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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2008-09
From left to right: The Carrington Hotel today; The Carrington’s original facade; Workers on the new facade—did they discover any tunnels? Trocadero. I’ve researched this!’ ‘A tunnel was built from the Carrington to allow the Queen to get out.’ ‘I’ve heard of a tunnel from the Carrington to the Savoy. It was built so the Edwardian era ladies wouldn’t get their dresses wet.’ ‘Ladies would lift their skirts to tip toe through the tunnel to the Trocadero. I was told this by an elderly lady when I used to work in hospitality.’ ‘A fellow at the Savoy says there’s a tunnel there, going under Katoomba Street, but it’s been bricked in now.’ ‘Do you know there’s a dance floor under Katoomba Street?’ ‘Do you know there’s a tunnel from The Carrington to the Gearins?’ Then, almost ‘striking gold’, a Carrington Hotel receptionist phoned me saying: ‘Paul, there’s a lady staying here, who remembers the tunnel under The Carrington. It went from here to the Savoy, or somewhere. We told her you would be interested in her story – but she decided not to contact you. She just walked away.’ Then, there are the stories which suggest the tunnels had more sinister or darker purposes. For example... ‘A mate saw a tunnel from the Savoy. He told me to be careful when I went down there though, because it’s full of vampires, troglodytes and even a tour guide who traps people till they pay!’ And: ‘There’s a tunnel from the men’s smoking room (now the hotel library), that runs under the hotel, to the power station at the back of the hotel. This tunnel allowed the men to slip away and visit the ladies of the night, who had a boudoir amongst the machinery in the power station. While the men were visiting the ladies, they would play gramophone records in the smoking room to fool their wives they were still in there!’ Finally, there are the um, even slightly more ridiculous stories, such as: ‘I’ve heard there are catacombs under The Carrington, with one going to the Paragon. There might even be a paddock down there as well, for the cows – the ones that provide milk for the chocolates at the Paragon.’ ‘Someone told me there’s a map showing a tunnel going from the Carrington to Echo Point.’ ‘Do you know the Carrington chimney was built as an air vent for the coal mine under Katoomba?’ ‘I‘ve heard there’s a tunnel that runs right the way from the Scenic Railway to Medlow Bath!’ ‘Struth! That is a long tunnel – and it has been rumoured this tunnel could be the home of the notorious Blue Mountains Panther... ! Hmmm, another mystery to investigate – for another time perhaps? “Great Budget Accommodation!” 31 Lurline St Katoomba Phone: 02-4782 3933 Fax: 02-4782 3978 Katoomba Mountain Lodge Located in the central Katoomba, in the heart of the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park. Close to all attractions, Three Sisters, Echo Point lookout, waterfalls, bush-walks, Scenic World and more. Most rooms are share facilities. TV most rooms. Ensuite rooms & spa/sauna available - please enquire. 10% OFF 3 Night Stay Sun-Thurs Mention this ad! AAA/NRMA FREE INCLUSIONS: • Cont’l Breakfast (Mon-Fri) • 24hr Broadband Internet • Tea & Coffee • Pick up • Off Street Parking • BBQ facility • Kitchen & dining room star rated Rates: per adult per night share. Midweek Sun-Thu. Private Standard double - $34pp Private deluxe/twin - $39pp Private Triple - $34pp Private Family for 4 - $30pp Private Single - $52pn 5 Share Dorms from - $21pp Weekend/Fri-Sat prices differ: please enquire. Web: www.katoombamountainlodge.com.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org summer 2008/9 Stop 1 Stop 1 Mention this ad for 10% off your 2 night stay! (Mon-Thur) (when you phone us direct) • All rooms queens size with ensuite • Spa/Sauna • Free broadband internet • TV/fridge/tea/coffee/phone/hair dryer in rooms • Undercover parking • Buffet breakfast • Late checkout • Family rooms • Two bedroom suite • Cottage also available www.lamaison.com.au EMAIL email@example.com AAA 5555 175-177 Lurline St, Katoomba PH 02-4782 4996 • FX 02-4782 3595 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 5 “Affordable service and style right near the Three Sisters!” Paul Innes – historian and tour guide Paul has been working as a history tour guide and historian in the Blue Mountains since 1996. Based on thorough written and oral research, with a touch of light hearted fun, his tours cover the Blue Mountains from Lapstone to Mount York. The itinerary includes walking tours, coach tours with commentaries and tag-a-long car tours. As well as conducting the tours himself, Paul is assisted by local published historians, such as John Low. Prior to starting the business in 1996, Paul taught History, English and Drama for 17 years. He has travelled throughout Europe and Asia, including a trip to Germany and Russia to research World War Two History in Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad. You can find out more about Paul’s work in the mountains through his web site. www.discoverthebluemountains.com.au BOUTIQUE HOTEL