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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2009
How to get to the Blue Mountains... by train Travelling to or through the Blue Mountains by train is a truly magnificent journey, and is a warmup for your time in the mountains… An hour out of Sydney the train winds its way along the escarpments of the Blue Mountains National Park, where you experience spectacular views from the train window over the valleys. Trains depart every hour from Central Station Return fares are for same day use only. If you are staying overnight only buy a ‘single’ (one-way) ticket. For information call 131500 • www.cityrail.info by coach If you prefer to explore the Blue Mountains from the comfort of a coach, every taste is catered for. Travelling by coach enables you to sit back and relax while your guide provides you with amazing insight into the region. A selection of companies offering coach tours are: • AAT KINGS (02) 9700 0133 • AUSTRALIAN PACIFIC TOURS 1300 655 965 • GRAY LINE 1300 858 687 • SYDNEY DAY TOURS (02) 9251 6101 • F J TOURS (02) 9637 4466 • ANDERSONS (02) 9897 0044 • BUSH LIMOUSINES (02) 9418 7222 • FANTASTIC AUSSIE TOURS 1300 300 915 • DAL MYLES SPECIAL TOURS (02) 9977 5567 • OZ EXPERIENCE 1300 300 028 • TOURS-R-US (02) 9498 4084 • BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL TOURS 1800 4555 82 Further information about these day trips and many more can be found at hotel concierge desks, Visitor Information Centres at The Rocks and Darling Harbour, and AAT Kings shop at Circular Quay. by car For the freedom to make your own schedule or even to head ‘off the beaten track’ why not visit the Blue Mountains by car—this way you can explore at your leisure. This destination is only a 90 minute journey from the heart of Sydney. Drive across the Blue Mountains on either the Great Western Highway or Bells Line of Road. The Highway is the main thoroughfare and starts at the end of the M4 Motorway. Bells Line of Road starts at Richmond and takes you through Mount Tomah and down to Lithgow—or turn left at Bell to meet the highway at Mount Victoria. To get the most out of your visit, a great place to start is the Information Centre on the highway at Glenbrook in the lower mountains. From here you can pick up maps and extensive information about the region before travelling through to the Upper Blue Mountains—just to make sure you don’t miss anything on the way up! SKYW A Y SOUVENIRS Your premium Blue Mountains shopping experience An extensive range of Souvenirs, Jewellery, Apparel and Unique Gifts AT SCENIC WORLD • 1 Violet Street, Katoomba NSW 2780 • Phone 1300 SKYWAY | 02 4780 0200 autumn 2009 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 39