choose from while you are staying with us here at Mountain Whispers.

BREAKFAST Lily’s Pad Café Lily’s Pad Café is a great place for a quiet breakfast off the main road in Leura. Pop on in and taste the seasonal menu including breads, baked gluten free sweet breads and cakes baked in store, homemade jams and chutneys (you can also purchase these to bring home with you), and great coffee.

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Zest Leura Zest provides casual breakfast dining (as well as lunch and dinner) serving up food with a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flair. Combine locally roasted coffee with a delicious Zest Tostada or Shakshuka.

The Hatter-Café For breakfast with a touch of Italy, pop into the Hatter Café. You’ll find the traditional big breakfast on the menu as well as Italian style scrambled eggs, a tasty PLT (pancetta, greens and tomato) and potato rosti with scrambled eggs. You’ll also find a range of lunch and dinner options, as well as desserts and cakes.

LUNCH Solitary Combine fine dining and views at Solitary. Located above the Leura Cascades, you’ll enjoy views over the Jamison Valley and down to the Southern Highlands while you enjoy your meal. Enjoy the seasonal lunch menu or something a little lighter from the Garden menu.

Bon Ton Café Bon Ton is a bistro and wine bar located in Leura and features an extensive breakfast and lunch menu. Pop in and try the House Chicken, Leek and Mushroom pie, or the pan fried wild caught Barramundi served with a refreshing orange and fennel salad.

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The Leura Gourmet Deli and Café is a great place to stop for a casual lunch or to pick up supplies for a picnic at one of the many lookouts and National Parks. The deli serves up a great coffee, and has a range of lovely salads and picnic goodies. If you need something to finish off your lunch, try the gelato.

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Bakehouse Leura If you need a quick bite while on your way to one of the many sights around the Blue Mountains, the Bakehouse Leura makes a great coffee and stocks some delightful gourmet pies, pastries, cakes and breads.

Rubyfruit If you’re after a vegetarian or vegan dining option in the Blue Mountains, Rubyfruit is a great place to stop. The Mexican Burger and the Ruby Burger are popular choices and with a range of salads, you’re sure to find something to make your mouth water. If you’re still hungry, there is a range of cakes and desserts to tempt your tastebuds.

HIGH TEA Ah high tea. You can’t come to the Blue Mountains without sitting back and enjoying a relaxing high tea.

Lilanfels Sit back and enjoy the plush Victorian armchairs and lounges, fireplaces and artworks in the lounge at Lilianfels Resort and Spa. With views over the Jamison Valley, the high tea is amazing, with a triple-tiered plate of homemade scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, petit pastries, finger sandwiches and tea or coffee. You can upgrade your high tea to include a glass of sparkling wine or French Champagne.

The Carrington Sunday afternoon Grand High Tea is served at The Carrington from 2.30pm. With a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea and coffee The Carrington is a lovely place to relax with great food and conversations. With a pianist playing in the background, you will want to stay all afternoon.

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Bygone Beautys Bygone Beautys host a Traditional High Tea complete with a waiter in top hat and tails, served to the tune of The Land of Hope and Glory. This is a silver service style of high tea, with your tea or coffee served in fine bone china. You’ll enjoy a selection of sandwiches, cakes and biscuits as well as homemade baby scones with freshly whipped cream and strawberry jam.

Café Madeleine Located in Leura, Café Madeleine’s high tea includes a selection of petit and open sandwiches, cranberry and chocolate scones with jam and double cream, fresh strawberries and Josophan’s Fine Chocolates. Sit outside in the garden, watch the world go by and soak up the afternoon sun.

The Wayzgoose Home of the flower pot scone – where your scones are cooked as you order in small terracotta pots. Although not a high tea, sit and enjoy the scones served with jam and cream, along with a tea or coffee.

APERITIFS Beyond Vintage Wine Bar Beyond Vintage is a boutique sommelier in Leura, where the staff specialise in wine consultancy and education. This is a lovely spot to stop for a pre-dinner drink or enjoy some tapas before dinner. There is a great ambience, and although small, it has an intimate feel.

Champagne Charlies Located in The Carrington, Champagne Charlies is the only cocktail bar in Katoomba and offers traditional and contemporary cocktails as well as boutique beers and an extensive wine list. From Thursday to Sunday, enjoy some pre-dinner appetisers including the Producers Platter.

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Enjoy pre-dinner drinks at Bar NSW at The Lookout Echo Point before they close at sunset and enjoy the views of Echo Point. Team your glass of wine with a charcuterie plate and relax before dinner.

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Bon Ton With an extensive wine list, Bon Ton is a great place for pre-dinner drinks. Serving up a range of Aperitifs, sparkling wines, martinis, cocktails, beers and more, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Start the night with a Negroni or Peppercorn Martini, and finish the night with an Amaretto or Chambord Raspberry Liqueur.

DINNER Silks Brasserie Located in the heart of Leura, Silks Brasserie is a fine dining restaurant that has been serving up delicious food since opening in 1994. There is some lovely food on the ala carte menu with either two or three course options. The Salad Caprese is a great way to start your dining experience, with the lamb backstrap and the Trunkey Creek pork tenderloin some of our favourite main meals. Finish off your meal with the cheese platter or the citrus cheesecake.

Leura Garage The Leura Garage combines casual dining with smooth tunes, and inspiring flavours. With a range of seasonal menus, you’ll always find something new to try. The chefs at Leura Garage try to source all of their produce from within 160km, ensuring it is fresh and local. Examples from the two tasting menus (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) includes Tasmanian Salmon Gravlax, crispy skinned Dubbo chicken and arancini. The Autumn menu saw diners eating saltbush lamb meatballs, calamari fritto, beef carpaccio, mixed mountain mushroom parpadelle and Nundle smoked trout pizza.

The Rooster Located in the Jamison Guest House, The Rooster brings a touch of French fine dining to the Blue Mountains. Enjoy the a la carte or degustation menu with views over the valley. Off the a la carte menu, try the Zucchini flowers which have been stuffed with two cheeses and a pesto vinaigrette or the warm goats cheese crouton for your entrée. The lamb cutlets and the duck confit make for a lovely main while the crème brulee is a great way to finish off your meal.

Darley’s Darley’s Restaurant is set in the heritage listed, original homestead of Sir Frederick Darley, the six Chief Justice of NSW, located in Lilianfels Resort and Spa. Dine

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overlooking the mountain views and lush manicured gardens. The chefs at Darleys try to source much of their product from within a 160km radius, and have noted this on the menu. Start your meal with the slow braised Persian spiced goat or warm salad featuring Oberon Truffle, Jannei Goat Curd and Jerusalem Artichokes. The hay smoked Kanimbla Valley lamb loin and the roasted Hunter Valley pheasant are fascinating main meals while the ginger and apple cannoli and the citrus and burnt butter financier are perfect ways to finish off your meal.

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WHERE TO SHOP Antiques

Peachtree Antiques

If you don’t have the time to follow our Antiques and History Tour itinerary, but still want to check out some of our great antique stores, there are a few we definitely recommend visiting.

Stocking everything antique, vintage and retro, this is the place to visit when you’re in the market for furniture, collectables and rare pieces. There are some amazing pieces at Peachtree Antiques, and even better, it’s only a 10 minute walk from The Gatsby so you can take a relaxing stroll down there after lunch.

Victory Theatre This is one of the largest antique dealers west of Sydney. Representing 50 dealers over two large floors, you’ll find books, jewellery, vintage clothing, toys, furniture, china, ornaments, paintings and more. While visiting, make sure you check out the art gallery and the beautiful work done by Blackheath Jewellery. If you’re here around lunch time, take a break at the on-site café.

Mr Pickwicks Fine Old Books If antique books are your style, then Mr Pickwicks is the place for you. With over 60,000 books, Mr Pickwicks sits within the former Westpac Building. Not only will you find books, but there is a large collection of fine Australian art, as well as rare and exotic collectables and antiques. Within the building you’ll also find a large second-hand furniture barn amongst other businesses.

Rotate Interiors This is where you will find all of your antique furniture needs. With three rooms, it’s well worth the visit to find some fine antique furniture and

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furnishings to take home with you. Rotate Interiors stocks some interesting pieces and have their own furniture restorers and upholsterers on-site.

Markets There are lots of great markets happening around the Blue Mountains area, and if you are staying with us here at Mountain Whispers on the weekend, we recommend checking some of them out. The Leura Markets are held on the first Sunday of the month and for the last 20 years have been selling fresh produce, locally produced art and craft, gifts, baked goodies, plants and more. The markets are a ten-minute stroll from Leura Rose and a quick five-minute walk from Varenna. A short drive from all the Mountain Whispers properties will see you at the Blackheath Growers Market held every second Sunday. This is a great way to taste and purchase some of our locally grown and produced foods including fresh fruit and veg, salt bush lamb, local wines, cheeses, honey, spices and sweets. On the 4th Sunday of every month, Blackheath again comes alive with the Blackheath Mountain Craft Markets, where you are sure to find something unique and lovingly hand crafted.

Specialty shops Wherever you turn in the Blue Mountains there is a store selling speciality items. Whether it’s locally produced sweets or a vintage clothing seller, you’ll feel welcomed wherever you go. While there is so many places we could share with you, here are just a few of our favourites.

Moontree Moontree is one of our top stores in the Blue Mountains. Selling a range of candles and accessories, you won’t be walking out empty handed. There are many different scents and fragrances to choose from including Blue Mountains Air, Tasmanian Lavender, Wonderlust and Sweet Love. You’ll also find a range of beeswax candles and flameless candles to help bring ambience to your home.

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The Cat’s Meow & Inner Space If you’re looking for some unique gifts to take home, a trip to Cat’s Meow and Inner Space is a must. With a range of homewares, furnishings, gifts, lamps and more you’ll find a gift for even the fussiest of friends.

world, you’ll either find something to remind you of home, and old favourite or a new addiction. Pick up some sweets to enjoy while watching a movie and snuggled in front of the fire back at your Mountain Whispers accommodation.

Leura Vintage This is the spot to visit if you are looking for men’s and women’s vintage fashion, vintage inspired fashion, accessories and more. In store, you’ll find vintage dresses, top, suits, gloves, scarves, homewares and more. This is the perfect stop for something to wear on your Vintage Cadillac Tour.

The Nook For locally handcrafted art and crafts, a visit to The Nook is needed. Home to 35 crafters, designers and artists in one shop The Nook is a collective marketplace that you won’t find anywhere else in the Blue Mountains. From art to home décor and bathroom gifts to kitchen gifts, you will find something to take home with you.

Some of our other favourite speciality stores include: Rick Rutherford’s Country, Omnia, Teddy Sinclair (men’s wear), Mrs Peek (modern vintage clothing) and iKou. All are worth a visit.

The Candy Store Leura Finish off your day with a visit to The Candy Store in Leura. With a range of sweets and chocolates from around the

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