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Welcome to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Cultural Launch On 6 October Festival of Walking 2012 was launched at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains NSW. The Greater Blue Mountains Aboriginal Cultural Experience Guide was also launched at this event. Embracing cultural information from the six ancient 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.

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. Tours: We visit the world famous “Three Sisters” known to Gundungurra women as the “Seven Sisters” – Gunar. Leura cascades through the eyes of the Traditional caretakers of the Gundungurra lands. How Nadgyung – water was used and what its purpose was. Gunyanlung – our dreaming and creation. You will have the time of your life with fantastic views of our lands and the opportunity to experience at first hand the uniqueness and the real deal of Gundungurra people by participating in our guided walks.


Monday – Sunday Cost: $30.00 per adult $40 per adult on weekend $15.00 child/student/concession bookings are essential on Muggadah Tours – 0448 786 010 email: Website: Gundungurra Tribal Council Tourism Coordinator Leonie Trindall 0402 733 257 We also offer Cultural and Educational Camps. We have developed a new animated film based on the Legend of the Seven Sisters that will be accessible at the new Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

We shared our creation story with song and dance and animated film on Katoomba to Jenolan Caves at the Winter Ball earlier this year. We share with you this story and others in the places where you can tap into the spiritual connections, savour bush tucker along the way with us and gather bush tucker to cook your own Gundungurra dinner under the stars. Let the Gundungurra people share their ancient spiritual connections to this land with you as you listen and feel yourself making the connections on the songline walks‌

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From the Editor November Dawn on our front cover, from Ian Brown’s 2013 Calendar, is from one of our greatest photographers, who worked to help us attain World Heritage status in our Greater Blue Mountains area. Ian still lives in Blackheath, although he is passionate about wilderness around the world. He still is passionate about home and our indigenous people too. See his calendar on page 26. His photographs will be among many superb works exhibited in the landmark Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, opening this month at Katoomba. You must explore this world class centre! I am so proud to be able to tell you about the launch of the Greater Blue Mountains Aboriginal Cultural Experience Guide. There is some information on how you may join in authentic local experiences on pages 2 and 3. Muggadah Tours also offer them including a Corroboree. Featherdale have good news on saving our national icon the Koala on page 11. We have beautiful Gardens in Oberon, Mount Tomah and Mount Wilson. Enjoy our wild ancient places too with those who know them best! Explore Jenolan


Caves with the Gundungurra people who will tell you their story. Look for other Events throughout the magazine, in our What’s on and in our social media. As I interact on social media with friends everywhere, I often am moved to compare what we have in different places… we are sharing events and experiences now we could not when I was small. I think this is a good thing. If you are using this magazine I hope you are enjoying life more by doing so. We offer plenty of options to expand your minds, enrich your souls, challenge your bodies, broaden your palates, even to relax and unwind. The choice is yours. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and check out our web for more information. Drive safely, live and love well and make every day count…and good luck in finding your answers!

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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

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upstream of Windsor. Governor Phillip and his party reached this area by boat on 6th July 1789 and named it Green Hills. He was impressed with its farming potential and quickly arranged for food production to begin in order to relieve the shortages in Port Jackson. Governor Macquarie named the settlement Windsor in 1810. This was the start of the Hawkesbury Hills District, still a rich production area for food and a wonderful playground. Visit the Information Centres at Dural, Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, Hornsby and Clarendon for more information. Surrounded by 10 National parks an hour’s drive from Sydney, the area provides a wide range of recreational pursuits. Encircled by noteworthy national parks - Dharug to the north and east, Yengo to the north-west, Cattai to the west, and Marramarra to the south Wisemans Ferry is a rustic village on one of the country's most famous waterways. A favourite Sydneysider retreat, both its rural charm and the hotel's famous ghost, remain intact. Typically Australian sandstone escarpments ring the village, providing a unique view of authentic country lifestyle less than 40 minutes north-west of Hornsby. The area abounds in Aboriginal and European history. The 4850ha Dharug National Park contains 16km of the convict-built Old Great North Road that once connected Sydney and Newcastle. As the third settlement in the Colony, Hawkesbury area is full of history and heritage as well as farm trails and artisan trails of great diversity. The visitor Centre staff are trained to help you find activities to suit you.

What to See & Do Macquarie Arms Hotel 1815 Windsor Court House 1821 The Toll House built in 1835 Have a meal at Hogs Breath and enjoy rhe amazing panoramic Views 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

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Hawkesburyvalley Way, Clarendon Phone 4578 0233 or 1300 362 874 hawkesburytourism@pacific. Open 7 days a week

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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.


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

Celebrating FOUNDATION of PARRAMATTA Family History Group of Parramatta and District Historical Society meet in Hambledon Cottage Coach House, Gregory Place Parramatta on Saturday, 3rd November from 9.30am. Ralph HAWKINS opens the celebrations with a talk on the First Industrial STRIKE by Convicts. Beth Matthews will speak on Historic, Hysteric and Traditional Christmases at 1.30pm. Morning and Afternoon teas. The Life and Times of Mary PUTLAND, daughter of Governor William Bligh and wife of Sir Maurice O’Connell, will be revealed by Shirley SEALE at the General Meeting of Parramatta and District Historical Society on Wednesday November 21 at 7.30pm in the Burnside Public School Hall, Masons Drive North Parramatta. Ample parking and supper served at the conclusion of the talk.

EXHIBITION in Lucas Gallery Parramatta Panorama is a pictorial display of the township in 1925 as viewed from the Meggitt’s factory tower in George Street [since demolished]. The tram shed,steam-driven trams, the markets in the centre of town, and Murray Brothers store are visible. The story of Meggitt’s Linseed Oil factory come to life with a tray of the oil on the gallery mantelpiece for you to smell. Gallery open Thursday to Sunday 11am to 4pm included in the cottage tour by a Society volunteer guide. Ample parking and group tours by appointment throughout the week are very welcome. telephone 9635 6924 Trevor Patrick (02) 9654-2224

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

What to See & Do

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

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© Aerial photo Jeff Coles courtesy Penrith Council

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

The Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, said that the community was excited that this project was finally being delivered after years of empty promises and inaction. “It’s energising for the community to see that this Government is putting promises into action, and by this time next year patients and staff will have access to the car park,” Mr Ayres said. The Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, the Member for Londonderry, Bart Bassett, and the Member for Blue Mountains, Roza Sage, were all at the hospital today. “When completed next year the car park will ease parking congestion on the hospital campus and in the surrounding area,” Mrs Davies said. “The NSW Government is building a bright future for our community by investing in crucial infrastructure projects,” Mr Bassett said. “For patients travelling long distances for important appointments and procedures, such as those from the Blue Mountains, this project is a welcomed reprieve from the current problems,” Mrs Sage said.

“The car park will deliver 650 additional spaces for Nepean Hospital staff, patients and their families and ensure we can better meet current and future demand.”

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

Work Starts on Nepean Hospital Car Park

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

What to See & Do

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

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


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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

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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

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Featherdale goes wild over health screening The Keepers at Blacktown’s Featherdale Wildlife Park are going wild over the recent donation of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment from GE. The ultrasound machine, which provides non-invasive internal imaging, will be used to identify injuries and illness as well as fertility and breeding availability, allowing Featherdale to provide the degree of care to its animal collection which is normally only available in veterinary hospitals. Featherdale spokesperson and Senior Curator, Chad Staples believes the use of the imaging equipment will provide an invaluable tool in the early detection of potentially life threatening illnesses. “Too often once an animal begins to exhibit visible signs and symptoms of sickness, the illness has already progressed beyond the point of successful treatment. In the wild, an animal’s very nature is to hide sickness or injury in order to survive predation,” Mr Staples said. “By conducting routine screening on our mammal collection,

we can gain a greater understanding of how an animal’s internal organs normally function. If any anomalies are identified during screening, we can commence treatment immediately. ” Michael Ackland, CEO of GE Healthcare, Australia and New Zealand, said GE was proud to support Featherdale’s efforts to optimise their care for Australia’s native wildlife and support their successful captive breeding program. “While we specialise in products for use in human medicine, some of the world’s leading veterinary hospitals use our equipment and this ultrasound will enable Featherdale to scan an animal’s entire organ such as a kidney or liver within seconds,” Mr Ackland said. The GE LOGIQ 9 ultrasound will allow the Featherdale team to compare several different perspectives of an animal’s organ at once and importantly, enable them to do a ‘virtual rescan’ after the animal has been returned to its enclosure. Initially, ultrasounds will be carried out on the Koala colony at Featherdale in order to detect any potential reproductive health issues. With Koalas recently being listed as vulnerable in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, the ability for Wildlife Parks and Zoos to maintain a happy and healthy captive population for the future is vital. In January, Featherdale opened

a new Koala breeding facility to further develop its already successful captive breeding program. “We will be conducting routine screening for potential health issues on our female Koalas before the breeding season commences in November”, Mr Staples said. “With early detection, we can begin treatment before it’s too late and we lose a breeding season or the the Koala becomes infertile”. Featherdale is home to 2,200 Australian native animals from more than 260 different species. Gold medal winner in the “Tourist Attraction” category at the Greater Sydney Tourism Awards 2012, the Wildlife Park is open 9am to 5pm daily and is located just 45 minutes west of Sydney at 217 Kildare Road, Doonside. For more information, visit

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Wentworth Falls

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

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

What to See & Do

Silvermere Guesthouse and Restaurant nineteen23

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

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

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

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

Silvermere guesthouse & nineteen23 (02) 4757 3311

1 Lake St Wentworth Falls NSW 2782 12

Paintings, etchings and ceramics by Bernard Ollis Falls Gallery, 161 Falls Road, Wentworth Falls is featuring the work of Bernard Ollis this month. Ollis received his Master of Art (Painting) from the prestigious Royal College of Art, London. He lectured at the University of the Northern Territory, Darwin and La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria before being appointed Head of Painting at the National Art School in 1996. He was Director of the National Art School from 1998 until 2009. Bernard Ollis has had annual solo exhibitions since 1972. Bernard Ollis was awarded the Conrad Jupiter Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland in 2005. He has been a finalist in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, The Dobell Drawing Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW and 2004 Doug Moran Prize (‘Self Portrait with Duck’) and has participated in group exhibitions throughout Australia. Ollis undertook a residency at the Cite des International des Arts, Paris (1975) and has been awarded numerous prizes and awards.

He is represented in public collections in Australia and the United Kingdom, including the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House, Canberra and State galleries of Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory. Recently he has been spending part of the year working in his studio and apartment in Paris, together with his partner, Wendy Sharpe. Bernard Ollis has produced several editions of etchings at Falls Gallery in collaboration with Anne Smith and ceramics in collaboration with Ian Smith. The etchings shown are; ‘ Place de Furstemberg’, ‘Appartement on the Seine’ and ‘Montmartre’. His work is on display at Falls Gallery together with etchings by Garry Shead, Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman, Wendy Sharpe, Max Miller, Anne Smith, Andrew Sibley and John Olsen, also ceramics by Ian Smith and Andrew Halford.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Bygone Beautys

Antiques & Tearoom See the amazing

Treasured Teapot Collection

“World’s largest Private Collection”

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

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














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Over 9500 people visited the gardens over the Festival.The Weather played a big part in the success of the Festival. The Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital will benefit greatly. The profits will allow the Hospital to purchase much needed medical equipment.

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

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

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Organic Food Market Every Saturday 8am-2pm

Rouse Hill Town Centre Market Square Phone: 99992226

Blackheath Farmers Market

2nd Sunday of the Month 8am – 12 Noon BLACKHEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE You are invited to the 100 Mile dinner to be held in the grounds of the historic Mamre House, 131 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills 2748

Cnr Great Western Hwy & Gardiner Cres Blackheath

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

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

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

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

Katoomba Fine Art A beautiful gallery on a grand scale! Katoomba Fine Art was established in 2001 and is a commercial art gallery on a grand scale. Here you will find paintings, sculpture & objects by leading contemporary artists. The gallery features a large central exhibition space, sculpture garden, plus 10 rooms

dedicated to showcasing art. This fully restored historical mountains guesthouse is now a dedicated art space and a must see for art lovers visiting the mountains. Featured here is an oil painting by Warwick Fuller and a watercolour by David Beschi.

Afternoon Sun, Glen Davis oil on canvas 150cm x150cm 2011 by Warwick Fuller

Leaving the theatre watercolour on paper 28cm x 36cm 2011 by David Beschi


Katoomba Fine Art is open daily at 98 Lurline Street, Katoomba. Ph 4782 1220 for further details.

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

Trolley Tours See the best the Blue Mountains has to offer…

Take a Discovery Trolley Tour

Discovery Trolley tours run hourly. Purchase an All Day Pass so you can hop on and hop off at any of the 29 great local attractions in Katoomba and Leura. Plus you can shuttle between Echo Point, Scenic World and Katoomba every 30 minutes.


FREECALL: 1800 801 577


DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY Coach departs Katoomba 9.45am. Tour starts with a breathtaking stop at Govetts Leap Lookout, Blackheath then onto Jenolan Caves for… Country Luncheon (2 course), Lucas Cave Tour, 3 Course Dinner with Guide, Mysteries Legends and Ghost Tour, Overnight stay in either a Classic Room or Mountain Lodge Studio Unit. DAY 2 - THURSDAY Full Country Buffet Breakfast, Orient Cave Tour, Nettle Self Guided Tour. Coach returns to Katoomba at 5.00pm.




Per Person Twin Share. Single supplement $45 extra. (Adventure Caving option instead of Lucas Cave tour extra $56). Subject to availability. Conditions Apply.

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


Picturing The Great Divide World class Cultural Centre to open in the Blue Mountains November 17 PICTURING THE GREAT DIVIDE: Visions from Australia’s Blue Mountains Australia’s newest public art gallery Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, which opens November 17 at Katoomba will feature some of the nation’s most revered artists, past and present, in an exhibition titled Picturing the Great Divide: Visions from Australia’s Blue Mountains. The City Art Gallery is part of the new Blue Mountains Cultural Centre which will also house a World Heritage Interpretive Centre, the City Library and a courtyard café. Situated on the highest point in Katoomba, adjacent to the grand old Carrington Hotel, a bonus for visitors will be the large viewing platform which offers spectacular views to the Jamison Valley. With an estimated visitation of over 70,000 visitors each year, visitors can expect an exciting and diverse experience. From the first day of opening, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will cement its place as a Worldclass venue and tourist destination. The interactive multi-media World Heritage Interpretive Centre will utilise the latest technology to celebrate the distinctive environment, history and culture of

the Blue Mountains region – this will be a strong drawcard for both local and international visitors wishing to experience all the Mountains have to offer. The inaugural exhibition of the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery - Picturing the Great Divide: Visions from Australia's Blue Mountains will survey two centuries of visual art inspired by the Blue Mountains region. Over 100 significant works comprising paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture and ceramics, by over 50 eminent artists will be featured. Guest curator, Gavin Wilson has sourced the opening exhibition works from over 100 public and private collections to create the largest Blue Mountains focused survey to date. Through the display of major works by historic and contemporary Australian artists, the exhibition will trace the constant hold the Blue Mountains region has had on the imaginative and cultural life of the nation. Wilson says “A central theme of the exhibition will be an investigation of evolving landscape perceptions that have been inspired by the sheer physicality of this renowned Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The visual catchment for the exhibition

extends from the Nepean River in the east, to the Fish River at Oberon in the west, to Newnes in the north and south to the Nattai River.” While the earliest of the works such as Alphonse Pellion’s 1819 pencil study Aurang-Jack with his wives, BetzyNatiwoe and Merey (Springwood) are as much about documentation, by the 1870s the romantic landscapes of Conrad Martens and Eugene von Guérard reflect the ideas of the sublime and the sense of nature’s wonder which were popular at the time. The impressionist influence on Elioth Gruner and Howard Ashton is evident before modernist visions inspired by the Blue Mountains are created in great variety from artists including Euan Macleod, Fred Williams, John Wolseley, Margaret Preston, Bette Mifsud, Harold Cazneaux, Peter Kingston, Adam Cullen, Colin Lanceley, Rosemary Laing and Brett Whiteley. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Director, Paul Brinkman says “The importance of this inaugural exhibition cannot be underestimated and is a clear expression of our commitment to the highest standards for our ongoing exhibition program. Through experiencing this exhibition, visitors will appreciate that the Blue Mountains

Rosemary Laing, Australia, b.1959 bulletproofglass # 2, 2002 - type C photograph on aluminium - 120 x 253 cm - private collection


Cultural Centre is destined to have a reputation throughout Australia as a centre of artistic excellence. ” PICTURING THE GREAT DIVIDE: VISIONS FROM AUSTRALIA’S BLUE MOUNTAINS 17 November 2012 – 3 February 2013 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba NSW 2780 Public Opening: 17 November 2012 – Free admission (Official opening 10 November 2012) Telephone: 02 4780 5000 Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday – Saturday + 10am – 4pm Sunday (closed public holidays) Admission: $5 adults / $3 concession. Members & under 18 free. About Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

JOSEPH LYCETT, England, b.1774, d. c.1825 “View on the Worrogoomboo River, about 90 miles from Sydney (Warragamba)” 1819-24 (from “Views of Van Dieman’s Land and New South Wales”) - watercolour - 44 x 55 cm Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales - DGD 1 f.1

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre promises to be one of New South Wales' premier regional Arts and Cultural facilities and is the most significant development in the Blue Mountains in recent history. The Cultural Centre, with a combined public area of over 4000sqm, will be home to the 600sqm Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, the World Heritage Interpretive Centre, a spectacular viewing platform to the Jamison Valley and extensive workshop and seminar spaces. In addition, the new stateof-the-art Katoomba Library will be co-located within the Centre.

Peter Kingston, Australia, b.1943 Boofhead and 3 Sisters in Box c.2000 Collection Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum

Andrew Merry, Great Britain; Australia, b.1967 Valley of the Grose , 2011 - pigment print - 56 x 84 cm - collection of the artist

EUGENE VON GUÉRARD, Vienna; Australia, b.1811, d.1901 “Govett’s Leap and Grose River Valley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales” 1873 oil on canvas - 68.5 x 106.4 cm - National Gallery of Australia, purchased 2000

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre officially opens on 10 November, followed by the full public opening on 17 November. The 17 November is a special day that is entirely free at the Centre from 10am – 4pm for the local community and for all visitors to the Blue Mountains – so people can get their first chance to see the fantastic Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, the World Heritage Interpretive Centre and the new City Library.



OPENING Saturday 17 November 2012

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

Officially Opened 17th June

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

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

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

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



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

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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.

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‘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

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

60th Rhododendron Festival Campbell Rhododendron Gardens Inspections Saturday 6th Oct to Monday 5th Nov Gardens open all of the time. (Gold coin donation entry) Enquiries: 4787 7298 or 4787 8965, at the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, Bacchante St, Blackheath Art Show Fri 26 Oct to Sun 4 Nov at the Blackheath Community Centre Rhodo Grand Parade Saturday 3rd November 12:30pm Combined Churches Festival of Flowers A colourful variety of cut flowers. St Aidan’s Anglican Church, cnr Hat Hill Rd and the Great Western Highway Saturday 3rd Nov 10:00am to 4:00pm & Sunday 4th Nov 12:00noon to 4:00pm “First & Last Chance Ball” Our Rhodo Ball has a new identity. If you’ve never debuted, this is your chance. The social event of the year Blackheath Community Centre Saturday 17th Nov from 8:00 pm Tickets $60 4787 8449

Mt Victoria Museum

The Gallery

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


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

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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9.30am to 4.00pm

• Market Stalls • Animals • Brass Band A huge family fun day in a rural seƫng • Local country style produce • Great Food Megalong Valley RecreaƟonal Grounds • Longest Lunch • Jumping Castle • Bush Poet • Kids Picnic Races • Treasure Hunts • Face PainƟng • Non-stop acƟon all day — Contact: 4784 1643

Sunday, 25 Nov, 2012

Presented by Blue Mountains Rotary to aid Shelterbox Australia, an international Rotary project


The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden turns 25! This month the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden turns 25 and will be celebrating in style! We will have an exhibition charting our history in the Visitor Centre with photos from the early days of the Garden. There will also be special free volunteer guided walks on Saturday 3 November about the history of the Garden. The Garden was until recently known as Mount Tomah Botanic Garden taking its name from the mountain on which it is located. The original owners of the land were the Darug Aboriginal people. ‘Tomah’ is reputedly an Aboriginal word meaning tree fern. In 1804 the naturalist and explorer George Caley was the first European to visit Fern Tree Hill, now Mount Tomah. In 1823 Archibald Bell, with Aboriginal guides, found the route across the northern Blue Mountains now known as Bells Line of Road. He was followed later that year by botanist Allan Cunningham (Superintendent of the Sydney Botanic Gardens 1837/1838). The first land grant in the area was made in 1830 to Susannah Bowen. The property was subsequently used for dairying and resting paddocks for cattle. Three sawmills also operated at separate locations, milling coachwood (Ceratopetalum apetalum), sassafras (Doryphora sassafras) and brown barrel (Eucalyptus fastigata). These species still dominate the rainforest sections of the mountain.

From 1934 the property now occupied by the Garden was acquired by the French-born horticulturist Alfred Brunet and his Australian wife Effie. They operated it as cut-flower farm to supply Sydney florists, specialising in bulbs and other cool-climate plants. In the early 1960s the Brunets proposed that their land at Mount Tomah should be donated to become an annex of the Royal Botanic Gardens. They presented

the land for the Garden in 1972. With State and Commonwealth Bicentennial funds for development, the Garden opened to the public on 1 November 1987. Since 1993 the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah has included 186 hectares of sandstone woodland and gullies to be maintained as a conservation area.

November Flowers The Wild About Waratahs festival is over for this year but you can still admire our Telopea ‘Shady Lady’ waratahs above the Brunet Meadow and at the entrance to the Waratah Education Centre. Other Telopea species and cultivars can be found using our special waratah map that plots their positions in the Garden, ask at the Visitor Centre. The local wild waratahs, Telopea speciosissima, are coming into bloom here in the Blue Mountains. They are a real delight to see and to photograph and can be found in the Blue Mountains Bush and along the Bells Line of Road between Mount Tomah and Clarence. Remember that picking waratahs from the wild is illegal! Pink snow, in the form of cherry blossom petals, may whirl past you as several flowering cherry, Prunus cultivars are in bloom to the west of the Residence Garden and below the spring lawn as well as newly leaved Japanese maple, Acer palmatum cultivars. The dogwood, Cornus florida ‘Rubra’, Camellia japonica and many azalea cultivars and rhododendron species such as Rhododendron ‘Rose Queen’ are filling the garden with colour and fragrance. Delicate wisteria flowers are opening in the Formal Garden and near the Brunet Pavilion. One more hot day will see the Banksian rose, Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’, arbour cascading in cream.

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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

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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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 Heritage At least since the 1960s it has been acknowledged that there are significant remnants of the original colonial Cox’s Road all along the Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains and in the Lithgow and Bathurst Local government areas. The Cox’s Road Steering Committee was formed in July 2006 to look at long term objectives and mechanisms to preserve the 1814 Cox’s Road alignment between Emu Plains and the Blue Mountains and Bathurst. The Committee was formed with delegates from the Lithgow, Blue Mountains and Bathurst Branches of the National Trust, and operates under the auspices of the Trust as an informal committee. The Committee will look to eventually establish a heritage walk or trail over parts of this route through some of the most beautiful countryside in Australia, and is currently seeking to have the road listed on the State Heritage Register. The Committee originally sought input from various persons who had carried out research work on the Cox’s Road Hartley

including Alan Cary and Kevin Boole (Lands Dept), Siobhan Lavelle (NSW Heritage Office), Grace Karskens(Cox’s Road Trust) and Bill Evans (RTA). These people still have associations with the Committee. The Committee’s main objective is to facilitate the identification, conservation and management of the Cox’s Road. There are a number of other similar projects throughout Australia ( ) which have outstanding support, and which provide long term benefits for local government and the community with a historical, educational, research and tourism resource, along with

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opportunities to bring together communities to work towards a common goal. The Steering Committee has sourced support from the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Oberon and Bathurst Regional Councils in enlisting their support for the Project, to consider inclusion of the Cox’s Road for heritage listing in future reviews of the various Councils’ Local Environmental Plans, and referral to the Steering Committee of any development applications or other proposals in the three LGAs, so that the Committee may make comment in the context of the Project objectives. In 2008 the Committee became the Cox’s Road Project Committee. In

April 2011the Dept of Planning (NSW Heritage Council) responded with a preliminary listing of the road, subject to the identification of the most significant portions. The assessment has resulted in the recognition of a number of development opportunities, such as the exploitation of the Road as being a part of a significant recreational industry; educational opportunities in regard to the social significance of the Road; research and recording of nineteenth century colonial road making technology, and research into archaeological remains of the Road. Local government involvement has

been variable, with Bathurst Regional Council being very interested in the project, but having few remaining physical road features in their LGA. The Oberon Council has been responsible for the erection of signage near the various features in their LGA. The Lithgow Council now has approval to proceed with their signage, etc. The Blue Mountains City Council has indicated that it will review the remaining portions of the Road and look at potential listing on Council’s Heritage Register. The Committee recommendations in regard to the future of the Cox’s Road are exciting, encouraging and already being implemented as we approach the celebrations of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains. Some relate to the management of the remaining physical features, such as drainage, erosion control and other track protection measures; improved interpretation of each site through signage is already in place in Oberon and about to be implemented in Lithgow; increased negotiation with private landholders in regard to access and covenants; seeking sources of funding; seeking appropriate heritage listings; development of full photographic records, and compilation of a library of documentation – books, studies, maps and brochures.

The Committee has also noted the need for the social and economic history of the road to be documented, and the importance of telling the story behind the construction of the road, not just to describe the existing remaining features. Parallel with the preparation of the SHR application, the various Branches of the National Trust have undertaken educational projects to provide the wider community with information in regard to the existence of the Cox’s Road and its significance in the history of the colony. This includes the preparation of informative brochures and maps, the erection of interpretive signage along the route in places where funding has been available, speakers at community heritage functions and the operation of guided tours of sections the route. It will be beneficial to have this in place in time for our celebrations next year to provide more food for thought as we have people tour the various sites involved…


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Lithgow Set amidst mountain splendour, Lithgow is a town rich in culture. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal tradition, step back in time to an era where steam dominated transport and when industry was our backbone. Some of the cultural pursuits in a visit to Lithgow include the Zig Zag Railway, Blackfellows Hands Rock Art Site, Small Arms Museum and State Mine Heritage Park. Discover Lithgow’s accessible wilderness. With tranquil vistas and serene landscapes, the environment that surrounds Lithgow is abundant in wildlife and picturesque mountain panoramas. Discover the wonders of World Heritage listed wilderness in Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks, encompassing 10% of Australia’s biodiversity. The secluded valleys of Wollemi National Park are home to the

Wollemi Pine, one of the world’s oldest and rarest plant species, dating back to the Jurassic era. 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 is also ample opportunity to explore some magnificent 4WD tracks that lead to amazing vistas. The choice of adventure is up to you. The Lithgow region is an ideal place to luxuriate with a spa or massage, to tantalise your tastebuds with local fresh cuisine, to find a unique gift in one of our galleries or to relax and find yourself with that someone special or even to meditate on a solo retreat. Discover the excitement and delights of local events and festivals. Held throughout the year, major events held

Small Arms Factory Museum Our archives form a collection of national significance, being the almost complete record of the Lithgow SAF from its inception. The collections and archives give a unique insight into both Australia’s industrial history, and the factory’s glorious past as a first class manufacturing facility. Contact Details: PO Box 564, Lithgow NSW 2790 Ph: 6351 4452 au Location: At the front of the old Factory complex, Methven Street, Lithgow


Open: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:30am to 2pm Weekends, public and school holidays 10am to 4pm Cost of Admission: Adults $8 Concession $6 Children $3 Family $18

in the region include the Lithgow Flash Gift, Portland Art Show, held annually in March, Ironfest in April, which celebrates all things metal through entertainment, music & art. Daffodils at Rydal, which sees the rural village of Rydal celebrating the Spring blooms. Lithgow and Rydal Agricultural Shows, celebrating rural Australia, with displays of farm animals, machinery, art and country entertainment. A week of celebrations is held throughout Lithgow in November with “Celebrate Lithgow”, culminating in an annual street party. Sunny Corner celebrates its artistic talents with “Sunny Corner Sunday”, held every December. Of course Lithgow is also home to a number of sporting events including downhill and cross country mountain bike events, Moto-cross, Go Karts and Speedway action. Lithgow has all the accommodation options that you require from the holidaying family to couples seeking a romantic getaway or the lone adventure seeker.  

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.


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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: november 2012.indd 1

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IT’S ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE 2012 Celebrate Lithgow festival. The week starts off with Tour de Range Sunday November 18 at 10am sharp with a 90 kilometre pushbike ride over our very own Great Dividing Range. Beginning at the Wallerawang Bowling Club, who are the major sponsors for this event and travelling out to Meadow Flat, this challenging ride is all in the name of Charity. Our charities for this year are the local Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer support groups. So why not get a group together dress in pink or blue & have a great day? $50 is the pledge we are asking you to make; for this money you receive a sumptuous lunch and your name goes into the draw for thousands of dollars in giveaways after the event, including a carbon fibre push bike. Entry forms are available to download via a link on our Facebook page or call into Valley Florist Lithgow and collect one. This day is going to be a great family day as the Wallerawang Bowling Club have organised music, jumping castles for the kids, food vendors and various other stalls to give the spectators plenty to do. Don’t worry - you can turn around at any point on the ride and come back if the 90 ks is not your thing. Monday November 18 is our first local






Janelle Johnstone 0408259278 • Sally Taylor 63524811 Glen & Robyn Partridge 0417422081 (after hours) Proudly sponsored by; Wallerawang Bowling Club, Delta Electricity, Lithgow Business Association & Valley Bobcat Services


bus tour to Hartley Historic site. This one is selling out fast. Mal from Madjestic Bus Tours is the kind sponsor for this event. You will be picked up from Queen Elizabeth Park and taken on a fully guided tour through historic Hartley, a wonderful lunch will be served and you’ll probably learn so much about the area that you never knew before. Tickets for this one are $20 each. Call the Celebrate Hotline to book in. Tuesday November 19 there is another Bus trip, this time to Glen Davis. Again you will learn so much about this historic area and enjoy a great lunch. Tickets are on sale for $20. Call the Hotline Wednesday 20th is Telstra Seniors Day... this day is simply the best. Everyone who has reached the ripe young age of 55 is entitled to attend and it’s FREE. Telstra have come on board this year

as the major sponsor for our Seniors Day. This great event will be hosted at the Civic Ballroom in Lithgow and we are encouraging business that is age specific to come along as well to set up an information booth to help our senior citizens with mobility aids, hearing and eye sight, community groups and services available in our area, retirement villages and more. The day begins at 10.30 am, toe tapping entertainment, food, coffee and fun are the order of the day BUT we need to know if you are coming so please get a group together and book a table by calling the Hotline; remember IT IS FREE. Thursday November 21st; again Madjestic Bus Tours are helping us out here with heavily subsidised transport and we are taking you to the Historic site of Lithgow. It will be a fully guided bus tour.


tour de range - Sunday 18th November A charity pushbike challenge with proceeds to local Breast & Prostate Cancer Support Groups. Wallerawang Bowling Club from 10.00am, a great family day. REGISTER NOW

Monday 19th November: Hartley Historic Tour, lunch included - $20pp Tuesday 20th November: Bus Trip, lunch included - $20pp Wednesday 21st November: Telstra Seniors Day at the Civic Ballroom - FREE Thursday 22nd November: Historic Sights Tour of Lithgow - $20pp Friday 23rd November: A great day in Wolgan Valley - SOLD OUT

Sunday 25th November - Street Fair 11.00am • Woodchopping • Markets • Activities for all ages • The Schappels • Jumping Castle • Slip & Slide • Water Walkers • Mechanical Bull • Laughing Clowns • Striker Machine & Pass the Footy Game • Local Bands • Dancers • Musso’s • The Remixes

Call Celebrate Hotline for more info 0400 698 240

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Taste the Blue Mountains Pan-fried Snapper

using ‘Hell Toro’ SpiceShots®

‘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. 

(Spanish Seasoning) served with a citrus fennel coleslaw. Serves 2-4 Ingredients: Snapper: 2-4 snapper fillets (400g - 800g) skinned, filleted and deboned. ½ - 1 packet ‘Hell Toro’ SpiceShots® (Spanish Seasoning) 1 tbsp olive oil Salad: 1 large fennel bulb - finely sliced (use a mandolin if available), soaked in a bowl of cold water with a squeeze of lemon juice) ½ red onion - finely sliced (use a mandolin if available) 1 large orange (peeled, zest and segments reserved) 1 knob of ginger (2.5cm x 1 cm) peeled and finely julienned ½ cup coriander (leaves roughly chopped and reserved) Vinaigrette: 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 small orange (juice reserved) 2 tsp Dijon mustard Salt & Pepper – good pinch of each Method: Dry coat the snapper with Hell Toro, then add olive oil to a pre heated fry pan (medium heat) and cook the snapper fillets for 3 minutes each side. Meanwhile drain the fennel, dry with paper towels and in a mixing bowl with other salad ingredients. Dress salad with vinaigrette and toss lightly. Arrange salad on each plate with snapper fillets and serve immediately. Recipe Inspiration: Spain

FAIR - Accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for smallscale producers.  

Ingredients: Spices: to purchase directly or locate stockists Snapper: Tommy Ruff 38 Great Western Highway, Blackheath, 2785. Olive oil: Carrington Cellars & Deli, 15/47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba 2780 Salad ingredients: Todarelos, Katoomba Village Fruit Market, 170 Main Street, Katoomba NSW 2780 Vinaigrette ingredients: Blackheath IGA. 211 Great Western Highway, Blackheath, NSW 2785

To join, tap into local events or find out more about Slow Food Blue Mountains, visit

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Red: The fleshy and vibrant palate of the 2010 Westend Estate cool climate Tempranillo, from Hilltops, NSW is a great match for the warm notes in the snapper spice blend. White: With a touch of Turkish delight and Lychee, the 2010 Toppers Mountain Gewürztraminer, from Armidale NSW will marry well with the fennel, orange and ginger of the coleslaw.

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

The Grand Dining Room Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

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

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

Café & Lolly Shop

Wrapt Cafe & Gifts

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

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

Bush Bites Take Away Café Come and try our locally roasted coffee and home made cakes! Also specialising in gifts for the home and garden. Open every day except Tuesday for breakfast & Lunch Open for dinner Friday and Saturday night

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

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

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

Coffee from the Central West Blue Mountains to The Hawksbury

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

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Resident managers: Bob & Sally Parrington Telephone 02 6336 0344 7 Cunynghame St • PO Box 97 • Oberon NSW 2787

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Be sure to call in to the Visitor Info Centre for information on all the wonderful things to see and do now e.g. where to find snow, where to stay, etc. The VIC has the extensive list of splendid gardens open during Spring and Summer The VIC has 4 Cycling maps of the area with more being prepared, also info on Cycling Events Go trout fishing in Lake Oberon all year round. See the VIC for info on Fishing Season which opens Queens Birthday October Multi AwArd winning PArk weekend. Bob and Sally Parrington Modern Airconditioned Ensuite Cabins, Try your luck sapphire fossicking 7 Cunynghame Street PO 97 Oberon nSw 2787 Large Powered andBox Unpowered Sites, Try mushroom picking, taking care to eat Telephone 6336 0344BBQ/ Modern Amenities02 and Laundry, only edible varieties – the VIC has advice on Camp Kitchen Facilities, Swimming Pool these adjacent, Indoor Tennis Court Hire, Go horse riding through the magically Jenolan Caves Tour Bookings, Children’s beautiful landscape Playground at the entrance to the Park Explore the wild places by 4WD Evans Crown Nature Reserve and 7 Cunynghame Street PO Box 97 Kanangra Walls offer both relaxing and Oberon NSW 2787 challenging walks You MUST make time for multi-award Telephone 02 6336 0344 winning Jenolan Caves, the most spectacular limestone caves in Australia, maybe stay there - the beauty above and below ground is inspirational. Enjoy their entertainment including Murder Mystries and fine dining. JENOLAN CARAVAN PARK

What to See & Do

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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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Murder Mysteries Blue Mountains' theatre company, Mountain Murder Mysteries presents their latest production, Marriage to the Mob, underground at Jenolan Caves on Saturday, November 3rd,

Mayfield Garden open days and afterwards wine and cheese in Caves House, where the audience is joined by the cast. Concession price is $40 for pensioners and school age children, although the show is not recommended for children under 10. And finally a word to the wise, although the interior of the caves is a pleasant 15 degrees Celsius all year round, you might be glad of a jumper, cardie or other suitable warm clothing while enjoying the performance.

27-28 Oct and 3-4 Nov Mayfield Rd, Oberon NSW

starting at 4pm. The drama is set in Prohibition era America in the1920s and 30s. Gangster bootleggers have taken the law into their own hands and the police are running scared. A wedding reception is taking place. But behind the happy smiles are steamy relationships, ruthless criminals, bent cops, icepicks and the odd gunshot. These performances lend themselves ideally to the subterranean otherworldly atmosphere of the caves. The new season of Murder Mysteries is continuing on the first Saturday of the month -  November 3 and December 1. The ticket price of $70 includes the performance, a tour of the cave


Wallerawang/Portland Secluded Acreage with Modern Home and Large Shed


This 11.74 ha (29 acre approximately) freehold property is located in the Portland Town Common. Partly cleared and bush, the property is well set up for horses and has a dam, well and spring. Sunny and open hardiplank two bedroom home is modern and very comfortable, with extra bathroom in laundry. It has gas hot water and heating, as well as solid fuel heating in lounge room. The open bay shed (approximately 16m x 7m) has one end enclosed for roomy, lined and insulated extra accommodation with its own water tank. Wonderful rural views over the property and beyond from the east facing front verandah. Rare opportunity for this size acreage.

Portland is only 2 1/2 hours from Sydney. It is an easy 40 minutes to Bathurst and 30 minutes from Lithgow. The town is of interest as an historic mining town and as the place of the first cement works in Australia, which was opened in 1902. Cement produced at the Portland cement works helped build the city of Sydney and the cement was shipped around Australia until the works closed in 1991. Portland is part of the gateway to the Central West and is ideally located between Oberon, Mudgee, Bathurst and Lithgow and the Blue Mountains. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has many areas for bushwalking. It is close to the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks. Portland is a mecca for people wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the surrounding Lake Wallace is fine for sailing and dragon boat racing. It has recently had a boat shed built on its shores. It also supports many species of water fowl and other birds along the shores and in the park, making it a favourite for bird watchers and twitchers. Discover Wallerawang and enjoy old fashioned hospitality and service, at the Old Wallerawang Railway Station. Built in 1870, is an excellent example of the late 19th Century railway stations. The Station building and its precinct are listed on the State Heritage Register and actually

represent the final stage of the famous Zig Zag construction. Once a major junction on the Main Western Line, and employing over 120 people, the railway station ceased operating in 1978 and fell into disrepair. Now beautifully restored the Old Station celebrates both Wallerawang's rich history and the incredible talents of its local Arts Community. It is also an accredited Visitor Information Centre, able to offer information on local attractions, happenings and events, maps, and a great selection of material for the traveller. Even locals may discover something new! The Station also houses a Florist, Old Fashioned Lolly Shop and Coffee Shop. Serving fantastic coffees, exclusive cakes and light lunches, luscious old fashioned milkshakes and traditional Aussie Spiders, “Coffee @ the Station is fast becoming the place to meet. You can dine in the Galleries, on the Platform or on the restored verandah. Bouquets By Design, is your local Interflora florist, and can offer you great floral suggestions for any occasion. Robin has a huge range of Settler Bears, hand crafted jewellery, and unique gift ideas along with a treasure trove of local & regionally produced arts and crafts. Lollipop Junction has yummy gift packs, huge lollipops Rocks and Jellies and of course their famous fine Australian Chocolates and Traditional English sweets.

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:


The Old Wallerawang Railway Station is open 7days a week, with coffees from 9am -5pm. The Station is wheelchair friendly and has full toilet facilities. Phone 6355 1836 for bookings & information.

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

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

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

These are just a few of the many wonderful things to see and do in Bathurst – a great city to visit, a perfect place to stay.

What to See & Do

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

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Hill End Markets 29th & 30th October 2012 The Hill End October Long Weekend Market continues to provide the townsfolk and visitors to the village with a vast array of new and second hand goods. Situated in the historic Royal Hall, right next to the Royal Hotel, in the centre of town, a variety of stalls will offer a range of goods for sale between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September. There will be a mixture of bric-a-brac, books, preloved clothing, vintage jewellery and craft items for sale as well as the ever popular Sausage Sizzle. New stall holders are welcome and due to limited space indoors all stall allocations must be booked in advance.

Now is the chance to clear out all that interesting “junque” that has been sitting around in your cupboards for years. Recycle it and make a few dollars for your efforts. For stall bookings and more details please contact Daphne Shead at or phone 02-63378218 after 6:30pm. The Market supports the Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group and Hill End Family History who acknowledge the assistance provided by National Parks & Wildlife Service. Both these voluntary non profit organizations assist people undertaking family history research on their ancestors from the district and rely on donations to continue their work.


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

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

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

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What to See & Do

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

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


The Arts in Orange Gallery One 28 September to 4 November 2012 Sun Shining, Blood Everywhere: A Survey Exhibition of the Art of Victor Gordon South African born, Victor Gordon has exhibited , practised and taught art in Australia since 1987. His work includes paintings. Sculpture, assemblage, collage, drawing, photography and installation. His wide ranging concerns and techniques offer uncompromising, refreshingly unique and often quirky and challenging artistic statements.

Gallery Three 10 August to 4 November 2012 Viridity Curated from Orange Regional Gallery’s collection, this exhibition will feature large vibrant paintings and exquisite objects d’art.

Aileen Francis Home Preserves 2012 Preserving jars, transparency, acrylic, found objects 14 (variable) x 13.5 x 10.5cm

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Victor Gordon, Confessional, 2010, oil on canvas Gallery One 9 November to 16 December 2012 Vince Vozzo The work of Vince Vozzo had been described as energetic, intense, chaotic and imaginative. His drawings and sculpture often challenge the politics of the art world and this exhibition will push the boundaries of imagination, of understanding and the value of art.

Rodney Pople, Scuola Grande - Venice Series, 2007, oil on linen Gallery Three 9 November to 16 December On and Off the Wall Rogue Sculptors is a group of sculptors living and working in the Central West. They will create a three-dimensional group work on the Gallery’s South Court wall. On and Off the Wall plays with the illusion of spatial depth as figures twist and turn within the maze of modern life. The outside work is supported by a group showing of individual works in Gallery Three.

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

Orange Regional Gallery The Orange Regional Gallery permanent collections are well worth a visit. The collection represents a broad spectrum of Australian Art with a particular emphasis on works by major Australian Modernist painters from the twentieth century as well as many artists working today. Orange Regional Art Gallery: 149 Byng Street. Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays and Public Holidays from 12pm to 4pm.

(02) 6393 8136, fax (02)6393 8100

Vince Vozzo, God of the gaps goes to Hollywood, 2009 carved tree root, acrylic paint

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

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!

"Plans are already approved by council" Plans are on my desk for this already started project

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

Ph: 6366 8260

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


What is the start of an apartment to live in whilst building the remainder with rooms downstairs and 1 large room upstairs in sandstone blocks have been put in place - Retaining wall has been built - Home site has been cut out - Established fruit trees line the back boundary - Elevated block with country vIews and they can only get better once home is complete - Water and power are already there.


will consider offers

Phone: Kim Ramsey 0428648826

To view this property and more visit

Loose Threads

The ladies are a quilting group from Molong, “Loose Threads” - they meet weekly and are a great group of ladies with a love for quilting and patchwork .... as you can see They exhibited last weekend with our Fashion Parade and will be open this coming weekend both Saturday and Sunday for the two market days on the Village Green

Molong has a heritage listed railway station that presently houses the town library. It will soon be home to a wine tasting cellar owned by Belgravia Wines. It will also have a cafe and Information Centre . Situated on the Mitchell Highway and at the foot of the main street, it will be a great addition to Molong. Those visiting in caravans love to stay at Molong Caravan Park with friendly staff, immaculate amenities and if you stay 2 nights, the 3rd is free. Molong is a perfect place to stay as it is within easy reach of lots of tourist hot spots, from the Dubbo Zoo, Wellington Gifts - Novelties - Chocolates - Boiled - Specialty - Favourites

Caves, Parkes, Orange Blayney to Bathurst in the east. Molong also has lots of spots to fill in your day. Call and see Peter Browne’s `Outback Gallery’ on the highway near the sports oval. Jayes Gallery is in Gidley Street near the Commonwealth Bank.

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

Give your taste buds a treat ◆ TRY our American, NZ, English and Aussie lollies ◆ ◆ American soft drinks ◆ ◆ Soft Serve ice-cream and shakes ◆ ◆ Great variety of gluten and sugar free ◆ ◆ Gifts galore ◆


Shop 2, 17 Bank St Molong NSW

“Eversview” Peabody Road Molong - $189,000        Want a tree change with tranquil rural views, then you can’t go past this popular Peabody Road address.  This 7 acre (approx) property is situated only a 5 minute drive from the quaint village of Molong which provides all amenities.  Rich red basalt soil, currently sown to Canola. Bitumen road frontage with a level building envelope and power to boundary.  If the rest of the family wants to follow, then “Eversdale” is just down the road and consists of approx 11 acres.

For further details:

Call Kerry Connelly on 0427 668 800

42 Bank Street, Molong 2866 -

1/23 Bank Street, Molong NSW 2866 Ph: 02 63 66 9209 Mob: 0458 899 499

Molong RSL Club Trading hours Mon-Tues; 3.00-9.00 pm Fri 2.00 – 11.00 pm Wed 11.30 am – 9.00 pm Sat 11.00 am – 10.00 pm Thurs 2.00 pm- Midnight Sun 11.00 am – 9.00 pm

Restaurant open Thur Fri Sat and Pizzas Thurs to Sunday eat in or take away parties catered for. Special diet with a phone call

Visitors welcome 22 –24 Riddell St Molong Ph 63668105


What's On November Lucas Gallery - Hambledon Cottage

Mamre Homestead Grow it, Pick it, Eat it Workshop

Mayfield Garden Open Days

Celebrate Lithgow

Irving Berlin in the Key of Black

Parramatta & District Historical Society Exhibition - Parramatta Panorama 1925 Ph 9654 2224 Hambledon Cottage, Gregory Place, Parramatta Grow it, Pick it, Eat it 10 November 10.30pm - an adult workshop Ph 9670 5321 Mamre House, 181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills Model Park Open Day 25 November 9am-5pm. Model trains etc in action Ph 4736 2803 - 869 Luddenham Road, Luddenham The Australiana Pioneer Village 4 November Old Time Craft and Skills Day and Antiques Appraisals Rose Street, Wilberforce Farming Small Areas Expo 9-10 November 9am-4pm Ph 4570 4408 Hawkesbury Showground, Racecourse Rd, Clarendon Jewellery, Beading, Gem & Mineral Show 24-25 November 9.30am-5pm Displays, demonstrations. Ph 0412 333 150Function Centre, Dight & Macquarie Sts, Windsor Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Until 2nd December Oculi: Terra Australis Incognita Ph 4560 4441 Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor Real Deal Action Rodeo 3 November Ph 0412 618 946. Horseworld Stadium Cnr Maguires Rd & Janpieters Rds, Maraylya Adventure Quest - Pollinator Power All Spring 9am-4.30pm. Self-guided quest Ph 4567 3000 or email: Mount Tomah, Bells Line of Road Gardening Success - Walk,Talk & Workshop 17 November 10.30am-12.30pm Ph 4567 3015 Email: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah Open Garden - Wildwood Friday - Monday 10am-4pm Ph 0417 042 460 29 Powells Road (off Bells Line of Road), Bilpin Mount Wilson Open Gardens All Spring cool climate exotic gardens Turn off Bells Line of Road west of Mt.Tomah Glenbrook Spring Festival 10 November Ph 4739 3447 Glenbrook Village Irving Berlin in the Key of Black At Riverside Theatres, Parramatta or one performance only with Lucy Maunder 3pm Sunday, 4 November 2012 Tickets: Adult $40, Senior & Pensioner $36, F/T student, Youth 30&U & Child 16 & U $22*


BOOKINGS: Riverside Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or Blue Mountains Musical Society - Pirates of Penzance 3-4 November 2pm & 8pm Ph 1300 241 019 Bookings - Springwood Civic Centre 106-108 Macquarie Road Music Without Borders - Dance Party with Marsala 10 November 7-11pm Ph 4758 8462 Email Springwood Civic Centre, Macquarie Rd Blue Mountains Concert Society 17 November 8pm Overlander with Andrew Barton Ph 1800 984 460 Springwood Civic Centre Love Lawson Festival 16-18 November Lawson Village Kedumba Drawing Award 1-30 November Ph 4757 2371 Blue Mtns Grammar School, Wentworth Falls Blue Mountains Radio Players - two plays 25 November Ph 4782 2155 Mountain Heritage, cnr Apex & Lovel Sts, Katoomba Blue Mountains City Art Gallery Exhibition From 17 November Picturing the Great Divide: Visions from Australia's Blue Mountains - Parke St, Katoomba Blue Mountains Playback Theatre 1 November 7.30pm - "Mystery" St Hilda's Church Hall (opp Carrington Hotel) Blackheath Rhododendron Festival 3-4 November (Grand Parade on Sat 3rd) Program - Email Megalong Muster 25 November 9.30am - 4.00pm Megalong Valley Recreational Grounds Ph 4784 1643 Celebrate Lithgow 18-25 November Main Street Fair - Sunday 25 from 11am to 4pm Ph 0400 698 240 Food and Wine Fair 4 November 10am-3pm Ph 6352 4805 Treeview Estate, 9 Col Drewe Drive, Lithgow Concerts at Jenolan Caves 12 November Hot Jazz in Cool Caves - George Washingmachine 17 November 4pm Cello concert with Georg Mertens 24 November 4pm Gypsy music with the Paganini Duo Email Ph13 0076 3311

Mayfield Garden Open Weekend 3-4 November 9am - 4.30pm ph 6336 3131 570 Mayfield Rd, Oberon Oberon Spring Garden Open Weekend 3-4 November Ph 6329 8210 Oberon Visitor Information Centre Rylstone Streetfeast Long Lunch 3 November Ph 6373 0800 Louee St, Rylstone Huntington Estate Music Festival 21-25 November Ph 6372 3825 Bathurst Arts Trail - open studios Until 2 December Ph 6332 1273 Details from Bathurst Visitor Information Centre

Chifley Home & Education Centre Until 28 January 2013 Ben Chifley and the FX Holden: Two Australian Icons 10 Busby Street, Bathurst - Ph 6334 3410 Australian Hillclimb Championship 2-4 November Bathurst Light Car Club. Ph 6337 1355 Mountain Straight, Mt Panorama, Bathurst Bell Tower Open Day 3 November. Tours 10am and 1.30pm Ph 6332 2830 All Saints Cathedral, Church St, Bathurst Essential Energy Bathurst Biggest Expo 17-18 November 9am-3pm. Ph 0407 489 634 Bathurst Showground City of Orange Brass Band Sunday Recital 18 November 1pm Cook Park, Orange Lorjon Rose Day November 11th 10.30am to 5pm Lorjon Ryda Ph 02 63556222

Monthly Markets Guide ROUSE HILL NEW MARKET! 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 Winery Vineyard Fair 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. 1st and 3rd Saturday 9am-3pm Bluebird Market Alexandra Hotel, Leura. 1st Saturday Katoomba Golf Club Market Stalls Sunday 7 October 11am-8pm Blackheath Craft Markets Community Hall, Great Western Hwy. 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm Blackheath Community Market Blackheath Public School Hall. 1st Sunday 9am-1pm Blackheath Growers Markets Community Centre, Great Western Hwy. 2nd Sunday 8am-12am LITHGOW Capertee Markets Castlereagh Hwy. 3rd Sunday Portland Community Markets Portland Golf Club. 3rd Saturday 9am2pm Portland Tidy Town Markets Williewa St. 1st Sunday 9am-2pm

Huntington Estate Music Festival


Bowenfels Station Markets 1st & 3rd Saturday OBERON Tablelands Way Farmers Markets Barnabas Park, Oberon Street. 1st Saturday 8am-1pm BATHURST Farmers Markets Showground. 4th Saturday 8am-12am Family Markets Showground. 2nd Sunday 8am-4pm Macquarie Lions Flea Markets Berry Park. 1st Saturday 8.30am-1.30pm ORANGE Milthorpe Markets Redmond Oval, Park St 1st Sunday 8.30am-4pm Orange Region Farmers Market Orange Showgrounds, Leeds Pde. 2nd Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm Rotary Sunday Markets Orange Central, Byng St. Sunday 8am12am New Huge Molong Markets Village Green. Sunday 21 October 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 Artisan & Produce Markets Memorial Hall, Louee St Rylstone 2nd Saturday 9am -1.30 pm


Capertee Valley

Wiradjuri Country A nature based destination like no other

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

Capertee Valley

To Mudgee and Dubbo

Foxwood Farm Café


real cooks, real food


Mudgee Rd, Running Stream

Ph: 02 6358 8251

Dunville Loop

where to eat

Lansallos B&B


Foxwood Farm Café


The Cubbyhouse Farmstay

Running Stream

Capertee Valley Helicopters


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


AnnaBilla Farmstay Capertee

Glen Davis

Castlereagh Highway Cullen Bullen

where to stay Lithgow

capertee valley




4675 Castlereagh Highway

Information & Bookings Ph: 02 6359 0157 A 48

Bells Line of Road

Great Western Highway

Experience the thrill...

Wollemi National Park



Sydney & Blue Mountains - November 2012  

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

Sydney & Blue Mountains - November 2012  

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