When hiking in these vast National Parks ..There are many dangers you can be confronted with and is best to be experienced and well prepared, with all the neccesary items that you will need for good navigation, good communication, good warm clothing, and good camping gear.
One of the most dangerous things to happen is FIRE...PLEASE make sure that whenever making camp fires that the area around your camp fire is cleared of all litter for at least a meter or two and and then make sure that it is COMPLETELY EXTINGUISHEDwhen finished (try and smother if possible with sand).
Cigarettes are another danger if not completely extinguished. This can create a big problem as the bush gets tinder dry in the summertime and if fire catches it will get out of control very quickly. So quickly usually you will be caught offguard..This is always of great concern for local residents.
BEFORE SETTING OUT-HAVE A PLAN..FOR THE EVENT OF SOMETHING UNFORSEEN HAPPENING...."ALWAYS EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.".(MURPHYS LAW)
CONTACT LOCAL (NPWS( National Parks and Wildlife service) for updates on conditions.
TAKE NOTICE OF LOCAL ADVICE --TALK TO THE LOCAL PARK RANGERS---HEED BUSHFIRE WARNINGS
Every year at Katoomba there is the Winter Magic Festival. It is usually held mid to late June; the date changes each year and it is held on a Saturday. You can find out the precise date close to the time (as in late may, early June) by looking up Blue Mountains websites or the local paper (included below).
It is a custom of most people to dress up like an absolute nut job. Most people wear normal clothes (rugged up, it gets quite cold) but there are a lot of people who really get into it. If you do go, dress as crazily as you want. People wear witch and wizard cloaks, crazy hats, technicolour coats, anything. I once saw a man wearing a pink dress with white polka dots and rabbit ears hopping merrily down the main street, it was fantastic!
There is a general friendly atmosphere and there are market stalls with food, local arts and crafts, home made soaps etc. and my favourite stall that sells tiny pillows in the shape of a star in funky fabrics (I have a collection of these now). There are regular street performances and parades. It is a great day out full of fun.
Blue Mountains Gazette
Winter Magic Festival site
Huge eucalyptus trees in the blue mountains gives this natiol park its name!
The ultrafine oil mist gives it his colour!