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    Sefton Cottage part two

    by iandsmith Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    "When I cautiously tried to get closer to photograph a tiny purple flower at ground level Lis said not to worry about the plants, as they grow back, and then proceeded to stomp all over some of the flowers in an act we would have described as vandalism. Her carefree air made the garden blossom even more; the morning became an experience rather than a simple viewing.
    We meandered through the lower reaches on the zig-zag paths pondering the maintenance schedule for such a place and soaking up the beauty before us. We reached the top again and then had to return after losing Rosemarie’s hat for the second time.
    After another session with Lis and having her elaborate on how the money paid at the gate was so necessary for the Children’s Hospital we had an attack of the guilts and contributed even more on the way out. She also offered us a copy of her philosophy that we grasped with the eagerness of children being handed a new toy. Would it be a life-changing grasp of life’s eternal questions? A new beginning perhaps? No, it was simply the story of how the garden had evolved."

    Peony with fly Fern before maple There are odd trees as well Bright colours abound The delight of it all
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    Sefton Cottage

    by iandsmith Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    I'm quoting here from my email of October 2010:
    So our wander commenced; first the church, then Church Lane where we headed in search of Nooroo, one of the most famous gardens of Mount Wilson. A sign on The Avenue indicated it was open. On our way we had a bad case of “driveway envy”, a result of staring down magnificent entrances to a dozen country homes, all overgrown by mature beds of trees and annuals.
    The feast of colour continued past Nooroo because it was actually closed. Though disappointed we continued on up the dead end Church Lane to its highest point. Here a car was just departing; perhaps the occupants would know of a garden that was open but sadly they were behind closed doors before we could find out. However, the sign at the gate was a welcoming one and indicated a fee of $5 each that would be a donation to the Childrens Hospital.
    It also said to apply at the house for a garden map so I did. A tentative rap on the door wasn’t answered so I started to wander back to where Rosemarie was waiting when an effervescent voice emerged from the shadows. It was none other than one of the owners, Lis Gow. Though aged, for the next half hour she regaled us enthusiastically with tales of the house and garden that kept us thoroughly entertained.
    We learned how she was actually Austrian and had met her husband, Paul, in Tamworth when she was a teacher. They had heard over thirty years ago that half of a property was up for sale at Mount Wilson while visiting and, presto, the rest is history.
    The garden these days is so abundant that even Lis doesn’t know all the plants but the azaleas and rhododendrons were like fires midst the trees, none more so than the orange azalea bush that constantly beckoned the eye. The mature trees formed a wonderful backdrop and the ground cover a lovely visual balance to the whole scene. Patterns wove through the petals in delicate designs backlit by the morning sun while occasional peonies stood out with their outrageous display of petals."
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    Delicate patterns Gardens of the church Water feature of Sefton Cottage Rampant colours Spectacular peony
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    Skyway

    by Josilver Updated Aug 8, 2010

    The skyway is a gondola run from scenic world across the valley with views though the glass bottom to the valley floor and across to Leura falls, the megalong valley and the 3 sisters. If you are scared of heights this might not be for you, but its not exeavtly an adrenalin rush either.

    Cost: $16 return trip. You are only able to get on at scenic world, but you are able to get out and look around on the other side.

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    Scenic World

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    Scenic World is the main attraction area in the Blue Mountains. Scenic World has many fun adventures through and over the Blue Mountains such as: The Scenic Skyway, The Railway, the Walkway and the CableWay. Scenic World also has an informative movie about the history of the blue mountains, a restaurant and of course a gift shop.

    Liz and I purchased our Scenic World Pass through the tour company at $25 each for all of the rides and experiences. Normally the pass would be $28 per adult; so we saved 3 bucks each.

    I think this is a must do experience when in the Blue Mountains. The views from the Skyway and Cableway are fantastic. The Railway is also a fun way to get from the forest floor to the viewing platform of Scenic World.

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    Scenic Cableway

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    After we were finished with the Scenic Walkway we boarded the Scenic Cableway. It is the steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere. The Cableway took us from the Rainforest back to the Visitor Center 545 meters. The Cableway is a large glass enclosed box which gives some nice views of the Mountains, Rainforest and Three Sisters. As we road back up the fog set in and almost nothing around us was visible.

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    Scenic Railway

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    The Scenic Railway is the steepest incline Railway in the world featuring a 415 meter decent. We hopped on board the railway and were surprised at the incline of the seats. When we started to descend I thought Liz would lose her mind...she's not much for inclines or heights. I held onto her and she was fine. We made it to the rain-forest in less than 10 minutes and began our walk.

    Riding in the drizzle

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    Wentworth falls

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 18, 2010

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    Ever wondered what it's like to walk up the side of a near sheer cliff? Well, if you're in the Blue Mountains your wondering is over. Just toddle out to Wentworth Falls and you can walk up and down to your heart's content. Mind you, I personally limit it to walking up just the once after coming over from Empress Falls.
    The joy of slowly ascending with the resolent splash of the falls beside you as you wend your way beneath the towering sandstone cliffs is a bit special. I never tire of it.
    Best time to do the walks is in autumn or winter because ascending can get you working up a sweat.

    Stairway in the late afternoon Going up?
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    Scenic Walkway

    by cjg1 Written Mar 29, 2010

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    The Scenic Walkway is a must do. Two paths travel through this lush rainforest. Along the way there is the old coal mine and various facts about the flora and fauna of the area. We took the long path around the forest and it was a real workout with some very steep inclines and twisty paths. Fortunately for us we came upon the the Marrangaroo Spring. Fill up your water bottle with the refreshing Blue Mountain spring water. It's cold, pure and refreshing after all that walking.

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    SCENIC WORLD - SCENIC RAILWAY

    by balhannah Updated Mar 1, 2010

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    STEEPEST INCLINE RAILWAY IN THE WORLD!

    They call this scenic?? Perhaps it is, I had my eyes closed, so didn't see a lot.....Well I did see Orphan Rock, some moss and rainforest, the second time I saw a lot more than the 1st time! As you can see in the blurred photo, it does gain speed! The ride is a 415 metre steep journey through the rainforest, to the valley floor..

    The Scenic Railway can carry up to 84 passengers and operates every 10 minutes.

    A scenic railway & scenci skyway combo ticket is
    ADULTS....$19.00 RETURN $10.00 ONE-WAY
    Child (4 years to 13 years) $10.00 AND $5.00

    Scenic World is open every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm (last rides at 4.50pm)

    I did this on the full combination ticket for $28.....2010, doing it this way, you only get a one-way journey.

    The Scenic Railway
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    BOAR'S HEAD ROCK

    by balhannah Written Feb 21, 2010

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    This is an easy 1/2km walk, approx 30mins, where you have great views of not only Boars Head Rock but the cliff escarpments as well.

    The large rock on the escarpment was named because of its resemblance to the head of a great boar, this can be made out quite easily! The ironstone bands in the sandstone when weathered result in interesting shapes and patterns.
    Boars Head Rock is best viewed from Narrow Neck Plateau, check your free Blue Mountains sightseeing map.

    Boars Head Rock
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    TURKISH BATH IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS?

    by balhannah Written Nov 14, 2009

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    I had visited Turkey earlier this year and had seen Turkish baths, but to find one in an isolated spot at Mt. Wilson in the Blue mountains......what is going on?
    At first glance of this building located high on the side of the hill, this building looked like a chapel, then I found the sign!

    Interest in Turkish baths appears to have developed in Australia after 1850.
    This heritage listed building is situated within the Wynstay Estate, the first property to be established in Mount Wilson, est. 1875.
    The building was in use for a few years for its initial purpose, as a Turkish Bath.

    Private Turkish Baths offered more advanced services for the middle class people who did not want to be with ordinary people. All clients were given a fig leaf to wear and were cautioned against casting it aside while others were present!!

    The now partly restored building features arched windows of stained and hand painted glass with Italianate decoration and an elaborate turret. It is open as a Museum, and they regularly hold exhibitions about the history of Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine and its interesting personalities.

    OPENING HOURS ARE......12.30pm - 3.30pm Every Sunday September & October.
    12.30pm - 3.30pm Every Saturday & Sunday during April & May.
    During the rest of the year open 3rd Sunday of the month and some public holidays.

    Turkish Bath museum
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    BLACKHEATH - RHODODENDRON TOWN

    by balhannah Updated Nov 14, 2009

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    Blackheath is known as....
    THE RHODODENDRON TOWN It certainly lives up to its name, as there are gorgeous Rhododendron’s growing everywhere. Late October and early November, and the Town is a picture!

    The Town holds a Rhododendron Festival & Art Show each November. For more info, check the web page.
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    EVERGLADES- NATIONAL TRUST HOUSE & GARDEN

    by balhannah Updated Nov 14, 2009

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    “EVERGLADES” is a National Trust House & Garden, located in Leura in the Blue Mountains. There are 13 acres of European –style gardens and Native bushland.

    In 1932, a Belgium born Industrialist, Henri Van de Velde bought the land, then commissioned a Danish born landscape artist to design the garden. It took 4 years to complete this garden which has a lot of Terraces.

    The Art Deco style house was built in 1936, and you can go inside for a look. There is not a lot to see inside the house, a Lounge suite of the era, and the “HIS” and “HERS” Bathrooms, these would have been quite opulent for the era it was built in.

    The landscaped gardens are beautiful. Formal garden mixes with Informal and the bush. I loved the water course, that falls over a cliff into the “Grotto. ”
    Nearby, is the lookout, which has good views of the Blue Mountains. The Rhododendron walk was stunning.

    There was a Marquee being erected for a Wedding when I was there, what a beautiful setting! …I could only imagine the gorgeous photos of the wedding couple that would be taken in this lovely setting.

    In October, when I was there, the plants flowering were…..Flowering cherries, Bluebells, Azaleas, Roses, Lilacs, Magnolias, Rhododendrons, Crab Apple, Waratahs, Wisteria, Aquilegias and more.
    Spring is a very pretty time to visit. There are tea rooms if you wish to have refreshments, and Toilets are available as well.
    A visit in Autumn (March-May) when the leaves would be turning colour, this would be another stunning time to visit.

    ADMISSION IN 2009 WAS $8
    LOCATION OPEN DAILY October to March 10 – 5pm
    April to September 10 – 4pm

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    MOUNT WILSON

    by balhannah Updated Nov 14, 2009

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    This is a very scenic drive that we came upon by chance. The road took us through the Australian bush where lots of beautiful wildflowers were flowering, then headed up the Mountain, through lovely rainforest.

    At the top, the drive is amongst huge Trees which line either side of the road. Huge Homes, set well back from the road amidst lovely gardens, there was beauty where ever you looked in this area.

    A few of these gardens were open for public viewing, will be back here another time to have a look at these.
    This area for me, was just beautiful.

    Private garden @ Mt. Wilson Private garden @ Mt. Wilson Private garden @ Mt. Wilson private garden @ Mt. Wilson The road through Mt. Wilson
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    Waratahs & more.....MT. TOMAH BOTANIC GARDENS

    by balhannah Written Nov 14, 2009

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    These gardens have quite a few stunning areas. It is one place where you will see the NEW SOUTH WALES STATE EMBLEM GROWING, the Waratah, a beautiful flower.
    They also have growing another Waratah, this one is found in the region around Braidwood.
    The PROTEA area is excellent, with a big selection to wander around.

    The 1st area I visited was the FORMAL GARDEN, unfortunately, this was not at its best, as the Roses were not in full bloom, but it was still nice.

    The RHODODENDRON area, of course, was beautiful, as late October is when they are blooming at their best.

    NEW SOUTH WALES WARATAH BRAIDWOOD WARATAH FORMAL GARDEN PROTEA BLUE WREN IN THE GARDENS - there were many

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