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    Bush walking at Wentworth Falls

    by supercarys Updated Apr 23, 2008

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    There are many beautiful hikes / bushwalks at Wentworth Falls, ranging from gentle strolls to full on cliff climbs. If you want to see the Mountains at their best, go on one of these bushwalks for the quintessential Aussie bush experience. The last time I walked right down to the bottom and up again, I thought I was having a heart attack (at the ripe old age of 21) and one of my friends collapsed at the bottom! So you need a moderate degree of fitness before you attempt that one. Or you could just take your time - we were going at quite a pace.

    There is a cafe at the top of the cliffs that you can stop in at for a refreshing drink afterwards. I'd recommend the iced tea with rosewater - it's really tasty.

    Address: Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains

    Directions: 2 hours west of Sydney, Wentworth Falls is before Katoomba and you'll see the brown signs pointing to the National Park.

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    BLAST FURNACE PARK

    by balhannah Written Nov 14, 2009

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    The remnants of the Blast Furnace still stand today,reminding us that Lithgow was the birthplace of the Australian iron and steel industry.

    Constructed in 1913, the Lithgow Blast Furnace, at its peak, produced 105,000 tonnes of pig iron produced primarily for use by the Trans-Australia Railway.
    The site is now a park around the remains of the pump house and has only some big brick structures and underground tunnels left.

    Directions: Inch Street, Lithgow, 2km east of Lithgow PO

    Blast furnace park @ Lithgow
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    TROLLEY TOURS

    by balhannah Updated Nov 14, 2009

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    First of all, I must say that I didn’t do this, as I had transport. I just saw the Trolley as we were driving around.

    I picked up the pamphlet, and thought , what a great, cheap option this is for people that may catch the Train to the Blue Mountains, then need to get around to all the sights.

    With this Trolley, you can HOP ON/OFF ALL DAY, and it makes 29 stops for only $20, that’s great value.

    Website: http://www.trolleytours.com.au

    Map of where the trolley goes
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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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    Website: http://www.rhodofestival.com.au

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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.

    Directions: Coming from Bell on Bell's line road, take the signposted turnoff to the left to mt. wilson.

    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.

    Address: bell's line road, Blue Mountains

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

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    Euroka Clearing, Glenbrook (kangaroos in the wild)

    by supercarys Updated May 1, 2008

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    As you head up the Blue Mountains one of the first towns you will pass through is Glenbrook. Turn into the village and head towards the National Park. After paying a small fee (about $7) for driving in (you may want to do this as it is quite a long walk (about 2 kilometres) up and down many hills) you just follow the road to Euroka Clearing.

    This is a lovely area with a creek that runs around the edge. It has BBQ facilities and is also a camping site. Past the camping site there is a clearing that usually has about 30 kangaroos in it that you can walk right up to and take photos of or simply sit amongst them and watch. (Be careful you don't sit in the roo poo though). Don't try to pat the kangaroos though, they are wild animals and may not like this. The kangaroos are only there from about September to March though.

    If you want to see kangaroos in the wild, this is the place to go, you will almost certainly see some there.

    You can pick up a map from the Park Rangers at the top of the hill at the entrance. This will show you some of the walks in the area that you can do.

    If you're arriving by train, turn right when you leave the station and follow the road down straight into the National Park

    Address: Glenbrook

    Directions: Drive into Glenbrook village and turn down Ross St. Follow it to the end and turn left. Follow this road to the end - it goes directly to the National Park. It is about 2 kilometres from the village.

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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.

    Directions: corner of Violet Street and Cliff Drive, Katoomba, is only 3km from Katoomba's town centre and railway station.

    From Katoomba you can hop on a Blue Mountains Explorer or Trolley Tours bus that will drop you off right at the front door.

    Website: http://www.scenicworld.com.au/ -

    The Scenic Railway
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    SCENIC WORLD - SKYWAY

    by balhannah Updated Feb 14, 2011

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    Scenic World is touristy, but I still think it is nice to do, it's the experience that its all about!

    I have done it a couple of times, once in the old cable car, and once in the new Skyway.

    This is only a short journey, but if you are scared of heights, then you may not like it, as high up you are, suspended in mid air over the top of the 270 metre deep valley, with great views to the valley floor, the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Mount Solitary and the Jamison Valley.

    In the new one, the floor is glass, are you feeling squeemish just reading this? don't worry, it is extremely strong! ......and they DO NOT make you walk on it!....But I did!

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

    I did the combination ticket, it worked out the best value. It includes everything.
    PRICES IN 2010..... Adult $28.00
    Child (4-13) $14.00

    Skkyway on its own
    Adults....$16 Children $8

    Scenic World, on the corner of Violet Street and Cliff Drive, Katoomba, is only 3km from Katoomba's town centre and railway station.

    From Katoomba you can hop on a Blue Mountains Explorer or Trolley Tours bus that will drop you off right at the front door.

    Website: http://www.scenicworld.com.au/ -

    The Skyway
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    HOSKIN'S CHURCH @ LITHGOW

    by balhannah Written Nov 14, 2009

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    This is a lovely Church that is situated in a beautiful garden, one of the best that you could see surrounding a church.

    The Church was dedicated in 1928.

    Charles Hoskins was the first man to establish successfully the iron and steel industry in Australia. From small beginnings this industry grew to be one of the largest manufacturing operations in the country, creating great wealth for the Hoskins family.
    The eldest son was accidently killed in 1916 and the Church was built as a memorial to him.

    Address: 43 Bridge St Lithgow

    Hoskin's church Rhododendrons in the church garden Beautiful church garden Rhododendron in the Church garden
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    The Edge Cinema, Katoomba

    by supercarys Updated Apr 23, 2008

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    The Edge Cinema is a great place to experience some of the sights in the Blue Mountains. The ginat screen movies (6 stories high) really take you right into the wilderness where most people don't or can't go and shows you sights that you can't see anywhere else. A couple of times in the movie, you feel like you are falling over the edge of a cliff because of the huge screen and the impressive camera work. This movie is shown daily and goes for about 40 minutes, it is definitely worth watching.

    They also play regular movies as they are released. You can check out what's on here.

    Prices

    The Edge Giant Screen Movie
    Adult $15
    Concessions $13
    Child/Senior $10

    Feature Film
    Adult $12.50
    Concessions $11.50
    Child/Senior $9.00
    Cheap Tuesday - $8.50 feature film ticket

    They also sell souvenirs and there is a Hungry Jack's (Burger King) in the complex too.

    Address: 225 Great Western Highway, Katoomba, NSW

    Directions: Turn right at the traffic lights at Katoomba (coming from Sydney)

    Website: http://www.edgecinema.com.au/

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    Three Sisters

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 13, 2005

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    All right, I've succumbed, but only in the cause of helping VTers to know reality. Are the Three Sisters worth seeing? Yes. Are they worth allocating a lot of time to? No.
    Tourists literally arrive by the busload. Predominantly Japanese but with lots of other nationalities represented and this place is set up to handle them.
    What used to be a small rustic lookout when I was a lad is now a full blown concrete semi circle with hundreds of tourists hanging over the stainless steel railing and a camera clicking every two seconds - all day.
    There's stylish toilets, a tourist paraphernalia shop as part of the lookout and then, just 50 metres away, there's a purpose-built multi-floored tourist complex with eating houses, shops selling as many koala bears (made in China) as you could ever wish to see and all the rest of those horrible kitzchy things.
    I'm actually pleased that it's all there because between here and Scenic World they gobble up over 90 percent of the tourists and the majority of the good stuff you can get almost to yourself.
    The Giant Stairway runs down beside the Three Sisters. On a long weekend in June I went down the stairs to the Three Sisters. That's only about 100 of over 900 stairs it takes to get to the bottom of the valley.
    I found it appalling. I should add here that the steps are seriously steep.
    On stairways at times just over a metre wide there was a continuous stream of people heading in both directions rubbing shoulders with each other. It reminded me of the queues at the Vatican except for the vertical nature of it all. Parents were taking their children all the way to the bottom. I watched in amazement as a father carried his already tired child in his arms through the crowd and continued down past the Three Sisters. How on earth they ever thought they were going to make it down is still a mystery to me.

    Address: Echo Point, Katoomba

    Directions: Just head down the main street at Katoomba and you'll run straight into it.

    This is actually the Three Sisters
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    Scenic Railway et al

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    In time I imagine the whole complex will be known as "Scenic World", its correct title today. However, icons die hard and the majority of Australians will still be saying the "Scenic Railway" for some time to come.
    It is because of a coal and kerosene shale mining industry that we have this complex today. Without it, it is fairly likely it may never have happened.
    Bushwalkers who had walked the Federal Pass Track, the most famous of the valley meanders, used to beg to be carried up in the coal skips rather than ascend around 1,000 stairs to the top.
    Mine management saw a dollar in the idea and had a special passenger carriage built that used to carry 24 people.
    Meanwhile the colliery closed down at the end of WWII but Harry Hammon fortuitously took over the lease.
    Being an engineer he made an even better car and expanded the capacity. In 1958, with a lot of ex-mining parts again, he made the Scenic Skyway, a horizontal cable car that spans the Katoomba Falls. The money rolled in.
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    Address: Cliff Drive (cnr Violet St), Katoomba

    Directions: West of Katoomba

    The Skyway en route
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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.

    Directions: Continue along Cliff Drive to signs Boars Head Rock
    Katoomba

    Boars Head Rock
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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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