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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2008-09
Arms of Australia Inn E mu Plains has been a gateway to the Blue Mountains since the first colonial settlers crossed the divide. And in Emu Plains there’s a museum that was once a coaching inn, the Arms of Australia Inn. The building dates back to 1826 and once catered for travellers heading across the mountains to Bathurst and the goldfields. The Cobb & Co coaches that plied the road day and night used to stop at the inn, as did many bullock team drivers taking stock and provisions over the mountains. In those days bushrangers were a problem. So the Arms and its neighbouring inn at Glenbrook had a warning system. There was a lantern on each inn, visible to the other. If a lantern was not lit, the stagecoach drivers and other travellers would spend the night where they were and continue their journey in daylight. As the Arms only had two bedrooms, most overnight travellers had to sleep in the barn, on the verandah or under their wagons. Later, a four-room brick extension was added to accommodate women and children. When the railway line came through in 1865, trade dropped off and the building was sold and used as a private home. Today, the Arms of Australia Inn is operated by the Nepean District Historical Society (NDHS) as a museum that contains thousands of artifacts, some dating from the 1790s. All have been used or manufactured in the local area. The NDHS has an education program whose aim is 25% off Admission FEATHERDALEWILDLIFE PARK FREEKoala encounters to make history a living experience. There are nine different activities for school students and each activity is ‘hands on’, using equipment from the early days. In addition to being a museum, the inn conducts ghost and area tours, and is a unique venue for weddings, corporate functions, special occasions and meetings. Each July the museum has an open day to commemorate the day William Cox started the road across the Blue Mountains in 1814. For enquiries or more information phone 02 4735 4394 during opening hours (9am – 2pm Monday, Wednesday; Thursday and Sunday 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm); or call the secretary on 02 4735 1734 after hours. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • LEURA’S OLD TIME LOLLY SHOP • The Original and the Best... Open every day 9am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day). OPEN MON-FRI 10am-4.30pm • SAT-SUN 10am-5.30pm • Sydney’s ultimate interactive wildlife experience with over 2200 Australian animals in a natural bush setting • Cuddle up to a Koala and hand feed Kangaroos, Wallabies and Emus at anytime of the day • Interactive Keeper presentations including Crocodile feeding at 10.15am daily. • Slither into the Reptilian Pavilion and see the world’s deadliest snake – the InlandTaipan • Located midway between Sydney and the Blue Mountains and just minutes from the M4 motorway. “Yummy!” Shop 6 Leura Strand Arcade 178 The Mall LEURA PH 02 4782 5190 217 Kildare Road, Doonside www.featherdale.com.au Present this ad to receive 25% off Admission.This offer not available in conjunction with any other offer. Expiry date 28th February 2009. Offer valid for maximum of four guests or one Family Pass. summer 2008/9 Present this ad to receive 25% off Admission.This offer not available in conjunction with any other offer. Expiry date 28th February 2008. Offer valid for maximum of four guests or one Family Pass. The Candy Store in Leura is packed with every lolly, chocolate and sweet you have ever thought of... plus hundreds more! Stop in and admire, enjoy and indulge in the sweeter things life has to offer. • Relive your childhood with old-time favourites • Select from over 1000 unique and unusual candies, chocolates, nougats, novelties, tins & toffees from all over the world... and enjoy the old-fashioned service! ALSO Australian and imported Vinegars, Gourmet Jams, Oils, Sauces, Honey and Tea, Nostalgic Postcards, Enamel & Tin Plate Signs, Coca-Cola Memorabilia • Old World Ornate Tins. 5 As seen on Sydney Weekender, Great Outdoors & A Cook’s Journey www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 9 sb7582