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February 2013

Sydney, Blue Mountains and Central West

Lithgow Flash!


Join the Roaring 20’s Festival 2 to 24 February through Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon

Don’t miss Steam & Vintage Fair, Tractor Trek, Summer Festival, Oberon Show! - Page 33

Enjoy our Country Shows Listed in what's on

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 Sharon Brown 0411 146 063

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 February As I write to you we plan ahead for the best time we can, having just celebrated our New Year. There is much to treasure. In February we announce our National Tourism Awards in Tasmania where we have just had terrible fires. It’s up to us to make the most of what we have and what we do with it. Do take care. It will soon be Easter and I am looking forward to a wonderful February with lots of love and care. February is a time for Valentines so spread the love! We offer you plenty of opportunities… The Roaring 20’s Festival kicks off on 2 February with the Charleston Challenge in Leura Mall and entertains you in style with a wonderful range of events until 24 February. I’ll do my best to keep up with it all on social media. Some of the events are in the magazine and in what’s on. Why not stay for all or some of it? These events really are quite special, many are free and they are all over BMLOT too. Go to it’s a time when everything old will be new again! You can have High Tea at the Fairmont and book for Easter already! We have February shows in Rydal, Oberon, Gulgong and Rylstone. Oberon’s Huge Highlands Steam & Vintage Fair and Tractor Trek are on again with their Summer Festival – also well worth staying for.


The plans for the re-enactment of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains in May continue to grow. I met a group of descendents of Blaxland Wentworth and Lawson at a brief rehearsal gathering with the horses in late December and talked with Wendy Blaxland about the Crossings play – so many great events are coming together now. The Lithgow Flash on the cover is one of this country’s great races so keep up with this one! This month we also have some top car races and the 60th Gnoo Blas in Orange. There is also wonderful art all through the area to feed your souls, not leaving out the wonderful movie festival in Lithgow. And the markets are all back this month! Unwind and recharge! Join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and check out our web for more information. Drive safely, take care, live and love well and make every day count…and good luck in finding your answers – whatever the questions!

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Easter at Fairmont Resort A range of buffets, high tea and our renowned Egg hunt on the oval for Guests children under 12 staying in house. Good Friday - 29 March 2013 Jamisons Seafood Buffet 6pm - 9:30pm. Adults $89* Children $39* Easter Saturday - 30 March 2013 Special Easter High Tea in Sublime Lounge $55* per person AND Jamisons Seafood Buffet 6pm - 9:30pm. Adults $65* Children $32* Easter Sunday - 31 March 2013 Special Easter High Tea in Sublime Lounge $55* per person AND Jamisons Seafood Buffet 6pm - 9:30pm. Adults $65* Children $32*. FREE Easter Egg hunt for Children under 12, for Guests staying in house on the oval with the Easter bunny! To book for any of these Easter Long Weekend events call us on 02 4785 0000 or email * An additional 10% surcharge applies on public holidays


NEW DEVONSHIRE TEA $12 per person Mon-Fri 10-5pm. 2 DIVINE freshly baked scones accompanied with strawberry jam & cream. Includes coffee and tea.

SUBLIME HIGH TEA $45 per person, or $50 per person with a glass of sparkling wine. Sat-Sun, 12-3pm A refined petite cake and sandwich selection, includes coffee or tea. Bookings are essential for high tea service, contact Fairmont Reservations on 4785 0000 to make your booking. 1 Sublime Point Road, Leura NSW 2780 Call 4785 0000 for more information


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 throughout the Hills Hawkesbury area 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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kicks off Sunday 10 February Top quality resort with a country feel with Johnny Nicol So many different great things to do!

Perfect all your Special Johnny has for performed sinceOccasions 1958 and has a great reputation as one of Australia's great jazz vocalists. Johnny (guitar and vocals) will be supported by Laurie Bennett on drums and Darren Heinrich on organ. Both have illustrious careers in their own right. Bookings essential For a great range of deals visit or call (02) 45 66 44 22 Rate valid for bookings from June - August 2011, subject to availability. * Conditions apply


There is so much to see and do in the Hawkesbury – beautiful scenery, national parks, majestic rivers, quiet secret places, historic townships and heritage buildings. It is an easy drive one hour north-west of Sydney, making it an ideal Sydney day trip or weekend getaway. As a longer stay destination, make sure you take time to relax and experience what the Hawkesbury has to offer, including opportunities to visit galleries and artist studios or enjoy the rural atmosphere and buy seasonal produce direct from the grower. To help you explore the Hawkesbury at your leisure we can offer you directions for self drive tours which highlight what the area has to offer. Your journey begins at Windsor or Clarendon. Phone or email us for a free information pack:

Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre

Ham Common, Hawkesbury Valley Way, Clarendon (opposite RAAF base) Ph: 02 4578 0233 or 1300 362 874 Email: Web: Spatial Images Photography 2010 ©

What to See & Do 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

Walk along the Wisemans jetty and spot the fish Visit the award-winning regional museum and Visit Hawkesbury Regional Gallery VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Historic Mungerie House Bellcast Road, Rouse Hill (off Windsor Rd) Phone 8814 6909

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Archibald Prize 2012 - NSW Regional Tour Australia’s most extraordinary art event will be on show at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor from 25 January to 10 March. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art prizes. It’s awarded to the best portrait painting, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics. The winner of the Archibald Prize receives $75,000. This year, the 91st year of the Archibald Prize, there were 839 entries, from which 41 were selected as finalists. This year features a stellar line-up including previous winners including Ben Quilty, Adam Cullen, Jenny Sages, Garry Shead and Wendy Sharpe. The 2012 Prize winner, Tim Storrier’s self-portrait, The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch), will be on display alongside the Packing Room winner, Raelene Sharp’s portrait of actor John Wood, A strength of character. Gallery volunteers have undertaken special guide training for this event, and will be conducting tours twice daily, at 11am and 1pm, for the duration of the exhibition. Whether you choose to take a tour or not, volunteers will be around to answer questions and to chat with you about the show and its many fascinating aspects. Extended opening hours For this exhibition only, the gallery will be open till 4pm seven days a week including Australia Day, and charging an entry fee of $2 for adults. There will be no entry fee for children, concession card holders and HRG members. To make the experience even more memorable, there will be talks, film screenings, and the Hawkesbury’s very own take on it: a demonstration of the art of portraiture by local artists, with Hawkesbury Mayor, Cr Kim Ford as their subject. There is also a People’s Choice Award, which invites visitors to nominate their favourite artwork for a chance to win a $500 visa debit card, sponsored by the ANZ Bank. The winner’s name will be drawn at 7pm on Friday 15 March, in the gallery. This touring exhibition is presented by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in partnership with Museums & Galleries NSW. For more information contact the gallery on (02) 4560 4441

Nick Stathopoulos, Art does belong (portrait of Fenella Kernebonae) acrylic and oil glaze on canvas

Paul Newton, David Gonski AC, oil on linen 244 x 122 cm. Paul will give a talk at the gallery, followed by drinks on the terrace, at 3pm on 16 February. Entry is free but bookings are essential.

Ben Quilty, Captain S after Afghanistan, oil on linen 210 x 230 cm

Jenny Sages, After Jack, encaustic and pigment on board, 120 x 190 cm

Adam Cullen, Nelson and Koko, acrylic on canvas 183 x 183 cm


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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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New Cassowary arrivals at Featherdale Featherdale’s keepers are busier than ever this Season, hand-raising furry, feathered and scaly baby animals. One of the newest arrivals are three young Cassowary Chicks, born just in time for Christmas. Classified as a threatened species in Australia, the young chicks are thriving and already learning to forage for food in their enclosure. This is the fifth consecutive year that Featherdale has successfully bred Southern Cassowaries or Casuarius casuarius. Due to their solitary lifestyle and aggressive nature, it is not easy to breed the large bird in captivity. When breeding season commences in late June/early July, Featherdale’s keepers assist by separating the male from the female each afternoon via visual

barriers. The pair is then reintroduced each morning over a few weeks until the female has laid her clutch of eggs. The female is then relocated to another enclosure and Papa Cassowary is left to incubate the eggs for the next 8-9 weeks. The heaviest of all Australian birds, the Southern Cassowary is found in the tropical rainforests of North-east Queensland. Habitat depletion, road fatalities, disease and the predation of eggs by feral animals, have all assisted in significantly reducing the bird’s range and population. It is listed as a vulnerable species with only a few thousand thought to be left in the wild. While striking an imposing figure, the Cassowary is wary of humans and will

strike out with their long dagger like toe if they feel threatened. The casque or tall helmet on the Cassowary’s head is made of the same material as our fingernails, rendering it impractical as a weapon. Featherdale is one of the only zoos in NSW which breeds the Southern Cassowary. Once chicks are old enough, they are moved onto other wildlife parks and zoos as part of a managed captive breeding programme. Featherdale plays a vital role in maintaining a viable captive population which could potentially become part of a release programme back into the wild. For now, captive populations assist conservation efforts through research and education. Featherdale Wildlife Park is open everyday 9am to 5pm. For more information, visit www. or phone 02 9622 1644. Featherdale is located midway between Sydney and the Blue Mountains at 217 Kildare Road, Doonside.

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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 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


You can have the most memorable photographs of your wedding day using the grounds of Hambledon Cottage. The romantic 19th century Georgian cottage, set in acres of grounds surrounded by English oaks, Spanish cork tree, Hoop pine and native Bunya Pines, is the perfect backdrop. Enquiries and bookings telephone Ken on 9871 4155 or Trevor on 9654-2224.


Take a personal guided tour conducted by volunteers of Parramatta and District Historical Society. Our collection of furniture is original manufacture and together with many artefacts genuinely represents the nineteenth century and has an interesting and unique history to relate. Come to Hambledon and 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 scheduled to close at the end of March. 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. Calendars are needed and used every day. The commemorative Parramatta Heritage Calendar 2013 celebrating the 100th year of Parramatta & District Historical Society brings the beauty of our city into your life and is available at the cottage.

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 www.

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.

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

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Financial counselling service to support local Aborignal community Aboriginal communities in Western Sydney will soon be supported by a team of qualified Aboriginal Financial 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

What to See & Do

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.

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 - Sun.

OPEN Every Day in School Holidays except 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

Puzzles · Science Kits · Books · Displays

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ANNE SMITH Paintings and etchings inspired by travel. Established in the Blue Mountains in 1989, Falls Gallery continues to provide a constantly changing exhibition of works on paper and ceramics by some of Australia’s major artists and emerging artists. The gallery is located in Falls Road, Wentworth Falls and is beautifully restored turn of the last century weatherboard cottage. It is situated in an extensive, tranquil mountain garden and is a mere 2 minutes walk from the Falls Reserve Picnic area and lookouts. The Directors of the gallery are Ian Smith, a potter and Anne Smith, a painter and printmaker. Anne Smith was recently a finalist in the National Print awards, Mulwillumbah and in many ‘World Art Mini print Exhibitions’ in Bulgaria. Her paintings have been hung in the Blake Exhibition and

the Portia Geach Memorial Exhibition and she has had numerous solo exhibitions in Australia, England and Japan. The couple were drawn to the area over twenty years ago after seeing the vista of Wentworth Falls from the lookout nearby the Gallery. Ian Smith and Anne smith were awarded the Port Hacking National Pottery Prize, Cesco Award in 2000. (Judged by Janet Mansfield). As well as producing her own work Anne Smith has collaborated with Wendy Sharpe, Garry Shead, Bernard Ollis and Alan Peascod on editions of etchings. Among the works on display are etchings by Arthur Boyd, John Olsen, Bernard Ollis, Charles Blackman, Wendy Sharpe, Garry Shead, Anne Smith, Andrew Sibley, Michael Leunig and Max Miller, together with ceramics by Ian Smith.

Burmese Days I oil 76 x 60

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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,

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!

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.

THE SHIRT LADY Leura Country Casuals We are moving across the road to a larger premises!

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

Aspect Arcade, Shop 2-3/166 The Mall, Leura 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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Leura, the Garden Village has long been regarded as the gem of The Mountains. With its beautiful boutiques, cafes, and tranquil scenery making it a premiere place to visit. Hidden at its heart and D built on Leura’s highest point is a treasure of remarkable significance. Before Leura Village was born, Leura Bridal Veil View Lookout House, the great dame of Britain Street, was built as the first and finest home in the area. A former convent, now operating as a grand guesthouse, this expansive Victorian Italianate mansion complete with Romanesque FF archways, sandstone architecture and Juliet balconies makes for the most romantic of settings with views as far as Sydney. Leura House offers 12 guestrooms, a restaurant, conference centre, lounge bar, Priest’s cottage and CLIFF hedge gardens. Ideal for weddings and weekends away. So start your new with this delightful discovery. Booking now for your functions, wedding, corporate luncheons, meets and retreats. Private property. Inspections welcome by appointment only, please phone 47842035.




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Katoomba has something for everyone: In town, you’ll find an array of Katoomba Library and the ever entertainment, art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and all seasons clothing, as changing vistas from the viewing trendy cafes, shopping, antiques and well as cosy dining experiences to suit platform. An amazing range of collectables, walks and activities, not all budgets and tastes. programs, exhibitions and events as to mention its being surrounded by well as the Cultural Centre Shop and ancient natural beauty. Café. The Seven Sisters Of the Gundungurra Stay with us to enjoy our award Visit Echo Point Visitor Information people commonly referred to as The winning area Centre for information and views. Three Sisters may be viewed from Echo Visit Trolley Tours to book a great tour Make time to absorb the wonders Point. Many bushwalks startBleu fromMountains this of your choice maybe including Accommodation and Tourism Association of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre point, including the Three Sisters Walk Jenolan Caves or even a horse ride.. Advertisement for iMAG Visitor Guide with its City Art Gallery, amazing and Giant Stairway. Enjoy the art and culture walk. interactive World Heritage Exhibition, Adv size 115 x 80 mm landscape Eat in fine-dining restaurants or have art print, as well as a cheeky greeting News Flash! coffee and cake in Art Deco cafés. card. Books, DVDs and catalogues of An exciting new venture has just been Take a guided bushwalk, a 4WD drive, Lost Bear Gallery’s represented artists are or learn to abseil – all in the splendour unveiled in the heart of Leura. Lost Bear also available. Gallery Shop is a retail space similar to of this majestic wilderness area. Located in the those in public galleries and museums. Explore the thriving local art scene. beautiful old Leura It complements Katoomba’s Lost Explore The Carrington Hotel, built in Post Office building, Bear Gallery, stocking a range of fine 1882, an elegant reminder of a bygone Lost Bear Gallery art prints, cards and small sculptures, era, with its many events, one of only Shop is open daily ceramics and glass works from a two superb Heritage Dining experiences and can be contacted selection of artists. Pictured here is an in Australia (see pages 36 and 37). on 4784 1440. iconic David Beschi artwork, titled in Visit The Scenic World Skyway. These Shoes, which is available as a fine

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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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Rouse Hill Weekly Organic

Food Market

Every Saturday 8am-2pm Access to the Market and parking on Tempus St off White Hart Lane Rouse Hill Town Centre Market Square Phone: 99992226

Open again in Feburary

Blackheath Farmers Market

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

Cnr Great Western Hwy & Gardiner Cres Blackheath

Valentine’s night (bookings essential) Farm tours and conservation walks February 14 by appointment. 02 9670 5321 World day of Social Justice Activities February 20

Feathered Friends every Sunday 11am and 1.30 pm

Grow it Pick it Eat it - Farm tour and lunch February 24

Details on our website

Fresh is Best

Phone 02 4572 6260

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

Castle Hill Showground

Mamre magic activities for people of all abilities February 28

Enter via Carrington Road, Castle Hill

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

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

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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.

Mt Victoria Museum

The Gallery 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


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


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

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

Legendary luxury re-launched

Legendary luxury resort, the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath, will begin its revitalisation in early 2013 under a $55 million transformation that will capture its extravagant historic spirit.

Yuko Moon Dare to be different at Blackheath’s Yuko Moon. You’ll always find beautiful and exclusive gifts for yourself and others. Many items are locally made. There are also imported and indigenous items with things for children, men and women. This is a lovely shop for surprises.

Megalong Valley Tearooms You are always assured a warm welcome at the Megalong Valley Tearooms. They are situated in one of the oldest settled valleys, at the peak of the spectacular Blue Mountains, nestled beneath stunning ancient stone cliffs and mountain rainforest. Megalong Valley has long been a rural oasis. Only minutes from the town of Blackheath and a short drive from Katoomba, the Three Sisters and the Hydro Majestic Hotel our valley is the local’s and visitor’s destination for horse riding, bushwalking and the famous Megalong Valley Tearooms. The Valley served the thriving Hydro Majestic and many other resorts for many years with its fertile soils and thriving farm community.

Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Megalong Valley Tearooms is renowned for its ‘Devonshire Teas’, home-made apple pies, delicious home-style cooking and friendly country hospitality. Enjoy a superb home-cooked meal in the sprawling garden setting while kangaroos graze in the open paddocks or nestle into the warmth of the cosy dining room beside a log fire on a cold mountains day.

‘dare to be different’ • 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

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

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Feast of February flowers by Blue Mountains Botanic Garden horticulturalist Mat Murray Late summer is a rush of flowers… it seems like every plant wants to make the most of the rapidly shortening daylight. The last of the Liliums are flowering with showy and often highly scented blooms. Look out for Lilium auratum and Lilium speciosum with large luminous flowers that smell strongly like Jasmine. The tiger lilies are ablaze in golden yellow and burnt orange too. Waterlilies can be seen floating on the surface of the various pools and ponds through the northern section of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden with fish patrolling below anxiously awaiting the crumbs children often throw to feed them. Bees abound throughout the garden in late summer….. they are often the first indicators of some of the most remarkable trees

flowering in February. The sound of intense buzzing draws the attention to one of the most unusual trees flowering… Kalopanax septemlobus. This tree has beautiful almost tropical foliage and interesting spines on its stems. It flowers prolifically and the flowers although quite small are on such a mass to look almost like a purple haze above the foliage. Vying for the bees attention are the leatherwoods… Eucryphia moorei. These beautiful white flowered trees are the source of the delicious leatherwood honey. The petals often surround the trees in a shallow pool of white. Bulbs are beginning to emerge from their long summer dormancy….. as the weather cools. Often the first signs are the beautiful ‘Naked Ladies’ - Ammarylis belladonna. We are

What’s on in February

Bring a picnic and enjoy the cooler mountain air as the heat 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. As well as offering many beautiful gardens and rainforest walks, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah runs events and classes for all ages to inspire a love for plants. 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 All of February The Roaring 20s and All That Jazz Visit the Garden during the Blue Mountains ‘Roaring 20s and All That Jazz’ festival and learn what was happening in the garden in those halcyon days! View the Visitor Centre information panels and take a free guided walk through the Jungle – an early conservation effort by a group of Sydney businessmen in the 1920s, preserved so you can enjoy a stroll through temperate rainforest on the Lady Nancy Fairfax Jungle Walk. Check with the Visitor Information Desk for guided walk dates and times. Visitor Centre, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah 9:00am – 5.30pm daily (9:30am weekends & public holidays). Free entry

fortunate to have some of the colour forms here. Bright lipstick pink predominates. But the lovely pure white form can also be found. Other bulbs that perform in February are Zephyrathes and Habranthus sp…. They can come in white, pink and coppery colours. Often appearing straight after rain. They are often called Rain Lilies. The very first of the Nerines flowers also in late summer. They are bright colours in reds and hot pink. With the cooler colours to follow later. The berries are also beginning to colour as the weather cools. The first of the Sorbus sp, Rowans, are showing brightly coloured jewels of red and yellow. But be quick to see them. Before the parrots devour them all! The first of the Autumn windflowers are starting to flutter their pink or pure white blooms in the breeze… Anemone hupehensis and A’ x hybrida can be found in sheltered areas of the garden.

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coME iNTo ThE Garden ThE BLuE MounTAinS BoTAnic GArdEn, MounT ToMAh Enjoy 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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Wallerawang/Portland In 1863 Thomas Murray selected land that would later become the site of Portland and he established the first lime kiln on the corner of Lime and Villiers Streets. Both Portland and

Family Home Close to Showground $215,000.00

Set on an easy to maintain corner block is this neat and tidy three bedroom home with good size living space. Features include office or 4thbedroom, upgraded kitchen and bathroom, solid fuel heater, reverse cycle air conditioner, kitchen and dining area faces north and is bright and sunny, single garage, large double carport, garden shed that could be converted to a childs cubby, copper water pipes replaced. Inspect and be impressed.

Portland Real Estate

The Local Agents With Local Knowledge

Offering many years experience in local real estate and extensive knowledge of this beautiful village not far from the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. Ph: 02 6355 5125 Email:

Wallerawang are blessed with two historic public houses, schools, fascinating historic buildings, lakes and fishing streams, delightful little stores and friendly people. Portland is famous as the Town that built Sydney due to its Cement works and Wallerawang is famous for its Black Gold (coal) associations with Delta electricity. Portland’s Crystal Theatre hosts cinema as well as art shows and is famous for its street fairs. Portland’s big swimming pool has celebrated 50 years and Wallerawang’s historic old station’s heritage redevelopment has led to a florist, lolly shop, café and art gallery as well as an accredited Visitor Information Centre. With the art, lakes, history, fine dining and comfortable accommodation, it’s worth taking your time to explore these two villages.

What to see & Do The Visitor Information Centres have heaps of information on the range of local activities and accommodation – you may want to stay or to come back again! Enjoy refreshments or a meal while you are here – plenty to choose from Visit Portland’s Bottle Kilns Marvel at the size of the old Cement Works of Portland Picnic by Lake Wallace which submerged where Darwin stayed Go sailing or rowing on Lake Wallace where no power boats are allowed Go bird watching at Lake Wallace and around Portland Investigate the Lake Wallace wildlife The Portland area is now well known to riders wanting to experience numerous exciting trails in State Forest areas within close proximity to Portland. Explore Wallerawang’s historic old church and school Collect antiques, art or locally made produce


Old Wallerawang Railway Station open 7days a week, 9am -5pm Wheelchair friendly - Full toilet facilities Ph: 6355 1836 for bookings & information. ...will take you there!


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Hartley & Surrounds

Hartley Area


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. 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 Hartley is situated at the bottom of Victoria Pass, on the Great Western Highway in the valley between Mount Victoria and Lithgow.

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.

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If we don’t have it we’ll order it!

Convenient Location & Open Times! Trading Hours Monday to Thursday 10 – 5 pm Fridays 10 am – 6 pm Sat & Sun 10 – 3 pm The Hartley Saddlery 2264 Great Western Highway, Hartley NSW 2790

02 6355 2165


Hartley Saddlery

Since Kristie and Johan opened The Hartley Saddlery it has been successful in many ways. It was initially welcomed by the local community as it plugged an obvious hole in the market, followed by visitors and tourists to the region. The Saddlery provides an outstanding retail experience to locals and visitors, horse people or not by offering predominantly Australian made and owned products such as RM Williams Stockyard, Akubra and Thomas Cook. Due to the current space (or lack of ) they ensure they can order and deliver whatever is not available in store, providing customers with an almost unlimited range of products and lines. Because the Saddlery is not a franchise but a locally owned family business, it is not limited or contracted to certain manufacturers or labels but is able to source whatever their customers need and require (obviously within limits). To further improve the visit the Saddlery is now selling and tasting local wines such as Cumulus Wines, Rolling, Climbing & Chasing Clouds. While they pour you a glass of local fantastic wine they'll be happy to talk about their involvement in the re-enactment of the Crossing of the Convenient Blue Mountains in 2013 and the photo Location & Open Times! on location. So come on in, we shoot have everything you require in and out of the saddle whether you ride or not even if it's just a glass of good wine and a chinwag!

Trading Hours Monday to Thursday 10 – 5 pm Fridays 10 am – 6 pm Sat & Sun 10 – 3 pm

We are located right on the Great Western Highway in Hartley! The Hartley Saddlery 2264 Great Western Highway Hartley NSW 2790 02 6355 2165

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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:

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Lithgow Set amidst mountain splendour, Lithgow is a region rich in culture. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal tradition, step back in time to an era where steam dominated transport and when industry was our backbone Discover Lithgow’s accessible wilderness. With tranquil vistas and serene landscapes, the environment is abundant in wildlife and picturesque

Valentines Glamour Stars Film Festival Some of Hollywood's most famous leading ladies will make an appearance in Lithgow this month at the inaugural Valentines Glamour Stars Film Festival. Running from February 15-17 the festival will feature some of the most iconic films of all time including Some Like it Hot (featuring Marilyn Monroe), Singin~ in the Rain (featuring Debbie Reynolds) and For Me and My Gal (featuring Judy Garland). Festival founder Jeff Thurlow said everyone should see these films at least once in their lifetime. "These movies, and their stars, are legends in the true sense of the word. They epitomise

The greatest line-up of classic movies featuring some of the most unforgettable actresses of the Studio Era For Me & My Gal - Singin' in the Rain Bad & tThe Beautiful - Miss Sadie Thompson Mogambo - Pal Joey - The Eddy Duchin Stroy Some Like it Hot


Hollywood's golden era and even now, decades later, are still some of the best films ever made". Mr Thurlow also hopes this festival will showcase one of Lithgow's most under-rated community facilities - the Lithgow Valley Community Cinema. "I'm always amazed when people say we don't have a cinema in Lithgow, because we do. And what's more, we have a coordinator [Ross Adams] who will go out of his way to help make things like this festival become a reality. Can our neighbouring towns boast the same thing? Certainly not!" Mr Thurlow said sponsorship by local businesses has allowed them to keep the admission prices to a minimum. "Tickets are just $9.00 each and even less if you book multiple sessions. For example if you pre-book 2 films you pay only $16.00 and so on. But tickets are limited so I'd encourage people to purchase theirs sooner rather than later." The festival will be officially opened by the City of Lithgow Mayor, Maree Statham on Friday 15 February at 7 pm before the screening of Singin' in the Rain. For full session and ticket details visit mfestival2013 or by phoning 63531897 or 0424 261131. Tickets will also be available for sale at the Village Markets, Queen Elizabeth Park, Lithgow on Saturday 26 January.

mountain panoramas. 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.

Lithgow Flash This year the Lithgow Flash® Carnival will have a full program with a number of junior and senior race events including the Coal Services 5K Valley Challenge. You don’t have to be registered in a club to participate. Come along on 23 February and see some of Australia’s finest sprinters at the Tony Luchetti Showground. Sports and Fitness clubs are encouraged to enter the Coal Services 5K Valley Challenge with the chance to win cash prizes. The Lithgow Triathlon that had been scheduled for 26 February has been postponed. This event comprising a 400 metre swim, a 20 km ride and a 5 km run is due to be rescheduled.


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For a free copy of the

Lithgow Visitor Guide

Lithgow Visitor Information Centre Great Western Highway, (PO Box 19 Lithgow NSW 2790) T: 1300 760 276 or (02) 6350 3230, F: (02) 6350 3239 E: february 2013.indd 1

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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 by all. The Kanimbla Valley beef and lamb and free range pork are all the way that nature intended. Their meats are so tender, fresh, tasty and affordable; they are in high demand whether for large events, restaurants or your home. They also sell sausages, tasty mince, rissoles other meats, prepared by their master butcher, Bill Towers as well as other free range local products. Isn’t it time to try some of their 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. Many of our finest restaurants have already discovered their secret too. You may find their lamb at Cobblestone Lane in Bathurst or try The Wagyu Burgers at The Hub Bathurst. At Saint Mounts Blackheath their steak menu has been improved with rump, T-bone and prime rib steak on the bone (ask for The

Cattleman’s Cutlet). Of Course Secret Creek Café and Restaurant in Lithgow features a range of their products. They are also attending markets for those who can’t get to them… 1st Saturday every month in Penrith, the Hawkesbury harvest; 2nd Saturday every month at the Megalong tea rooms 8am- 1.30pm; and 2nd Sunday every month at Blackheath Growers market. Check out more information on the website or visit for recipes and advice.

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Free-range Meats

Our beef and lamb are 100% pasture fed, We use prime Wagyu over our Angus cattle. Our full-blood Wagyu bulls are based on the three main Japanese bloodlines of Tajima, Fujiyoshi and Kedaka. All our full-blood Wagyu are registered with the Australian Wagyu Association.

O pe n: Mo nday - F r id ay 7 a m -5 . 3 0 p m Saturday 7 a m- 1 . 3 0 p m S un d ay 9 a m – 4 p m Shop 1/147 Mor t Street, Lithgow, 2790. Phone (02) 6351 4008 Fax (02) 6351 4009

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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. weather, accommodation, activities, etc. The VIC has the extensive list of splendid gardens open during all seasons 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 and licenses 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 You MUST make time for multi-award winning Jenolan Caves, the most spectacular limestone caves in Australia, maybe stay there - the beauty above and below ground is inspirational. Get the app!


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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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Don’t miss Steam & Vintage Fair, Summer Festival, Tractor Trek & Oberon Show!

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


come and browse

(02) 6336 0202

Oberon, Cnr Ross & Oberon Sts.

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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Taste the Blue Mountains BBQ Pork Skewers

Using SpiceDeluxe ‘Moroccan Memories’ SpiceShots® (Ras el Hanout)

‘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 small-scale producers.   To join, tap into local events or find out more about Slow Food Blue Mountains, visit or email

Serves 2-4 Ingredients: ½ - 1 packet Moroccan Memories SpiceShots® 400g-600gm pork loin (evenly cubed) 1-2 zucchini (medium cut into even rounds) ½ eggplant (cut into even cubes) ½ punnet cherry tomatoes 2 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp natural unsweetened yoghurt 1 tbsp mint leaves (rinsed and picked) 1-2 lemons (2-4 cheeks reserved) Method: Dry rub pork cubes with Moroccan Memories, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate overnight (or for 1 hour at least). Remove from fridge and thread pork and vegetables onto wooden (pre-soaked) or metal skewers. Lightly coat with olive oil and then cook on preheated BBQ or grill plate (medium heat) for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, sprinkle with mint leaves, arrange on a plate and then serve immediately with freshly cut lemon cheeks and natural yoghurt. Recipe Inspiration: Morocco Ingredients: Spice retailers: visit Pork: Blackheath Butchery, 10 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785 Vegetables, Herbs: Blackheath Vege Patch 234 Great Western Highway, Blackheath 2785 Oil, Yoghurt: Blackheath Continental Deli (32 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath, NSW)

Carrington Cellars wine match:

Red: Pistol Packin’ Momma 2009 Red Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend is soft and aromatic with velvet-like tannins (Orange NSW). White: 2011 Chardonnay/Rousanne is from a more feminine vintage, meaning balanced acid and fresh fruit apparent...almost stonefruit-like prickliness and minerality (Orange NSW).

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

2 Fat Ladies Café & Lolly Shop, Lucknow

Hawkesbury Café at the Visitor Info Centre

Open Mon-Sat 9-4 Sun 8.30 -4 Fri till 10pm

Hawkesbury Valley Way, Clarendon (opposite RAAF base)

Phone: 02 4588 6917 - 0422 894 472

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

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Peter Browne Studio Gallery

Art Coffee & Tea in Famous Bush Artist Studio Gallery by the River

Peter Browne was born in 1947 at West Wyalong and now operates a studio gallery on the Mitchell Highway at Molong with his wife and fellow artist Lia Browne. Their work is highly sought after and may now be enjoyed with great coffee and even Devonshire Tea in style by the river.

Open most days, but feel free to phone ahead! Phone Corner of Mitchell Highway 0424 593 351 and Gidley Street Molong, 02 6366 9487 opposite the BP service station

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

Coffee from the Central West Blue Mountains to The Hawksbury

Eat in or take away All day big breakfast $10 Children’s meals $5.50 Mixed grill $12 Regular specials

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

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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


60th Anniversary Gnoo Blas car show The Orange Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club has secured another impressive line-up of special guests for its annual homage to motoring history in February. Jim Richards and Colin Bond will be at the car and bike show in Jack Brabham Park on February 9 and will also be guests at the enthusiast’s dinner that night. More than 300 cars go on display at the show, now considered one of the biggest and best in country NSW, which attracts several thousand people through the day. The show will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the old racing track which opened in January 1953. Jim Richards in his amazing racing career has chalked up seven Bathurst 1000 wins (three times with Peter Brock), four Australian touring car championships and enjoyed success in sports sedans, super tourers, Porsches and tarmac rally, including eight Targa Tasmania wins. With no signs of slowing up, Gentleman Jim is still winning races in the touring car masters series. He was voted Australia's best ever touring car driver, ahead of Peter Brock, in a public poll of more than 6,400 people on motorsport website Speedcafe. He is bringing two cars to Orange, his

1972 AMC Javelin and Falcon Sprint, and wants to do a few laps of the old race track, albeit at the posted speed limits. Colin Bond is regarded as one of Australia’s most versatile racing drivers. Best known for his touring car exploits, he has raced for many factory teams including Holden, Ford, Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Toyota. In 1969 he teamed with Tony Roberts in the Holden Dealer Team to win the Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst. He finished second in the 1977 race in the famous Ford Falcon one-two with Allan Moffat and picked up two more podiums in 1983 and 1988. He won the Australian Rally Championship in 1971, 1972 and 1974 and won the 1975 Australian touring car

championship. He was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 2002. A Gnoo Blas spokesman said he expected good support for the car show despite another clash with the Bathurst 12-hour race, which for the third time took the Orange date. The car club has held the show on the second weekend in February for years while the 12-hour, which started at Easter, has shifted its dates every year. The move has again infuriated the Gnoo Blas club which believes both events will suffer. “Some enthusiasts would probably like to attend both events but for them to be on the same weekend just 50km apart is ridiculous,” he said.

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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


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Molong Settlement of Molong started with a stockade in the mid 1820’s and in 1825 it was gazetted as a town. Since then the village and surrounds have seen many events, personalities and changes, yet has remained the charming hamlet of days gone by. Molong Museum is located in the former “Golden Fleece” Hotel, A colonial building erected in 1856. The Museum is currently under restoration and hopes will reopen this year. Wander through our local shops including 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 Bi-Centennial Embroidered Screen. Wander over the road to Jayes Gallery. Fairbridge Farm opened in 1937 as an agricultural school to assist children

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

36 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.

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

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

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

...will take you there!

Developers wanted!! $175,000 All the work has been done with D.A approval and plans for 7 new villas First 2 stages have been completed, they are large, modern and are all currently occupied with excellent strata conditions. This is an excellent opportunity for the upcoming or established developer as the demand for housing in Molong is very high. Perfect for any home buyer, whether retired, single,investor or first home owner. Contact Kim Ramsey for information on this exciting opportunity in the Molong Heights Estate

Phone: Kim Ramsey 0428648826

To view this property and more visit

Art Coffee & Tea in Famous Bush Artist Studio Gallery by the River Peter Browne was born in 1947 at West Wyalong and now operates a studio gallery on the Mitchell Highway at Molong with his wife and fellow artist Lia Browne. Their work is highly sought after and may now be enjoyed with great coffee and even Devonshire Tea in style by the river. Peter's early years were spent on a sheep property at Geogilderie on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, dodging snakes mustering sheep and catching fish. He spent six years in the Australian Air Force, spent years in the bush including Longreach as a roustabout, pressing in shearing sheds.

He became a household name after appearing on the Willessee Show as Australia's "Vegemite Painter" when his oil paintings of the early eighties were predominantly brown tones. His colours sneaked in after his move to Broken Hill. He purchased a ruin in the Ghost town of Silverton 30 kilometres north west of Broken Hill and the rest is history. His mud and stone Gallery was a tourist attraction and he even had vice regal visits from Governors general and Governors and a veritable who's who. Peter’s Gallery appeared on the front cover of "The Lonely Planet" guide and

stayed there for 5 years! He has been a lifelong friend of Pro Hart whose influences are visible in his work; he is also a friend and fellow exhibitor with Max Mannix. Peter has won numerous awards for his work and exhibits in many fine galleries. The Bulletin Magazine described him as probably the nation’s most allAustralian artist and you will often see articles about this Aussie icon in your Airline Magazine and guidebooks, mostly with photos of his painted Volkswagens. The Gallery at Molong is Open most days, but feel free to phone ahead!

Commercial With Residence $170,000 Heritage commercial premises in the CBD Bubblers Art Studio at the front of premises 2 bedroom flat with separate lounge, dining/kitchen Service corridor provided to front of business Leafy courtyard in an absolute ideal location

For further details:

Call Kerry Connelly on 0427 668 800

42 Bank Street, Molong 2866 -


What's On February

Maori Boy Genius Riverside Theatres

Mamre Homestead Grow it, Pick it, Eat it Workshop

Archibald Prize NSW Tour

Roaring 20's Festival

Valentines Glamour Stars Film Festival

Maori Boy Genius 4 February Riverside Theatres, at 7pm cnr Church & Market Sts Parramatta 2150 Tickets: $12; Screen Café Members $7 Bookings: Riverside Theatres Box Office on 8839 3399 or Grow it, Pick it, Eat it - Every Second Sunday 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 Archibald Prize 2012 NSW Regional Tour 25 January - 10 March Artist’s talks, film screenings and a People’s Choice lucky draw worth $500. Red Bull International Cliff Diving Competition 2 February Competition runs 2.30-4.30pm. Party continues till dusk! Boats welcome to join in the fun. ph 4560 3200 Riverside Oaks Golf Resort, Cattai, Hawkesbury River Annual Sydney Super Swap 17 February from 6am Cars, parts and collectables. Ph 0410 447 927 Hawkesbury Showground, Racecourse Rd, Clarendon Jazz Picnic in the Gardens - Norman Lindsay Gallery 23 February Live jazz performed by Galapagos Duck. Bookings essential. Ph 4751 1067 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge The Roaring 20s and all that Jazz 1-28 February During the month of February the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon regions will travel back in time and kick up their heels with The Roaring 20s Festival. Charleston Challenge and Vintage Automobile Picnic in Leura Mall - 2 February Be a part of the attempt to break The Guinness Book's record for the largest number of Charleston dancers. Put on those flapper dresses and join in the fun. www. Blue Mtns Playback Theatre performance Thursday 7 February 7.30-9pm St Hilda's Church hall Katoomba St Katoomba theme is Family $15 conc $5 includes supper Blue Mountains Cultural Centre 8 February-17 March. How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow. An insight into the conceptual and artistic development of early career artists. 8 February-7April. Close to Home. Contemporary artists residing in the Blue Mountains region. 9 February. Artist and Curator Talks. The inside stories of the exhibitions at the BM Cultural Centre. 16 February. Master Makers. If you're 16 years or older, here is a chance to learn how to create your own art objects under the guidance of renowned artist, Kylie Banyard. Bookings essential. 19 February. Summer Sunday Screenings - Tomorrow when the War Began (M). Free entry but bookings required. Ph 4780 5410. Parke Street, Katoomba


Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival (with the BMUG's) 8-9 February Friday is opening night with a dinner/concert in the Grand Dining Room of the Carrington Hotel. Saturday night will include performances around Katoomba. Ph 0412 228 326 3 Sisters Irish Set Dancing & Music Festival 16-17 February Enjoy the rhythm and melody of Irish Music? Then this is the festival for you! Ph 0431 862 853 Various locations in central Katoomba Mount Tomah Botanic Garden All Summer. Quirky Nature Adventure Quest. Follow the clue sheet and map to explore the garden. 3 February. Nature Drawing Workshop. Hands on workshop with Fiona Lumsden. Ph 9231 8182 7 February. The Greenhorns Film Matinee. A documentary film that explores the lives of America's young farming community. Bookings essential. Lithgow Flash Gift 23 February A professional athletics carnival with athletes invited from all over Australia. Ph 1300 760 276 Tony Luchetti Showground, Lithgow Valentines Glamour Stars Film Festival 15-17 February A great line-up of classic movies featuring unforgettable actresses. Ph 6353 1897 Lithgow Valley Community Cinema, 16 Main St Lithgow Folk Club 1st Sunday of every month at 3pm Listen to the sounds of local folk musicians. Ph 0425 710 063. Court House Hotel, Lithgow Rydal Show 1-2 February Come and experience a real country show in a great bush setting in the village of Rydal, just 25 mins from Lithgow. Ph 6355 6223 Showground, Market Street, Rydal Opera in the Jenolan Caves 15 February. The Cathedral Concert. Journey deep into the magical Lucas Cave to the breathtaking Cathedral. 16 February. The Grand Arch Valentine's Concert. The magnificent gateway to the Jenolan Caves comes alive with the sound of Opera. Ph 1300 76 3311 Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair 8-10 February The Fair caters to all steam traction engines, classic trucks, cars, bikes, military vehicles, tractors, vintage farm machinery etc. Ph 6336 5331 Lowes Mount Road, Oberon Oberon & Villages Simple Pleasures Summer Festival 10 February Discover the lifestyle and treasures of village life. Ph 6329 8210 113th Oberon Show 16-17 February Enjoy two days of action and activity - a colourful showcase of country life. Ph 6336 0777 Showgrounds, Ross St

Cullen Bullen Race Meeting 23 February Speedway action. Gates open 1.30pm, racing starts 4pm. Ph 6359 0582 Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Exhibition 25 January-27 March Contemporary artist Jasper Knight. The Hermannsburg Potters Collection of the Moreton Bay Region. Christopher Jones: Between the Hour and the Age. Ph 6333 6555. 70-78 Keppel St The Sustainable Lifestyle House 2 February 9am-12pm Funded by Bathurst Regional Council to improve awareness and encourage the adoption of sustainable building design. Ph 6333 6276 17 McGirr St, Bathurst Bathurst Arts Trail 2-3 February The trail operates on the first weekend of each month with artists on hand to talk about their work. Maps & brochures with artistsí information are available from Bathurst Visitor Information Centre. Ph 0400 130 792

Old Government Cottage 3 February 12-3pm Bathurst District Historical Society invites you to come and visit what may be the oldest building in Bathurst. Ph 6330 8455 16 Stanley St,Bathurst Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour 8-10 February The longest endurance race in Australia, held at the country's most demanding circuit. Ph Ticketek 13 28 49. Mount Panorama Rylstone Kandos Show 23 February Come along to one of the best small shows in NSW. Ph 6379 7718. Rylstone Showground Gulgong Show 16-17 February Come and enjoy the wood chopping, local craft, animal judging and side show alley. Ph 6374 2689

Monthly Markets Guide ROUSE HILL Organic Food and Farmers Market Rouse Hill Town Centre every Saturday 8am ­- 2pm in Market Square. 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 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 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 Leura Every Friday & 1st & 3rd Saturdays 9am - 4.30pm Also Thursdays during school holidays 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 LITHGOW New Village Market Queen Elizabeth Park Sunday the 24th of Feb 9am till 1pm Capertee Markets Castlereagh Hwy. 3rd Sunday Portland Community Markets Portland Golf Club. 3rd Saturday 9am-2pm Portland Tidy Town Markets Williewa St. 1st Sunday 9am-2pm

Country Shows


Bowenfels Station Markets Old Bowenfels Station Markets 3rd Saturday 6352221 OBERON Tablelands Way Farmers Markets St 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 North Court, Peisley St. 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



Herons, Egrets & Bitterns Australian Little Bittern R Nankeen Night Heron R Cattle Egret R White-necked Heron U Great Egret R Intermediate Egret R

Stilts, Plovers, Waders, etc. Black-winged Stilt R Banded Lapwing R Masked Lapwing C Red-kneed Dotterel R Black-fronted Dotterel C Australian Painted Snipe R Latham’s Snipe R Common Greenshank R Sharp-tailed Sandpiper R

Frogmouths & Nightjars Tawny Frogmouth U White-throated Nightjar U Owls Sooty Owl R Australian Masked Owl R Eastern Barn Owl U Powerful Owl R Barking Owl U Southern Boobook C

Pardalotes Honeyeaters Yellow-faced Honeyeater C Singing Honeyeater R White-eared Honeyeater U Yellow-tufted Honeyeater C Fuscous Honeyeater C White-plumed Honeyeater C Lewin’s Honeyeater R Bell Miner U Noisy Miner C Blue-faced Honeyeater R Black-chinned Honeyeater U Brown-headed Honeyeater U White-naped Honeyeater C Little Friarbird R Noisy Friarbird C Striped Honeyeater U Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater U Red Wattlebird C Regent Honeyeater U Painted Honeyeater U Crescent Honeyeater R New Holland Honeyeater U White-cheeked Honeyeater R Eastern Spinebill U Black Honeyeater R Scarlet Honeyeater U Crimson Chat R

Sparrows & Finches House Sparrow U I Beautiful Firetail R Diamond Firetail C Red-browed Finch C Plum-headed Finch U Zebra Finch C

Fantails & Monarchs Willie Wagtail C Orioles Olive-backed Oriole C Whistlers & allies Crested Shrike-tit U Gilbert’s Whistler R Golden Whistler U Rufous Whistler C Grey Shrike-thrush C

Capertee Valley

Grebes Australasian Grebe C Hoary-headed Grebe R

Rails, Crakes & Water-hens Buff-banded Rail U Baillon’s Crake R Spotless Crake R Purple Swamphen U Dusky Moorhen C Black-tailed Native-hen R Eurasian Coot U

Ducks, Geese & Swans Black Swan R Australian Shelduck R Pink-eared Duck R Australian Wood Duck C Pacific Black Duck C Australasian Shoveler R Grey Teal U Chestnut Teal R Hardhead U Blue-billed Duck R Musk Duck R

Falcons Nankeen Kestrel C Australian Hobby U Brown Falcon C Black Falcon R Peregrine Falcon U

Quails Stubble Quail U Brown Quail C

Kites, Hawks & Eagles Square-tailed Kite R Black-shouldered Kite C Black Kite R Whistling Kite R White-bellied Sea-Eagle R Swamp Harrier R Spotted Harrier U Grey Goshawk R Brown Goshawk U Collared Sparrowhawk U Wedge-tailed Eagle C Little Eagle U

KEY: C = common in the valley; U = uncommon; R = rare in the valley; I = introduced

Cuckoos Eastern Koel U Channel-billed Cuckoo U Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo C Black-eared Cuckoo R Shining Bronze-Cuckoo C Pallid Cuckoo C Fan-tailed Cuckoo C Brush Cuckoo U Parrots & Lorikeets Rainbow Lorikeet R Musk Lorikeet U Little Lorikeet C Crimson Rosella U Eastern Rosella C Red-rumped Parrot C Turquoise Parrot U Swift Parrot R Budgerigar R Australian King-Parrot U Red-winged Parrot R

Cockatoos Glossy Black-Cockatoo U Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo U Gang-gang Cockatoo U Galah C Long-billed Corella R I Little Corella C Sulphur-crested Cockatoo C

Birds you may see in the Capertee Valley

Great Cormorant U Australasian Darter R

Crested Pigeon C Wonga Pigeon U Diamond Dove R Peaceful Dove C Bar-shouldered Dove U

Treecreepers White-throated Treecreeper U Red-browed Treecreeper R Brown Treecreeper C Bowerbirds Satin Bowerbird U Lyrebirds Superb Lyrebird U Sacred Kingfisher U Red-backed Kingfisher R Azure Kingfisher U Rainbow Bee-eater C

Acknowledgments and information Bird site:

Approximately 242 bird species have been recorded in the Capertee Valley. Many of the birds on this list are nomadic or migratory; they may be in the valley for only a few months each year.

Fairy-wrens Variegated Fairy-wren U Superb Fairy-wren C

Reporting bird sightings Regent Honeyeater hotline: phone 1800 621 056 Swift Parrot hotline: phone 1800 665 766

Sittellas Varied Sittella U

Cuckoo-shrikes & Trillers Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike C White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike U Cicadabird U White-winged Triller U

Woodswallows White-breasted Woodswallow R Masked Woodswallow U White-browed Woodswallow C Dusky Woodswallow C Butcherbirds & allies Grey Butcherbird U Pied Butcherbird U Australian Magpie C Pied Currawong U Grey Currawong R Babblers, Whipbirds, etc. Grey-crowned Babbler U White-browed Babbler C Eastern Whipbird U Spotted Quail-thrush U Weebill C Brown Gerygone R Western Gerygone U White-throated Gerygone C Brown Thornbill U Buff-rumped Thornbill U Yellow-rumped Thornbill C Yellow Thornbill C Striated Thornbill U Southern Whiteface U

Starlings & Mynas Common Myna R I Common Starling C I

Swallows & Martins White-backed Swallow U Welcome Swallow C Fairy Martin C Tree Martin C White-eyes Silvereye C Larks, Cisticolas, Reed-Warblers, etc. Horsfield’s Bushlark U Golden-headed Cisticola U Australian Reed-Warbler U Tawny Grassbird R Little Grassbird R Rufous Songlark C Brown Songlark U Australian Robins Eastern Yellow Robin C Hooded Robin U Jacky Winter C Rose Robin U Flame Robin U Scarlet Robin U Red-capped Robin U Australian Mudnesters White-winged Chough C Ravens & Crows Little Raven U Australian Raven C

Capertee Valley is wider and longer than the USA’s Grand Canyon. The valley is Bird tours and information: recognised internationally as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and one of the 50 top Birdlife Australia: woodland-birds-for-biodiversity birdwatching places in the world. Bicentennial National Trail: This scenic valley encompasses the hamlets of Glen Davis, This scenic valley encompasses of GlenCapertee Davis, Glen Alice, Bogee and is Glen Alice and Bogee and is surrounded the by thehamlets Wollemi, Valley information: Capertee and Gardens of Stone national parks and the surrounded by the Wollemi, Capertee and Gardens of Stone national parks and the Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area. A diversity Download a PDF of this brochure: of habitats has resulted in a proliferation of bird species Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area. A diversity of habitats has resulted in a finding refuge here. Surrounded on all sides by spectacular Capertee Valley photos: sandstone of cliffs, the valley is in a transition zone where the proliferation bird species finding refuge here. Surrounded on all sides by spectacular forests of the Blue Mountains give way to the woodlands Fiona Lumsden wildlife artist: sandstone cliffs, theslopes. valley is in varies a transition of the NSW western Vegetation from semi- zone where the forests of the Blue Mountains Cover images: Dean Ingwersen & Chris Tzaros rainforest to open forest, grassy woodlands and farmland give way to theNotwoodlands the other NSW vegetation varies from semiAccommodation grasslands. as heavily clearedof as many ruralWestern slopes, areas, the valley retains large areas of the critically rainforest to open forest grassy woodlands and farmland grasslands. Not as heavily endangered White Box–Yellow Box–Blakely’s Red Gum Woodland and Derived Native Grassland. Many clearedGrassy as many other rural area, the valley retains large areas of the critically endangered woodland bird species, whose populations have fallen Contact us with suggestions Whitealarmingly Box-Yellow Box Blakely’ Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native elsewhere, remain relativelyscommon and Any suggestions or information that might improve this brochure would be appreciated. Please email easily seen here. Grassland. Many woodland bird species, whose populations have fallen alarmingly Regent Honeyeater tree planting elsewhere, remain relatively common and easily seen here. In recent years a prime conservation You have more chance of seeing a Regent been extending the habitat Beforefocus youhasset off... Part of the Valley’ s incharm is its comparative isolation. There are no Honeyeater the of the highly endangered Regent Capertee Valley than Honeyeater. Working with landholders cafes, no petrol stations, and depending on your service provider and service location, anywhere else in the and volunteers, the Capertee Valley world. Illustration: there may no mobile Regentbe Honeyeater Recovery phone Program coverage. Fiona Lumsden. has planted over 100,000 trees in the valley, on private property. A 2008 survey on the Bird Trail map are easily accessible. A small All 19 bird-watching sites shown found 86 species of birds in these planted sectionareas, of the route isbeing unsealed with six of these rare and/ but suitable for 2WD vehicle to visit Site 8. or endangered. Tree-planting weekends are held each spring and autumn and new volunteer tree-planters are always welcome; no experience necessary. For more information about volunteer tree-plantings in the Capertee Valley contact Birdlife Australia (Sydney office) on 02 9647 1033.

Button-quails Painted Button-quail C Red-chested Button-quail R Little Button-quail R

Flowerpeckers Mistletoebird C

Thrushes Bassian Thrush R Common Blackbird R I

Welcome to the Capertee Valley A nature based destination like no other Capertee Valley is within the traditional country of the Wiradjuri people. Located on the western edge of the Blue Mountains and only three hours travel from Sydney, it is the widest enclosed valley in the world – wider and longer than the USA’s Grand Canyon. The valley is recognised internationally as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and one of the 50 top birdwatching places in the world.

Ibises & Spoonbills Australian White Ibis U Straw-necked Ibis U Glossy Ibis R Royal Spoonbill U Yellow-billed Spoonbill U

Wiradjuri Country Capertee Valley | BOGEE | CAPERTEE | GLEN ALICE | GLEN DAVIS |

Map & Guide to Birdwatching To Hunter Valley & Newcastle via Bylong

To Mudgee

Rylstone Kandos To Bathurst Bogee


Glen Alice

Capertee Valley

Glen Davis


Castlereagh Highway

Lithgow To Canberra via Oberon

Bells Line of Road

To Sydney Katoomba

Great Western Highway

To find out more about your national parks visit the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre,

of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, 2780. Open 7 days (except Christmas day) See the link end 9.00am to 4.30pm; T (02) 4787 8877; for the bird brochure, ((c) Capertee Valley Alliance.) CAPERTEE VALLEY

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Sydney and Blue Mountains iMag February 2013  

Monthly iMag is packed full of things to do, places to go and where to stay in the Blue Mountains and Sydney areas

Sydney and Blue Mountains iMag February 2013  

Monthly iMag is packed full of things to do, places to go and where to stay in the Blue Mountains and Sydney areas