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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2009
Getting around the mountains T here are so many ways visitors can explore the Blue Mountains, and now there’s one convenient place that can arrange them all – Gray Line Blue Mountains, Katoomba. There’s no need to make several phone calls: the friendly helpful team will give visitors accurate information and advice and can book a dozen different Blue Mountains tours. Consider their hop-on hop-off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, the fastest, easiest way to see the major attractions in Katoomba and Leura plus Scenic World’s rides, Echo Point and the Three Sisters. Their “Best of The Blue Mountains” tour includes all three rides at Scenic World, Explorer Bus transfers and an Aboriginal cultural dance performance! Their tour to the amazing Jenolan Caves is a great day out with fantastic views of the Hartley and Kanimbla valleys. It includes a fully guided underground cave tour plus time to explore The Grand Arch, Carlotta’s Arch or Blue Lake. Visitors can re-live the pioneering spirit by riding the Lithgow Zig Zag Railway, an 1860 engineering masterpiece with tunnels, sandstone viaducts, and bridges. This new tour includes coach sightseeing from Katoomba and return to and from Katoomba by City Rail. Another new tour allows visitors to experience both the Zig Zag and Jenolan Caves in one day. It includes lunch, a fully guided Lucas cave tour and superb valley views. To understand the unique nature of the World Heritage area, why not experience an outstanding guided bushwalking tour with your own expert eco guide. There are some great places even the Explorer Bus can’t go. For those, Gray Line can take visitors by 4WD. These excellent half or full day 4WD adventures take people into the wilderness for views few people get to enjoy. 25% off Admission FEATHERDALEWILDLIFE PARK FREEKoala encounters For a different kind of horsepower, unwind with three leisurely hours of horse riding in the picturesque Megalong Valley beneath the towering escarpments. For over 20,000 years, Aboriginal culture has pervaded the Blue Mountains. Today visitors can enjoy an aboriginal guided walkabout. An authentic experience of Aboriginal culture and the Australian bush, this full day tour will give you an understanding of the Dreamtime. For an adrenaline experience like few others, why not try abseiling or canyoning? Choose from an adventure-packed half day abseil with an optional full day 60 metre ‘Super Jump Abseil’. The canyoning adventure includes a half day abseil beginners’ class, lunch, and a 30 metre abseil down a waterfall: unforgettable fun! To find out more about any of these great experiences call 1300 300 915 (free call) or visit the Gray Line Explorer Bus shop at the top of Katoomba railway station stairs, in Main Street. • 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 31st August 2009. Offer valid for maximum of four guests or one Family Pass. 8 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. www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 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 winter 2009 sb7582