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Holiday Magic!


20th Birthday


Sydney, Blue Mountains and Central West


December 2012



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Take the Arts Trail through the Magazine

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Welcome to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Cultural Launch

Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism launched its Greater Blue Mountains Aboriginal Cultural Experience Guide in October. Embracing cultural information from the six Aboriginal language groups of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, this draft document brings together the Darkinjung, Darug, Dharawal, Gundungurra, Wiradjuri and Wonnarua language groups to explore opportunities to share their authentic experiences with locals and visitors. Share a Unique Experience of the Culture and History of Gundungurra People with Muggudah Aborignal Tours

Our Way, Our Story and Your Journey with Muggadah Tours Origin of Muggadah: Gedumbah is the name of the valley at Echo Point. Also known as Kedumba, Godoomba and Katoomba. The basin bounded by Echo Point and Sublime Point east of the Sisters is Gundungurra women’s country. Further east from Kings Tablelands to Nepean River is called Muggadah. Who we are: Muggadah Indigenous Tours is Aboriginal owned and operated by Gundungurra people. Our strong traditional knowledge coupled with a remarkable understanding of contemporary Aboriginal issues; place us in a unique position to provide the ultimate Aboriginal cultural experience that highlights the true authenticity of our culture, heritage, spirituality and connection to country. Our culturally significant walks are conducted at an enjoyable pace and you will have the opportunity to view Gundungurra cultural sites along the way. Our ancient Country is an identification of our physical and


spiritual relationship with the land. This landscape reflects the spirit of Gundungurra. Gundungurra traditional lands are made up of a number of clan groups and kinship lines and our lands are a part of the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park. During the holidays we will be offering Camps, sharing our Cultural and Educational experiences. It is necessary to book for all Muggadah Tours, Camps, Cultural and Educational experiences. See details next page. Tours: We visit the world famous “Three Sisters” known to Gundungurra women as the “Seven Sisters” – Gunar. Leura cascades through the eyes of the Traditional caretakers of the Gundungurra lands. How Nadgyung – water was used and what its purpose

was. Gunyanlung – our dreaming and creation. You will have the time of your life with fantastic views of our lands and the opportunity to experience at first hand the uniqueness and the real deal of Gundungurra people by participating in our guided walks.


Monday – Sunday Cost: $30.00 per adult $40 per adult on weekend $15.00 child/student/concession bookings are essential on Muggadah Tours – 0448 786 010 email: Website: Gundungurra Tribal Council Tourism Coordinator Leonie Trindall 0402 733 257

The Culture Experience: Muggadah Tours provides a cultural program that highlights the significance of Aboriginal culture, awareness and understanding by combining both our traditional heritage and culture and contemporary methodology, allowing for the best possible hands-on experience for participants.

Leura Cascade is one of our prominent walks. Starting at Mt Solitary Kiosk, (Mt Solitary known as Korowal), discover the culture and history of Gundungurra traditional lands and people through being welcomed to country and participating in smoking ceremony upon arrival. Our culture, heritage, spirituality and connection to land provide an explanation for the world as experienced by the Gundungurra people. The foundation of traditional beliefs was the Gunyanlung or (The) Dreaming - the land was created through the movement and creation of spiritual beings and the creatures of nature. Be amazed by the stories about Nadgyung – Water; Wuggara – White Crested Cockatoo; Dyirrawity – Black Snake and Mugadang – Blue Tongued Lizard from Gundungurra people about Our Gunyanlung – (our dreaming) to the remarkable waterfalls and landscapes throughout the guided tour. As you participate in the walk with our trained guides, you will experience at first hand the traditional uses of bush tucker and medicinal purpose plants to Gundungurra people. Learn more about the origins of Muggadah, the importance of kinship and the changes in seasons. We complete the guided tour at the world famous “Three Sisters” known to Gundungurra women as the “Seven Sisters” Gunar. Hear the legend from our people…

The Camps are held on our traditional lands, which are a part of the World Heritage Area of the Blue Mountains, combined with Gundungurra people who provide their individual skills; knowledge and craftsmanship enabling us to offer a broad range of cultural activities to benefit participants who attend. The skills and knowledge that each participant will develop can only be enhanced and create a platform to share and broaden their knowledge with family, friends and the wider community. Muggadah Camps aim to provide participants with an opportunity to experience Aboriginal culture in an authentic setting, with our own trained and experienced staff.

Education Program Let our traditional lands be an open door to the ultimate Aboriginal education experience sharing our way; our story and your learning. • The ultimate Aboriginal cultural experience of Gundungurra culture, heritage, spirituality and connection to country. • Learn different aspects of traditional life of Gundungurra people, language and the importance of our clan groups and kinship. • Gain a greater sense of the importance of plants/animals and environment to Gundungurra people. • Develop an appreciation and greater knowledge and skills base of our cultural walks, artwork, weapon making and artefact making of ours and surrounding area, storytelling, dance, bush tucker and medicinal purpose plants. • Raise a stronger awareness and appreciation of Gundungurra people and our traditional lands through cultural awareness. The program is designed to achieve outcomes resulting in having a fun and culturally appropriate experience through interactive and educational activities. Achieve newly developed skills and an appreciation for Gundungurra people. All excursion tours are tailored to meet your schools specific needs and if you cannot visit with us then we can bring Gundungurra Education Program to you at your venue.

This is an authentic Aboriginal experience that will stay with you long after you return home.


Lake Lyell © Margaret Edwards

From the Editor December Merry Christmas! Summer brings many kinds of magic this month. The Lost Bear is moving again, signalling change at the top of my region. So much upheaval in the arts, culture and earth watch factors are interesting the Bear. I am sure you too will find much to interest you and bring you joy as you travel through all our areas these holidays. Linger, stay and enjoy it to the hilt! In the Hawkesbury, historic Howe House is now open as a new Museum while Hawkesbury Regional Museum and Gallery have exciting new holiday activities – check these out on the web and social media. The huge new Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is open with its Art Gallery, Heritage Centre, Library, Café and views; as a lively new interactive hub at the top of Katoomba. You can’t miss it! Orange Regional Gallery continues to inspire with major exhibitions in their different galleries while maintaining serious permanent collections and annual visitation in numbers around their population level. As well as galleries that attract world audiences, we also have many delightful small artful occasions worthy of your interest. Enjoy our historical features including our ancient culture. There is information


on how you may join in authentic indigenous local experiences on pages 2 and 3 and information on Jenolan’s joining up their ancient world with new apps on pages 38 and 39. How about riding through some of our spectacular wilderness areas for a few days? See page 23. Featherdale have some suggestions on page 9 for a great Aussie Christmas. Find Events to enjoy throughout the magazine, in our What’s on and in our social media. If you are using iMag, I hope you are enjoying life more by doing so. We offer plenty of options to expand your minds, enrich your souls, challenge your bodies, broaden your palates, even to relax and unwind. The choice is yours. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and check out our web for more information. Drive safely, live and love well and make every day count…and good luck in finding your answers!

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CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH IN THE GRAND BALLROOM 25 December from 12:00 - 2:30pm $159 per adult, $79 per child Enjoy a sumptuous feast in the Grand Ballroom. Special ‘Santa’s Little Helpers Buffet’ – for children. Entertainment - Music and magic happens at the North Pole and Santa’s Cave. Santa and his helper will present a gift to every child. B&B package add on – accommodation in a Fairmont room plus breakfast for two adults from $289. Bookings: Contact the Conference & Events Team on +612 4785 0000 or email Payment Terms: A 100% prepayment deposit is required at the time of booking. Child Pricing: Children 0-4 eat free, 5-12 pay $79. 13yrs and over pay full adult price. 10% Advantage Plus discount applies off total bill.

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Howe House, Hawkesbury Regional Museum, Windsor © Tourism NSW

Hills & Hawkesbury In March 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip set off to find more suitable land for agriculture and travelled up the Hawkesbury River as far as Dangar Island. He returned the following year and navigated the river to a point

upstream of Windsor. Governor Phillip and his party reached this area by boat on 6th July 1789 and named it Green Hills. He was impressed with its farming potential and quickly arranged for food production to begin in order to relieve the shortages in Port Jackson. Governor Macquarie named the settlement Windsor in 1810. This was the start of the Hawkesbury Hills District, still a rich production area for food and a wonderful playground. Visit the Information Centres at Dural, Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, Hornsby and Clarendon for more information. Surrounded by 10 National parks an hour’s drive from Sydney, the area provides a wide range of recreational pursuits. Encircled by noteworthy national parks - Dharug to the north and east, Yengo to the north-west, Cattai to the west, and Marramarra to the south Wisemans Ferry is a rustic village on one of the country's most famous waterways.

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Macquarie Arms Hotel 1815 Windsor Court House 1821 The Toll House built in 1835 St Monicas Church opened in 1859 Richmond Court House 1877 Macquarie Schoolhouse 1819 Ebenezer Church built – Australia’s oldest church 1809 Check out Berowra Waters Go horse riding close to home Stay in a romantic B&B and get away from it all Walk the Great North Road, built by convicts in chain gangs Check out the local art scene Fish in the Hawkesbury River Ride across the river on the Webbs Creek Ferry Visit Wisemans Ferry Anglican Church Self guided tour of Wisemans Ferry, history and sites Bushwalk through Dharug National Park – remember comfy shoes! Drive across the Wisemans Ferry

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Historic Howe House puts on a new face for a new era Historic Howe House in Windsor is set to re-open to the public after being closed since 2006. The house is part of the award-winning Hawkesbury Regional Museum, and is expected to create a great deal of interest in the Hawkesbury and beyond. ‘Howe House holds a very special place in Australian history, says Acting Museum Director, Diana Robson.’ It is situated on a land grant made by Governor Macquarie in 1811, and was visited by two later governors, Gipps and FitzRoy. It witnessed the catastrophic flood of 1867, served as a newspaper office and an inn, and for 40 years welcomed visitors to the Hawkesbury through its role as a community museum and visitor information centre’. According to Diana, the house has been fitted out with furnishings and displays that reflect its many uses over time. Specially-trained volunteer guides will point out interesting architectural features, and entertain visitors with stories about some of the house’s many occupants, including John Howe, after whom the house is named. After the death in 1810 of Andrew Thompson, the district’s most prominent citizen, Howe took over much of Thompson’s business, running a store and obtaining his auctioneer’s licence, as well as being Government Appraiser, Chief Constable and Coroner. As an adjunct to the existing museum building, the main purpose of Howe House from this point on is to provide an opportunity for school students to study a significant heritage site, including the ways of life of the people who lived there. With a dedicated Education Officer now on board, the museum is also developing programs to help deliver the National Curriculum. Hawkesbury City Council has been associated with the house since 1967 when, as Windsor Municipal Council, it purchased the property from Ernest Stevens. Mr Stevens had been living on the ground floor, and allowing Hawkesbury Historical Society to occupy the attic. For the next 40 years the house was

home to Hawkesbury Museum and Visitor Information Centre, serving the local community and visitors to the area well. By 2000, the growing collection and steadily-increasing number of visitors prompted the building of a new museum, on the same site. This allowed Howe House to be restored and re-interpreted as a separate and complementary visitor experience.’

Howe House down the years

1879 (courtesy State Library of NSW)

circa 1935 (courtesy National Library of Australia)

Early 1960s (courtesy Hawkesbury Library Service)

1973 (courtesy State Library of NSW)

2012 – a shining new face for a new era (courtesy Hawkesbury Regional Museum)


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Balanced Essentials began as a vision in May 1996 to provide a balance between conventional and alternative therapy and to create, market and provide a special range of aromatherapy and essential oil products that lead the world in quality and therapeutic efficacy, enhancing the life experience of all people by introducing them to the benefits of essential oil solutions to balance health and emotions, supporting them in their quest to take charge of their own health and well-being. Our products are popular on TVSN, the shopping channel. Closing Times for Christmas Holidays: Our office will be closed Friday 21st December 2012 and reopens on Monday 7th January 2013.

Dreamwood Estate Bed and Breakfast As they say, your peaceful stay is not far away. I find Dreamwood conveniently located to so many places and yet providing plenty of room to move, peace and tranquillity and so many extra little services that add up to special attention without intrusion into my privacy. I know so many who find it a home away from home, no matter how far away home may be. Animal lovers, stay and play amongst award winning Border Collies. Kick back in comfortable well maintained accommodation and come along to


watch Donna and Peter feed their friendly Alpacas. Buy quality farm products from their shop. Conveniently located in sleepy Tennyson this farm house paradise is close to the fresh homemade apple pie centre of Bilpin, little more than an hour from Sydney and bordering the Blue Mountains and Wollemi National Parks, close to Wisemans Ferry. Donna is shown introducing the alpacas to her guests who may choose fleece products from particular animals.

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Christmas at Featherdale For a wildlife encounter like no other, visit Featherdale Wildlife Park this Christmas. With over 2,200 animals from more than 300 species, there is always something to see and do. The arrival of the warm Summer season has brought with it an abundance of baby animals See gorgeous Koala Joeys just emerging from the pouch, Wombats, Little Penguins, baby Owls and a wide variety of reptiles. Featherdale is also home to many Kangaroos and Wallaby species that are all proudly showing off their tiny joeys. The Park has recently opened an interactive Farmyard where kids, young and old alike, have the opportunity to meet and interact with all their favourite farmyard animals including baby Goats, Lambs, chickens, pigs, geese, rabbits, guinea pigs and more. Bottle feedings will take place throughout the day over Christmas and New Years. Featherdale Wildlife Park is also home to ‘six white boomers’. The Australian Christmas Song ‘Six White Boomers’ was made popular by Rolf Harris and features boomers or Kangaroos racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun. Featherdale’s own six white boomers or Albino Tammar Wallabies are always a popular attraction at the Park during the Christmas Season. Visitors are also invited to take a walk on the wildside and see Featherdale’s incredible wildlife with scheduled interactive keeper presentations

featured throughout the day. Get rapt in reptiles or, enjoy a prickly experience with an echidna or have a daring encounter with a Dingo. Dingo walks are a new attraction at Featherdale and give visitors the opportunity to meet these beautiful but oftenmisunderstood animals up close. Our Dingoes love going for walks along Featherdale’s pathways and are always happy to pose for pictures with visitors. Picnic and BBQ areas are located throughout the Park where visitors are welcome to enjoy lunch amongst the wildlife and lush bush surroundings. A kiosk is also conveniently available with both hot and cold lunch options on offer. Featherdale is located at 217 Kildare Road Doonside. Visit www.featherdale. or call 02 9622 1644 for more information. The Park is open 9am to 5pm everyday over the Christmas and New Year Period except Christmas Day.

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Parramatta Parramatta was founded in 1788 by Governor Arthur Phillip as a western outlying farm colony of Sydney. Initially it was called Rose Hill and was renamed Parramatta, an Aboriginal word meaning “head of waters,” or “the place where eels lie down”, the year after it was proclaimed a town in 1790. It was incorporated as a municipality in 1861, became a city in 1938 and was expanded in 1948, 1959, and 1972 by the inclusion of surrounding centres. Now Parramatta is a city within Sydney’s metropolitan area. It lies along the 15-mile or 24-km Parramatta River, which enters Port Jackson harbour. The Parramatta River Cat ferry takes passengers from Parramatta to Sydney along the River. The River Cat is a scenic and relaxing way to explore the waterways . Ferries are cheap and certainly a fast and pleasant way to travel all over Sydney. There are many pleasant places to eat, shop and even go to the theatre along the

THE HAMBLEDON EXPERIENCE NOT to be missed! Explore the Hambledon Cottage garden. Two Bunya Pines and a Hoop Pine tower over the cottage in the two acre garden in Gregory Place Parramatta. These ancient trees are remnants of what Australia was like in the times of the dinosaurs 160 million years ago. The last Portuguese cork tree from the Macarthur plantation overlooks the eastern verandah of the cottage. One of the first exports from the colony in the 1800s was wine and John Macarthur knew corks needed to be available locally so imported cork trees to develop that industry. English Oak trees provide refreshing shade for picnic tables and chairs set out in the garden and available to everyone. These trees are reputed to have been planted to celebrate the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Come to Hambledon this summer, take a guided tour conducted by volunteers of the Parramatta and District Historical Society, the PARRAMATTA PANORAMA EXHIBITION in the Lucas Gallery is included, and then picnic in the garden. Hambledon Cottage House Museum, Gregory Place Parramatta OPEN Thursday to Sunday 11am to 4pm. Group tours by appointment throughout the week are very welcome. Telephone 9635 6924. Closed on Saturday December 22, re-open on Thursday December 27. Also open Public Holidays, Tuesday January 1 and Monday January 28.

Parramatta River, not to mention stroll, fish or simply relax. Parramatta is famous for a wide variety of retail and dining options! Parramatta has many historic buildings, including Elizabeth Farm (Built in 1793, it is the nation’s oldest surviving European building). Old Government House (Built in 1799, it is the oldest public building in Australia). Experiment Farm Cottage (Built in 1834 it is the site of the first land grant). Hambledon Cottage (Built in 1824 by John and Elizabeth Macarthur for Penelope Lucas, governess to the Macarthur children.The Kings School (1832). As Parramatta is once again becoming a more important city centre and larger business buildings are being built, fascinating pieces of Parramatta’s past are being literally unearthed. In the foyer of some of the new buildings you will see glass around what was discovered and in the Justice Precinct you will find the remains of the earliest convict hospitals on display. The Parramatta Visitor Information Centre can tell you more about where to find these or for more information visit

What to See & Do

Try the ferry. A beautiful way to get around a lot of places. Take a walk in Parramatta park with its historic gatehouse, ponds and Old Government House, the oldest surviving government building in the country, finely furnished. Check out Riverside theatres and restaurant. Take a walk along the river while you’re there. Visit Experiment Farm and Elizabeth Farm. Olympic Park is an experience in itself, close to Parramatta, on the ferry. Parramatta Farmers’ Markets, produce, arts, crafts and more. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 346A Church St, Parramatta Ph: (02) 8839 3311 Fax: (02) 8839 3301 Email: discoverparramatta@

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© Aerial photo Jeff Coles courtesy Penrith Council

Penrith Valley It’s always a pleasure to welcome visitors to Penrith Valley. It’s the harmony of urban and rural lifestyles, our rivers, mountains and lakes, great shopping, educational facilities, entertainment and diverse housing choices that make Penrith Valley a great place to live, work, visit and invest. Located 55 kilometres west of Sydney, Penrith Valley is the place where two of Greater Sydney’s most spectacular features converge. One is the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains; the other is the Nepean River, one of eastern Australia’s great rivers. These natural features give Penrith Valley a relaxed, rural feeling, with the benefit of city standard facilities available in the City of Penrith. Penrith Valley has a full range of activities and events to make your stay, enjoyable, relaxing and exciting. Try whitewater rafting, cycling, boating or have a picnic by the water. For some retail therapy explore the many markets, pick up a bargain at a factory outlet or visit one of our major retail shopping centres. For a cultural experience, take in a show or spend the afternoon at our art gallery. In the evening, check out the local nightclubs, the various live entertainment venues, a woolshed dance or the cinema complex. There is something on offer to suit all ages and tastes.

Counsellors, thanks to funding from the NSW Fair Trading Financial Counselling Services Program. “This funding will enable us to expand our services in Penrith and launch the program in Blacktown and Campbelltown, supporting a wide range of people in areas of great need”, said Muru Mittigar Community Finance Hub Manager, Graham Smith. Situated on Old Castlereagh Road, Penrith, the Muru Mittigar Community Finance Hub forms part of the Indigenous Money Mentor Network, a national program supported by the NAB Bank, providing financial counselling and the Aboriginal specific ‘No Interest Loans Scheme’ (NILS®). Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre is a not-for-profit organisation which provides financial counselling, training and employment and a meeting place for sharing cultures. For further information contact (02) 4729 2377 or visit www.

Aboriginal communities in Western Sydney will soon be supported by a team of qualified Aboriginal Financial

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Visit the award winning Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre for a range of authentic experiences Visit the excellent Penrith City Library Enjoy a Family Astronomy Night at the local observatory Penrith’s riverside parks provide wonderful places for a family picnic Attend a performance at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Penrith RSL have an amazing range of performers Check out Model Park Open Day for model trains, planes, boats & cars in action Cruise on the Nepean River aboard either the Nepean Belle or Penrith Platypus Visit the Sydney International Regatta Centre 2000 Sydney Olympics’ venue Follow either the Farmgate or the Heritage Trails around Penrith Valley Enjoy one of the many cafes and restaurants in Penrith Valley Sport of all kinds may be enjoyed in Penrith in all seasons Muru Mittigar means ‘Pathway to Friends’ in the Darug language (the Traditional Aboriginal custodians of our area). Muru Mittigar enables you to participate and interact with members of the local Aboriginal community through a range of exciting educational and enriching cultural activities on offer, including boomerang throwing, bush tucker walks, traditional art and cultural talks. Prices start at $26 per adult and $15 per child.

Financial counselling service to support local Aborignal community

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Panthers Carpark, Mulgoa Road, Penrith Open 7 days 9am – 4.30pm Email: Ph: 1300 736 836

What to See & Do

Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre Gate 1, 89-151 Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith

TO MAKE A BOOKING For further information on Muru Mittigar’s Aboriginal Cultural Education Workshops, or to make a booking, please call us on (02) 4729 2377 or email


© David Barnes, Dept Mineral Resources, Glenbrook Creek

Lower Blue Mountains Across the Nepean River through Emu Plains, Leonay and Lapstone, travel west along the Great Western Highway to Glenbrook to reach the Blue Mountains Tourist Information Centre on the left of the highway. The start of the Blue Mountains includes the lovely villages of Lapstone, Glenbrook, Blaxland, Springwood and Lawson. This area features impressive waterfalls, swimming holes, national park walks and art & craft galleries. Blaxland, named after explorer Gregory Blaxland (1771-1852) provides the opportunity to examine Lennox Bridge. Built in 1883, it formed part of the Great Western Highway until 1926.

Springwood follows Warrimoo and Valley Heights and was the first town named in the Blue Mountains, second only in size to Katoomba. Faulconbridge follows, famous home of Norman Lindsay and the burial site of Sir Henry Parkes, the “Father of Federation”. Continuing higher are Linden, the smallest mountain community, Woodford of the Woodford Academy and the Bulls Camp, now a pleasant picnic spot and leash free area, then Hazelbrook home to Selwood Science. We then reach Lawson, named after explorer William Lawson (1774-1850).

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Great Western Hwy, Glenbrook Centre open Mon-Fri 9.00am to 5pm and 8.30am - 4.30pm Weekends and Public Holidays Ph: 1300 653 408


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The Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum A magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture and ship models displayed in the artist’s former home.

Membership: 1 year $10 5 years $40 Featuring

*Indoor and Alfresco Dining Areas *Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials *Superb Function Rooms *FREE Live Entertainment Fri and Sat *Poker, Trivia, Raffles and Bingo *Gaming Lounge *2 Bowling Greens *Courtesy Bus 83 Macquarie Road, Springwood NSW 2777 Tel:( 02) 4751 1298 Fax (02) 4751 2295 Email:


• Landscaped Grounds  • Cafe • Specialist Print and Book Shop • Home of ‘The Magic Pudding’

Open Daily 10am to 4pm (02) 4751 1067

What to See & Do

Do you know that the giant bolts in the rocks as you begin to climb the Mountains are there to stabilise the Lapstone Monocline ? The walking track from John Whitton Memorial Place leads you to the Knapsack Viaduct. (Lapstone) Bluff Lookout (on the boundary of Glenbrook and Lapstone) overlooks the Glenbrook Gorge and Glenbrook Creek. Adjacent to Warrimoo Station is Ardill Park, which has been recently relandscaped and is a great resting place for the family. Don’t miss the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Ride the Valley Heights Tram. Selwood Science is a must visit for all ages for fun fascination and information. Spend some time at the Norman Lindsay Gallery Museum garden and café for food for the soul and body. age Volt how h g Hi , gS tnin child-$5 , Ligh 8 25 lts-$ Adu amily-$ f

Selwood Science & Puzzles

Hands on Fun for all the Family OPEN 10am - 4pm Thurs - Mon.

OPEN Every Day in School Holidays except Closed every day in February, Christmas, Boxing, New Years Day, Good Friday & Anzac Day

Ph 4758 6235 41 Railway Pde, Hazelbrook (turn under the railway bridge at the traffic lights at Hazelbrook then left to 41 Railway Parade)

National Trust

14 Norman Lindsay Cres. Faulconbridge

free general admission to the hands-on museum, displays & shop

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Rouse Hill Weekly Organic

Food Market

Every Saturday 8am-2pm

Closed from Christmas to 5 January

Access the market via Tempus Street off White Hart Lane Easy access including to carpark to load and return for more gn your special Christmas celebration with us. Rouse Hill Town Centre Market Square Phone: 99992226

Blackheath Farmers Market

2nd Sunday of the Month 8am – 12 Noon BLACKHEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE

Cnr Great Western Hwy & Gardiner Cres Blackheath

Twilight Farmers Market

Celebrate Christmas at Mamre.

A great place for staff parties, or a family Christmas. Lunch throughout December including Sat 22nd and Sunday 23rd December or design your special Christmas celebration with us.

• Twilight Markets Friday 14th Dec 4.30 pm – 8.30 pm • Christmas Carols Dec 16th at 4 pm Fireworks at 7.45 pm • Buy a Mamre Christmas Hamper fresh local produce, jams preserves and art works.

Grow it Pick it Eat it Every second Saturday of the Month 10.30 – 12.30 Farm tours and conservation walks by appointment. 02 9670 5321 Feathered Friends every Sunday 11am and 1.30 pm Little Red Riding Hood by the Acting Factory 4th – 27th Jan Friday, Saturday Sunday 6.30 pm Book for tapas before the show. Details on our website

Open every day except Monday. 181 MAMRE RD ORCHARD HILLS Tel: 02 9670 6178

Set in 8 ha of manicured, landscaped gardens, a perfect environment for business or pleasure, the romantic weekend escape, conference venue or special event. An array of facilities and services including the renowned Villa Thalgo Day Spa, Harvest Restaurant for a la carte dining or the Gazebo Restaurant for a light snack. We also offer an excellent High Tea!" 61 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Windsor, NSW 2756 Phone 02 4577 4222

on Saturday 22nd December from 4 - 8 pm

Fresh is Best

Phone 02 4572 6260

Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers & Fine Food Market 2nd & 4th Sat of each month 8am -12noon

Castle Hill Showground Enter via Carrington Road, Castle Hill

Over 80 stalls of Fresh produce

Unique 170 year old abattoir on-site and working. Both local and NSW beef, Lamb, Pork and Goat with occasional Seasonal prawns and a great variety of sausages. M&A Butchery Unbeatable prices. 62 King Road, Wilberforce Mon-Fri 7.00-6.00 Sat 7.00-2.00

02 4575 1233


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Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls, one of the most beautiful Blue Mountains towns, offers possibly the most spectacular bushwalks and views. Originally called ‘Weatherboard’ after the ‘Weatherboard Hut’ built in 1814, a year later the town was named ‘Jamison’s Valley’ by Governor Macquarie. In July 1867 the historic first railway journey in the Blue Mountains left Penrith station and travelled through to Weatherboard Station where the train terminated. It wasn’t until 1879 that the name was changed to Wentworth Falls in honour of William Charles Wentworth. The area

known as ‘Kings Tableland’ offers almost haunting views. Care must be taken within this area to preserve the ancient Aboriginal site, Kings Table. It has been calculated via carbon dating that the land was occupied some 22,000 years ago! Further west along the Great Western Highway on the north side is Pitt Park and the Wentworth Falls School of Arts. ‘The Bathurst Traveller’, later renamed ‘Weatherboard Inn’ was an inn Built in 1826 at Pitt Park. Charles Darwin, the renowned scientist was reported to have stayed here around 1836.

What to See & Do

Silvermere Guesthouse and Restaurant nineteen23

The original ‘Cox’s Road’ (Australia’s first highway!) passes through the property. The property was built in 1923 (hence the name of the restaurant) as a retirement and holiday home for the family of wealthy sugar baron (the Young family) from Queensland. Silvermere retains much of its original architectural Features and has been nominated by the local Council as a State Heritage item. The restaurant

features arched windows high ceilings and a marble fireplace. Individualised decor in all guest rooms featuring hand-made quilts, antique furnishings and prints (but avoiding heritage ‘clutter’) The owners’ goal is to offer local and international guests a unique and high quality restaurant and/or tourism experience with a 1920s ambience at a reasonable price.

‘Silvermere’ provides a unique boutique accommodation and restaurant experience in Wentworth Falls. The property features large cool climate heritage gardens and spectacular views of the north Blue Mountains World Heritage area and the lights of the Sydney Plain.

With the numerous spectacular walks and views within Wentworth Falls, visitors should allow at least a day to enjoy the area at leisure. From Falls Road start the Charles Darwin Walk. The Darwin walk is well sign posted leading from the Great Western Highway, and along Falls Road. It’s a superb full day walk from Whispering Pines to what the Gundungurra people call The Seven Sisters at Echo Point.

Silvermere guesthouse & nineteen23 (02) 4757 3311

1 Lake St Wentworth Falls NSW 2782 14

‘COLLABORATION’ Established in the Blue Mountains in 1989, Falls Gallery continues to provide a constantly changing exhibition of works on paper and ceramics by emerging and wellestablished artists. The directors of the Gallery are Ian Smith, a potter and Anne Smith, a painter and printmaker. The Gallery is situated in a beautifully restored early 1900’s weatherboard cottage. It is surrounded by a wonderfully peaceful haven of almost an acre of mountain gardens. Ian Smith began making studio ceramics in London in the late 1960’s. His early influences were the work of Lucie Rie, Dan Arbied, Bernard Leach and Hamada. When visiting the Ceramics department at Harrow School of Art he was introduced to Mick Casson and he found the activity and enthusiasm generated at Harrow very stimulating. He came to Australia in 1971 as an electrical engineer and was a Project Manager and Director of an Engineering company until the mid 80’s, furthering his knowledge of ceramics with study trips to Asia and the UK. He designed and built his gas fired brick kiln in the Blue Mountains in

the late 80’s and has been making ceramics and running Falls Gallery since that time. As well as producing his own work, Ian has made blossom jars and platters which are subsequently decorated by Wendy Sharpe, Bernard Ollis or Anne Smith. The photographs are of a blossom jar decorated with underglaze colours by Wendy Sharpe, called ‘ Baroque Kiss’, a platter with a painting in underglaze colours of ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ by Bernard Ollis, a large blossom jar with nuka and tenmoku glazes and carved flutes by Ian Smith and a ‘painted face’, in oil paint on stoneware by Anne Smith. Ian and Anne Smith were awarded the Port Hacking Potters Group (Cesco Award) in 2000 for a platter made by Ian Smith and decorated by Anne Smith. The aim of the Gallery is to have continually changing exhibitions of works on paper and ceramics by established and emerging artists. Among the works on display in the Gallery are etchings by Garry Shead, Wendy Sharpe, Arthur Boyd, Max Miller, Anne Smith, Charles Blackman, John Olsen and Bernard Ollis, together with ceramics by Ian Smith.

Ian Smith Tenmoku and Nuka Blossom Jar

Anne Smith Painted Faces

Bernard Ollis Owl and Pussycate Platter

Wendy Sharpe Blossom Jar

161 falls rd, wentworth falls, nsw 2782 phone / fax:  02 4757 1139 hours: 10am –5pm Wednesday to Sunday


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Leura Village You’ve reached what is now referred to as the Upper Blue Mountains, where cool climate plants are the focus of many a garden. Rivalling Katoomba as the most visited location in the Blue Mountains, Leura offers The Mall, a shoppers paradise alive with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, galleries. Bygone Beautys has something for everyone from refreshments to die for to the most amazing range of antiques and collectables that this place is a whole experience in itself. A range of exquisite yet affordable delights await you here. Renomee is the delightful cottage in the Leura carpark also accessible from 152 Megalong Street. They sell quality new and recycled unique clothing, specialising in contemporary recycle and one-off. Pauline also stocks a superb range of Japanese kimonos and haoris. There are designer shoes and accessories as well. With new stock arriving regularly,

the shop is simply a delight and inspiration. I have found stunning new designer outfits here as well as some old favourites at very affordable prices. Megalong Books has the most amazing range of the most amazing books on so many subjects I keep wondering how they do it! The staff are also so knowledgeable and helpful. Come to Leura just for fun or for some really serious bargains… but come you must… it is so special!

What to See & Do Toy and Railway Museum, located within Leuralla mansion. The museum features Australia’s largest collection of toys, dolls, teddy bears and model railways, located on the corner of Olympian Parade and Balmoral Road. Opposite the Toy and Railway Museum is Olympian Park featuring a

natural amphitheatre with spectacular views. Gardens, Shopping, Food and Art! Awesome views from Sublime Point Leura Cascades along Cliff Drive is a peaceful setting for a family picnic or BBQ From the Cascades you can leisurely walk to several waterfalls including Leura, Linda, Lila and Bridal Veil Falls. You can also walk to Copelands Lookout and Flying Fox Lookout. Mount Hay Road takes you to the beautiful untouched Mount Hay region Along Cliff Drive, bush walks can lead you to the Pool of Siloam and Lyrebird Dell while the famous Prince Henry Cliff Walk will take you to the spectacular Katoomba Falls.

Leura Country Casuals 183 The Mall, Leura (02) 4784 1302

Email: Web: General and Children’s Bookshop Blue Mountains History, Maps and Guidebooks DVDs and Classical Music CDs Orders Taken Open 7 days

The best books in the mountains!


Bygone Beautys

Antiques & Tearoom See the amazing

Treasured Teapot Collection

“World’s largest Private Collection”

20 - 22 Grose St, Leura Ph: 4784 3117 Fax: 4784 3078 Open 7 Days 10am - 5.30pm Come in & enjoy our famous Devonshire Tea

Shop 1, 201 The Mall, Leura NSW Ph/fax: (02) 4784 1389 Email: 'The Shirt Lady'. Exclusive Australian and imported shirts and knitwear for men and women. Assorted knitwear (alpaca, possum and merino, lambswool, angora, cashmere, fine merino cotton) as well as scarves, gloves, coats, jackets and vests. Long sleeve, short sleeve and three quarter sleeve shirts. Widely considered to be the best shirt shop in Australia. Worth a visit! You will not be disappointed.


































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Romantic Historic Retreat Circa 1880


Spacious rooms, private en-suites, balconies, baths, verandas and views. Built on Leura’s highest point and surrounded by English gardens, Leura House is located at the top of Leura Village close to all the famous tourist attractions. A 3 bedroom cottage is also available.

Weddings, Parties, Conferences.

Ph: (02) 4784 2035 7 Britain Street, Leura

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Grand old lady at top of Leura Peeking through ornate archways, hiding up staircases, sprinkling blossoms from balconies and giggling over a glass of champagne… These are some of the joys of those who have discovered Leura’s best-kept secret. Seek and you will find as you venture up the hill of Leura Mall to unveil the grandeur of the first and finest home built in the area. Leura House, an expansive Victorian Italianate mansion stands on Leura’s highest point with views as far as Sydney. Built in 1880 as a fashionable gentleman’s residence, converted to a prayerful convent and subsequently recorded as a miraculous sole survivor of the Leura fires, Leura House has for the past 20 years offered visitors deluxe guesthouse accommodation with her 12 guestrooms, restaurant, conference centre, lounge bar, cottage and wedding gardens. A perfect destination for those seeking the grace of days gone by. Here one may say “A party is a party, but a party at Leura House... mmm-hmm!” So whether you desire a bed and breakfast getaway, or an elegant party hideaway this grand old lady of loveliness will delight you with her charms. Booking now for your functions, corporate luncheons, meets and retreats. Inspections welcome by appointment only – please phone 47842035.

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Katoomba Katoomba has something for everyone: entertainment, art galleries, restaurants, trendy cafes, shopping, antiques and collectables, walks and activities, not to mention its being surrounded by ancient natural beauty. The Seven Sisters Of the Gundungurra people commonly referred to as The Three Sisters may be viewed from Echo Point. Many bushwalks start from this point, including the Three Sisters Walk and Giant Stairway. In town, you’ll find an array of boutiques and all seasons clothing, as well as cosy dining experiences to suit all budgets and tastes.

What to See & Do Visit Echo Point Visitor Information Centre for information and views. Visit Trolley Tours to book a great tour of your choice maybe including Jenolan Caves or even a horse ride.. Enjoy the art and culture walk. Check out whats on at Varuna. Eat in fine-dining restaurants or have coffee and cake in Art Deco cafés. Take a guided bushwalk, a 4WD drive, or learn to abseil – all in the splendour of this majestic wilderness area. Explore the thriving local art scene.

Enjoy the daily screenings at The Edge Cinema, with its six-storey screen. View “The Edge” movie at Katoomba Christian Convention Conference Centre next to Scenic World for guest groups staying at the centre and other prebooked groups. Details and bookings: 4782 5588 or Explore The Carrington Hotel, built in 1882, an elegant reminder of a bygone era, with its many events, one of only two superb Heritage Dining experiences in Australia (see pages 36 and 37). Visit The Scenic World Skyway.

Polar Bear Migration Scientists believe recent sightings of a lost polar bear migrating from Leura, where it had become a familiar landmark, to Katoomba, could be due to a quest for an even colder climate, brought on by global warming. On closer inspection, the truth of manmade interference in the natural world becomes apparent. The bear is in fact a steel and recycled plastic sculpture by acclaimed local artist Ian Swift. It proudly guards the appropriately named ŒLost Bear Gallery¹. Formerly known as Katoomba Fine Art, the gallery contains twelve separate exhibiting spaces, a large central space that hosts regularly changing feature exhibitions, as well as an outdoor sculpture garden. Pictured here is a watercolour by David Beschi (who's major exhibition runs into early December), capturing another aspect of Katoomba¹s chilly weather.

Lost Bear Gallery is open daily at 98 Lurline Street, Katoomba. Ph. 4782 1220 for further details.


Sherman + Betty


In addition to their fabulous merino range Sherman + Betty also offer an eclectic selection clothing for men & women for the warmer months … from skirts, tops and dresses to cute screen printed t-shirts, lightweight scarves & retro sunhats. There’s plenty of ideas for gifts or a little treat for yourself to be found at this gem of a store.

Trolley Tours


Jenolan Caves

Experience one of the World’s finest cave systems with underground rivers and spectacular limestone formations. Coach tour departs Katoomba 9.45am. Daily (return to Katoomba daily by 5.00pm). Coach tour includes: Informative commentary and scenic stop at Govetts Leap Lookout, Blackheath (subject to weather conditions.


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BUSHWALKERS: One Way Transfers are available at Katoomba, Jenolan Caves and Blackheath. Cost is $40 per person each way.

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The Ultimate 2 DAY Package DAY 1

All Day Trolley Tour Hop On & Hop Off ride to 29 Great Attractions around Katoomba & Leura + Scenic Railway & Scenic Cableway ride at Scenic World.





Jenolan Caves Coach Tour, including entry to Lucas Cave.

Per Adult

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(Near Katoomba Railway Station at Pedestrian Crossing)

PH: 02 4782 7999


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OTHER CAVE INSPECTION OPTIONS AVAILABLE. (Pre-booking required. Tour cancellation conditions are applicable)

does not Jenolan Caves Coach Day operate on Christmas



Is bushwalking one of your favourite activites? The Blue Mountains National Park has long been renowned as one of the finest bushwalking areas in the World. Cascading waterfalls, breath-taking panoramas, fern filled gullies, hanging swamps, rainforests, an abundance of bird life and magnificent flowers await your discovery. You can access these magnificent bushwalks by means of the hourly Hop On Hop Off “Trolley Tour” starting from Katoomba daily at 9-45am. The trolley bus offers the opportunity to alight at the start of a bushwalk, and rejoin at the next stop, without retracing your steps. A good example would be the Gordon Falls bushwalk to Leura Cascades which is graded medium and takes one hour.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre On 17th November from 10am to 4pm Blue Mountains Cultural Centre opened its doors to the public for the very first time with grand celebrations. Proceedings opened with a Welcome to Country ceremony and indigenous dancing from the local Gundungurra people and their Mulyang Dancers. The inaugural exhibition of Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, curated by Gavin Wilson, opened with Picturing the Great Divide: Visions from Australia’s Blue Mountains. This exhibition surveys two centuries of visual art inspired by the Blue Mountains region. It includes over 100 significant works comprising paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture and ceramics, by 60 eminent artists are featured.– Nov 17 2012 – Feb 3 2013 World Heritage Exhibition – Into the Blue Immerse yourself in the World Heritage Exhibition – “Into the Blue”, which utilises the latest interactive technologies to celebrate the distinct environment, history and culture of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in a way that you would never have seen (or heard) before! An experience not to be missed. There was a wealth of wonderful things to do on across the opening day! Events and activities celebrated Blue Mountains culture, offering a glimpse of ongoing Cultural Centre programs. In the Workroom there was a whimsical workshop and story reading with the amazing Meredith Gaston, gorgeous floral garland making, badge-making using historical images and a vintage collage workshop titled ‘put a bird on it!’.  In the Seminar Room a panel of celebrated creative locals discussed their experiences of ‘the mountains as muse’, including designer Jenny Kee, author and cartoonist Tohby Riddle and Objects Gallery’s Steve Pozel.  Music, performance and film Throughout the day there were also fantastic performances with music from the wonderful Lisa Mitchell performing from her new album Bless

this Mess, Blue Mountains Singer Songwriter Chris Gillespie and DJ Johnny Soul of The Lost World. The Centre launched its first exciting collaboration with the new Katoomba Theatre Company, an interactive children’s theatre activity titled ‘Our Powerful Owls’. A selection of historical footage and film generously curated by the National Film and Sound Archive was on display in the seminar room.   Tours Inaugural Exhibition Tours One of the highlights of opening day was the tours! Visitors were able to join the curator of Picturing the Great Divide: Visions from Australia’s Blue Mountains Gavin Wilson and  Blue Mountains City Art Gallery’s exhibition manager Sarah Gurich for a fascinating exhibition tour and floor talk. Environmental Tour Part of the Blue Mountains Sustainable Precinct project, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre features extensive environmental features and functions, from the water harvesting to the green roof, its construction materials through to its solar panels, Wyn Jones (Blue

Mountains ecologist, bushwalker and identifier of the Wollemi Pine) will took many visitors through the wonderful range of features in an inspiring and fascinating tour. The New Katoomba Library Co-located with the Cultural Centre, the new Katoomba Library provides visitors with a whole new world to explore. With space increasing to almost 900m2, it includes a multipurpose space for activities such as children’s story times and book launches, meeting spaces, quiet study areas, lounges for reading and a dedicated youth area. The Library also shares free wi-fi access throughout the entire Cultural Centre! Visitors on opening day were able to check out these features. And of course, there’s the view! Grab a coffee or some lunch from the Cultural Centre Cafe and take in the panoramic views of the Jamison Valley from the Cultural Centre’s viewing platform, as well as enjoying the music and performances on the day. We hope to see you at the wonderful new Cultural Centre!

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OPENING Saturday 17 November 2012

Andrew Merry Valley of the Grose 2011, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm.


Picturing the Great Divide: Visions from Australia’s Blue Mountains 17 November 2012 – 3 February 2013 The inaugural exhibition for the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery surveys the powerful impact the Blue Mountains region has had on the cultural life of the nation from early settlement to the present day. The exhibition features 100 works by 60 of Australia’s most celebrated artists including Conrad Martens, Margaret Preston and Brett Whiteley.


Into The Blue In 2000 the Greater Blue Mountains area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in recognition of the exceptional diversity and integrity of its eucalypt forest communities. Into the Blue takes audiences on an interactive journey exploring the natural, cultural and historical landscapes of this unique area to discover the richness and wonders of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area.

Open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm Sat & Sun Closed public holidays • 30 Parke Street, Katoomba


ADMISSION Entry to the Cultural Centre Shop, Café, and viewing platform is FREE. Joint ticket admission for entry to both the Blue Mountains World Heritage Interpretive Centre and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is: • Adults – $5 • Concession – $3 • Children under 16 – Free

Holiday Adventures to Suit All These holidays Werriberri Trail Rides is offering an extended new Trail Ride that has been designed to suit all riding abilities. It is an adaptable three day ride with two nights at The 6 Foot Track Eco Lodge. This Trail Ride based on enjoying the Six Foot Track caters for riders from inexperienced family groups to experienced riders. Kathy Tucker and her team have a range of wonderful reliable horses suitable for all levels of riding experience and the riding groups are accompanied by experienced guides. The Trail Ride features heritage track, farmland, escarpment views and some of

Australia’s most beautiful scenery along the Cox’s River and the Six Foot Track’s rarely visited places. The ride is tailor made to suit the experience levels of the group. It can include coming through Kiangatha and Lemon Tree Flat, also options for exploring different areas such as Black Range and Jenolan. There are choices of different routes for the trail rides depending on your fitness and experience and different members may choose options that suit each member, including focusing on the abundant wildlife and cultural

The 6 Foot Track Eco Lodge Inexpensive and comfortable accommodation for up to 28 people in idyllic natural setting Contact Willi-Joy Sirks for Bookings & General Enquiries Mobile: 0415 523 041

heritage. Willi-Joy Sirks at the Eco Lodge can provide food packages for picnic lunches as well as the facilities at the Lodge. The lodge is perched on hillside just meters away from the 6ft track, providing comfortable accommodation for up to 28 people, while maximising the simple pleasure of being close to nature. The lodge is comprised of two cabins and a galley, joined by a large timber deck. The cabins are fully equipped with clean warm bedding and heated by slow combustion fires for a comfy night's sleep. Cooking facilities include a gas BBQ, pizza oven and a three burner gas cook-top. Cookware, cutlery, utensils and glassware of the finest quality as well as clean fresh water are supplied.

Werriberri Trail Rides • Horses to suit all ages and abilities • Hourly, day & overnight rides • Pubstays & campouts

"Come and check out our backyard!"

ph 0448 879 171



The Cedars Gift and Rock Shop Gemstones • Minerals Crystals • Jewellery The Cedars Gift and Rock Shop is a fabulous place for gift ideas for everyone. They have the widest range imaginable of rocks, minerals, crystals, beautiful, valuable and useful objects that they are worth a visit at any time. Katy and Peter are helpful at answering your questions. You may well be amazed and pleasantly surprised by The Cedars.

The Cedars Gift and Rock Shop 7 Katoomba Street Katoomba Ph: 4782 6444

Budget Accommodation

Self contained Cabins & Cottages from $70 per night

63 Prince Edward St., Blackheath 2785 Telephone 02 4787 8534



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Blackheath/Mt Victoria Blackheath at 1065m abve sea level is 114 km from Sydney and most famous for its November Rhododendron Festival. The Blackheath Rhododendron Gardens are in Baccante Street. The town’s shopping centre has a delightfully relaxed village atmosphere. Blackheath is filled with natural beauty and there are many breathtaking views and bush walks to experience. Blackheath is full of colonial history. The first building in Blackheath was "The Scotch Thistle Inn" erected by Andrew Gardner in 1831. The Inn was visited by the renowned scientist Charles Darwin in 1836. The site for "The Scotch Thistle Inn" was located slightly south of the present Gardners Inn Hotel. On the outside of the famous Victory Theatre antique centre is one of the town’s proudest displays, a colourful mural designed by local artist Jenny Kee and painted in 1985 by members of the local community on behalf of the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre. It has been recently refurbished by this proud community.

Mt Victoria Fast Facts Mount Victoria is the most westerly Blue Mountains township - 120 kilometres from Sydney and 1043 metres above sea-level. It is a small very charming historic village originally named 'One Tree Hill' on a map from 1834 - the name changed in 1876 when the first Post Office was built. There is a large number of historic buildings, including the Imperial Hotel -1878, St Peter's Church of England -1874, Closeburn House-1885, The Manor House, built by John Fairfax in 1876 and the Toll Keepers Cottage -1849. In Mount Victoria and close by you have Victoria Falls, Victoria Pass, Mt York, Bede's, Sunset Rock & Mitchell's Ridge Look-outs, beautiful Bushwalks and the Mount Victoria Historical Museum. Some of the Historic buildings are now beautiful 1st class accommodation facilities and  combined with their

fine food and other restaurants, make staying in Mount Victoria another must for your 'Top of the Mountains Adventure’

What to See & Do

The Kanimbla Valley Walking Tracks, which take in Pulpit Rock, Bede’s Lookout, Reinitz Pass and Ross Cave. The array of buildings and boutique shops selling antiques, craft and brica-brac The walking track that will take you to Victoria Falls. Mount Victoria Historical Museum located in the old refreshment rooms at the Railway Station. First release films at Mount Vic Flicks. Visit the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, at the end of Govetts leap Road, Blackheath. There is an interactive display of how the mountains were made, a theatrette and gallery. Open everydayexcept Christmas Day, from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

‘dare to be different’

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre

At the end of Govetts leap Road, Blackheath Open everyday except Christmas Day 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Phone: 4787 8877

• Skincare products • Locally made and imported jewellery and clothing • Games, puzzles and cards • Handbags, shawls and drapes • Candles • Exclusive gift lines

Phone (02) 4787 5573 22A Govetts Leap Rd, BLACKHEATH


~Largest Antique store west of Sydney with the greatest variety in the Blue Mountains~ Open 7 Days 10am - 5pm

Mt Victoria Museum

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The Gallery Huge Collection of unusual Museum Pieces, well worth a visit!


Hotel Guests relaxing on the lawn of the Imperial Hotel. Located on the corner of the Great Western Highway and Station Street, the hotel was built in 1878 and is unusual amongst mountains inns as it has always traded under its original name.

2pm - 5pm Weekends, Public Holidays and School Holidays Located at Mt Victoria Train Station

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The Imperial Hotel Located in Mount Victoria at the top of the Blue Mountains, the hotel features spacious lounges, bar, pool room, open fireplaces, elegant dining and excellent brasserie meals. Winner "One Schooner Award" Happy Hours: Mon - Thur 5-7pm $4 schooner. Live in Sydney Morning music every Friday, Saturday night & Sunday afternoon Herald Good Pub Rooms vary from traditional style and heritage ensuites to Food Guide Awards the romantic Imperial Suite for that special occasion.  2012 Long term or short stays, weekend and mid week packages are available to suit all budgets. Enquire about functions at the Imperial Hotel

1 Station Street, Mount Victoria. Ph: 02 4787 1878 w w w. ho tel imp er i a l . c om . au

Offering a range of specialised shoes to help problem feet feel comfortable Stocking: NAOT - Ecco Florsheim Hogl - Merrell Rohde - Gabor Josef Seibel - PindiereSandler - Rieker - Beautifeel open seven days 4 govetts leap rd blackheath (02) 4787 8263


Wollemi Wild Things Summer at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden kicks off with the opening of ‘Wollemi Wild Things’, an exhibition of the exquisite works of renowned wildlife artist and illustrator Fiona Lumsden. Captured during her field trips through the northern Blue Mountains, Fiona’s beautiful drawings of plants and wildlife are a result of her talent and genuine passion for the flora and fauna of the region, which is apparent in her artwork and in conversation with Fiona. She is especially known for her posters of hand illustrated birds of the Blue Mountains and Capertee regions. Fiona will also be running a hands on Nature Drawing workshop where she will disclose the

Around the Garden secrets of nature and botanical art. Fiona’s artwork will be available for purchase. Wollemi Wild Things an exhibition by Fiona Lumsden Sat 1 Dec 2012 – Sun 27 Jan 2013 Visitor Centre, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah - Free Nature Drawing Workshop with Fiona Lumsden Sunday 3 Feb 10am-3pm FOG $76.50 Non-members $85.00 Includes morning tea. Participants to be provided with a materials list on booking and to provide own lunch. Bookings essential on 02 4567 3019.

Events As well as the many beautiful gardens and rainforest walks the Garden runs events and workshops to inspire a love of plants: All summer - Adventure Quest - Quirky Nature Quest On this exciting summer adventure into nature you will find out fun facts about plants and animals discovering the larger than life models around the garden. Each quest comes with a map and a lucky dip and takes about 45 minutes to complete. Why not combine with a picnic or take advantage of our free electric BBQs for a fun filled family day out?! $3.50 per child. Free garden entry - Saturday 1 Dec 2012 – Sunday 27 Jan 2013 For workshop bookings: Phone: 9231 8182 OR Email: OR Online via: Contact details: Call: 02 4567 3000 / Restaurant Tomah 02 4567 2060 Email: Find us on Facebook Entry to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah is free.

After a delightful spring, summer at the Garden brings visitors welcome relief as the hotter weather hits the lower altitudes. Nothing beats settling under a shady tree with a picnic, taking in the stunning views and contemplating the summer beauty of the botanic garden. In December, the sweet-scented Rhododendron maddenii subsp. crassum, can be enjoyed in the Residence Garden, as it farewells spring and heralds Christmas with its white, trumpet-like flowers. Enjoy lilies and primulas, wild collected from high hills in Yunnan, southwestern China, which brighten the tranquil paths along the Plant Explorers’ Walk. Explore the Blue Mountains wilderness on a guided tour outside, or inside at the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition Centre where you can take a virtual tour through the canyons and big walls of our region. Heading back outside, why not take a stroll through temperate rainforest on the Lady Nancy Fairfax Jungle Walk - there are suggested walks of half an hour to all day with something to suit everyone. Treat yourself (or someone else!) to a gift that’s a bit different at The Garden Shop. Here you can find botanic artwork and unique crafts by local artists as well as a large range of horticultural and botanical books. Relax and enjoy the panoramic view across the Garden to the Blue Mountains wilderness at the restaurant; picnic at one of the many scenic spots in the garden or cook up a feast on one of the free BBQs. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah also offers The Jungle Lodge for a secluded stay, weddings, community workshops for adults and school holiday fun for the kids.

coME iNTo ThE Garden The BLue MounTAinS BoTAnic GArden, MounT ToMAh Beautiful flowering plants • exhibition centre • inspiring art • guided tours • Adventure Quests • Jungle Lodge accommodation • wedding venues • restaurant with views • Garden Shop


Your Garden Mon – Fri 9 am – 5.30 pm. Weekends & public holidays 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. Bells Line of Rd, Mount Tomah. T: 4567 3000 FREE ENTRY

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Mount Wilson Mount Wilson is a 124km or 2 hour drive from Sydney via Richmond with a population estimated approx. 200 and lies 1040 metres above sea level. Seventeen million years ago, volcanic activity formed a great plateau, which evolved into the Blue Mountains.  Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine are two basalt capped peaks on the northern edge. With rich basalt soils, these two peaks were heavily timbered with temperate rain forests of sassafras, coachwood, lilli pilli, tree ferns and a thick understorey of ferns.  The forests are teeming with wildlife and birds. About the Heritage Village Mount Wilson heritage Village is an area of superb English-style gardens and treelined avenues located east of Lithgow north of the Bells Line of Road.  Secluded away from the mainstream tourist sites of the Blue Mountains.  Mt Wilson includes beautiful gardens, parks, and local attractions. Other Open Gardens Bebeah, The Avenue, open 10am to 4pm spring and autumn. Merry Garth, Davies Lane. Opens 9am to 5pm every day. Beautiful rainforest, superb views with local plants for sale. Ph: 02 4756 2121 Sefton Cottage, Church Lane, Open weekends April, May, October, November, in aid of Children’s hospital Westmead, Catered Tea Rooms. Ph: 02 4576 2034 Yengo Sculpture Gardens, Queens Avenue, Open weekends April May Oct Nov, other times by appointment Phone 02 4576 2002 Windyridge, Queens Avenue, Open Daily April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov. Other times by appointment. Ph: 02 4756 2019 Nooroo, Church Lane, Open 10am-4pm Spring & Autumn, Fri, Sat & Sun. Groups by appointment. P: 02 4756 2018

The Red Admiral An exhibition of Patrick White’s years at Mount Wilson

Officially Opened 17th June

by the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO at the Mt Wilson Village Hall

Re-opens in September In 2012, the Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine Historical Society will celebrate the centenary of Patrick White’s 28 May 1912 birth date by holding a year-long exhibition at the Turkish Bath Museum at Mt Wilson. Patrick White spent his formative years as a young child at Mt Wilson in the 1920s and 1930s; the exhibition highlights the impact of both the Australian natural environment and the influence of working class and wealthy society individuals and families that were to strongly shape him for the remainder of his life, as an individual and as a writer of international acclaim. The story of Patrick White and his family at Mt Wilson in the 1920s and 30s (the so-called 'Golden Age' of Hill Station life in Australia) is rich in historical interest, and yet, remains well hidden to most people. The project aims to heighten awareness of the formative years of White's life in an easily accessible and understood manner. The exhibition has been specifically designed not to be an academic treatment of his literature, nor does it require an understanding or appreciation of White, or his works.

on the most famous and renowned Australian author. The exhibition is in the form of a series of framed A1 sized posters designed by a local professional graphics artist. The title of the exhibition is taken from the name White used as a ten-year old. His first published pieces were about Mt. Wilson. The ‘Red Admiral’ was his favourite butterfly. The exhibition has been moved to the Mt Wilson Turkish Bath. Opening Dates of the exhibition are: Sun Sept 16 - Sun Sept 23 - Sun Sept 30 Sun Oct 7 - Sun Oct 14 - Sun Oct 21 Sun Oct 28 Sun Nov 18 - Sun Feb 17 - Sun Mar 17 All 12:30 - 3:30 at the Turkish Bath Pictured below: The White family at Wynstay in 1923: (left to right) Patrick (aged 11), Victor, his father, Marianne Wynne, Ruth, his mother, and his sister Suzanne.

The goal is to foster a recognition of a vital influence on White that has previously been ignored, or misunderstood, for many years, despite the amount of research undertaken


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Hartley & Surrounds Hartley Area After the decline in Hartley as a township from the late 1800's, in recent times we are seeing the redevelopment of the areas of Hartley, Hartley Vale and Little Hartley. When the Victoria Pass road was completed in 1832, the doorway to the west was open and settlement in Hartley, at the base of the hill, began in earnest. The next 50 years saw Hartley grow into a bustling township surrounded by churches, a post office, stage coach facilities, and inns.  Buildings such as the Comet Inn (now a Guest House, B & B with restaurant) and Collit's Inn in Hartley Vale, Rosedale in Little Hartley (now Hartley Valley Holiday Farm) and the old Harp of Erin, Williams Store and Little Hartley Post Office are classified in the National Trust Register and on the National Heritage Commission data base. Unfortunately, Hartley was by-passed

by the railway and, over a period, fell into disuse. Luckily, today we are left with a remarkable remnant of a town largely unchanged since the midnineteenth century. The Hartley area provides a great insight into NSW settlement and early Australian History with some wonderful fully restored and operational historic buildings – in addition to the beautifully preserved buildings in Hartley historic village. Now with sub-divisions throughout the areas there are many new residents. Some of the historic buildings have been turned into elegant accommodation and licensed restaurant facilities and there are other new hide-away rural retreats.  Old stores have become new stores and more new stores have been built offering a range of services from rural supplies and local produce to cafes, wine bars, restaurants and take-aways, B&B’s, lolly shops, real estate agents who come and go, as well as some art and craft galleries and antique stores - even a blacksmith crafting beautiful things. Hartley is situated at the bottom of Victoria Pass, on the Great Western Highway in the valley between Mount Victoria and Lithgow. The Old Shale Railway Walk. Photo courtesy of Dept Mineral Resources

30 As well as the historic attractions there are more magnificent Blue Mountains scenic sights, adventure activities such as horse riding and fishing and close by the beautiful Jenolan Caves. The Zig Zag Railway is working towards re-opening. With diversion of the main road proposed, it seems there may be a Hartley Village Precinct soon and there is excitement about that. Also just a short distance away are all the activities and sights of the upper Blue Mountains in Mount Victoria, Blackheath & Katoomba plus the attractions and activities of the Lithgow area, forging ahead with its two campuses.

Walks Cox’s Road - built in 1815 and not used after 1824 Lawson’s Long Alley - which opened in 1824 and closed when Victoria Pass opened in 1832 Lockyer’s Pass - which was never completed because of the opening of Victoria Pass Berghofer’s Pass - A lovely short walk with great views of Hartley Valley along a pre-WWI road, built for the early motor vehicles which couldn’t negotiate the steep grades of Victoria Pass The Old Shale Railway Walk - The Old Shale Railway Walk follows the path of the railway that used to bring the shale up from Hartley Vale Hassan’s Walls - spectacular views of the Blue Mountains and Hartley Valley. Mt. Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Lookout - leads to lovely swimming holes, high cascades and a myriad of track junctions you can follow. A wonderful day’s outing for all the family as the walks are easy to medium.

HARTLEY VALLEY HOLIDAY FARM Your Holiday Home in the Country Just 90 mins drive from Sydney Own a share in 370 acres of prime land in picturesque Little Hartley

There’s nothing quite like Little Hartley Farm anywhere in Australia – in fact owners will tell you it’s the best kept secret on earth!

Buying a share in Little Hartley Farm gives you shared ownership of the property and its facilities as well as unlimited free access to the Farm’s activities including horse and trail bike riding. Meet new friends and give your family the chance to experience farm life whenever you like. Your share in the farm entitles you and your immediate family to year round access to Little Hartley Farm and its facilities including: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Accommodation for 6 in your own self contained cabin (incl. kitchen and bathroom) Weekly riding lessons catering to all levels on the farm’s vibrant herd of horses and ponies Supervised trail rides through the farm’s beautiful bushland and open paddocks Friendly shetland ponies for riders under 7 years Day facilities for privately owned horses Enclosed riding arenas, round yard and jumps Regular gymkhanas, riding and horsemanship clinics with visiting instructors 26 acre competition standard dirt bike track • Regular dirt bike competitions 2 x cement tennis courts with floodlights • 20 metre swimming pool Camping area for tents and caravans • Recreation room with pool table and table tennis • BMX bike track BBQs and outdoor open fires • Communal kitchen/ dining room for events and functions Some private horse agistment available Enjoy accommodation in one of 30 comfortable, self contained cabins located in

• blocks of 5 on ridges around the farm. Each block enjoys stunning views across Hartley Valley to the Mt York escarpment - the perfect setting to unwind in • Little front of an open fire at the end of another happy day at the farm. • in life at the farm, or use it as a base from which to explore the Blue • Indulge Mountains and other local attractions such as the Zig Zag Railway, the Jenolan • Caves and the restaurants and wineries of the Mountains and Central West. • Hartley Valley Holiday Farm was established in 1977 as an Owner’s Co-operative, • and ownership is strictly limited. This is not a time share, you can use the farm as • often as you like. It is an affordable way for families to enjoy farm life in a safe and relaxing environment. The farm’s on-site Manager and his team look after • the day to day running of the farm so Owners and their families are free to relax • and enjoy their time at the farm. • Owners are more than welcome to bring guests to the farm who may then • utilise the horse and bike facilities for a modest daily fee. • For more information or to arrange an inspection of Little Hartley Farm, • contact the office or log onto the farm’s website.

Hartley Valley Owners’ Company Ltd. “Rosedale” 2187 Great Western Hwy Little Hartley NSW 2790 Phone: 02 6355 2244 Fax: 02 6355 2131 Web:

Escape the pressures of city life at your own country getaway


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Lithgow Set amidst mountain splendour, Lithgow is a town rich in culture. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal tradition, step back in time to an era where steam dominated transport and when industry Ali Suzie Belinda are the smiling faces who welcome you to Rockstar and fuss over you dressing you from head to toe in beautiful designer clothing and footwear!! Lia is the new face of Rockstar on Facebook (like us Rockstar Shop) giving you tri weekly updates on the latest arrivals instore and the hottest new looks!! We supply our wonderful customers with a myriad of magical labels like Valeria Grossi and Miz Mooz Shoes with Pygmees, Honey & Beau and Luka Bella clothing; some customer favourites being layering brands Vigorella, Mesop and Zavarucci – the fashion possibilities at Rockstar are endless!! Our most recent Fashion Show, with the wonderful Lithgow Quota girls, was a huge success with models from their teens to their eighties all being dressed by Rockstar!!! Indeed, our mission at Rockstar is to dress women of all ages, shapes and sizes Beautifully and above all have Fun together! was our backbone Discover Lithgow’s accessible wilderness. With tranquil vistas and serene landscapes, the environment is abundant in wildlife and picturesque mountain panoramas. Intimate Dreams have expanded to offer you more. We are fortunate to have Glenda Anthes at Intimate Dreams with her qualifications, customer service and dedication to assisting women of all ages shapes and sizes to look and feel their best. Glenda provides all forms of bra and prosthesis fitting. She is able to assist ladies who have had surgery to feel more comfortable in their clothing and new bodies and even to feel proud of their appearance again. This is often an important part of recovery. Sometimes surviving to go on sharing life with those we love is the greatest achievement. Glenda is also fully conversant with the various medical and government processes to obtain assistance in the costs of prosthetic friendly wear and how to get the best results after what is often a terribly traumatic experience for a woman. Glenda is kind and gentle, has been through many things herself and understands problems

The Lithgow region is nature’s playground. Canyoning and rock climbing, in areas ten times older than the Grand Canyon, are experiences never to be forgotten. There are also magnificent 4WD tracks to explore. The choice of adventure is up to you.

What to See & Do

Camp on the shores of Lake Lyell for wildlife encounters and speed boating. Visit the nationally significant Small Arms Factory Museum. Go bird watching, preferably with a guide. Visit the award winning wetlands to see how many different plants and animals you can identify. Take a helicopter view of this surprising area. Go on a tour with the people who have lived here for thousands of years. from budding young girls through shy young fellas up to families struggling to cope with times from trauma to joy. She has sourced ranges of clothing for night and day that are affordable, suitable for all occasions, ages and sizes.


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Lithgow Free-range Meats – Your Local Farmers Market Anthony and Paul Kingston are local farmers from the Kanimbla Valley area below the Blue Mountains. You can see this idyllic area from the Hydro Majestic. There is no question that there is strong demand for quality meat, grass fed, in a stress free environment - the way that nature intended. With all the food-related health issues we seem to have these days, they believe that slow food should be easily accessed and affordable for all. The Kanimbla Valley beef and lamb and free range pork are all the way that nature intended. These meats are so tender, fresh, tasty and affordable, whether for large events, restaurants or your home. They also sell sausages, tasty mince, rissoles and other meats, prepared by their master butcher, Bill Towers. With the festive season upon us, barbecue and party seasons in full swing, isn’t it time to try some really healthy meat? This range of real meat is available sold freshly slaughtered, cry vac packed and sold immediately, fresh from their cool

rooms in Lithgow at wholesale prices direct to the public. Order now your free range hams and turkeys for Christmas and New Year. Many of our finest restaurants have already discovered their secret too. You may try their meats at such fine dining

establishments as Cobblestone Lane in Bathurst or Secret Creek Café and Restaurant in Lithgow. Check out more information on their website or visit for recipes and advice.

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Walking on the Wild Side Dinosaurs get their voices at Taronga The computerised system of compressors that drives Taronga’s Dinosaurs in the Wild exhibit has been turned on, bringing 21 individual dinosaurs to life at the Zoo. The animatronic creatures are now rearing and twisting, adding there roars and calls to the Zoo’s usual noises, courtesy of special compressors that pump very dry air into the dinosaurs’ hydraulic mechanisms that are hidden under their life-like skins. After a wild night in the zoo’s educational sleepover program ‘ZooSnooz’, students from Richmond North Public School were lucky enough to get the first look at the whole of this fascinating exhibition. Dinosaur Keeper, Gillian Markham, said: “It’s great to finally see the reactions of kids when they see these amazing prehistoric creatures moving and making sounds. Their faces say it all. I think it’s bringing out the inner child in the adults too!” “To be able to showcase this collection of animals from the past with today’s animals which are facing a similar threat today is really exciting for us. There’s just so much to learn. This exhibit links the challenges of adaptation that sent the dinosaurs to extinction, with the similar threats now faced by animals like the Tasmanian Devil and the Sumatran Tiger.” The only prehistoric Australian at Taronga Zoo, the Muttaburrasaurus, named for its discovery site in Queensland will surprise visitors as they

enter the zoo. Settled under a giant fig tree, its screech will have heads turning in every direction before it’s seen. “Taking some by surprise will be the striking Dilophosaurus with its prominent red crest, which actually spits water at those who are game enough to get close.” said Gillian. The impressive king of them all, four-metre high Tyrannosaurus Rex, can be found at the Dinosaur Lawns. Also at the lawns, the Dimetrodon shows the complexities of life-like animatronic dinosaurs, designed and built by Billings Productions, through an interactive panel allowing guests to control and see its mechanical movements. Hurry before they go extinct, Dinosaurs in the Wild is only at Taronga Zoo until February 3, 2013. For more information, go to: https://

Win Free Passes to either Taronga or Western Plains Zoo! Your iMag magazine has free passes to give away to both Taronga or Western Plains Zoo. For your chance to win one of these passes, simply send us an envelope with your name phone number and address on the back addressed to: “IMAG ZOO COMPETITION” PO BOX 602, LITHGOW NSW 2790


Congratulations to B Warner of Claremont Meadows NSW, winner of The Family Zoo Pass to either Taronga or Western Plains Zoo.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is located in Dubbo in Central New South Wales. The Zoo is open every day from 9am - 4pm. For more information visit or contact 6881 1400.


Taste the Blue Mountains Deconstructed Prawn cocktail

using ‘Hell Toro’ SpiceShots® (Spanish Seasoning).

‘We believe everyone has the right to access good, clean and fair food’ Slow Food is an international nonprofit association formed in 1989 as a response to the standardising effects of fast food and the ‘fast life’. There are now thousands of members in over 100 countries, divided into local focus groups called convivia, of which Slow Food Blue Mountains is just one. Three interconnecting principles define  Slow Food:  GOOD  - A fresh and flavoursome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture.  CLEAN - Produced in harmony with the environment and human health.  FAIR - Accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for smallscale producers.   To join, tap into local events or find out more about Slow Food Blue Mountains, visit or email

Serves 2-4 Ingredients: Prawns: 300g - 600g raw prawn meat (tails intact) 1 - 2 tbsp peanut oil ½ - 1 packet ‘Hell Toro’ SpiceShots® (Spanish Seasoning) Salad: ½ - 1 large bunch rocket (washed and chopped roughly) ½ to 1 lebanese cucumber (peeled and sliced into rounds) ¼ - ½ cup mint (leaves roughly chopped and reserved) 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Salt & Pepper to taste 1-2 lemons (cut into wedges) Cocktail Dressing: ½ cup mayonnaise (good quality) 3 tbsp tomato sauce 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce ¼ tsp tabasco sauce Method: Pat prawns dry with paper towels, then dry coat with Hell Toro. Add peanut oil to a pre heated wok (high heat) and cook the prawn meat for 3 minutes, tossing regularly. Remove from heat and set aside. Add the Rocket, Cucumber and Mint to a mixing bowl, then dress with Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper and toss lightly. Mix cocktail dressing ingredients together, pour into a small serving bowl then set aside. In a medium sized bowl, fill with ice; arrange prawns around the rim of the bowl, placing remaining prawns in the centre of the bowl. Place salad, dressing, lemon wedges on a large serving platter, together with the bowl of prawns and serve immediately. Recipe Inspiration: Spain Ingredients: Spices: to purchase directly or locate stockists Prawns: Winmalee Seafood, 15/14 Whitecross Rd, Winmalee, NSW 2777. Olive oil: Carrington Cellars & Deli, 15/47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba 2780 Salad ingredients: Blackheath Veggie Patch 234 Great Western Highway, Blackheath 2785 Remaining ingredients: Blackheath IGA. 211 Great Western Highway, Blackheath, NSW 2785

Carrington Cellars wine match:

Red: The cool climate Weemala 2011 Pinot Noir (Orange NSW) with a structure of cherries, dried herb and savoury complexity is a fantastic match. White: The crisp 2012 Stockmans Ridge Pinot Gris (Bathurst NSW) with star anise and citrus notes is a great combination.

REGIONAL WINE SPECIALIST Purveyors of Fine Food & Wine Located in the old Katoomba power station (just off Parke Street), our cellar specialises in Regional Wines, Boutique Beers and an International Deli. Many heritage features of the power station have been incorporated into the design. The cellar is available for private tastings.


ON PARKE STREET (AT REAR OF THE CARRINGTON HOTEL) The Carrington Hotel 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780 T +61 2 4782 1111

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The Grand Dining Room Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba. Phone: 4782 1111

Country Organic Coffee, Lithgow Take away, views, parking, disabled access, great range of lollies, Fish River Roasters coffee, range of teas, chai lattes, offer homemade cakes, gluten free available, hours 9am-5pm 7 days, breakfast light meals and snacks. Art for sale. Mitchell Highway Lucknow. Phone: 6365 5001

Café & Lolly Shop

Wrapt Cafe & Gifts

Enjoy a relaxing Barista made Wood Roasted Coffee with Country style home cooked MEALS & Great Pies in spacious and comfortable surroundings while travelling. Open 7 days 7am to 7pm

1038 Great Western Highway, Lithgow (Beside KFC) Phone: 6351 3933

Bush Bites Take Away Café Come and try our locally roasted coffee and home made cakes! Also Pre-Christmas special Gift Ideas for the home and garden. Open every day except Tuesday for breakfast & Lunch Open for dinner Friday and Saturday night

Specialising in Fine Food. Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner • Morning & Afternoon Teas • Coffee & Cakes • Daily Homemade Specials - Featuring Rosie's Chicken Warm, friendly service

79 Old Bells Line of Rd, Kurrajong Village Phone: 4573 2286

Phone Orders: 4566 4766 Shop 9, Old Northern Road Wiseman's Ferry

Coffee from the Central West Blue Mountains to The Hawksbury

The Grand Dining Room is one of the last Victorian dining rooms operating in Australia. Sunday afternoons for Grand High Tea An age-old tradition, featuring a fine selection of finger sandwiches, mouth-watering cakes, scones with jam & cream, tea and coffee. Reservations are essential.

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Be sure to call in to the Visitor Info Centre for information on all the wonderful things to see and do now e.g. where to find snow, where to stay, etc. The VIC has the extensive list of splendid gardens open during Spring and Summer The VIC has 4 Cycling maps of the area with more being prepared, also info on Cycling Events Go trout fishing in Lake Oberon all year round. See the VIC for info on Fishing Season which opens Queens Birthday October weekend. Try your luck sapphire fossicking Try mushroom picking, taking care to eat only edible varieties – the VIC has advice on these Go horse riding through the magically beautiful landscape Explore the wild places by 4WD Evans Crown Nature Reserve and Kanangra Walls offer both relaxing and challenging walks


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At 1,113m, Oberon is the highest town in the Blue Mountains region. It is the perfect hub from which to explore a multitude of unique attractions, towns & villages, including Jenolan Caves and Kanangra Boyd National Park. With four distinct, idyllic seasons and the most beautiful scenery in rural NSW, a visit to the region will reward & delight. Oberon is surrounded by interesting villages and National Parks. Jenolan Caves, Kanangra Boyd National Park, Blue Mountains National Park and Abercrombie River National Park are in the shire and contain spectacular scenery.  Oberon can be used as a base from which to undertake day trips to the various villages and attractions within the region. Oberon is best known as a character in Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and you’d be forgiven for thinking, as you drive into the town of Oberon at the moment, that you were entering that play.

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You MUST make time for multiaward winning Jenolan Caves, the most spectacular limestone caves in Australia, maybe stay there - the beauty above and below ground is inspirational. Enjoy their entertainment including Murder Mystries and fine dining.

Jenolan Magic Jenolan won two National Tourism Awards last year and is this year competing in numerous NSW Tourism Awards. At this time of year their magic in the Caves delights so many, with Carols in the Caves helping to save young lives. They cross language, technology and cultural barriers to unite hearts souls and minds. Come down, explore and find out more about this ancient area as Thomas Brown’s mural is installed, telling the legend…

OBERON simple pleasures Showcasing the majestic Jenolan Caves and world heritage National Parks, enchanting forest and farming country and village life


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42 Edith Rd, Jenolan Caves Ph: 02 6335 6239  M: 0418 619 709 E:

Oberon Visitor Information Centre Cnr Ross Street and Edith Road Oberon NSW 2787

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The APP ‘ Jenolan Trails’ was generously funded by a grant of $140.000 from the NSW Government under its Destination 2011/2012 Regional Tourism Development Program and will feature three sections, ‘ Shaping Waters’, explaining in everyday language how the  caves were formed; ‘Healing Waters’, explaining how the Gundungurra Nation and other Indigenous language groups used the caves – they called the water in the caves the Nadyung, or healing waters and had been coming

here for thousands of years! The APP commentary features authentic Indigenous language, spoken by members of the Gundungurra Nation. The third section, ‘The Working Waters’ is devoted to the engineering feats that have enabled people for many years to come and enjoy the attractions of the Caves and Caves House in comfort. Each section is accompanied by full maps and images flash up on your smart phone screen as you listen to the commentary.

This artwork depicts a Dreamtime Story of The Creation of The Jenolan Caves and the surrounding Landscape of The Blue Mountains

began to cover him all over with mud to hide him from Mirragan. Mirragan could not reach Garangatch so he went to find some of his friends. Gundhareen the black duck ⑦, Billagoola the shag ⑧ and Goonarring the wood duck ⑨ who were all great divers returned with Mirragan to the waterhole. Goonaring was the first to dive into the water but failed to get close. Gundhareen was next to dive in. Although he was a great diver he also could not get close to Garangatch. It was then Billagoola’s turn. He was the greatest diver of them all. He dived down very deep into the water and was able to see Garangatch but ran out of breath and had to surface. He told Mirragan that he had seen Garangatch wedged tightly into the rocks at the bottom of the waterhole and that his relatives and friends were very busy trying to cover him all over with mud to try and hide

Mirragan ① chased Garangatch ② across the land. They had many great battles ③ along the way ④ and had created a new landscape as they did so. Garangatch made rivers with high sides and Mirragan’s feet made holes/caves in the sides of them with every step as he chased after Garangatch. At the end of this journey Garangatch sought help from his friends and relatives ⑤ at their waterhole ⑥ He dove down as deep as he could making their waterhole bigger. After hearing his story they quickly

him in the deep water. Mirragan pleaded with Billagoola to try again, explaining that the flesh from Garangatch was the best he had ever tasted. Billagoola then flew very high up into the sky and dived into the water once again. This time he was able to go much further than before and he tore some flesh from Garangatch as he tried to pull him out of the rocks he was wedged into. When he returned to the surface Mirragan was delighted with Billagoola but was unhappy when told that Garangatch had dug himself further into the rocks and it would be impossible to bring him to the surface. So they left him there and all sat down for a huge feast on the flesh Billagoola was able to get. When they finished the feast and after a rest they all went their separate ways back home. Garangatch is still believed to be resting in the waterhole known as Joolundoo.


Wallerawang/Portland Portland is only 2 1/2 hours from Sydney. It is an easy 40 minutes to Bathurst and 30 minutes from Lithgow. The town is of interest as an historic mining town and as the place of the first cement works in Australia, which was opened in 1902. Cement produced at the Portland cement works helped build the city of Sydney and

"Gumnut Cottage" $279,000

Delightful two bedroom character weatherboard home with period features and fittings including fire places, stained glass windows and pressed metal ceilings. Set amongst lovely gardens on a highset 2,023 sqm (approx) corner block with good views over Portland, the home is north facing and has an eat-in timber kitchen with electric and fuel stoves, huge dining/ lounge room, tiled bathroom with claw foot bath, floor to ceiling built-ins in bedrooms, wood heating, reverse cycle air conditioning and ceiling fans. There is a double colour bond garage approx 7m x 7m which is accessed from a side, sealed lane, and a large garden shed. New roof 2011. Beautiful property— inspect today.

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the cement was shipped around Australia until the works closed in 1991. Portland is part of the gateway to the Central West and is ideally located between Oberon, Mudgee, Bathurst and Lithgow and the Blue Mountains. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has many areas for bushwalking. It is close to the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks. Portland is a mecca for people wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the surrounding Lake Wallace is fine for sailing and dragon boat racing. It has recently had a boat shed built on its shores. It also supports many species of water fowl and other birds along the shores and in the park, making it a favourite for bird watchers and twitchers. Discover Wallerawang and enjoy old fashioned hospitality and service, at the Old Wallerawang Railway Station. Built in 1870, is an excellent example of the late 19th Century railway stations. The Station building and its precinct are listed on the State Heritage Register and actually represent the final stage of the famous Zig Zag construction. Once a major junction on the Main Western Line, and employing over 120 people, the railway station ceased operating

in 1978 and fell into disrepair. Now beautifully restored the Old Station celebrates both Wallerawang's rich history and the incredible talents of its local Arts Community. It is also an accredited Visitor Information Centre, able to offer information on local attractions, happenings and events, maps, and a great selection of material for the traveller. Even locals may discover something new! The Station also houses a Florist, Old Fashioned Lolly Shop and Coffee Shop. Serving fantastic coffees, exclusive cakes and light lunches, luscious old fashioned milkshakes and traditional Aussie Spiders, “Coffee @ the Station is fast becoming the place to meet. You can dine in the Galleries, on the Platform or on the restored verandah. Bouquets By Design, is your local Interflora florist, and can offer you great floral suggestions for any occasion. Robin has a huge range of Settler Bears, hand crafted jewellery, and unique gift ideas along with a treasure trove of local & regionally produced arts and crafts. Lollipop Junction has yummy gift packs, huge lollipops Rocks and Jellies and of course their famous fine Australian Chocolates and Traditional English sweets.

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Bathurst to Mudgee Bathurst Region – Full of life A great city to visit, a perfect place to stay. Whether you’re in Bathurst for a day or a week you’ll find plenty to keep you busy. See our What’s on for Events. Start at the Visitor Information Centre where you’ll find a meticulously restored Cobb & Co coach from the 1860s beside a 1909 Brush car, one of the first motor vehicles to cross the Blue Mountains. The Centre stocks a wide range of information, from self-driving or walking tours to picnic spots and outdoor activities. Wander through the streets, parks and gardens soaking up the history of the oldest inland settlement in Australia. Right in the heart of the city Machattie Park provides a tranquil spot to rest and relax. Just next door is the magnificent Bathurst Court House and opposite that the magnificent War Memorial Carillon is flanked by the Evans Memorial and the Boer War Memorial. Drive to the famous Mount Panorama motor racing circuit where, outside race times, you can drive a lap of the

The Carrington Bathurst Function Centre and Theatre offers weddings, functions, conferences and catering. Catch their new show, “Holding his Own on the Throne”, a Musical Comedy Romp about Henry the V111 and his wives, very funny, with a great local cast and a little bit of audience participation. This is ideal for end of year Christmas parties, or just a great night out. Contact :Arthur Brigg and Tim Ellerman The Carrington Function Centre & Theatre 99 Keppel St Bathurst, NSW 2795 P 02 63 32 5492 - M 041 821 0589 E

circuit at a sedate 60kms per hour. Visit the National Motor Racing Museum to catch up on the history of motor racing in Bathurst. Peter Brock’s statue at the front of the museum commemorates his contribution to motor racing and his 9 wins on this circuit. Past winners of all endurance races are recorded on plaques outside the Bathurst Regional Council building in Russell Street. History buffs will love the Scottish baronial style mansion, Abercrombie House, the National Trust property Miss Traill’s House and Garden and the cottage where former Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his wife Elizabeth lived. These properties are all strikingly different in style and size but each is impressive in its own way. Of special interest to many visitors is the fantastic Somerville Collection housed in the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Howick Street. The collection includes thousands of fossils and minerals and the only full T.rex skeleton in Australia – a must see for everyone. These are just a few of the many wonderful things to see and do in Bathurst – a great city to visit, a perfect place to stay.

What to See & Do

Visit the T Rex in Fossil & Mineral Museum. Visit one of the beautiful villages in this region such as Peel and Wattle Flat on the way to Sofala, the oldest surviving gold town in Australia. Visit historic Perthville and maybe have a wagon ride. The Bathurst District Historical Museum and the Bathurst Art Gallery are full of treasures. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Bathurst Visitor Information Centre 1 Kendall Avenue, Bathurst Phone: 1800 68 1000 E:

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Mudgee Region Tourism - Visitor Information Mudgee Visitor Information Centre 84 Market Street MUDGEE NSW 2850 • 02 6372 1020 Gulgong Visitor Information Centre 66 Herbert Street GULGONG NSW 2852 • 02 6374 2691 Rylstone Visitor Information Centre Louee Street RYLSTONE NSW 2849 • 02 6379 0790 Kandos Visitor Information Centre 28 Angus Avenue KANDOS NSW 2848 • 02 6379 4663


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Orange, known as Australia’s Colour City with its four distinct seasons is located in Central NSW, 3 ½ hours from Sydney and within easy reach of the Blue Mountains. You will discover a welcoming city full of life, fruitful landscapes, historical buildings, diverse shopping, art and culture to surprise you and some of the best food and wine in Australia. Continuing to build its reputation for cool climate wines renowned for the regions flavour and quality and now

supports more than 30 cellar doors. It is Australia’s cool climate wine region where the topography ranges from Mt Canobolas at 1,395 metres down to around 600 metres. The combination of distinct seasons, rich soils, climate, sloping ground and glorious sunlight cause a slow maturation and ripening allowing a great intensity of fruit. Begin your journey into another country: Orange, the highest altitude wine region in Australia.

More to meet the eye at Lucknow Lucknow 8 klm east of Orange is a 60 klm speed zone and a great place to stop and explore off the beaten track. It is full of history and you never know what treasure you may find at 2 Fat Ladies, especially now they are so much larger! Local art is on display and for sale in the café and coffee shop area.

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What to See & Do

Take a vignerons tour around the 30+ cellar doors. Ascend majestic Mt. Canobolas, walk to the spectacular Federal Falls then try out your canoe at Lake Canobolas below. Pleasure your palate with the wonderful fresh food and produce that abounds in Orange and its districts. Take a trip into the eerie limestone world of Tunnel Cave at Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve – take a torch. Visit the Orange Regional Gallery for an collection of unique art, photography and culture. Shopping choices abound in the City and surrounding shires to suit all tastes and budgets in fashion, antiques, homewares, arts, tools, jewellery, books, gardening and agriculture… the list is endless…

Enjoy the café and lolly shop Beading workshops regularly Fab New Clothes for real women! Exciting new stock arriving daily! Great new handbags! New international gift lines, quality children’s lines and new season’s wear. Mitchell Highway, Lucknow 2800 Ph: 6365 5437


The Arts in Orange Gallery One 21 December 2012 to 3 February 2013 Paul Selwood: Perspective Cutouts Paul Selwood is one of Australia’s most celebrated sculptors. In this exhibition, toured by Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Selwood’s totally flat “sculptures’ intrigue the viewer with their illusion of massive blocks and sensational structures on the gallery walls.

Paul Selwood, Sacred Play, Steel, rust and varnish, 245.5 x 245 cm. Gallery Two 16 November 2012 to 17 February 2013 The Mary Turner Collection An exhibition of Australian modern masters gifted to Orange Regional Gallery by Mary Turner OAM. The collection includes works by Sidney Nolan, Roland Wakelin and Ian Fairweather.

26 year old icon Orange Regional Gallery was opened in April 1986, and has since developed a reputation as one of the finest regional art museums in Australia. ORG is set in landscaped gardens in Civic Square, Orange NSW Australia. ORG was awarded the 1986 Sulman Prize for Architectural Merit. The functional design enables it to attract and display large exhibitions of the highest quality. Because of the fine architecture of the building, a new area of collecting the work of architect/artists has been developed. A large outdoor sculpture by Richard Goodwin and a painting by Imants Tillers are exciting recent acquisitions in this area of collecting. The Gallery collects Australian contemporary paintings and prints, but has specialities in jewellery, ceramics and art clothes - this last category concentrating on articles which reflect the region's agricultural base, particularly the wool industry. Pieces from the permanent collection are always on display. The Mary Turner collection is also often on show. This collection was given to the City of Orange, and includes work by Nolan, Cossington Smith, Fairweather, Wakelin, and many other modern Australian masters. From time to time the Gallery will commission and tour significant exhibitions of photography - recent examples are Still Action - the War Photography of Damien Parer

and Portraits of Rite by American photographer Bill Davis. ORG will be featuring the Archibald Prize Exhibition 20 January to 26 February 2012. Anthony Browell Recent Photography, recent photographs by one of Australia's leading photographers will be featured 26 November 2011 to 8 January 2012. Broken Seals, An exhibition of photomacrography by Stuart Town photographer Ian Percival will be featured 2 December 2011 to 8 January 2012. Each year ORG generates at least two self curated exhibitions that are toured throughout the country. Indeed, by the end of 2003, over 400,000 people had seen an Orange Regional Gallery touring exhibition during the previous six years. Recent touring exhibitions of paintings and sculpture include Desert Journey, the result of a spectacular adventure into the desert by ten Central West artists including Tim Winters, John Winch, Robert Crombie and Ros Auld .

The Art Gallery Shop Orange Regional Gallery Shop sells a range of wonderfully unusual and unique items, including ceramics by Samantha Robinson, Elk handbags and wallets, and a range of greeting cards. Prices start as low as $5 and there are some excellent bargains. It is not online so the only way you may buy is by coming in to see these lovely things.

Orange Regional Gallery

The Orange Regional Gallery permanent collections are well worth a visit. The collection represents a broad spectrum of Australian Art with a particular emphasis on works by major Australian Modernist painters from the twentieth century as well as many artists working today.

Orange Regional Art Gallery: 149 Byng Street. Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays and Public Holidays from 12pm to 4pm.

Ian Fairweather, Woman at Window, 1955, Goauche on paperboard. Mary Turner Collection, ORG.

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Molong The Molong RSL Club welcomes visitors. Come and browse their unique collection of commemorative artworks. The Servicemen and Servicewomen Portrait Gallery by Anne Marie Ingham depicts local identities in a tribute to their contribution in times of conflict. Stay for a fabulous meal on Thursday Friday or Saturday evening or get a pizza Thursday to Sunday. You will find local artwork for sale on the restaurant walls. Wander through our local shops including The Cane Shop, Country Clothes and the Sweet Shop, which is opposite a great Chinese Restaurant. Further up the road you will find our Yarn Market where you can see lots of crafts and souvenirs. Talk to the friendly staff about the Cobb & Co Coach Houses and the beautiful Molong BiCentennial Embroidered Screen. Wander over the road to Jayes Gallery. Fairbridge Farm opened in 1937 as an agricultural school to assist children affected by poverty and neglect, closing in 1973. Today it is private property however as a tribute to former ‘Fairbridgians’ you will pass through the Fairbridge Remembrance Drive on the eastern entrance to town. Yuranigh’s Grave is a unique landmark located off the Mitchell Highway 2km east of Molong. A short drive down Yuranigh Road leads you to the burial site of Yuranigh, an aboriginal guide who accompanied Sir Thomas Mitchell on his 1846 expedition into Central Australia. The grave is marked by both a western a headstone and indigenous carved trees. The headstone pays tribute to Yuranigh’s courage and fidelity. The site is now a National Park.

picturesque walkway beside Molong Creek where you may even see a Platypus Check out the action at the skate park Visit Local galleries Visit Yuranigh’s Aboriginal grave Browse for antiques and collectables and items of interest at local business houses View the Portrait Gallery at the RSL Stay 2 nights at the caravan park and the 3rd night is free! Try some local wines Take a drive through Cumnock & Yeoval and spot the “Animals on Bikes” paddock sculptures

What to See & Do

Check out the Yarn Market & Coach House Play a round of golf and experience our unique sand greens. Take a leisurely stroll along the

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Molong Visitor Information Centre Bank Street Molong Phone: 6366 8260

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"An Immaculate turn back in time"

Yarn Market Craft Cottage All types of crafts Open seven days a week 10.00am - 4.30pm

Ph: 6366 8260

Also Cobb & Co Coach House houses the beautiful Molong Bi-Centennial Embroidered Screen


Mid to late 1800's double limestone 3 bedroom home - Main with built in wardrobes Large main lounge area with wood fire, high ceilings with timber shingles and hession roof as a feature to this beautiful room, 2nd lounge area with spectacular fireplace and built in wood oven Bathroom with sunken bath and laundry shute just to make it that little easier. Beautiful timber deck for entertaining or lazing whilst admiring the beautiful country views. Double shed with workshop, and single carport worth the look, a modern twist to such a historic home and gardens.

$335,000 146 Market Street

Phone: Kim Ramsey 0428648826

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The Bi-Centennial Embroidered Screen of Molong This magnificent four panel free standing hand embroidered screen, was planned and embroidered by sixty ladies and five men and took over four years - the actual planning and designing produced four kartoons that hang on the Coach House wall – these were used as the pattern for the embroidery. Designed by Caroline Wheeler of Woodstock, research and data collated by Beth Marriott, artist Cath Wyatt, stitching guidance Jean Kelly, member of N.S.W. Embroideries Guild, with a team of sixty ladies and five gentlemen, frame made of red cedar by craftsman Robert Crombie. The fleece was taken from the local sheep, donated by many farmers and the ladies spun the wool (98% wool and 2% mohair) on the spinning wheels which we still use every month They dyed the wool using natural soureces, ground flora, leaves and blossoms, occasionally awaiting the return of the season to obtain the necessary colour A comprehensive record has been kept of all colours and these have have been recorded in a book which is available near the screen There are 98 difference colours and when you think there are only eight primary colours, the variety of shades are enormous especially the creams, greens and blues The panel of felted

wool hanging on the rails upstairs, is what was used as a base to embroider most of the work Some of the larger buildings of the screen, were made on smaller frames and slip stitched into position The actual embroidery of this screen took two years, five months, three weeks and they say, two days It was completed for the Bi-Centennial celebrations of 1988 and Lady Rowland unveiled the screen on 12th April 1988 - A Silver Medallion was awarded from the Bi-Centennial Committee There are 33 different embroidery stitches,

Oh So Private & In Town - $329,000 This meticulously kept 3 bedroom brick veneer has a rural vista from the front patio and exclusive privacy from the rear. It features a brand new bathroom and ensuite. Chef’s kitchen complete with two 2 s/s SMEG ovens, utility, pantry and plenty of bench space. All this sits within an extensively landscaped 1637sqm with abundant birdlife. Just move in and put your feet up!

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with 103 variations to those stitches The Screen is now twenty four years old - the beautiful red cedar timber frames were made by the gentlemen – they cut the trees from a property at Euchareena under the guidance of craftsman Robert Crombie The Cobb & Co Coach House was built in 1875 as part of the New Royal Hotel which was on the site of the Village Green …….. this hotel burnt down around 1948. The three stone walls are the remains of the stables which belonged to the Coach House

Molong Country Clothes and Things Come and see Judie and Helen for all your seasonal needs for the whole family at affordable prices.

Rossi Boots • Bisley Workwear Adventure line • Thomas Cook Australian made Tanner St 1/23 Bank Street, Molong NSW 2866 Ph: 02 63 66 9209 Mob: 0458 899 499


What's On December

Mamre Homestead Grow it, Pick it, Eat it Workshop

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

Paganini Duo - Jenolan Caves

Marriage to the Mob

Carols in the Caves

Grow it, Pick it, Eat it 8 December 10.30am-Midday. An adult workshop. Ph 9670 5321 Mamre House, 181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills The Wildlife Show Every Sunday 11am & 1.30pm Mamre House, 181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills The Penrith Regional Gallery 8 December - 20 January Spirit in the Land - incl works by Drysdale, Nolan. Ph 4735 1100. 86 River Road, Emu Plains Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Until 2nd December Oculi: Terra Australis Incognita Ph 4560 4441 Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor Annual Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic 2 December from 9am Governor Phillip Park, Windsor Rosearoma - Rose farm open days December TBA. Will be taking orders for rose bushes. Ph 4567 8436 1917 Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Heights Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah From 1 December Wollemi Wild Things - an exhibition by Fiona Lumsden Ph 4567 3000 Christmas Day Lunch at The Fairmont Resort MGallery 25 December Ph 4785 000 1 Sublime Point Road, Leura Blue Mountains City Art Gallery Exhibition Until 3 February 2013 Picturing the Great Divide: Visions from Australia's Blue Mountains - Parke St, Katoomba Christmas Carols - Uniting Church, Lithgow 9 December 6pm Cnr Mort & Bridge St. Ph 6351 3134 Oberon Rodeo 1 December 10am Ph 0427 885 592 Showgrounds, Ross Street, Oberon Jenolan Caves 1 December 4pm Marriage to the Mob. Actors perform deep underground in a series of "Whodunits" - follow the cast from cave to cave. 8 December 1.45pm & 7.30pm Carols in the Caves. Join in traditional Christmas carols in the Grand Arch. 15 December 4pm Cello concert with Georg Mertens 26 December 4pm Gypsy music with the Paganini Duo Ph 13 0076 3311 Sunny Corner Sunday 2 December Local Arts and Crafts. Ph 6359 5270 Kanimbla Valley New Years Eve Party 31 December - Old Cattle Yards, Cox's River


Chifley Home & Education Centre Until 28 January 2013 Ben Chifley and the FX Holden: Two Australian icons 10 Busby Street, Bathurst. Ph 6334 3410 150 Years of Bathurst Council Until 31 December Historic photographs etc. Ph 6331 5511 Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum, 224 Howick St The Sustainable Lifestyle House 1 December 9am-Midday Funded by Bathurst Regional Council. Ph 6333 6276 17 McGirr St, Bathurst Australian Early Holden Federation FX & FJ Nationals 28-31 December Ph 9636 8058 Bathurst NYE Party in the Park - Bathurst 31 December. Fireworks at 9pm. Ph 6333 6236 Cnr Durham and Mitre Streets Carols in the Abercrombie Caves 15 December 6.30pm Music from the Carillon City Show Band. Ph 6368 8603 Goulburn Road, Trunkey Creek Carols By Candlelight, Orange 17 December 6-9.30pm Featuring Leading Men and Rachel Beck. North Court, Cnr Peisley and March Streets Orange Coin & Stamp Club Fair Saturday 1 December 9am-4pm Cultural Centre, Sale St, near Woolworths entry Contact Howard 6362 2368 Guided Walks at the Orange Botanic Gardens Sunday 2 December Orange Botanic Gardens - Bird Walk 8:30am Friends of OBG, Maureen 6362 3706 Wentworth Open-Golf Sunday 2 December Wentworth Golf Club, Ploughmans Lane Enquiries: 6361 4505 Jazz @ The Royal Hotel. Ray Vanderby Quartet Sunday 2 December 2pm to 5pm Royal Hotel, Summer Street, Orange Enquiries: Ray 0428 529 032 Bill’s Bush Tours - Conservation Volunteers Projects Tuesday 4 December 11am-2pm. Tours leave Orange Visitor Information Centre Enquiries/bookings: Bill 0428 386 549 Central West Disability Expo Thursday 6 Decmber 10am-4pm Orange Function Centre, Eyles Street Contact Giovanna 6362 4563 Orange Society of Model Engineers Running Day. Saturday 8 December 1pm at Matthews Park Rides on miniature trains Contact Greg Bird 6362 9634. (Covered shoes required for rides.)

Hampton Halfway Hotel Farewell 2012 Proms Concert Saturday 8 December 7pm Orange Regional Conservatorium, 73a Hill Street Orange Regional Conservatorium 6361 7974 Wentworth Junior Classic Golf Sunday 9 December Wentworth Golf Club, Ploughmans Lane Enquiries: 6361 4505 Simmo’s Tag-a-long 4WD Tours Sunday 16 December Day trip exploring Hill End & Sofala. Bring your own 4WD Bookings/Enquiries: Greg Simpson 0415 641 343 City of Orange Brass Band Recital Sunday 16 December 1pm Cook Park George Godkin 0408 618 957, Bob Petrie 6362 7516 Christmas Eve at Towac Park Monday 24 December

Towac Park, Canobolas Road Opening: Friday 7 Dec, Christmas Day Lunch at Graze Brasserie 7pm Tuesday 25 December 12pm - 3pm Graze Brasserie, Telopea Way, Orange Bookings Essential 6363 1489 Exhibition & Sales McCormack Barber NYE Monday 31 December 7 & 8 December Under the Stars- Family Event. Alcohol Free Event 5pm-10pm Waratahs Sports Ground Woodfire, Entry $2 donationEarthenware, to Ronald McDonald House, Orange Stoneware & Terracotta Pottery at the Pub Friday 7 December homewares & gifts Hampton Halfway Hotel Opening: Friday 7 Dec, 7pm Music by Chris Ryan Exhibition & Sales 7 & 8 December Orders and more information: Orders and more information: Michael Conolan, Conolan, Hampton Pottery PhMichael 02 6359 3367 Hampton Pottery

Monthly Markets Guide ROUSE HILL Organic Food and Farmers Market Rouse Hill Town Centre every Saturday 8am ­- 2pm in Market Square. Closed from Christmas to 5 Jan HILLS HAWKESBURY Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers & Fine Food Market Castle Hill Showground. 2nd & 4th Saturdays 8am - 12pm Bilpin Markets District Hall, Bells Line of Road. Every Saturday 10am-12am Windsor Mall Craft Markets Between Baker and Fitzgerald Sts. Every Sunday 8.30am - 4.00pm Lions Club Richmond Market Showground, Racecourse Rd, Clarendon. 8 December PENRITH Showground Markets Station Street. Every Wed 8.30am-1.30pm Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food Penrith - adj to Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, High St. 1st Saturday 8am-1pm Luddenham Country Fair Markets Hubertus Country Club, 205 Adams Rd. Last Sunday 8.30am-2pm Vicary’s Vineyard Craft Markets Northern Road, Luddenham. 2nd Sunday 9.30am-4pm Ropes Crossing Rotary Market Forrester Rd, St Marys. Last Sunday 9am2pm Kingswood Food & Craft Market Kingswood High School, Bringelly Rd. 2nd Sunday 9am-2pm BLUE MOUNTAINS Glenbrook Rotary Markets Glenbrook Infants School, Ross St. 3rd Saturday 9am-2pm

Pottery at the Pub

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Springwood Community Ivy Markets Civic Centre, Macquarie Road. 2nd Saturday 9am-1pm Faulconbridge Blue Gum Rotary Markets Public School, Great Western Hwy. 4th Saturday 9am-2pm Lawson Magpie Markets Lawson Public School, Great Western Hwy. 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm Bullaburra Craft Markets Progress Hall, Noble St and Great Western Hwy. 1st Saturday 9am-3pm Leura Markets Leura Public School, Great Western Hwy. 1st Sunday 9am-2pm Leura Blue Mountains Market CWA Hall, Megalong Street. 1st and 3rd Saturday 9am-3pm Bluebird Market Alexandra Hotel, Leura. 1st Saturday Katoomba Craft Market St Canice's Hall, 158 Katoomba Street. 2nd Sunday 9am-2pm Blackheath Craft Markets Community Hall, Great Western Hwy. 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm Blackheath Community Market Blackheath Public School Hall. 1st Sunday 9am-1pm Blackheath Growers Markets Community Centre, Great Western Hwy. 2nd Sunday 8am-12am Twilight Market Saturday 22nd December from 4 - 8 pm LITHGOW Capertee Markets Castlereagh Hwy. 3rd Sunday Portland Community Markets Portland Golf Club. 3rd Saturday 9am2pm


Portland Tidy Town Markets Williewa St. 1st Sunday 9am-2pm Bowenfels Station Markets 1st Saturday OBERON Tablelands Way Farmers Markets Barnabas Park, Oberon Street. 1st Saturday 8am-1pm BATHURST Farmers Markets Showground. 4th Saturday 8am-12am Family Markets Showground. 2nd Sunday 8am-4pm Macquarie Lions Flea Markets Berry Park. 1st Saturday 8.30am-1.30pm ORANGE Milthorpe Markets Redmond Oval, Park St 1st Sunday 8.30am-4pm Orange Region Farmers Market Orange Showgrounds, Leeds Pde. 2nd Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm Rotary Sunday Markets Orange Central, Byng St. Sunday 8am12am MUDGEE Church Markets St Johns Anglican Church, Church and Market Streets. 1st Saturday 9am-1pm Community Markets Lawson Park, cnr Church & Short Sts 2nd Saturday Farmers Markets St Marys Catholic Church, Market and Church Streets. 3rd Saturday 8.30am12.30pm Gulgong Markets Coronation Park. 4th Sat from 8.30am Artisan & Produce Markets Memorial Hall, Louee St Rylstone 2nd Saturday 9am -1.30 pm


Capertee Valley

Wiradjuri Country A nature based destination like no other

The widest canyon in the world is in the Central West of New South Wales. Adjacent to The Wollemi National Park and only 3 hours from Sydney, Capertee Valley is uniquely different. Where else would you find in one area, spectacular national parks, rugged ancient escarpments, abundant birdlife, rare flowering native plants, cattle and sheep farming and diverse activities where you're not limited to a 4wd. Stay awhile so you can experience it... fly over it... and stop at Foxwood Farm Cafe when you are passing.

Foxwood Farm Café

real cooks, real food


Ph: 02 6358 8251


Foxwood Farm Café is planning renovations following Christmas

Dunville Loop

where to eat

Lansallos B&B



Foxwood Farm Café


The Cubbyhouse Farmstay

Running Stream

Capertee Valley Helicopters


For a peaceful and relaxing visit. experience farm life. Phone (02) 6358 8288 “Eagles View” 394 Vulcan Rd, Running Stream

Capertee Valley

To Mudgee and Dubbo

Mudgee Rd, Running Stream

AnnaBilla Farmstay Capertee

Glen Davis

Castlereagh Highway Cullen Bullen

where to stay Lithgow

capertee valley




4675 Castlereagh Highway

Information & Bookings Ph: 02 6359 0157 A 48

Bells Line of Road

Great Western Highway

Experience the thrill...

Wollemi National Park



Sydney & Blue Mountains - December 2012  

iMag is a monthly full colour information guide for the Sydney & Blue Mountains region, with what to see, what to do and where to go.

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